5 most successful signings of 2017
2017 has seen some crazy transfer business in European football. Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4bn during the summer transfer window while Spanish, German and Italian clubs spend close to £3bn.
PSG stunned the world when they paid a record €222 million for Neymar. They went big again for Kylian Mbappe with a €180 million deal.
Clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, AC Milan, Barcelona, Everton, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain spent more than €150 million in the summer transfer market.
We are halfway through the season and not all of the big money signings have justified their price tags.
Big money signings like Leonardo Bonucci, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Victor Lindelof, Bernardo Silva, Federico Bernardeschi, and Danny Drinkwater have not had the best starts at their new clubs while Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata, Kyle Walker, Ederson, Paulinho, and Corentin Tolisso have shone for their new clubs.
On that note, let's have a look at 5 of the most successful signings of 2017.
#5 Simone Zaza (Valencia CF)
Former Juventus player and West Ham loanee, Simone Zaza, is making headlines in La Liga with his sensational form for Valencia. With 10 goals already this season, only Lionel Messi has scored more than the Italian international in the La Liga.
It has been quite the turnaround for a player who struggled a lot over the last few years at Juventus and West Ham.
Zaza is a typical modern-day striker with great aerial ability, strength and has enough pace to trouble some of the best defenders in the world.
The 26-year-old is proving his doubters wrong with some stunning performances for Valencia. Los Che is third in the La Liga table, behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, thanks in no small part to the goals from Zaza.
His good form for Valencia has earned him an Italy recall and a good performance in Russia will him on par with some of the best strikers in the world.
Simone Zaza Stats:
Appearances - 14
Goals - 10
Chances created - 9