Key signings that may have gone under the radar of the media this summer
Written by Jackson K
Burak Yilmaz: Free Agent —> Fortuna Sittard
This transfer came out of nowhere. It has only been two seasons since Lille shocked the world and triumphed in the Ligue 1, being only the second team to Triumph over PSG in the last eight years, with a Monaco spearheaded by an emerging Kylian Mbappe, supported by brilliant Portuguese Playmaker Bernardo Silva and Brazilian Midfield Giant Fabinho. In the season that saw Lille triumph then 34, now 36, year-old Turkish Forward Yilmaz scored 16 goals and provided 5 assists in his 28 appearances, being named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season for his contributions. After a dismal Euro showing by Turkey scoring 1 goal across all group stage games, with Yilmaz Failing to score or assist while playing every minute of their brief euro Campaign. This poor form continued into his 21/22 League Campaign with Yilmaz only scoring 4 goals and contributing 3 assists in 31 appearances, 25 of those being starting spots. Due to this dismal form and a contract running out he was let go by Lille at the end of the season. Now 36 Yilmaz signs for Relegation battling Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard on a two-year deal. After surviving relegation to the Eerste Divisie (Dutch second tier) by just one point reinforcements were most definitely needed and if they can get this Turkish Marksman back to the fine form he was in only two seasons ago then Fortuna Sittard could have made one of the best possible signings for their current situation only scoring 36 goals in 34 games last season.
Lincoln: Santa Clara —> Fenerbahce (€3.50m)
Lincoln is a 23-year-old Brazilian 10 who played for Santa Clara in the 21/22 as they finished 7th in Liga Nos this season. Lincoln was voted as Santa Clara’s Player of the Season, scoring 5 goals and assisting 6 in 32 appearances for Santa Clara, becoming the team’s top goalscorer and top assister for the season. Lincoln averaged 1.8 key passes per game, with a passing accuracy of 80%. His creative ability when playing in a central position behind a striker will be a massive bonus for Fenerbahce as they let go of German playmaker Ozil due to personal reasons this season and finishing 2nd, 8 points behind league winners Trabzonspor, making this their longest league title drought since 1959. With the Brazilian Playmaker aiming to make a difference in their next league campaign, with hopes to bring the title back to Fenerbahce in the 22/23 season.
Armel Bella-Kotchap: VFL Bochum —> Southampton (€10.00m)
Bella-Kotchap was Southampton’s first signing of the Transfer window after a great season at VFL Bochum starting 20 of the 22 games he played contributing massively to their mid-table finish following promotion from Bundesliga 2. Bella-Kotchap averaged 3.26 interceptions per 90 along with 12.93 pressures per 90. If you’re a fan of the saints this signing is one that should inspire hope, with his amazing ability to pressure forwards and an amazing burst of pace to support when playing on and against the counter and only just beginning his career, Southampton has got themselves a gem of a player and one that can take them to the next level if they nurture his development similar to what we have seen with Livramento this season.
As the summer Window continues to roll along the world is going to see some of their team’s newest faces, and for whichever club you support it is both an exciting and stressful time as they try to pick out the gems in the world of football. All three of these severely underappreciated signings could mold the state of their teams for the 22/23 season, but which player do you think will have the greatest effect?