How Have the Major Premier League Signings Performed this season? Part Two

    07 Apr 2020 | Premier League | Opinion
    How Have the Major Premier League Signings Performed this season? Part Two
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    We begin the second part of how the major Premier League signings have performed this season by heading to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea took Real Madrid central midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan Last season but made the deal permanent ahead of the 2019/20 campaign by paying £40 million for his services.

    The Croatian international has already made 37 appearances in all competitions this season and has delivered some excellent performances in the Premier League. He is not a player who is going to win any admirers for beating the opposition with flair or pace but he has had a steady and solid influence on Chelsea in the middle of the park. At 25 years of age, Chelsea fans have a player who could remain in the midfield for many years to come.

    Moving North from London up to Liverpool and we come to Goodison Park. Everton parted ways with their manager, Marco Silva and replaced him with the experienced Carlo Ancelotti.

    However, the transfer deals completed by Silva cannot be undone and there were some questionable moves for significant money last summer. One of which was the £34 million deal to take Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.

    The Nigerian international scored only 2 goals and made one assist for the Toffees in 22  appearances this season. That's a poor return for player who commanded such a high fee and he is joined by striker Moise Kean in failing to live up to his price tag at Goodison Park. Having enjoyed a good record for Italian club Juventus and also making a promising start to his international career with Italy, much was expected of Kean.

    He cost Everton £25 million but has failed to break into the first team. Kean has just one goal and two assists in 26 appearances for the club and many of those appearances have come from the substitutes bench.

    Leicester City were not afraid to splash the cash last summer and they brought in three players for a combined total of £95 million. One of those players is Belgian central midfielder Youri Tielemens. He impressed during a loan spell last season so it was little surprise to see the deal made permanent for a cost of £40 million. Tielemens has generally enjoyed a successful campaign, scoring 5 goals and creating 7 for his teammates.

    Ayoze Perez joined the Foxes for £30 million from Newcastle United. The Spaniard has been inconsistent for Leicester City this season, showing signs of what he is capable of with a hattrick in the demolition of Southampton but often finding himself substituted during games. His 7 goals and 5 assists highlight the fact that Perez could do better but has had a steady start with life at the King Power Stadium.

    Finally, we come to a group of players who were signed for between £20 and £25 million last summer. At West Ham United, Pablo Fornals has struggled to impose himself on the Premier League from central midfield while Watford‘s Ismaila Sarr has shown glimpses of what he is capable of with his speed and trickery during a campaign which has been broken up by injury. Ryan Sessegnon has struggled with injury since joining Tottenham Hotspur from Fulham but Danny Ings has been a big success since joining Southampton permanently from Liverpool, scoring 15 goals in 29 Premier League appearances.

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