How have the major transfers from this summer fared so far? Here’s our ratings of the Premier League’s major deals three months on.
The summer of 2017 was the biggest in Premier League history. More money was spent than ever before and more clubs were completing mega-money deals.
Now that the Premier League has been in action for three months this season it gives us a good chance to assess how those deals have fared. With more than a quarter of the season gone the new arrivals should have had an impact by now.
Alexandre Lacazette – £52m (Lyon to Arsenal)
Lacazette’s Arsenal career got off to a great a start as he scored on his debut for the Gunners. However, since then his performances have stagnated somewhat and he hasn’t been the revelation Arsenal fans were hoping for.
The Frenchman will have been disappointed to be benched for key games against Liverpool and Manchester City considering he is Arsenal’s record signing. Despite that, Lacazette has managed a solid six goals in 11 games.
Alvaro Morato – £70m (Real Madrid to Chelsea)
Morata was thought by much of the media to be heading to Manchester United but eventually ended up at Chelsea. With the hefty transfer fee of £70m, much was expected of the Spaniard.
His performances so far have been inconsistent to say the least. In some games he has looked every bit a £70m man but in others you could barely notice he was playing. With seven goals in 10 games Morata has shown a lot of promise but he still needs to find consistency to challenge Kane and Aguero as the league’s best strikers.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – £45m (Swansea to Everton)
Everton’s hunt for Sigurdsson seemed never ending but eventually they agreed on a £45m fee. Sigurdsson’s start to life on Merseyside has been poor to say the least. Everton’s awful start to the season hasn’t done him any favours.
Now that Ronald Koeman has been sacked, Sigurdsson will be looking to kickstart his Everton career. A better judgement will have to be given later in the season but for now it’s been far from great.
Mohamed Salah – £37m (Roma to Liverpool)
It’s been an excellent start for Mohamed Salah as he has well and truly shaken off the criticism from his time at Chelsea. Despite Liverpool’s form being somewhat poor this season Salah has shone throughout.
Salah has certainly found an eye for goal from the right wing as he has registered seven goals and two assists in 11 Premier League appearances.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £35m (Arsenal to Liverpool)
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future was questioned throughout the transfer window and he eventually got a move to Liverpool on deadline day. The former Arsenal man had many critics when he arrived on Merseyside and hasn’t had much opportunity to answer them.
Having only just started his first games for Liverpool there is little to judge him on. However, he was reasonably impressive in those games.
Kyle Walker – £50m (Tottenham to Manchester City)
Manchester City’s electric start to the season has meant that Walker hasn’t had much defending to do. However, one of the key reasons Guardiola targeted Walker was due to his attacking quality. On that front, Walker has impressed considerably.
In 10 appearances this season Walker has already produced four assists. At this rate the former Spurs man could get an unbelievably high number of assist from full back. Whether or not £50m is value for money for a full back is still questionable though.
Benjamin Mendy – £52m (Monaco to Manchester City)
Another incredibly high transfer fee from Manchester City and another expensive full back. Mendy has only managed four Premier League appearances this season due to a knee injury. The Frenchman was impressive in the games he did play though.
It is difficult to evaluate Mendy with so few games played although it’s hard to see him not fitting in well to this City team.
Romelu Lukaku – £75m (Everton to Manchester United)
It was a very strong start to the season for Lukaku with him scoring regularly. However, his form has dipped recently which is probably down to his big game form.
Manchester United knew what they were getting when they signed Lukaku and they got exactly that. Lukaku is well known for being a prolific striker against most teams but his inability to perform against the bigger teams is proven.
Despite his difficulties against the bigger teams, Lukaku has still registered an impressive seven goals and three assists in 11 Premier League appearances.
Nemanja Matic – £35m (Chelsea to Manchester United)
After surprisingly being allowed to leave Chelsea, Matic has been a consistently good performer so far. Initially his signing allowed Paul Pogba to play further forward before Pogba got injured.
Matic’s arrival has helped United to have one of the best defences in the Premier League. Whilst his work can sometimes go unnoticed, Matic has performed key duties in front on the back four.