A lot of Premier League clubs did some relatively poor business over the summer, but let’s focus on the best of the best.
5- Harry Maguire
The Sheffield born and bred defender, 25, joined Leicester City from Hull in the summer of 2017 for a measly fee of just £12m (rising to £17m) and has not missed a single minute of Premier League football for his new club this season.
Shortly after joining the Foxes he gained his first England call-up and has since played three full games for England, only conceding one goal, with clean sheets against both Germany and Brazil.
He’s one to watch for the coming years as bigger clubs are already lurking around and a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad awaits. Huge profit on that £12m for Leicester if they do sell too. Great business!
4- Nemanja Matic
The signing of Nemanja Matic was very shrewd business by Manchester United.
One of Chelsea’s best players during his time at the club and a real Jose Mourinho player, he’s proven himself to be a fantastic addition to the club and a popular one too!
It’s hard to believe Chelsea happily let the Serbian midfielder go and replaced him with Tiemoue Bakayoko, the less said about that one the better!
3- Ederson Moraes
Clearly Manchester City did some very smart business since the appointment of Pep Guardiola, they had to!
But he made one huge mistake and that was the signing of Claudio Bravo, who flopped to say the least. City were defensively vulnerable last season and that’s mostly why they didn’t challenge for the title last season.
It’s easy to put a lot of blame on the defenders, but they also need someone they can rely on between the sticks. They now have that to some level in Ederson. More good business!
2- Romelu Lukaku
United signed Lukaku for a huge reported £75m (plus add-ons) but he’s been a big hit, no doubt.
He had a dry spell during the season, that aside he’s been up there with the very best strikers in the Premier League and only better will come.
It’s true that United’s playing style under Mourinho doesn’t exactly set up around getting the most out of him but he’s coping with that well and doing more on the pitch than just scoring goals. He’s quickly becoming a fan favourite.
1- Mohamed Salah
It’s hard to argue with this one, Mohamed Salah has undoubtedly been the Premier League signing of the summer.
Liverpool signed him for about £37m and he is duly living up to the hype. He’s scored 28 goals in 30 Premier League appearances, also bagging 10 assists.
I think he really suits the way Liverpool play and that’s seeing them get the best out of him and equally, like Suarez did when he was the star at Anfield, Salah is getting the best out of his teammates with Roberto Firmino the best of examples.
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Written by Jordan Hackett
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