Every summer transfer represents a major gamble for clubs no matter how thoroughly they are scouted and how much their personality is vetted. The five newcomers to the Premier League below are already paying off handsomely.
Naby Keita (Liverpool)
Just a handful of games in and it’s now abundantly clear why Jurgen Klopp was prepared to wait a year to secure his new midfield dynamo. The Guinean has already acquainted himself with every single blade of Anfield grass and his box-to-box qualities have given a new lease of life to a central area that was previously reliant on toil first and foremost.
There is far more to the 23 year old’s game than mere work-rate – as a series of driving runs and exquisite touches have shown – and with the player recently requesting time to adapt to the English top flight it suggests that even greater things are yet to come.
It is not uncommon for foreign coaches arriving on British soil to immediately sign a player familiar to them and their ways and in the case of Maurizio Sarri he was spoilt for choice raiding his former club Napoli.
In the event he opted for the Brazilian-born, Italian international Jorginho and after a somewhat mixed debut in the Community Shield the midfield lynchpin has solved a problem area for the Blues at a stroke. Where previously the 2016/17 champions relied on a consistently disappointing Bakayoko and immobile Fabregas now they are benefiting from a stylish performer immersed in Sarri-ball. Even at £57m he looks a steal.
David Brooks (Bournemouth)
On paper the transfer of Brooks to the south coast made perfect sense. Here was a talented young player ready to make the step up a level but considered untested by the bigger clubs; a player who likes to play the ‘right way’. Of course he and Bournemouth would be a fit and just a few weeks in this simple math of two plus two equals four is reaping rewards for all concerned.
A mention too should go to Leicester’s James Maddison for also making an instant impact after jumping up from the Championship. Both players deserve huge kudos for not only their displays but for having the bravery to immediately push themselves into the spotlight, installed as their respective team’s main men.
Joao Moutinho (Wolves)
If Brooks and Maddison were risks the luring of Moutinho to the Black Country was always going to be a home-run, a no-brainer if you will. The Portuguese veteran remains a sumptuous treat, effortlessly knitting everything together with a passing range that’s delighted at the highest level throughout a trophy-laden career. So of course he was going to settle from the off and afford Wolves a touch of midfield class. It was inevitable.
What is also an easy decision is to take advantage of the bonuses and offers at Gentpromocode.co.uk because why take a chance on the rest when, like Moutinho, you can opt for one of the best?
Andre Schurrle (Fulham)
Unlike the newbies above the German wide-man is already known to English audiences having spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.
Back then though the 57-cap international struggled to establish himself, crowded out by a cornucopia of attacking talent, and it took two years back in the Bundesliga for Schurrle to get back up to full speed, reaffirming his ability to terrorise the very best defenders with his constant movement and quick wits.
Along with Jean Michael Seri the capture of the 27 year old represents an impressive coup for the Cottagers.