This year’s summer transfer window saw a lot of activity from Premier League clubs – from record signings to bargain buys, to surprise Championship signings – we’ve had them all.
A few of these new signings have impressed early on in their new clubs, which bodes well for them and the club.
Let’s take a look at 3 Premier League summer signings who have hit the ground running:
#3 Daniel James
Manchester United made three summer signings – Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Daniel James. While Maguire and Wan-Bissaka were household names, and were brought in to significantly improve the Red Devils’ defence, James was an unknown signing for most Premier League fans as he played in the Championship for Swansea City.
The 21-year-old Welsh winger has surprised many with his direct running and his goals, having scored three in four games in the Premier League for United.
It seems that playing for a massive club like Manchester United has not fazed him one bit. He is one of United’s most exciting players at the moment, as well as one that is an integral part of the club’s attack.
#2 Sebastian Haller
Over the summer, West Ham United sold or released several of their strikers. The Hammers lost as many as four first-team strikers as the likes of Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic, and Lucas Perez were sold, while Andy Carroll was released.
The London club went big and signed Sebastian Haller for £45 million, breaking their club transfer record.
The French forward scored his first two goals against Watford, and then scored another one in the Hammers’ win over Norwich City at home.
The 25-year-old striker is very good in the air, having won on average 5.7 aerial balls this season so far. Haller has average 3 shots on goal this season so far as well.
Manchester City signed Spanish defensive midfielder Rodri after triggering the midfielder’s release clause of €70 million.
The 23-year-old, who is touted to be Fernandinho’s successor in the City team, has started 3 of the 4 Premier League games this season, and has settled in very quickly into Pep Guardiola’s team.
The Spaniard has an incredible 94% pass percentage, while averaging 58.8 passes every game. The defensive midfielder provides a great shield to the back four, averaging 3 tackles per game. He is only going to get better, which is a scary prospect for City’s rivals.
The reason why Rodri is number 1 on this list is that it isn’t easy for a player, in such a crucial role, to instantly make his way into Guardiola’s starting lineup. The Catalan is a demanding manager, so Rodri deserves plaudits for his early impact.