The 10 most expensive PL summer signings and how they’ve fared so far
When Premier League clubs make big-money signings, there is usually pressure for those players to make an instant impact in their new surroundings.
This season is no different, and there have been large sums spent on new recruits despite, y’know…the planet having a nervous breakdown.
So, we’ve taken a look at the league’s 10 most expensive summer signings to see how they have fared so far.
10. Fabio Silva – £35m
Despite scoring twice against Southend in the Papa John’s Trophy, Silva is still waiting for his maiden goal in first-team football for Wolves since joining from Porto.
He hasn’t got many minutes either, managing 51 in the league across four substitute appearances. The 18-year-old is definitely one for the future, so it might be a while until we see much of him.
9. Hakim Ziyech – £36m
The former Ajax man had to be patient when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge as he was working his way back from a knee injury.
However, now that the Moroccan is fit, he’s showing what that wand of a left foot can do, recording two goals and three assists so far.
8. Donny van de Beek – £40m
Can we get a campaign going to free Van de Beek? Since joining from Ajax, the Dutchman has started every Premier League game on the bench, failing to get off it in two of the last three games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the 23-year-old will get his time, but he’s not been given much of a chance to shine so far.
7. Nathan Ake – £41m
It’s been a mixed start to life at Manchester City since his move from Bournemouth.
Ak was in the team at the beginning o the campaign, showing he can be an option at both centre-back and left-back, but he hasn’t made it onto the pitch in any of City’s last three league games, although an injury set-back did curtail his progress.
=4. Ben Chilwell – £45m
There was a slight delay to Chilwell’s start at Chelsea after joining from Leicester City, but it was definitely worth the wait.
The left-back managed four goals and 12 assists in 123 games for the Foxes; he has already recorded two goals and three assists in 10 games for Chelsea.
=4. Thomas Partey – £45m
After all of the excitement and Twitter videos upon his arrival from Atletico Madrid, Partey’s start at Arsenal has been fairly underwhelming – both on an individual and team level.
Of the three Premier League games he’s started, the only win came against Manchester United, while he was taken off at half-time during the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
=4. Diogo Jota – £45m
There were plenty of people who laughed at the price Liverpool paid Wolves for Jota, but the only one laughing now is Jurgen Klopp.
Whether it’s off the bench or from the start, the forward has made a real impact for Liverpool, and already has seven goals to his name in red.
3. Timo Werner – £48m
There have been mixed performances from Werner since his arrival from RB Leipzig, but ultimately, a striker who’s recorded eight goals and three assists in all competitions already can’t be judged to have done that badly.
Considering he’s now scored in four consecutive games, there’s real reason for Chelsea fans to get excited.
2. Ruben Dias – £62m
It’s no secret that Pep Guardiola has spent – to use a technical term – a f*ckload of money on defenders, but he may have finally found the man to sure up that backline.
Dias may have been expensive, but the former Benfica man has looked impressive so far, helping City to three clean sheets in his first seven City games. It will be interesting to see how his partnership with Aymeric Laporte develops if the Frenchman can stay fit.
1. Kai Havertz – £71m
One commentator was recently enthusing about how Havertz has scored four goals for Chelsea since moving from Bayer Leverkusen, completely failing to take into account that three of those came against Barnsley.
The Germany international has looked pretty on the ball, but we’ve seen far from his best up to this point. The hope will be that his developing relationship with Ziyech can help to get more out of him.