In every Premier League season, teams go deep into the transfer market to acquire new players.
The presence of the coronavirus has adversely affected some clubs this summer but others have taken advantage of the situation to bring in some quality.
Fans will be watching some of the new boys closely and hope that they repay their fees with majestic performances on the pitch.
Among the large number of transfers made so far, the Joy Sports team have named their top five signings in the English top flight this summer.
Timo Werner (Chelsea)
He needs little introduction. Werner was one of the best finishers in the Bundesliga before completing his move to Chelsea. The German found the net 28 times in 34 league appearances last season for RB Leipzig, an impressive tally for the 24-year-old.
The Blues had to make do with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud for most of last season and although they provided good tallies, the jury was still out.
Chelsea, in their bold spending spree this summer, made a €53 million payment for Werner. They can be assured of a deadly finisher for years to come.
Werner is also adept at playing on the wing which is a plus for Frank Lampard should he prefer Giroud or Abraham in some games.
Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea)
Ziyech was one of the most exciting players in Europe in the last two years and at some point attracted the attention of current Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
When the Moroccan steps unto the pitch, he leaves no doubt as to why he was highly sought after. He netted six goals and gave 12 assists in 21 Eredevisie matches last season, an enviable tally.
In the league, he averaged 3.7 key passes per 90, which would be music to Frank Lampard’s ears considering the big hole left by Eden Hazard following his move to Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old is also not afraid to take players on and completed 2.6 dribbles per game in the Dutch top flight. The former Ajax man is versatile, playing well at the right wing and central attacking midfield.
Chelsea paid €40 million for his services, a potential steal considering his abilities.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea)
Another recent Chelsea signing makes it to the list. Havertz cost Chelsea an astonishing €80 million but his potential and current abilities makes the fee worth it.
The 21-year-old netted 12 times and provided six assists for Bayern Leverkusen last season in 29 games, a good tally for the midfielder.
The German had two shots per game in the Bundesliga, showing his willingness to have a crack when the opportunity presents itself. He also completed two key passes per 90, highlighting his ability to create chances for opponents.
Havertz provides options for Frank Lampard. The attacking midfield spot is his best but he is capable of playing on the right wing and at times fill in as the centre forward if necessary. He is definitely one of the players to watch this season.
Donny van de Beek (Manchester United)
€39 million for van de Beek seems to be a bargain for Manchester United. The 23-year-old was at the heart of the Ajax midfield that shocked European football in the 2018/19 season.
Donny carried his impressive form to the following season, scoring eight goals and adding five assists to his name in 22 Eredivisie appearances.
The Dutchman is decent on the ball, averaging 39.5 passes per game last season with an 82.2% accuracy. His favourite position is central midfield but he is capable of playing in defensive and attacking midfield.
The Ajax youth graduate can provide competition for Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes or play alongside them in a three or possibly four-man midfield. The Premier League serves as the perfect platform for Donny to take his game to the next level.
James Rodríguez (Everton)
James struggled to get playing time at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane but his quality cannot be downplayed.
The Colombian will reunite with Carlo Ancelotti, the coach that brought the best out of him during his early days in Spain and Germany. During his time with the Italian boss at Real Madrid, James scored 13 and assisted 13 in 29 matches.
At Bayern Munich, he scored seven goals and assisted 11 in 19 Bundesliga games during the 2017/18 season. Ancelotti was manager of the club at the time.
The €25 million move to Everton provides a fresh start for the 29-year-old after making just five appearances last season. Under a manager who trusts him like Ancelotti, James may rediscover his blistering form once again.
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