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Five most impactful signings of Premier League Transfer Deadline Day

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From panic buys to the resolution of long sagas, Wednesday’s Transfer Deadline Day was eventful and actually exciting.

Some deadline days see a flurry of loan deals and little else, but we had a bit of everything on Wednesday.

Moussa Sissoko finally found a home away from Newcastle, Mario Balotelli is off to France, and David Luiz (!!!) returned to Chelsea.

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But, in all honesty, the big names aren’t the Wednesday deals we think will really cut the muster. For those, read on.

5. Enner Valencia, loan with option to buy from West Ham to Everton — Watch out for this one, as the Hammers’ man could pair with Romelu Lukaku to be a potentially devastating problem for opposing Premier League defenses. With Ross Barkley and Idrissa Gueye in the midfield, Everton has done a ton to strengthen its run toward European qualification.

4. Marcos Alonso, permanent from Fiorentina to Chelsea — He’s solid, but more importantly represents an upgrade in depth and experience for the Blues’ back line. Alonso is the sort of back who fits Antonio Conte‘s desires, and will work well behind N'Golo Kante.

3. Dieumerci Mbokani, loan from Dynamo Kyiv to Hull — While Robbie Brady, Timm Klose, and Nathan Redmond got a lot of the headlines, Mbokani was a powerful part of the Canaries’ attack in an ill-fated campaign. At 30 he’s far from a long-term fix, but Mbokani should provide strength and skill to a Hull City side facing a very challenging campaign. Per 90 minutes, no one on Norwich touched him last year (courtesy advanced stats site Squawka):

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2. Jack Wilshere, loan from Arsenal to Bournemouth We want so badly to make this our No. 1 for many reasons, but can’t take that risk thanks to the risk presented by Wilshere’s injury history. For Jeff Mostyn, Eddie Howe, and the Cherries to win the rights to bring Wilshere to town is big for a lot of reasons. That Arsene Wenger allowed him to go is another. Frankly, this could be a game changer for two clubs’ PL fortunes.

— Honorable mention — Wilfried Bony is a nice pick-up for Stoke, but Bruno Martins Indi gives the club freedom to use Geoff Cameron in other ways. … Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is another good piece for Spurs’ attacking depth ahead of the UEFA Champions League.

  1. Islam Slimani, permanent from Lisbon to Leicester — The Algerian striker was sold on King Power Stadium by fellow Desert Warriors attacker Riyad Mahrez, and now gives the Foxes even more danger whether counterattacking or taking their talents to the opposition. With Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and Ahmed Musa joining Slimani, Leicester has the depth to dance in Europe.

Five relegated players who remain free of a Premier League home

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While Newcastle United waits on the futures of Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko, with both looking as good as out the door, it’s reminded us that several useful players from last year’s Premier League sides remain on the outside looking in.

Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City were relegated to England’s second tier, and the first two especially have been keen to hold onto assets for an instant push back into the PL.

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But several players, including perhaps the most unheralded transfer of 2015-16, remain with their clubs. Let’s take a look.

Idrissa Gueye – Aston Villa

The poor man’s N'Golo Kante, and it’s nearly impossible to know if perhaps he’s nearer the ex-Leicester man’s level than ever we believe given Villa’s brutal season.

Gueye has an irrepressible motor and a box-to-box mentality, and has been the subject of several rumors back home in France. But Gueye is said to want to stay in England after arriving from Lille a year ago.

How good was Gueye last year? Despite playing on a miserable team, his performance score from advanced stats site Squawka was Top 30 in the PL.

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Brad Guzan – Aston Villa

The USMNT backstop’s reputation took a big hit along with Villa, and he’s been tipped for a PL return with Middlesbrough. Guzan is on the outs at Villa as it is, and Sports Illustrated says he could be had on a free.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Robbie Brady of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City at The Hawthorns on March 19, 2016 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Robbie Brady – Norwich City

He’s been linked with Leicester City since N’Golo Kante skipped town, even though Brady is much more of an offensive player. The Irish star would seemingly love to move back to the PL to continue his development, and surely there are suitors.

Timm Klose – Norwich City

The stalwart defender was a massive part of the Canaries’ near survival last season, and it’s odd that we’ve read so little about him this summer. At 28, the giant Swiss center back is in the prime of his career and will be fresh after missing EURO through injury. Perhaps he fancies staying at Carrow Road given his first real regular role at a club since the 2012-13 campaign at Nurnberg.

Tim Krul – Newcastle United

The ‘keep isn’t with Newcastle during preseason in Ireland, and Krul has been mostly fantastic when healthy for the Magpies. Recent reports have linked him with West Ham or a reunion with ex-manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace. The Magpies have a trio of other keeps in Matz Sels, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, and Krul seems destined for another league.

Best transfer buys of the 2015-16 Premier League season

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season.

From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

MORE: All 2015-16 PL season reviews ]

It was a big season for new faces in the Premier League, and narrowing down a Top Ten is a very difficult proposition.

Consider the names that don’t even make our honorable mention: Timm Klose and Andros Townsend nearly saved their clubs seasons, while Jan Kirchhoff and Wahbi Khazri played huge roles in Sunderland surviving.

Without further adieu, here’s a look at our most effective new faces in the Premier League.

10. Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool

The speedster proved strong at both ends of the Anfield pitch.

SWANSEA, WALES - MAY 15: Andre Ayew (2nd L) of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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9. Andre Ayew, Swansea City

Thrived as Swans survived a relegation battle to rise up near midtable.

8. Lamine Kone, Sunderland

A January buy, Kone helped fix a very leaky Stadium of Light back line.

7. Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Hotspur

Was pretty good for Saints last year, and found a new level under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

6. Anthony Martial, Manchester United

Yes, he cost a lot of dough, but he’s got a good shot at being a force for a great many years. Turns out the Thierry Henry comparisons are just kinda ridiculous, not patently absurd. By next year, we could be saying even more.

5. Robert Huth, Leicester City

The Foxes also added Christian Fuchs, but Huth’s defensive pairing with Wes Morgan was a brilliant part of their run to the final.

4. Virgil Van Dijk, Southampton

We knew he was good at Celtic, but his seamless transition to a much tougher league helped Saints make a strong run.

3. Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City

If he was healthy the whole year, City may’ve finished second… or higher? Dominant return to the PL.

2. Dimitri Payet, West Ham United

Kante’s championship mettle is the only thing that could detract from Payet’s addition, as the star wattage of the French playmaker lit up the Boleyn Ground’s final season.

1. N'Golo Kante, Leicester City

He’s quite simply the most impactful end-to-end player in the league. So yeah, a good addition.

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Honorable mention: Benik Afobe (Bournemouth), James Milner (Liverpool), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City), Petr Cech (Arsenal), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Pedro (Chelsea), Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa).

Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle United: Canaries close to safety after thrilling finish

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  • Canaries lose 1-0 and 2-1 leads
  • Mitrovic nets twice for NUFC
  • Olsson snares late winner
  • Mbokani, Klose also score

Martin Olsson’s seeing-eye stoppage time goal may’ve ensured Norwich City’s Premier League survival in a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Substitute striker Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s second-half brace looked to have lifted Newcastle to a critical point, evening the score with Norwich goals from Timm Klose and Dieumerci Mbokani.

The win lifts Norwich six points clear of Newcastle and four points ahead of Sunderland with six games remaining for the Canaries and seven for the Black Cats and Magpies.

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Mbokani had a goal called back when he was needlessly offside to tap a goal past Karl Darlow. Mbokani was a yard offside but three yards past his man, and Norwich let an incredible chance pass.

The Canaries kept up the pressure against Newcastle’s makeshift back line, and Darlow was forced into several key stops. Robbie Brady was a pest all over the pitch, and Darlow did well to stop him in the 30th minute.

It was Darlow on the doorstep moments later, as Mbokani had the whole net only to see an outstanding reflex save from the keeper.

Klose put Norwich up just before halftime, Johnny on the spot to nod Brady’s free kick home and give the Canaries a critical 1-0 lead.

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Newcastle brought on Ayoze Perez at half, replacing Cheick Tiote.

It was Papiss Cisse who might’ve tied it up in the 51st minute, with John Ruddy prone after parrying a Daryl Janmaat shot. Cisse blasted it wide of a yawning goal from a somewhat-tight angle, and it Newcastle remained down 1-0.

Mitrovic equalized with a header, but the deadlock didn’t didn’t last long. Mbokani cruised past Janmaat and blazed a shot past Darlow. The third-string keeper should’ve had it, but that matters not.

Gary O'Neil then handled a ball in the box, and Mitrovic left no doubt with his pen to make it 2-2.