Part two of how did the signings fare including Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United.
Dimitar Berbatov – Excellent first season in London from the Bulgarian striker who turned out to be a bargain at just £4million. The gangly striker managed to notch up 15 goals in 33 games, all of those coming in the Premiership, making him Fulham’s top scorer for the 2012-13 season.
Mladen Petric – Started off as an excellent signing with a two goals and an assist in his first game in a 5 – 0 thrashing of Norwich but his form dipped immensely as he only mustered five goals in 20 appearances all season. Released by Fulham at the end of the season.
Hugo Rodallega – Another bad season in front of goal for the Colombian who could only manage three goals in 28 games. If Fulham can sign someone to help Berbatov I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rodallega leave too.
Kieran Richardson – Only made 17 appearances over the whole season, grabbing two goals. Unfortunately had his season scuppered by injuries.
Ashkan Dejagah – Made 24 appearances in all competitions grabbing no goals but troubled a few defences along the way. Had his season cut short by injury at the beginning of April.
Giorgos Karagounis – Added steel and experience to the Fulham midfield. Made 28 appearances, scoring two goals. Plenty of his trademark dogged, hard-working displays. Released at the end of his one-year contract.
Sascha Riether – Signed on a one-year loan deal initially which was made permanent after a successful first season in English football. Made 38 appearances in all competitions, even grabbing a goal from right back. Voted Fulham Player’s Player of the Year ahead of Berbatov and Karagounis.
Emmanuel Frimpong – Signed on loan from London rivals Arsenal and made six appearances. Gave Fulham an extra and more youthful option in defensive midfield.
Urby Emanuelson – Signed on loan from AC Milan. Made 13 appearances and scored one goal. The quality which must have been needed to make 51 appearances in two years previous for AC Milan didn’t really tell for the Dutchman, making many appearances from the bench.
Stanislav Manolev – Signed on loan and only made five appearances at right back/right midfield.
Eyong Enoh – Signed by former manager Martin Jol on loan from Ajax, made nine appearances.
Fabio Borini – Signed for £10million from Roma and unfortunately missed out on three months of the season with a broken foot which he suffered in October. Only made 20 appearances, scoring just two goals and hasn’t really won over the Anfield faithful.
Joe Allen – Signed for £15million from Swansea, following manager Brendan Rodgers. Made 37 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, grabbing two goals. Not seen as the midfielder that Liverpool fans really craved to help Steven Gerrard. Season cut short in March after he required surgery on a shoulder injury.
Oussama Assaidi – Was hailed as an exciting acquisition by Brendan Rodgers but only made four appearances, failing to break into the Liverpool first team.
Dan Sturridge – Signed to give Luis Suarez a helping hand in the frontline and delivered superbly with 11 goals in 16 games after his £12million move from Chelsea in January.
Coutinho – An excellent signing by Rodgers at just £8.5million from Inter Milan. Already struck up a wonderful partnership with star man Suarez. Scored three and assisted seven in 13 games and is an exciting prospect for Liverpool fans.
Nuri Sahin – Signed on loan from Real Madrid with heavy expectation. Scored three and assisted three in 12 games but left Merseyside after being unhappy at Liverpool.
Jack Rodwell – Signed for £12million from Everton, had a disappointing, injury-laden first season with City after he was stricken with injuries from October to February. Only made 15 appearances, scoring two goals – both goals actually coming in his best performance in a City shirt, a 3 – 2 defeat to Norwich on the final day.
Richard Wright – Made no appearances, so, just… why?
Scott Sinclair – For me, made a mistake in leaving former club Swansea. Only made 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring no goals. Should look to leave Manchester City if he wants to further his career at his still relatively young age.
Maicon – Limited to 11 appearances in all competitions owing to the fine form of Pablo Zabaleta, another questionable signing for me by City.
Matija Nastasic – Signed in a player-plus-money deal involving Stefan Savic who went the other way and quickly performed better than the hopeless Montenegrin. Pushed Joleon Lescott out of the team and became a fan favourite. Made 25 appearances in all competitions.
Javi Garcia – Alongside Nastasic, pick of a relatively poor bunch for me. Signed for £17million and added more steel and solidity into Man City’s midfield. Made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.
Robin Van Persie – Made former club Arsenal see what they were missing out on as he continued his fine form. Scored 30 goals in 48 games and fired Man United to a 20th league title. Also won the Man United Matt Busby Player of the Year award.
Shinji Kagawa – An excellent signing from Man United who bought a really exciting and creative player. Made 26 appearances, scoring six goals. Unfortunately missed out on two months of the season with a knee injury.
Nick Powell – One for the future for United. Made six appearances and scored one goal; goal came on his debut though when he came on as a substitute, netting just 11 minutes later.
Alexander Buttner – Exciting left back prospect which is unfortunate given Man United’s interest and bid in Leighton Baines. Made 13 appearances, scoring two goals. Should be loaned out if United do sign Baines, considering Fabio Da Silva is also set to return after QPR his loan spell at QPR.
Angelo Henriquez – Signed and immediately loaned out to Wigan.
Wilfried Zaha – Signed in January and loaned back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season, helping them to gain promotion to the Premiership.
Romain Amalfitano – Only made two appearances in European competition.
Gael Bigirimana – Young, tough-tackling centre midfielder. Made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and generally impressed with his work-rate.
Curtis Good – Bought for a reported £500,000 from Melbourne Heart and loaned out to Bradford for whom he made three appearances for.
Vurnon Anita – Made 37 appearances in his first season, scoring one goal. Good signing as a squad player but doesn’t really possess the class to help lift Newcastle back to their previous heights.
Mathieu Debuchy – Signed after much speculation on the Frenchman’s future. Made 14 appearances and the French international impressed in his first half season in English football. Defensively sound and a handy outlet going forward.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Made 20 appearances for Newcastle after signing from Montpellier in January. Showed excellent versatility as he was able to play anywhere across the backline well.
Yoan Gouffran – Signed from Bordeaux and added some excitement to the Newcastle frontline with his pace and trickery. Made 15 appearances, scoring three goals after his January arrival.
Massadio Haidara – Made four appearances after signing from Nancy. He was the player who was stretchered off after a high tackle from Wigan’s Callum McManaman. Filled in well for the injured Ryan Taylor and Davide Santon when required.
Moussa Sissoko – Good January signing from Toulouse. Scored three and set up five in 18 appearances. Playing style very similar to that of Yaya Toure with thunderous runs and good range of passing.