With the international break this week giving us a breather from the Premier League action, it’s a good time to look at how some of the summer signings have fared.
With eleven matches played, the new recruits have had time to try and make an impact on their team’s and quite a few have impressed.
Here’s a look at the top five signings of the summer so far.
When Jose Mourinho won the title during the 2014-15 season at Chelsea, Nemanja Matic was arguably his key signing that summer. He provided the stability in midfield and cover ahead of the defence that propelled the Blues to victory.
So when the opportunity came about to sign the Serbian at Manchester United this summer, Mourinho pounced and so far, it’s an impulse that’s paid off well.
Matic has seamlessly slotted into United’s midfield despite enduring a pre-season hampered by transfer speculation. He’s been the most consistent performer for his new employers and looks as if he’s played at Old Trafford for years.
If United do managed to beat cross-town rivals Manchester City to the title this year, Matic will be paramount to their charge as his composure and positional awareness has allowed those around him to play with more freedom.
After a phenomenal season with AS Roma last term, Mohamed Salah arrived at Anfield amidst plenty of fanfare but given his failed Premier League stint at Chelsea earlier in the season, there was an air of trepidation around his signing as well.
There are no doubts about the Egyptian’s effectiveness now though as he’s terrorised several defences in the league with a great start to life in the red half of Merseyside.
With seven goals so far, he is the highest scoring midfielder in the league and only premium strikers Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane (eight each) have scored more overall.
He’s also bagged two assists but it’s his directness in attack that has seen him shine for Liverpool and flourish in Jurgen Klopp’s system. With two dribbles per game and 3.4 shots per game, he’s emerged as one of the league’s most threatening players.
German midfielder Pascal Gross has set the Premier League alight with his midfield play and at just £3 million is turning out to be the bargain of the summer.
His passing and vision has brought a new dimension to Brighton’s attacking play although that should not come as a surprise given that he created 98 chances for Ingolstadt last season, the most in the Bundesliga.
With five assists and two goals in the league so far, he’s crucial to the team’s eighth place standing at the moment and is one of the better set-piece specialists in the division.
His industry is also perfect for a team like Brighton, regularly seeking to punch above their weight. According to Sky Sports, only Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure (130km) and Burnley’s Jack Cork (133km) have covered more distance than Gross (129km) in the league so far.
After the shambles that was Pep Guardiola’s decision to give Joe Hart the axe and bring in Raul Bravo from Barcelona, Ederson Moraes’ arrival has gone rather well for the Spanish tactician.
Hart was deemed incapable of playing the ball out from the back, a prominent feature of Guardiola’s system, but Bravo almost proved incapable of making a save, a rather necessary asset for any goalkeeper.
Playing for the most dominant team in the league at the moment, Ederson hasn’t had too many shots to face and is last place in terms of saves made with only 15 so far while Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is just above him with 18.
However, he’s managed a few outstanding stops when he’s been called upon and with the ball at his feet, he’s certainly the best custodian in the league to pick out a pass.
The Brazilian has a pass completion record of 84.1% which is unusually high for a keeper with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois coming closest with 68.2%. Ederson’s arrival has consolidated a key area of weakness in City’s team last season and with him in their ranks, they look far more likely to win the title.
After a lengthy summer transfer saga, Alvaro Morata ended up at Chelsea after United got tired of waiting around for Madrid and opted for Romelu Lukaku instead. The Spaniard’s season so far has blown hot and cold. A fine start which included a hat-trick away to Stoke City, was followed by a six-game goal drought in all competitions.
Of course he ended that goalless streak with a fine match-winning header against, as fate would have it, United. While he’s had his fair share of criticism already, much of it has been rather harsh for a foreign recruit who had the big shoes of Diego Costa to fill in a demanding Antonio Conte system.
On the whole, he appears to have coped rather well, scoring seven goals and providing three assists in 10 league appearances. He will only get better as he settles in west London and looks set to be a key figure in Chelsea’s title defence.
Everton are said to be looking to SAM ALLARDYCE to fill their vacant manager spot for the short term, according to The Sun.
After failing to secure Marco Silva for the role, the Toffees are now said to want the former England manager to take the reigns until the end of the season.
The deal would also see ex-Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare in the assistant position.
Manchester City are reportedly looking to make a move for AARON MARTIN as the January transfer window approaches, the Daily Mail reports. The Espanyol left-back was considered by the club during the summer and is back on the radar of Ethiad bosses after losing Benjamin Mendy to injury.
With Michael Emenalo announcing his resignation as technical director at Chelsea, former Blues stalwart FRANK LAMPARD is thought to be among those who will be considered for the position, according to the Daily Express.
Emenalo had been key in spotting transfer targets and a worthy successor is now likely to be top of the agenda for the club’s bosses.
LEON GORETZKA appears to be in high demand with both Tottenham and Arsenal interested in bringing the 22-year-old to the Premier League, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Gunners have had eyes on the Schalke midfielder for quite a while, but now Spurs seem keen to take on their north London rivals for the signature of the young German after attending a number of his games in the last month, the paper says.
Chelsea are showing an interest in Lyon’s MOUCTAR DIAKHABY, the Daily Mail says. With Manchester City and Juventus already sending scouts to see the player in action in Ligue 1, Chelsea are said to be considering a move for the 20-year-old to strengthen the team’s defence.
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Everton are keeping tabs on Norwich’s JAMES MADDISON, ESPN reports. The 20-year-old, who won goal of the month in September, has made a big impression in the Championship after scoring four goals in 17 games and is now garnering the attention of Premier League clubs, with Everton going to watch the midfielder in action against Bolton last weekend.
Arsenal are hoping to lure OGUZHAN OZYAKUP back to London with a £10 million offer, talkSPORT says.
The 23-year-old left the gunners in 2012 for £400,000 but with 27 goals for Turkish side Besiktas, Arsenal are said to be keen to bring the attacking midfielder back into the team as speculation mounts for a possible replacement to Mesut Ozil.
The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.
Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.
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Liverpool are plotting a move for Man City star David Silva, according to the Sun.
The Spaniard is in the form of his life – and is in talks with the club about extending his current deal beyond 2019.
The 31-year-old is one of City’s most successful players and is chasing a third Premier League crown since arriving in England’s north west in 2010.
Inter Milan are also eyeing a move for the midfield maestro.
Silva is a key part of Guardiola’s plans and officials at the Etihad Stadium are keen to tie him down til 2020.
Although Inter and Liverpool may offer a more significant salary, the Spaniard has the chance of being part of a winning set-up – with the Sky Blues looking like an unbeatable force over the past 10 weeks.
Tottenham have joined Arsenal in a bid to sign Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to the Daily Mail.
Despite widespread reports that Bayern have already secured a deal with Goretzka – who is out of contract at the end of season – the two North London clubs are ready to nip in and agree a deal with the German international.
Goretzka is one of the stars of German football after his stunning displays for Joachim Low’s side in the Confederations Cup during the summer.
With Bayern Munich considered front runners to sign him, the 22-year-old could opt to pursue a new challenge in the Premier League instead as Arsenal look for a midfielder capable of pulling the strings for years to come.
Man City and Everton are fighting out to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans, according to The Sun.
The Baggies are willing to sell their captain but seek a £35 million asking price, with City set to table a bid for a lower price as they now have other options to hold their defence.
Everton have reportedly entered the race for the Northern Irishman, with owner Farhad Moshiri prepared to launch a mammoth bid to keep the Toffees safe.
It may come down to where Evans wants to go — heading back to Manchester to fight for a game in Pep Guardiola’s impressive side or start every week with the struggling Merseysiders.