Premier League opinion: Rating every club’s costliest summer signing
Premier League clubs spent a mind-boggling £1.24billion last summer but how have the players performed? Like every season, a number of players have made their mark in their debut Premier League season but there have been a few who have failed.
Here’s how every club’s most expensive signing of the season has performed:
Arsenal – Lucas Torreira – 8
The Gunners signed Lucas Torreira for £26.5million in the summer and the Uruguayan has been a revelation. The midfield destroyer has filled the void of what Arsenal have lacked for a number of years and he has had a fine debut campaign in England.
Bournemouth – Jefferson Lerma – 6
The Cherries broke their transfer record last summer by signing Jefferson Lerma from Levante for £25million. The Colombian has had a mixed campaign in the Premier League but has shown the Bournemouth fans what he is capable of in his 24 appearances so far.
Brighton and Hove Albion – Alireza Jahanbakhsh – 2
The Seagulls were another team to break their transfer record as they paid £17million to AZ Alkmaar to sign Alireza Jahanbakhsh. The Iranian has struggled with injury and form this campaign, having failed to register either a goal or assist all season.
Burnley – Ben Gibson – 1
The Clarets paid £15million for the centre back in the summer but the move has been a failure. Gibson has started just one game in the Premier League all season and is in contention to be one of the worst signings of the season.
Cardiff City – Josh Murphy – 4
Cardiff paid £11million for Josh Murphy in the summer but the 24-year old, like many of his teammates, has had a difficult campaign. Murphy has scored just 3 goals so far in a disappointing debut campaign for the Bluebirds.
Chelsea – Kepa Arrizzabalaga – 7
Chelsea broke the world-record fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Kepa Arrizzabalaga for £71.6million in the summer. The Spaniard has kept 12 clean sheets for the Blues in the Premier League in a decent debut campaign.
Crystal Palace – Cheikhou Kouyate – 6
Roy Hodgson’s side paid £9.5million to secure the services of Kouyate but the Senegalese hasn’t had the same impact that he initially had at West Ham. However, the 29-year-old has been solid when used and has also provided 3 assists so far.
Everton – Richarlison – 7
The Toffees made a huge statement by paying £35million for Richarlison in the summer and the Brazilian has repaid the faith with his performances this season. The former Watford man has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season and has been a brilliant signing.
Fulham – Jean Michael Seri – 5
Fulham spent big in the summer and their record £25million signing Jean Michael Seri caused a lot of excitement around Craven Cottage. However, the Ivorian could not help Fulham avoid relegation despite an above average individual performance this season.
Huddersfield Town – Terrence Kongolo – 5
The Terriers paid a club-record £17.5million for Terrence Kongolo in the summer but the former Monaco man, despite glimpses of quality, failed to have a good enough season for Huddersfield to survive.
Leicester City – James Maddison – 8
Leicester paid the big bucks for James Maddison as they signed the 22-year old for £20million. Maddison has been brilliant for the foxes, having been directly involved in 15 goals so far this season.
Liverpool – Alisson – 9
Jurgen Klopp’s side signed the Brazilian shot-stopper for a fee of £67million. Alisson has been a wall in Liverpool’s goal, having kept 17 clean sheets so far this season.
Manchester City – Riyad Mahrez – 6
The defending champions signed Riyad Mahrez for a club-record £60million in the summer but the Algerian hasn’t really had the game time that he would’ve liked. Mahrez has started just 13 games in the Premier League so far, scoring 6 goals and assisting 3.
Manchester United – Fred – 3
The Red Devils paid a staggering £52million for Fred last summer but the Brazilian has been a massive failure. Fred has started just 10 games all season and has massively struggled to adjust with the pace of the Premier League.
Newcastle United – Yoshinori Muto – 2
The Magpies shelled out £9.5million for the Japanese international but Muto has scored just once in 14 appearances for the club.
Southampton – Jannik Vestergaard – 6
The Saints paid £18million for the services of the Danish giant and he has had a decent debut campaign so far. Vestergaard has played 22 games so far for Southampton but his best is yet to come.
Watford – Gerard Deulofeu – 8
Watford signed Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent deal after the winger spent the second half of last season at Vicarage Road. The Spaniard cost Watford £11.5million and he has been worth every penny, having directly been involved in 12 goals this season.
West Ham United – Felipe Anderson – 8
The Hammers broke their club record to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio in a deal worth £36million in the summer. The Brazilian has been West Ham’s best player by a distance and has scored 8 goals and provided 4 assists so far.
Wolves – Adama Traore – 2
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side broke their club record by triggering Adama Traore’s £18million release clause. Traore has been massively inconsistent, having directly been involved in just 2 goals in 25 appearances for the club this season.