The best Premier League signings of the 2018/19 season

The best Premier League signings of the 2018/19 season

The season in England is over, it's worth looking back at the players who joined Premier League clubs in the last summer. Here is the list of 10 players who made the biggest impact with their arrivals at the new clubs. 

Ricardo Pereira - Leicester

Being constant in two impressive seasons at Nice, the 25-year-old Ricardo Pereira was considered as one who might help Leicester with his versatility in the midfield. And he did it - the Portugal international is one of only three players to have made more than 100 tackles in the league this campaign, thus the fans are also impressed with Perreira’s offensive threat. The Foxes can be again very satisfied with their shopping in France, where they have benefited in the near history (Kante, Mahrez). Pereira arrived for €23m and has become a key player in Leicester. Despite his disappointment with the form against weaker teams, it was still a season to cherish for Ricardo personally.

Lukasz Fabianski - West Ham 

Knowing that expensive arrivals of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Bernd Leno and Alisson Becker all have debuted in the Premier League this season, the success is bigger for Polish goalkeeper to find his place amongst the best signings of the season. Aged 34, Fabianski is known as one of the best shot-stoppers in England, but his costly mistakes eradicated his overall quality in the past. This year, the Pole improved in concentration and composure - he has committed just one error leading to a goal. Liverpool’s Alisson is the only regular goalkeeper in PL with a better save-success rate this season (76.6%) but Lukasz has produced almost double as many saves (126 to 64). West Ham paid €10m to Swansea for services of this experienced goalkeeper.

Richarlison - Everton

Watford found it impossible to reject Everton's offer when the Merseysiders came with a €57offer for Richarlison. The potential in 21-year-old forward was not in question, but Everton still had to risk, as the Brazilian scored just five goals in the season before his arrival for the Hornets. Only one player (Gylfi Sigurdsson) has attempted more shots on target for Toffees than Richarlison (29) in the Premier League this season. His 13 league goals are not any kind of any record, but his ability increased, he is just 21, and he could develop into one of the best Brazilians ever played in the Premier League if continues growing in this rhythm.

Raul Jimenez - Wolves 

The Mexican was initially brought in on loan. His performances were good enough to force Wolves into breaking their transfer record in the winter transfer window. Wolverhampton splashed €30m for the services of Benfica’s player and it paid off as Jimenez has been directly involved in 20 of Wolves’ 47 league goals this season. His 13 goals have helped Wolves to beat the expectation and finish seventh-placed.

Fabian Schar - Newcastle

Schar’s €5 million signing fee sounds pretty funny right now, as the Switzerland centre-back carried Newcastle through the season. Simply superb after arrival from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna, the player which’s career has been in downfall was a personal wish of Rafa Benitez. The experienced manager hit the target. Impressive averages of 2.6 tackles and 2.8 in interceptions per 90 minutes, rank him among the best centre-backs in the league. Magpies suffered when Schaar missed, as they won just one of the 16 games he did not start. Ex-Basel and Hoffenheim defender got the second chance to develop and fulfil his potential, this time in the Premier League.

David Brooks - Bournemouth 

Aged just 21, David Brooks made a big impact at Bournemouth this season. The perspective midfielder has shown a talent already in his early stage in Manchester City, but the real boom in his progress happened just when he switched Championship and Sheffield United for the top flight. Seven goals and five assists for the Cherries in the Premier League so far, Welshman’s display against Chelsea at Vitality Stadium shows how much potential this young man possesses. Tottenham is very interested in the services of the dynamic midfielder and Brooks maybe would need to change the dressing room in the summer. Bournemouth paid €11,30m and could earn at least three times more in the upcoming transfer window.

James Maddison - Leicester City  

Maddison was one of the best players in the 2017/18 Championship season with Norwich City. He had to pick between Southampton and Leicester last summer. After the brilliant campaign in the Premier League with Foxes, Maddison could be forced now to decide which top-six club is his next destination. No player has built more chances (98) in the PL this season. The creative midfielder is under the right guidance of Brendan Rodgers as the player is fitting well to the dynamic style of Leicester, and the only wish of Scottish manager is that board keep the 22-year-old English player in the team.

Joao Moutinho - Wolves

A bargain of bargains in this Premier League’s season. Signed for the only €8m from Monaco, the Portuguese experienced playmaker has been one of the best midfielders in the league since his move last summer. At 31, he was planned to bring Wolves control and creativity in midfield and to help his young countryman Ruben Neves in developing. Without any doubt, Moutinho did his job brilliantly as he provided eight leagues assist in the finished season, more than any other player in the team. The partnership with Neves has been hugely effective, as both have combined energy and composure in their displays that brought Wolves Europa League spot. 

Lucas Digne - Everton

You all remember Leighton Baines on the left side of the Everton’s defence, as well as the attack. The Frenchman Lucas Digne replaces him perfectly, quality enough as he is the best rated new signing of this season by Whoscored. Digne has made the left back place his own at Everton. Ex-Barcelona player decided to leave Catalans at the end of the last season as he was only the substitute under Valverde. It was brave, but from this perspective - a fantastic move. The 25-year-old left back has made the highest number of accurate crosses, more than any other player in the league (68) and he has designed more chances (56) than any other defensive player by a distance.

Alisson Becker - Liverpool

Liverpool had to replace Loris Karius after the last season’s Champions League final. As soon as possible since the number 1 position was identified as the weakest link in the team. Many are saying Karius mistakes stopped Liverpool of being crowned in CL in Kyiv last season.  The Brazilian Alisson of Roma signed for a record fee of €75m. Already in the start, the 23-year old keeper showed his fearless attitude between the sticks and he gave a strong base behind leading centre-back Virgil van Dijk. No goalkeeper has recorded a better save percentage (76.6%) than Alisson, of those who have made at least five PL appearances this season.


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