The past summer once again saw some lavish spending from the Premier League’s leading sides, with clubs now sure to have a better indication of the success of their priciest purchases as we head into the festive fixture schedule.
We’ve decided to take a look at some of the marquee additions, and rate their impact since making big-money moves to the Premier League’s top six.
Here are the Football Faithful’s ratings of each top six clubs most expensive summer signing…
Arsenal – Nicolas Pepe (£72m)
Unai Emery opted to smash Arsenal’s transfer-record to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe during the summer, the Ivory Coast international having been monitored by some of Europe’s leading clubs following an impressive spell in French football.
Only Kylian Mbappe scored more Ligue 1 goals that Pepe last term, though the 24-year-old has failed to replicate that form since moving to the Premier League and has struggled at the Emirates.
Pepe has scored just one goal – from the penalty spot – in 12 league appearances, providing just a further two assists and his confidence seems to have been affected.
A brace of free-kicks in the Europa League against Vitoria Guimaraes was a glimpse of the talent Pepe possesses, though he must prove he can find that level of quality on a regular basis to avoid being labelled an expensive mistake.
Arsenal’s own struggles have not helped his cause, though they will no doubt have been expecting a bigger impact from their record signing.
Chelsea – Mateo Kovacic (£40m)
The only summer signing at Stamford Bridge this season was Mateo Kovacic, the club finding a loophole in their transfer ban to secure the Croatian international on a permanent basis following his loan spell at the club last season.
The 25-year-old endured an underwhelming campaign in English football last season, but under the guidance of new manager Frank Lampard has thrived in Chelsea’s new-look side.
A classy operator, the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder is comfortable in possession and is an elite dribbler, capable of beating the press with his evasive ball carrying skills.
Few would have expected Kovacic or midfield partner Jorginho to become key figures under Lampard based on last season’s performances, though they have proved fundamental to Chelsea’s impressive start to the new season.
Christian Pulisic, signed in January before linking up with Chelsea this summer, also deserves a mention, having overcome a difficult start to emerge as one of the most exciting young wingers in the division, scoring five Premier League goals in just six starts so far.
Mateo Kovacic’s game by numbers vs. Crystal Palace:
most passes completed (86)
most final third passes (25)
most ball recoveries (10)
most fouls suffered (4)
most tackles won for CFC (3)
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Liverpool – Sepp van den Berg (£1.3m)
It was a surprisingly quiet summer for the European champions, who secured a £1.3m deal for young defender Sepp van den Berg alongside fellow teenager Harvey Elliott from Fulham and the free transfer of goalkeeper Adrian.
Whilst the fee for Elliott will likely eclipse Van den Berg’s £1.3m transfer, that is yet to be decided by a tribunal meaning the Dutch centre-back is currently Liverpool‘s most expensive summer addition.
The Netherlands youth international is very much one for the future and is not expected to receive much first-team action at present, though the towering defender has made appearances in the club’s Carabao Cup campaign.
The second of those saw Van den Berg exposed in the thrilling 5-5 draw with Arsenal at Anfield, a game which highlighted he is still some way off the maturity required for first-team football.
Judgement will be reserved until he develops further, which may yet prove to be some time for the 17-year-old.
*We refuse to rate players not old enough to order a pint
Manchester City – Rodri (£62.8m)
The Premier League champions were amongst a host of English football’s leading clubs to break their transfer-record this summer, securing a big-money deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri as they looked to further enhance their formidable squad.
The Spain international has been touted as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho in the holding midfield role, and the early indications are that the 23-year-old will prove a huge hit at the Etihad.
Possessing physical stature and a composure on the ball, Rodri has been likened to Barcelona superstar Sergio Busquets and seems perfectly suited to Pep Guardiola’s style of play.
Utilised in an unfamiliar role in central defence earlier this season, Rodri has showed he has the versatility and tactical intelligence desired by the famously demanding City boss.
Manchester United – Harry Maguire (£80m)
The England international became the most expensive defender in football history when moving to Old Trafford this summer, joining in an £80m deal to bolster the club’s defensive ranks.
It’s been a solid if unspectacular start to life at the club for Maguire personally, the club possessing a decent defensive record despite enduring their worst start to a season for 30 years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have enjoyed a slight up-turn in form in recent weeks but still face a huge task to close the gap to the top four, though it is their creative and forward options that is the most pressing concern.
Solskjaer has praised Maguire’s impact since arriving at the club and has handed him the captaincy on occasion, the former Leicester defender quickly establishing himself as a key figure in the dressing room.
Maguire’s move has not quite transformed the club’s fortunes, though he is likely to be a vital member of the side for seasons to come.
Tottenham – Tanguy Ndombele (£55m)
Another club-record signing who has yet to show his best form after a disappointing start to the season for his new side, the French international has shown glimpses of his talent in the opening months of his career at Tottenham.
The France international has scored twice in 10 Premier League appearances this far, whilst on occasion has shown why he was monitored by some of the continent’s leading clubs prior to his move to North London.
An all-round midfielder, Ndombele has quickly become a popular figure at the club courtesy of his committed displays and at just 22-years-old has significant upside as he continues to develop.
Likely to star should Spurs return to winning ways, the powerful midfielder looks to have all the attributes to be a huge Premier League success.
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) November 8, 2019