It has been an unusually quiet summer transfer window for the Premier League’s top sides, who have clearly gone for quality over quantity in breaking club records.
Manchester City and Liverpool signed just one major signing with Jack Grealish and Ibrahima Konate respectively, while Chelsea were not far behind with Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez.
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But there has been a lot of quality elsewhere in the division, with the chasing peloton already seeing its newcomers pulling pieces from the top teams in the league.
West Ham, Arsenal, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all exceeding expectations thanks in large part to their summer relationship, and a number of new faces are already emerging.
Who are the best if you ask? Well, talkSPORT.com walks you through the top 10 summer signings…
ten. Yoane Wissa – Brentford, from Lorient: £ 8.5m
He may have only played four Premier League games for Brentford, but Wissa has given fans two of the most famous games in their history.
The DR Congo striker scored five goals in six games in all competitions, and the excellent Bees scout did the job again with Wissa by securing a glorious point late against Liverpool, before doing the same a week later to beat the high-flying West. Ham.
It’s no surprise that Thomas Frank’s top-flight newbies have been struggling since Wissa got injured, with the 25-year-old clearly possessing that crucial mentality that he can score against whomever he wants in the top flight.
Wissa’s late equalizer against Liverpool was one of the highlights of Season 9. Hee-chan Hwang – Wolves, on loan from Leipzig
Part of the Salzburg frontline that burst onto Liverpool’s 2019/20 Champions League group stage, Hwang held his own game alongside Erling Haaland, scoring three goals in the European top tier. .
The South Korean secured a transfer to Red Bull’s sister Bundesliga side Leipzig the following season but looked set to hit the Takumi Minamino highway with zero league goals, scoring only in the cup.
Now on loan at Wolves, Hwang turned the team’s poor start to the season with four goals in eight games, scoring two world-class goals against Newcastle in October while creating a deadly partnership with Raul Jimenez.
Hwang’s finish has been of the highest quality so far at Wolves 8. Maxwel Cornet – Burnley, from Lyon: £ 12.9m
It’s very rare for Sean Dyche’s Burnley to seek signings outside of the British Isles, preferring to play it safe and stick with what they do best.
However, that could change with the signing of Cornet, who is the team’s top scorer with four goals despite having played most of his career at left-back.
Dyche experienced Cornet on the wing and even upstream, with the Ivorian consistently producing, gaining points and helping the club reverse a poor start to the season with a draw against Chelsea and a win over Brentford.
Burnley could no longer ask for their signing of £ 12.9million 7. Marc Cucurella – Brighton, from Getafe: £ 15million
Brighton love an off-the-radar signing, and taking a Getafe full-back is yet another interesting recruiting item.
Cucurella played under the Spanish equivalent of Tony Pulis to Jose Bordalas last season and the Barcelona-educated youngster is the perfect mix of styles.
Versatile and dominant on the left flank, Liverpool and Arsenal found it impossible to face Cucurella and – who knows – they could soon make an offer to Brighton if that form continues …
Cucurella is everywhere for Brighton, causing nightmares for the opposition defenses 6. Valentino Livramento – Southampton, from Chelsea: £ 5million
England’s right-back situation is starting to get a little ridiculous.
Just when you thought Gareth Southgate’s options on the right side of the defense couldn’t be better, here’s another top talent.
Livramento, 19, has arguably been the Saints’ best player so far this season, and if it weren’t for his already stacked position, he would have a strong case for international selection.
He’s even been compared to Gareth Bale by a man who knows a thing or two about Wonderkid’s rise to England and Premier League star – Theo Walcott.
Chelse could soon exercise its takeover of Livramento if it was not for Reece James 5. Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea, Inter Milan: £ 97.5million
Curse No.9 at Stamford Bridge could finally be over with Lukaku’s early return to life at Chelsea, despite a recent injury hampering his impact.
This derailed his initial momentum which saw him score four goals in his first four games, but should continue to push Chelsea to their next level upon their return.
Romelu Lukaku has been unplayable at times, but will have to continue on his return from injury 4. Kurt Zouma – West Ham, from Chelsea: £ 26million
Leaving the European Champions will never be easy, and Zouma seemed reluctant to the idea, but David Moyes twisting his arm on a move to West Ham looks like another masterstroke from the Scotsman.
The only bad news is that Zouma’s center partner Angelo Ogbonna is sidelined for the season due to injury, but that shouldn’t distract from the Frenchman who continually leads from behind for the Hammers.
Zouma even scores goals as he leads the show from behind at London Stadium 3. Aaron Ramsdale – Arsenal, Sheffield United: £ 24million
You would have been hard pressed to find anyone outside of Sheffield or North London who thought signing Aaron Ramsdale for £ 24million was a good use of funds, especially when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had so many other problems to be solved.
The deal looked rather confusing given the Englishman’s back-to-back relegations, as well as the fact that Arsenal already had a German international in goal in the form of Bernd Leno.
However, the signing quickly looks like one of the finest masterpieces of Arteta’s short managerial career, with Ramsdale much of Arsenal’s turnaround.
World-class saves, composure under pressure and a boot stick with the ball at his feet, the 23-year-old seems to have it all and could actually prove to be a bargain for the Gunners.
Ramsdale hails England squad, which could spell the end of Bernd Leno’s German career
2. Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United from Juventus for £ 12.86million
It was not wise for anyone to doubt that Ronaldo could still make it in the Premier League, and after a first brace against Newcastle the goalscoring legend has yet to give up.
Almost every one of Ronaldo’s nine goals has been crucial, keeping United in the Champions League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a job.
Things are not looking good at the moment after humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Man City, but under new management Ronaldo clearly still has what it takes to get United back on the path to victory.
Doubts that Ronaldo could have passed turned out to be completely unfounded, with the Portugal captain already setting the standard at United 1. Conor Gallagher – Crystal Palace, on loan from Chelsea
Despite his reputation as one of the best Premier League midfielders in history, very few expected manager Patrick Vieira to be successful at Crystal Palace with huge team turnover and a CV. slightly disappointing as a coach.
The truth is, despite hitting everyone’s radar with back-to-back wins over Man City and Wolves, Palace has been this good all season and barely outscored, in large part thanks to Gallagher.
The Chelsea player was decent at West Brom last season, but never so good.
With four goals and two assists in ten games, he is now a full English international and could well lead to a regular place in the Chelsea squad next season.
The highly entertaining palace is a joy to watch, with Gallagher the highlight as he leads to the opposition goal