5 of the best signings of 2017 summer transfer window
The summer transfer window in 2017 was one of the most historic transfer windows of all time. It witnessed the world record transfer fee being smashed once again with the move of Neymar Jr. from FC Barcelona to PSG for an astonishing €222 million.
A number of high profile signings such as Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to FC Barcelona), Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United), Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid to Chelsea) and Nemanja Matic (Chelsea to Manchester) kept everyone engrossed in the proceedings.
We have now arrived in December and can evaluate the impact these signings have had since moving on.
Note: The following list is not based on transfer fees but has been compiled on the basis of sheer impact the players have had on their respective clubs.
#5 Kyle Walker
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City won 11 out of 11 games at the start of last season and suddenly faltered midway, eventually ending up trophyless.
Pep knew he needed reinforcements in defense and brought in Kyle Walker despite his high price tag. The right-back was brought in from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of £50m. He made an immediate impact at City, proving to be the missing cog in Guardiola’s system which relies heavily on playing out from the back.
Walker has been consistent in defense and has averaged 1.5 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game. He has been excellent with his crossing as well and has 5 assists to his name. Owing to Walker’s exploits, City have been defensively solid this season, conceding only 12 goals in 19 games.