10 best and worst Premier League transfers this season

Fans of first-league teams will be calling for big money again this summer. But looking back at the work done in the past reveals that there have been as many bad jobs as there are good ones.

So who shone and who struggled? Here are my top 10 and worst transfers of the season. * All transfer fees have been reported.

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The best signatures

1. Christian Eriksen (Brentford, free): The Danish international, who has literally returned from the dead after crashing on the pitch at Euro 2020, must take the highest payout. His miraculous recovery was one of the great stories of the season, and he showed that all his old skills are in full working order so that Brentford can get out of danger well. It will be good to keep him this summer, with the interest of the former Tottenham club and others.



Alejandro Moreno describes how the influence of Luis Diaz led Liverpool to a return in the second half over Villarreal.

2. Luis Diaz (Liverpool, £ 37 million): If it was possible to improve Liverpool while chasing four trophies, Diaz did it. The Colombian international striker signed from Porto and fits in perfectly with Anfield with his penetrating runs and dynamics on the left wing. He gives manager Jurgen Klopp a chance to ease the burden on the attacking trio Sadio Mane, Diogo Jotaand Mohamed Salah.

3. Craig Dawson (West Ham, £ 2 million): Dawson has been magnificent in defense since arriving from Watford, and the 31-year-old has had a wonderful season for the Hammers, scoring a big goal in the Europa League quarter-finals in Lyon. Not bad for a man who once played in Radcliffe Borough and Rochdale, and was relegated to the Premier League at West Brom and Watford.

4. Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, loan): His midfield play on loan from Chelsea earned him a place on the England side. Full of bright ideas and important goals, can he force his way into the team at Stamford Bridge next season?

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, £ 13.5 million): With an apology to Coldplay, is he “part of the cure or part of the disease” at Old Trafford? That debate will continue, but without the 37-year-old’s exceptional finish – he already has 24 goals from 38 games – where would United be? In the middle of the table, probably.

6. Martin Odegaard (Arsenal, £ 30 million): His elegant addition and creativity are the main reasons why the Gunners could finish in the top four. The former “miracle boy”, who struggled to win a game at Real Madrid after moving there as a 16-year-old in 2015, has matured into a top player and could be Arsenal’s captain next season. It seems to be cheap.

7. Dan Burn (Newcastle, £ 13 million): After dropping out of the Darlington Football League, Burn became an excellent top defender, and his move from Brighton to Newcastle helped spur a revival of Toon after Christmas. He may be unsung, but he is a key figure for Eddie Howe’s team.

8. Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace, £ 18 million): Palace gambled after seeing Guehi’s excellent game on loan in the Championship with Swansea last season. Chelsea, who will lose some key defenders this summer due to free transfers – Cesar Azpilicuet, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger – might wish they had kept the youngster who has already joined England.

9. Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle, £ 35 million): Already a cult figure in the Northeast, Guimaraes – who signed from Lyon – is the kind of player who, with his subtle passes and daring finishes, pulls frustrated fans out of their seats. It symbolizes an exciting new era being built in Newcastle after taking power with the support of Saudi Arabia.

10. Jose Sa. (Wolves, £ 7 million): The Portuguese goalkeeper signed for the team of Bruno Lage from Olympiacos and looked good in his first season in Molineux. Sa helped the Wolves sniff out European football next season with a few big defenses.

Honorable compliments: Kieran Trippier(Newcastle, £ 12 million), Dejan Kuluševski (Spurs, loan), Rodrigo Bentancur (Spurs, £ 15.9 million), Cristian Romero (Spurs, £ 42.5 million), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal, £ 24 million), Marc Cucurella (Brighton, £ 15.4 million), Michael Olise (Crystal Palace, £ 8 million) i Ibrahima Konate(Liverpool, £ 35 million).

The worst signatures

It should be emphasized that several players on this list are good players who are likely to recover, and there may be good reasons for their non-form that the clubs have not revealed.

1. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, £ 97.5 million): His signing of the club record from Inter was a failure. An early injury and a poorly judged interview in which he seemed eager to return to Italy did not help. He could argue that Chelsea have not adjusted their style to suit him, but the return of just five league goals in 23 Premier League games this season tells its story. He is now a reserve for Kai Havertz and there is no doubt that Chelsea would move him if the right offer came up, but he may not.

2. Jadon Sancho (Man United, £ 73 million): It was a tough season to start his career at Old Trafford, but Sancho did not achieve the expected impact. When he regains his self-confidence, we may still see the boast that scored 50 goals and 64 assists in 137 games in Dortmund.

3. Jack Grealish (Manchester City, £ 100 million): The former Aston Villa star has slimmed down his figure from time to time after his British record move and it’s hard for him to be just another member of the City choir. It is suspected that manager Pep Guardiola may be trying to make him a more complete player, but for now he is in disgrace and work is underway.

4. Dele Alli (Evertonfree): The mysterious fall of the former English star was sad to see, and a strange deal led him to leave Tottenham permanently in January for a fee that could reach £ 40 million based on appearances. The move was supposed to revitalize his career, but the Premier League game has yet to begin. It’s hard to know where everything went wrong or whether it will ever get back on track. Maybe Frank Lampard can solve the riddle?

5. Raphael Varane (Man United, £ 43 million): Considered a classy and experienced addition to Man United’s defense, the French World Cup winner has struggled to move from LaLiga to the Premier League. With his central defensive partner Harry Maguire they also have a tough season, there are 13 teams with a better defensive result than United. He said enough.

6. Nikola Vlašić (West Ham, £ 26.8 million): The Croatian national team player has not yet scored a goal at the London stadium. Indeed, his only hit of the season was away at Watford in December and he had just six Premier League starts, with no real impact even when he came on as a replacement.

7. Alex Kral (West Ham, loan): The well-known midfielder of the Czech Republic, joined from Spartak Moscow in August, but apparently manager David Moyes does not trust him except in an odd cup match. The King has not kicked the ball in the last 18 West Ham games, even at a time when the team is stretched by a hectic European schedule.

8. Jannik Vestergaard (Leicester City, £ 15 million): Another weird one. Westergaard was solid in Denmark’s race to the Euro 2020 semi-finals last summer and moved to Leicester from Southampton. But the 29-year-old was rarely used by Brendan Rodgers, despite the fact that Leicester struggled with injuries in defense and conceding too many goals from corners.

9. Bryan Gil (Spurs, £ 22.5 million): The Spurs had hoped to get the spell on their wings to get signed with the Seville star last summer, but Gil never started a single Premier League game and was loaned out to Valencia in January. It’s a classic case for a club to bring in a player and then quickly decide they don’t really want him.

10. Billy Gilmour (Norwich City, loan): It looked like a coup for the Canaries when they got a highly rated Chelsea youngster on loan last summer. After all, Gilmour earned great reviews at Stamford Bridge and played for Scotland against England at Euro 2020. But trying to meet those expectations in a struggling team proved to be a difficult task. Gilmour found himself the target of angry fans and lost his place on the team. He could get better out of the learning experience.


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