The summer transfer window had since slammed shut with many players changing clubs and for some, they changed more than clubs, they changed leagues. With the window closed and the season starting in full swing, many clubs have been counting the gains of their signings as some have hit the ground running, repaying the faith the club had in them by bringing them.
With the winter window just two months away, it is not out of place to start xraying the impacts of some of those top summer acquisitions with a view to identifying the best transfer of the summer.
Timo Werner – the German acquisition from RB Leipzig was expected to add more bite to the Blues’ attack. His pace, trickery and eye goal meant he was expected to be an upgrade on the younger Tammy Abraham and aging Oliver Giroud. So far, he has not done badly as he has recorded 5 goals across all competitions but just 3 in the Premier League already.
Rating – 6
Kai Havertz – Chelsea’s record transfer who has been dubbed the new “Ozil” has also hit the ground running for Chelsea, recording 7 goals and assists in all competitions. The impression so far is that he would prove value for the money.
Rating – 7
Gabriel Magalhaes – The Brazilian arrived from Lille in the summer, in Mikel Arteta’s bid to shore up Arsenal’s leaky defence. Since arrival, he has been almost ever present in the Gunners’ backline and his impact has been largely felt as Arsenal currently holds the best defensive record in the league despite having played Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all away from home. He has helped Arsenal to two clean sheets in the league already this season but what is most remarkable is that the Gunners have only conceded 7 goals in 7 matches meaning an average of just a goal per game. He is already proving not just a signing of the summer but even that of the season.
Rating – 8.5
Diogo Jota – The Liverpool signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers has been outstanding for Liverpool so far this season. The Portuguese forward has adapted to live at Anfield like fish to water. Jota was signed as a backup for any of the Liverpool forward trio and he has been spectacular coming off the bench. Off the bench, he has scored 3 goals in the Premier League, helping Liverpool to secure all maximum points. Against Arsenal, it was his goal that gave Liverpool the breather and stopped any chance of an Arsenal fight back to snatch a point from the game. Against Sheffied United and West Ham, it was Jota that came off the bench to score the winning goal that secured all maximum points for the Reds. One thing is certain so far, he has proven to be a super sub but some pundits are already calling for him to step up into the starting line up to replace Robert Firminho. How that pans out, stands to be seen.
Rating – 8
There are other top players that have arrived in the Premier League in the course of the summer but have not had ample games for them to be rated just yet; Eduoard Mendy, Hakem Ziyec, Thomas Partey, Gareth Bale, Ruben Dias. Hence, they were not fully discussed here but in the fullness of time, the jury would be out for them.