We’ve been asking the fans who they think have been the best signings of the summer. This is your list and this, is your number 2.
Who else? Zlatan gets the silver medal for this one, ranking number 2 in the Fresh Football signings of the summer. Manchester United have already had Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly in our top 10 and they have another in Zlatan.
He cost no money and he’s going to make a big impact. Although Zlatan will be earning a lot of money in terms of weekly wage, he looks like he will be worth every penny, especially if you factor in that he arrived on a free transfer. Considering the amount of money other clubs have had to spend on signings this summer, particularly those looking to strengthen their attack, then Manchester United must be extremely pleased they managed to tie up the Bosman signing of such a talented player early in the window.
Zlatan has hit the ground running, scoring 3 Premier League goals in as many games, making him the league’s joint top goalscorer. It is early days but that kind of record goes some way to dismissing those who thought the seasoned Swedish international would struggle in the Premier League. Really, it is incredible that many expected him to make no impact in the Premier League. Yes he has never played in England, but he has proven himself at the highest level in Holland, Spain, Italy and more recently France. His style of play makes him a useful player no matter where he plays.
Despite being aged 34, Manchester United revealed the striker broke many physical records during his medical at the club. His game has never been reliant on pace, so the only other important thing is that he maintains a good physical level of fitness and continues his strength training. We’ve seen already how his additional strength and power have given him an advantage over opposition defenders.
Don’t underestimate the effect off the pitch that Zlatan’s arrival has had too. He is a global name, and much like the signing of Paul Pogba, he has helped the club re-establish themselves as amongst the very best football powers in the world. Zlatan was not short of suitors this summer and a Champions League-less Manchester United managed to sign him, that says something about the power they have and it commands respect. As much as he will command respect from other clubs, he also commands respect in the dressing room – his arrival at the club appears to have given everyone a lift. He has taken particular liking to young forward Marcus Rashford, for whom he may act as a mentor and that could certainly aid the young Englishman’s development.
I think it’s hard for anyone to argue that Zlatan was not a good signing and those that do are probably jealous. That is why he got so many votes and comes in at number two on our list. Stay close to freshfootball.co.uk to find out who the number one signing of the summer is.