With the new year right around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the first half of the Premier League season.
Manchester City’s dominance at the top of the table might finally be tested as the club faces several key injuries, while the relegation battle sees eight teams separated by a mere five points at the halfway point.
Below, PST takes a look at the 10 best PL signings from the summer transfer through the midway point in England’s season.
10. Richarlison (Watford)
The Hornets have had difficulty finding goals on a regular basis, but the Brazilian has provided Watford with a strong outlet up front. The 20-year-old striker has a lot of room to improve, and that is a good sign for Watford.
9. Chris Wood (Burnley)
The Clarets still need more production out of the forward position, but Wood has been a steady figure in the Burnley attack with his five goals in all competitions. The ex-Leeds man has done well, but he’ll have to continue to score if Burnley want to remain in contention for top four.
8. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)
After a hot start, Lukaku has cooled off a bit, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the shelf the Belgian’s presence has been ever-important for Jose Mourinho’s side. He’s on pace to score over 30 goals in all comps, which would be a career-high, so it’s safe to say the money was well-spent by United.
7. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)
The loss for Chelsea has proven to be Man United’s gain. The holding midfielder has provided cover brilliantly for a Red Devils backline that has suffered a great deal of injuries defensively. Matic is the model of consistency and has helped provide another line of defense for a side that has only conceded 16 goals all season.
6. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town)
The Aussie midfielder has controlled the center of the park for the newcomers, and been rewarded with four goals to boot.
5. Pascal Gross (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Similar to Mooy, the former Ingolstadt midfielder has helped ease the transition into PL life for Brighton. Gross is a dynamic talent, who has also tallied four goals this season to go along with his creative presence for the Seagulls.
4. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
The Frenchman has adapted quite well to life in the PL, despite Arsenal’s ups and downs this season. In a summer where many top attacking players were added to PL rosters, Lacazette has been very impressive.
3. Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Pep Guardiola made several important signings ahead of this season, but the one area where the Cityzens looked vulnerable last year has since been plugged. Walker has been strong defensively, and given the club another dimension getting forward in the attack.
2. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
He’s a bit different from Diego Costa, but the Spaniard really knows how to put the ball in the back of the net. He’s built a tremendous relationship with Cezar Azpilicueta, and it seems like every header ends up in the goal. Morata has been every bit the player Chelsea had hoped for.
1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
The Egyptian would probably win Player of the Year if the season ended right now, and for the price Liverpool paid they’d take Salah’s performances for the next five years with no questions asked. He has the most-deadly left foot in all of England, and arguably is only second in the world to Lionel Messi. Don’t be surprised if he cracks the 30-goal mark in 2017/18.Follow @MattReedFutbol