How have the Premier League's 10 biggest summer signings of 2017 fared?
After the most expensive summer of Premier League spending in the division’s history, Free bets have chosen to look at the 10 most expensive Premier League incomings.
Man United shelled out an initial £75m to bring Romelu Lukaku in from Everton and the big Belgian has already began to repay it. With seven goals in 10 league matches, Lukaku is not only United’s top scorer at present, but second highest in the league behind Harry Kane. With the Red Devils sitting in second place and looking extremely competitive, Lukaku is an unadulterated success.
Signed with a reputation as a big match player, Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea as Diego Costa’s replacement for £58 million from Real Madrid. Despite a horrific opening to the campaign for the champions, Morata has impressed. With six goals in nine appearances, including one from the bench against Burnley, the Spaniard has probably been Chelsea’s saving grace in a woeful start.
The world couldn’t believe what they were seeing when Man City forked out £52m for left back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, but his displays have showed a lot of promise so far. Although he will miss the majority of the season with an incredibly unfortunate injury, the Frenchman had looked superb initially; his commanding display against Liverpool saw youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold terrorised for 90 minutes!
Arsenal scarcely had a reputation for spending big, so many were startled when Arsene Wenger set a new club record fee of £46.5m, rising past £50m, in signing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. The striker made an instant impact with a goal within a minute of his debut against Leicester, but his form hasn’t been consistent enough following on from that bright moment.
Much like Benjamin Mendy, eyebrows were raised when Man City splashed out £50m on England right back Kyle Walker. Many felt Tottenham had got the better end of the deal, but we suspect that mindset is slowly changing. With Serge Aurier struggling in London, Walker has already set up four goals from right back and played a crucial part in City’s improved defence.
One of the best and most unusual transfers of the summer. Nemanja Matic had just won his second Premier League title with Chelsea, playing a pivotal part when Antonio Conte opted to sell him to divisional rivals Manchester United. Seen as the key cog to allow Paul Pogba to flourish, Matic has continued from where he left off. £35m well spent!
The process for Everton to sign Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson was painfully arduous as Swansea dug their boots in to claim a whopping £45m fee – as it stands, it’s not looking like money well spent. Sigurdsson’s role in Wales had been outstanding, central to their stay in the top flight last season. Shoved out on the left wing in a weak attacking unit, Everton have seen no real promise from him in the Premier League. He’s certainly got the potential to come good after Ronald Koeman’s exit, but at this point he’s been a real disaster.
Spotted by City fans in their Champions League contest last season, Bernardo Silva had been touted to join Jose Mourinho’s personnel at Man United, before Pep Guardiola intervened and took him to their rivals for £43.5m. The Portuguese international has been introduced slowly, but he’s made a great impact when he has featured and at just 23, he’s shown glimpses of his big future ahead.
Spurs parted with a record transfer fee of £42m to bring Colombian centre back Davinson Sanchez in at the end of the summer and the former Ajax man has settled in remarkably quickly. Linked with Barcelona in the past, many who knew of Sanchez got the impression he had the pedigree to live up the billing. His performances alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have been strong and disciplined and there’s clearly more to come.
Chelsea’s replacement for outgoing Nemanja Matic was Monaco holding midfielder Timeoue Bakayoko, who joined for £40m – £5m more than the Serbian was sold for. To his credit, Bakayoko has been one of Chelsea’s best performers so far, finding the net once and assisting two. Unfortunately, that Matic sale has taken the shine away slightly. He’s been a great addition, regardless.