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):
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.
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.
“At the moment of the explosion, I was on the pavement outside,” Mbokani told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure.
“If we had been a minute earlier, we would have been dead. It is my wife who saved our lives. I wanted to get there earlier but she said, ‘Let’s wait for Nathan’ who was on the same flight. She told me he would arrive in a minute or two’. It is a miracle. I stayed calm at the time to assure my wife who was really hysterical. On getting back home, I went to get my boy from school and hugged him.”
Mbokani scored and had another called back in Norwich City’s crucial 3-2 win over Newcastle United, and he earns a place in the Premier League Team of the Week.
The win boosted Norwich four points clear of Sunderland and six ahead of Newcastle in the race for the PL’s final safety spot.