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SOUTH AMERICAN INVASION
Following the success that was the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it’s only fair that the self-proclaimed best league in the world goes on to pick some of the best talents on show during the greatest show on earth, right?
That they have done and the Premier League has a new South American flavour to it all of a sudden, with the arrivals of Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Enner Valencia and Abel Hernandez just a few of the names that represent the South American continent on English shores. The real question is which of the Latinos will shine this season for their new clubs? Here’s our pick.
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal
Struggling to fully rub shoulders with the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar in Barcelona, the Chilean star has decided to head towards North London to add a combination of pace, flair and excitement that has been vacant ever since the departure of Thierry Henry in 2007.
With his electrifying speed and hunger to run up and down the field, Sanchez is bound to be an instant hit in the Premier League and promises to be the real big signing all Arsenal fans have been waiting to see arrive at the Emirates Stadium.
Sergio Aguero: Manchester City
A familiar face to us all in the baby blue of Argentina and Manchester City, Aguero still maintains the tag of one of the hottest properties in the Premier League and is likely to be the difference for the Citizens if they are to defend their title.
Aguero’s World Cup performance for Argentina was certainly below par and his recent injury troubles is a worry for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, but if his goal scoring record is anything to go by, then look no further than the number 16 for top South American imports.
Angel Di Maria: Manchester United
Central to Real Madrid’s ‘La Decima’ triumph in the UEFA Champions’ League, Di Maria has gone in search of pastures new, following the transfer of James Rodriguez from AS Monaco to Real Madrid this summer, which has seen the Argentina international arrive at Old Trafford for a whopping £59 million.
In search of love, Di Maria has all the attributes required to be a Manchester United legend out on the wing, with his work rate just another positive which has become so synonymous with South American stars. Di Maria should play a pivotal role in Louis van Gaal’s revival of the Red Devils.
Diego Costa: Chelsea
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho bemoaned many times throughout last season the lack of a pure world class striker at Stamford Bridge in 2013/2014 that had the capability to power the West Londoners to the league title, and so the Portuguese man wasted no time in signing Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
Although he isn’t officially a South American, the Brazilian-born Spain International helped Atletico Madrid get their hands on the La Liga title last season and promises to be the final missing piece from Chelsea’s jigsaw. Mischievous, powerful and with darting runs good enough to bamboozle most defences, Costa is sure to grab a headline or two in his time in England.