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Premier League: How have the new signings fared thus far? (Part Two)


Premier League – new signings (Part One)

Leicester City

Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans

Caglar Soyuncu: Only eight appearances so far for the Turkish defender, whose most notable highlight so far has been missing a penalty in a League Cup quarter-final.

Johnny Evans: Signed from West Brom in what looked like a coup. 28 appearances so far is by no means meagre, but it also highlights that he hasn’t quite been the first name on the team sheet.

James Maddison: Arrived to much optimism from Norwich, and hasn’t disappointed. Seven goals and six assists, a mean free-kick taker as well, it’s amazing how he wasn’t among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Ricardo Pereira: Had done rather well since his arrival, especially given that he’s had to play right-back, right-wing-back and as a winger as well. Ranks fourth in the league for tackles, and scored a thunderbolt of a winner against Manchester City in December.

Youri Tielemans: Joined on loan from Monaco in January, and his performances since has not only led to calls for his transfer to be made permanent, it’s also got other clubs interested.

Rachid Ghezzal: Has floated in and out of the side, making 23 appearances, and registering three goals.

Filip Benkovic: He played, that one time… what do you mean no one remembers?


Alisson: Has given Liverpool much more security in goal since his arrival, and hasn’t missed a minute of league or Champions League action this season. He’s made the most errors leading to opposition, though.

Naby Keita: Started slowly, and was something criticism early. But he’s grown into the side, and has scored twice this month.

Fabinho: Another new signing who needed time to bed in. Fabinho was a fringe player for most of the first three months of the season, but has gone on to make 35 appearances this season.

Xherdan Shaqiri: Six goals and three assists in 27 appearances seem a more than decent stat. But after frequenting in the side early on, the Swiss winger has gone quite off the boil since the turn of the year.

Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez: City’s record signing has found opportunities not quite easy to come by, unsurprisingly. Has managed 11 goals and three assists, though.

Manchester United

Diogo Dalot
Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot: Wasn’t in the team setup early in the season, thanks in no small part to injury. The youngster has made 20 appearances so far, and the unsurprising odd error aside, looks a more than decent prospect.

Fred: Signed for £52 million in the summer, and looked a top acquisitions. He has been anything but, there’s been the odd good game, but he’s spent most of the season looking off the pace.

Lee Grant: Signed from Stoke, probably as a result of second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s injury before the World Cup. Didn’t help that Romero recovered in time for the new season. Has made one appearance, coming on a substitute in the League Cup defeat to former club Derby County.


Miguel Almiron
Miguel Almiron

Fabian Schar: With Jamaal Lascelles’ form having dipped this season, Schar has done well in defence since his arrival from Deportivo. The Swiss defender has added registered some wonderful goals at St. James’ Park as well.

Federico Fernandez: Started out as the part of the defensive first-choice pairing, but is place is currently far from assured. 20 appearances isn’t bad, though, particularly in a side that has six first-team centre-backs.

Ki Sung Yeung: Joined from Swansea on a free, but, after a decent start, has only appeared 16 times.

Kenedy: After his first loan spell in Tyneside went well last season, he joined on a temporary basis again. But his form this term has been anything but, and his campaign is likely to be remembered for his torrid game at Cardiff in August.

Salomon Rondon: Injury meant he didn’t start from the off, but Rondon has more than his bit in the side. 10 goals and six assists for a forward who’s been isolated many times, though there’s talk of Newcastle not making his loan spell permanent. Has also hit the woodwork six times.

Martin Dubravka: His loan spell became permanent in the summer, and the Czech goalie is still a much more assured presence between the sticks than the other Toon goalkeepers. Has appeared 35 times, all in the league.

Miguel Almiron: Nine appearances so far for the man signed from the MLS. Almiron hasn’t scored for the Magpies yet, but has added a lot creativity and energy to the side’s attack. Maybe now Danny Mills will consider him good enough.

Yoshinori Muto: 14 games for the Japanese forward, who’ll always have his wonderful goal at Old Trafford in September.

Antonio Barreca: One appearance. January signing that amounted to little? You bet.


Danny Ings
Danny Ings

Jannik Vestergaard: 26 appearances, the Dane hasn’t quite been the regular, or leader, many expected in defence.

Danny Ings: On loan from Liverpool. Top scorer with eight strikes.

Stuart Armstrong: Started well at South Coast, but while the performances are still fair enough, his early-season form, especially as an attacking outlet, has waned.

Mohammed Elyounoussi: The replacement for Dusan Tadic. But as his Serbian predecessor continues to light up the Champions League with Ajax, Elyounoussi still awaits his first goal for the Saints.

Angus Gunn: Gunn had to wait till the turn of the year for his chance in goal. Had made 14 appearances this season.


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Gerard Deulofeu: His loan became permanent in the summer, and Deulofeu is currently enjoying a rich vein of form, helping the Hornets get to a first FA Cup final in over three decades. Nine goals so far this season.

 Ben Foster: Foster was signed from West Brom, and the 36 year-old has done rather well in goal. But his latest notable act was his gift to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Arsenal a week ago.

Adam Masina: Hasn’t quite displaced Jose Holebas at left-back, but injury to his Greek counterpart has led to Masina appearing more frequently of late.

Domingos Quina: The youngster didn’t quite make the grade at West Ham, but has had a decent season with the Hornets, with two goals in 12 games.

Ken Sema: 20 appearances is a bit above the expectation for Sema when he arrived in the summer.

Ben Wilmot: Six appearances for Wilmot, who has been shipped off to sister club Udinese on loan.

Marc Navarro: Four appearances for Navarro, who would probably have been shipped off to Granada on loan had the Pozzo family not sold the Spanish side.

West Ham

Felipe Anderson
Felipe Anderson

Lukasz Fabianski: The Polish goalkeeper has done more than well at the London stadium, playing every Premier League minute since joining from Swansea. No goalie has made more saves.

Fabian Balbuena: Started a part of the first-choice pairing at the heart of the defence, then dropped out for a bit, before returning once more.

Issa Diop: The French defender has been impressive in his time at West Ham. Only eight players have made more blocks in the league.

Ryan Fredericks: Signed as a pacey upgrade to Pablo Zabeleta at right-back, but has spent most of the season playing second fiddle.

Carlos Sanchez: Rack your brain, when was the last time you saw him play for the Hammers?

Andriy Yarmolenko: Started well, but was ruled out for the rest of the season after an injury in October.

Lucas Perez: Six goals in 17 games, not that bad.

Samir Nasri: Signed in January on a free, Nasri started brightly, but has played just six times.

Felipe Anderson: 10 goals in 38 games for the Brazilian, even though he suffered a dip in form at the turn of the year. Does his bit without the ball, too, ranks ninth in the list for tackles made (77).

Jack Wilshere: Joined in July, but has appeared just six times. It’s almost like he was injury prone before the Hammers picked him up.


Raul Jimenez
Raul Jimenez

Rui Patricio: Patricio ranks fifth for most saves in the league, and has been an invaluable addition.

Willy Boly: Loanee from last season who became a permanent signing. Wolves’ defence look different when Boly is not around.

Diogo Jota: Loanee from last season who became a permanent signing. Jota didn’t register a league goal until mid-December, but has gone to manage seven more since, including a hat-trick against Leicester in January. Has more yellow cards than goals, though.

Ruben Vinagre: Loanee from last season who became a permanent signing. 19 games for the wing-back is a decent number, considering his competition in that role.

Leo Bonatini: Loanee from last season who became a permanent signing. Bonatini has only appeared nine times this season, scoring once.

Leander Dendoncker: Had to bide his time before appearing in the side, but has been a permanent fixture in the starting line-up since the turn of the year.

Adama Traore: The pacey winger has made 34 appearances, but continue to show his fallibility in the final third, just one goal all season, and none since September.

Raul Jimenez: Initially joined on loan from Benfica, but Jimenez’s performances, 16 goals and seven assists, has led to Wolves making his deal permanent.

Jonny: Another who initially joined on loan, his performances at wing-back has also led to Wolves making him a permanent signing.

Joao Moutinho: The midfielder has been a delight in midfield since joining from Monaco. Just one goal to his name, but Moutinho has created eight for others.


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