The summer transfer window is arguably the most important point of the season for any Premier League club, even if nowadays it takes place before the campaign actually begins.
Not all summer arrivals prove to be a success, but some revolutionise teams, lifting them to a previously unattainable level.
This summer was no different and here at Dockaysworld, we have ranked who we think are the top 5 summer transfers of the Premier League season so far.
Has your club’s big summer signing made the top 5?
Read on to find out…
5. Kepa Arrizabalaga
When Thibaut Courtois departed for Real Madrid in the summer, Chelsea fans will have worried who the club would pick to fill that sizeable void.
Then they parted with £71m, a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, for Athletic Bilbao shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, leaving fans even more worried about the fee they paid for a ‘keeper with just one international cap.
They need not have feared at all though. He can play with his feet, he can make outstanding saves and he commands his box as well as any goalkeeper in Europe. Kepa has been nothing short of brilliant
between the sticks for Chelsea and is, slowly but surely, justifying his fee.
Key stat: Kepa has made more successful passes (389) than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.
There has been much debate about the effect Jorginho has had on N’Golo Kante, but the Italian himself has been brilliant this season for Chelsea.
Jorginho has been a passing machine for the Blues, helping Maurizio Sarri implement his ‘Sarrismo’ style and despite Chelsea and the Brazilian-born Italy international having stuttered a little in the last couple away games in the Premier League, he showed
against Manchester City that you can’t keep this kind of talent down for too long.
Key stat: Jorginho has made more passes (1,324) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
According to football fans, Everton’s
decision to pay around £40m for Richarlison ‘spoiled the transfer window’ and inflated prices for apparently ‘better’ players.
Do they stand by that point now? Richarlison has scored seven goals in 14 games, more than any other player aged under 21 in the Premier League, and has taken to life at Goodison like a duck to water. This has
earned a call-up to the senior Brazil side, as well, for whom he has scored three goals in six caps.
Key stat: Richarlison has already scored seven goals in 14 Premier League games this season for Everton, two more than he managed in 41 outings for Watford last season. No other summer signing has managed more.
2. LUCAS TORREIRA
Not since the days of Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira have Arsenal had a commanding midfielder that can physically dominate and intimidate an opponent, while
also having an immense level of talent and
composure on the ball.
That was until Lucas Torreira arrived at the Emirates. The Uruguayan has given Arsenal boundless amounts of bite and energy in the midfield engine room and perfectly suits Unai Emery’s blockbuster style of play.
In today’s market, £27m is an absolute snip for a player of Torreira’s quality, while the effect he has had on the Arsenal midfield so far surely puts him down as the Premier League’s second best summer signing for 2018?
Key stat: Lucas Torreira has made more recoveries (110) than any other Arsenal player in the premier league.
1. ALISSON BECKER.
‘Liverpool have paid £65m for a goalkeeper they put seven goals past last season.’ That was the general consensus when Liverpool briefly made Alisson Becker the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in the summer.
You can’t imagine that anybody is still standing by that opinion, as Alisson has been an absolute revelation, making match-winning saves and keeping more clean
sheets (10) than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Alisson was mainly signed for his ability to play the ball, though, and in that respect he has also proved himself a game-changer for Jurgen Klopp’s side in adding a whole new dimension to the way Liverpool can manage a game now.
Key stat: Alisson has an 85% save success rate in the Premier League this season, the most of any ‘keeper to play more than two games.
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