We look at the best signings of the Premier League Season so far
Jose Sa (Wolves)
Losing Rui Patricio to Roma was a big blow however, Sa has come in and looked at ease in the Premier League. The 29-year-old has kept 9 clean sheets and has an impressive save percentage of 82.8%, the best by a goalkeeper in the Premier League showcasing his brilliant shot stopping ability. For only £7.2m, the former Olympiacos goalkeeper has been a bargain signing for Wolves who is playing a key role in their pursuit of European football.
Aaron Ramsdale: Arsenal
Arsenal were widely ridiculed for spending around 25 million pounds on a goalkeeper who initially arrived as a back up to Bernd Leno who had not done much wrong. However, the 23-year-old has made mockery of the critics and has arguably been the goalkeeper of Premier League this season. The former Sheffield United shotstopper has been an integral part of the Gunners unlikely top 4 push making some absolutely stunning saves in the process. According to FB ref. com no goalkeeper has won his team more points than Ramsdale highlighting his impact for Arsenal this season.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal)
The Gunners have been blessed with some quality right backs since the inception of the Premier League with the likes of Dixon, Lauren, Sagna and Bellerin manning the right flank for the North London outfit. However, Bellerin since his return from a serious knee injury has struggled to recapture his form and the likes of Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers have rarely looked up to the job.
Then Tomiyasu came along. Arriving from Bologna on deadline day for £16.7m, the Japanese was somewhat of an unknown quantity. However, he has been rock solid defensively, and has linked up well with Bukayo Saka down the right flank. Most impressively the right back has adapted seamlessly to Arteta’s demands as a hybrid centre back and right back role making him almost indispensable to Arsenal.
Marc Cucurella (Brighton)
£16.2m is a lot of money for Brighton to spend on a single player, yet Cucurella has not let them down at all since arriving from Getafe.
Cucurella has impressed both defensively as well as going forward, the 23-year old has attempted 1.2 key passes per match 2nd most among Brighton players and only Bissouma has made more tackles per match than the Spaniard’s tally of 2.7.
Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, on loan from Chelsea)
What a spectacular loan signing this has proved to be. Gallagher gave a glimpse of his potential in a West Brom shirt last season, but few could have expected him to make such an impact at Palace.
The youngster has shown over the course of the season that he is one of the best midfielders of the Premier League with his vision and eye for goal. The 22-year old has scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists contributing the most goals by a Crystal Palace player. The Englishman has been a central presence in Patrick Vieira’s revolution at Selhurst Park
Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)
The Premier League must be wondering how Watford managed to get Dennis for only £3.6m. The winger has been a breakout star at Vicarage Road, troubling some of the best sides in the country.
The 24-year old is the only difference between Watford having hope of staying up or in a bleak situation. The Nigerian has scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists, 8 more goal contributions than the next best Watford player highlighting his stellar impact. Whether the Hornets manage to stay up or not Dennis will not be short of suitors.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Manchester United announced the return of Cristiano Ronaldo among great fanfare and the striker has not disappointed scoring 15 goals in all competitions so far.
While there has been criticism aimed at Ronaldo for his poor work rate, there is no doubt that without him the club might not have made the knockout stages of the Champions League and would not be even challenging for a Champions League place this season.