10) Jack Grealish (Manchester City)
It was a solid if not a spectacular start to life for Jack Grealish at City. But Grealish’s “solid” is way better than most and will do just fine for Pep Guardiola for now.
The £ 100million man is allowed to play in his best form while adjusting to Guardiola’s slightly more specific demands. At Villa, the instruction was to simply hand the ball over to Grealish and offer help if needed. For City, the England star is one of many creative forces, which means Grealish must decide when to shoulder the burden himself, as he has so often done at Villa, or find a better-placed teammate against defenses. a little more dense.
Guardiola might expect better than a return of four goal contributions in 10 appearances, but his continued inclusion against Raheem Sterling demonstrates the manager’s faith. “We just have to provide for him and let him express his quality,” said the manager after his Community Shield debut. “He didn’t come for 25 minutes, he came for five or six years.
Providing him with a suitable center-forward might also help, Pep.
9) Hwang Hee-chan (Loups)
Among rumors around Adama Traoré and Ruben Neves in the dying days of the transfer window, Hwang’s signing by Wolves went under the radar even of some Wolves supporters. But Molineux’s loyalists now know what they have in the South Korean striker.
Hwang has already scored three goals in four Premier League appearances, only two from the start. And those three goals came from just five shots.
The 25-year-old, on loan from RB Leipzig, is building a very promising partnership with Raul Jimenez, as demonstrated against Newcastle when Hwang scored identical goals. Bruno Lage admitted the plan was to find Jimenez so the Mexican could use his strength to hold, turn and feed runners, like Hwang or Trincao. The wolves needed an alternate threat to Traore’s sheer might and they seem to have found one.
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7) Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
If Antonio Conte is right and Chelsea “haven’t quite figured out how to use it yet” then the rest of the Premier League is screwed up when Thomas Tuchel ends up dealing with Lukaku.
The Belgian striker was exactly the presence Tuchel wanted: “A very physical striker, a point of reference, a player with a personality that could take the pressure off the shoulders of young players and give us the chance to play faster football. . “
He started with four goals in his first four appearances, since when he has endured a more sterile spell. Which instantly sparked his criticism – Tim Sherwood brought up the ‘flat bully’ theme again – but three goals on a 3.3 xG without penalty suggest he is finishing the chances created.
There is no doubt that there is more to come from Lukaku, but he has already shown the impact he can have on a Chelsea side who yearn for a good center-forward. Which, of course, you are entitled to expect for just under £ 100million.
6) Kristoffer Ajer (Brentford)
Frank ‘The Tank’ Onyeka has drawn attention to the Brentford midfielder since signing from Midtjylland, but the Nigerian has been in and out of Thomas Frank’s side. Ajer, since leaving Celtic for a record £ 13.5million and before missing out on victory at West Ham through injury, had been embodied in consistency, presence and performance.
The Norwegian easily joined the Premier League, forming a crucial part of Brentford’s three-way defense alongside Pontus Jansson and Ethan Pinnock.
He’s already had a few defining moments, including a clearance on the goal line to deny a goal to Mo Salah in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool. But his celebration of a life-saving tackle – a habit he brought from Celtic – in the Wolves win when the Bees were under cosh demonstrates his appetite to defend even better.
Kristoffer Ajer makes a brilliant clearance on the goal line to deny Mo Salah and Liverpool a first game …
It’s been through and through so far
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 25, 2021
6) Marc Cucurella (Brighton)
Admittedly, I have seen the new Brighton up close only once this season, against Arsenal before the international break. But 90 minutes in the p * ssing rain was long enough to develop some rather confusing feelings about the plump Catalan locked up.
Against the Gunners, Cucurella flew at will, pinning Takehiro Tomiyasu – himself a fine summer signing – which had the consequence of depriving Kieran Tierney of the opportunity to do the same on the other side. He created four chances, three in free play, and it was certainly not a unique opportunity.
He was equally impressive against Leicester when he spent more time in the Foxes’ half than his own. At £ 15million, Brighton appears to have found another gem in the former Getafe aviator. The prospect of seeing Tariq Lamptey flying down the flank opposite Cucurella on the left is truly enticing.
5) Demarai Grey (Everton)
Everton blew their entire transfer budget – £ 1.7million – by bringing Gray back to the Premier League, which seemed like good value from the start.
Gray failed badly at Leicester, with Brendan Rodgers apparently deciding the winger just wasn’t for him. The 25-year-old stepped out of the Premier League spotlight to launch his career at Bayer Leverksuen, but half a season after an 18-month contract the Toffees brought him back.
Even at Leicester there was very clearly a player in Gray waiting to come out and at Everton the former England call seems to have found the stadium he feels comfortable in. He already has three goals and an assist under Rafa Benitez, in addition to having created the equalizer at Old Trafford which saw Gray support Fred in The Arndale.
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4) Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
A lot – okay, we – laughed at when it looked like Arsenal were ready to pay over £ 30million for England’s fifth keeper. But seven weeks after the twice relegated cap moved to the Emirates for a slightly more reasonable £ 24million, it is starting to sound like a savvy business.
Ramsdale entered the Arsenal side when it emerged they had hit rock bottom after being employed at Manchester City took them into the unnecessary and seemingly hopeless first international break.
But the 23-year-old provided a more stable pair of hands than Bernd Leno offered and the kind of vocal, visible presence that Arsenal’s timid back line and their supporters needed. With Ramsdale between the sticks, the Gunners have only conceded once in four games – and that was consolation for Spurs in a North London derby victory.
3) Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)
The Chelsea player has to do something right to be one of the names linked to the richest club in the world…
Gallagher’s form at Crystal Palace caught everyone’s attention. The box-to-box midfielder – a rare thing these days – plays under one of the greatest players in this role in the Premier League and Gallagher is adjusting quickly.
The 23-year-old scored a few goals, an assist and won a penalty against Brighton to make him the Palace’s Player of the Season so far, according to WhoScored’s ranking. To the naked eye he was a joy to watch, adding much needed vigor and excitement to Palace’s previously heavy midfielder.
2) Andros Townsend (Everton)
The ex-England winger’s signing on a Crystal Palace free was almost completed with an apology from Everton. But two months after the start of the season, Townsend looks like he could become one of the smartest free signatures.
Despite owning 13 caps in England, the 30-year-old seemed to feel the need to introduce himself to Toffees fans during his unveiling. Apparently Everton were trapping a winger who “liked to score a goal or two” and “worked hard with the ball” – two characteristics that once endeared Townsend at Gwladys Street.
Although he was signed primarily to provide ammunition for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Townsend has already scored three Premier League goals – including the September goal – in seven matches, with five goals in nine games in all competitions. And it’s really nice to see a player having fun and determined to return the faith that Rafa Benitez has shown him.
– Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) October 8, 2021
1) Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Signature Ronaldo was not part of the plan, if there is one at Old Trafford, but to suggest that Manchester United Should have passed up the opportunity to re-sign one of the greatest players of all time, it’s madness.
Off-field advantages aside, which permeate every facet of the club, Ronaldo has done the trick in front of goal, with five goals in six appearances so far, with crucial goals against Newcastle, West Ham and Villarreal. And he convinced the rest of the team to dismiss the sticky caramel pudding.
Maybe he was lucky to win player of the month more Mo Salah, and maybe he doesn’t squeeze like a rabid terrier, but Ronaldo was definitely one of the signings of the summer.