It’s been a wild transfer window so far in the English Premier League, with a number of the league’s top stars switching jerseys for more money and new opportunities. Major transfers impact the entire league, and below I rank the top-10 of the 2017 transfer window.
1. Romelu Lukaku – FWD
To Manchester United from Everton (£75m transfer fee)
Manchester United is receiving a gem in Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, which was just four goals shy of Harry Kane’s league-leading 29. The price is, indubitably, a hefty sum, but the 24-year-old Belgium striker is just the fourth player in EPL history—joining Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney—to eclipse more than 80 goals before turning 24.
2. Alexandre Lacazette – FWD
To Arsenal from Lyon (£52.7m transfer fee, club record)
In each of his last three seasons in France with Lyon, Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals. The implementation of Lacazette into Arsenal’s starting XI should be a smooth transition. It will be interesting to monitor the progression of the on-field chemistry between Mesut Ozil and Lacazette, for much of the French forward’s success with his new squad will depend on their communication and ability to string together scoring opportunities.
3. Kyle Walker – RB
To Manchester City from Tottenham (£45m transfer fee)
One of the best at his position in the Premier League, Walker provides tons of value—both defensively and offensively—to Man City. Walker’s control, hustle and natural skill will leave positive impacts on the field almost immediately. Last season with Tottenham, he assisted on five goals; his ability to facilitate on the offensive side of the pitch will surely be put on display.
4. Bernardo Silva – RM
To Manchester City from Monaco (£43.5m transfer fee)
Silva excels in precision passing and skillful dribbling. To illustrate his traits, He finished this past season with 10 goals and 10 assists in 51 appearances for Monaco. The addition of Silva undoubtedly bolsters Man City’s depth at the attacking midfield positions, which, in turn, means that there is going to be some competition and difficult decision-making between the likes of Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
5. Alvaro Morata – FWD
To Chelsea from Real Madrid (£58m transfer fee)
With the pending departure of Diego Costa for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata will step in as the Blues’ top striker. Morata scored 15 goals in La Liga last season in Madrid, but he didn’t find consistent starting time with Karim Benzema ahead of him. A move to London should promise the 24-year-old Morata a starting spot each week. Playing with the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro, two of the most creative midfielders in the league, should open up plenty of goal-scoring opportunities for the Spaniard.
6. Nemanja Matic – CDM
To Manchester United from Chelsea (£40m transfer fee)
The recent signing of Matic allows Paul Pogba to potentially be more of a presence in the Manchester United offensive attack, as if he wasn’t enough already last year. Pogba received more passes (566) in the final third than any other current teammate, leaving exception to the recently departed Zlatan Ibrahimović (569). I personally believe Pogba will benefit tremendously on offense with the addition of the defensively-minded Matic, as he will be presented with more scoring opportunities.
7. Mohamed Salah – RW
To Liverpool from Roma (£36.9m transfer fee, club record)
Salah provides some much-needed versatility to Jürgen Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation. The former Roma winger can play both out wide or in the center, and his success last season (15 goals, 11 assists) in Serie A—especially his 18.8% conversion rate of scoring opportunities—displays why he is the perfect fit as the finisher needed in the Liverpool midfield.
8. Danilo Luiz da Silva – RB/LB
To Manchester City from Real Madrid (£26.5m transfer fee)
Manchester City signed two of the most complete defensive backs in the world in Kyle Walker and Danilo. While Walker only plays right-back, Danilo can play on both sides of the field, but has more experience at right-back in his career compared to the latter. City needed help at the full-back positions after struggling there last year, and they got it, and then some. However, now I am curious to see how Pep Guardiola will use Walker and Danilo in the game plan.
9. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez – FWD
To West Ham United from Bayer Leverkusen (£16m transfer fee)
Chicharito returns to the Premier League, where he scored 37 goals in 103 appearances for Manchester United from 2010-2015. He is a little beyond his glory days, but he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. West Ham has made quite a splash in the transfer window this summer with the additions of Hernandez, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart (on loan).
10. Wayne Rooney – FWD
To Everton from Manchester United
Wayne Rooney left Everton for Manchester United when he was just 18 years old. Now 31, Rooney makes an emotional return back to his former club. Rooney’s return fills the void of forward Romelu Lukaku, who now sports Rooney’s old colors back at Old Trafford. I guess we will have to see if Rooney truly does have a little bit of spark left, and so far, it appears he does: