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Just under £1.5billion was spent in the summer transfer window by the Premier League sides, as many of the expensive buys would have hoped for a better start to the campaign at their new respective clubs whilst the others have gotten into their stride instantly.
With gameweek ten close to coming to an end, here are the five summer signings that have made their convincing and influential introduction so far this campaign…
Davinson Sanchez – Tottenham Hotspur
As Tottenham Hotspur are playing in a back-three system on a regular basis under manager Mauricio Pochettino this season, centre-back Davinson Sanchez has quickly settled in and has already been given his own spot in the starting line-up.
When his transfer was complete from Ajax to Tottenham, many had predicted the Colombian to begin as a squad player, but he has impressively lived up to his price tag and has gone on to be part of a solid defence with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
Having already completed seven out of ten appearances within the league, Sanchez’s performances since day one makes one think that he has been playing in English football for such a long time.
The 21-year-old is yet to experience his first league defeat at Spurs and has played his part in the side keeping four clean sheets. Showing his composure on and off the ball, he can go on to becoming one of the best centre-backs within the league as well as of Europe if he continues with these displays.
Ederson – Manchester City
When you look at a manager like Pep Guardiola, he likes to deliver the true perfection of modern-day football.
This starts from the back of the team all the way to the forwards in the side, which is the major reason to why he ousted goalkeeper Joe Hart from the club last summer and also went on to replace his replacement, Claudio Bravo, this summer with shot-stopper Ederson. The Osasco-born youngster isn’t afraid of being in possession from time to time and is certainly amazing at saving penalties.
With the Brazilian international being comfortable on the ball whilst under pressure, his decision-making and range of passing tends to give Manchester City the extra man advantage for when they are pressed highly up the pitch.
The types of passes that he consistently produces cannot be easily replicated by many of the central-midfielders that are currently in the Premier League. Given his multiple of talents, it’s no surprise to why he is the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time in sterling at £35million.
Mikel Merino – Newcastle
Newcastle are in the top half of the league due to the underrated work completed so far by Rafa Benitez, who is known to get the best out of the squad as well as his effective blueprint for when it comes down to recruiting individuals that fit into his team and style of play.
One of the players that are worthy of mention is Mikel Merino, who arrived to the club on a loan deal, however, his dominant displays has allowed his transfer to become a permanent one once the current campaign is over.
Despite having the opportunity of taking the easy route back to La Liga in the summer, the Spaniard decided to prove himself in the most competitive divisions of Europe within the Premier League. And he surely has gone to make the right choice as he continues to flourish in a 4-2-3-1 system, alongside either Isaac Hayden or Jonjo Shelvey in a double pivot.
The 21-year-old can practically be utilised in any tactical role in the centre of midfield as his versatility is one of his many strengths as a player.
Nemanja Matic – Manchester United
The current focus at Old Trafford will be either on the struggling Victor Lindelof, who does not look like the player he once was at Benfica, or on the goal-scoring machine Romelu Lukaku, who has surprisingly not bagged a single goal in his last five appearances in all competitions.
On the other hand, the signing of Nemanja Matic has not been appreciated enough, as he continues to provide Jose Mourinho’s side with the perfect balance.
The former Benfica and Chelsea man, assists the Red Devils from being easily exposed on the counter-attack as well as giving Paul Pogba more freedom to roam into the final third of the pitch. On top of that, he reads the game very well and understands when to give a tactical foul and when not to.
It’s still quite a shock that Chelsea allowed the Serbian international to leave the club very easily, especially for a league rival like Manchester United, someone who had played an instrumental role towards the club’s last two Premier League title-winning seasons.
Richarlison – Watford
Although he was linked with many of the well-known clubs from all over Europe, Richarlison chose the Marco Silva project that was about to get going at Watford.
The player himself mentioned to the local press that he received a proposal from Dutch club Ajax, but he changed his mind once a phone call from Silva had arrived, showing how much of a role the manager had played towards his move to Vicarage Road.
The whizz-kid is without a doubt a true gem and has already shown his talent on the pitch, having bagged three goals and two assists in ten Premier League appearances.
Normally the youngsters that come from South America take time to settle into life as a Premier League player due to language barrier and adapting to English football, meanwhile, it’s all been different for Richarlison as he has already accomplished the first few tough tasks in a new environment.
Written by Asif Norat
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