The summer transfer window is a yearly saga in the football community. It is when clubs try and land their transfer targets to bolster their squads ahead of a new season.
Over the years, there has been massive inflation in the market and the breaking of transfer fee records has become a normal phenomenon. Fans are always excited to see which players will arrive in the Premier League to test themselves in the most challenging league in the world.
The 2021-22 summer window saw many talented players move to England. Without further ado, let's take a look at five Premier League summer signings who have exceeded expectations.
#5 Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)
Emmanuel Dennis joined Watford from Club Brugge on 23 June. The 24-year-old made just 13 appearances for the Belgian club last season. He was loaned out to FC Koln in January and remained there until the end of the season.
Dennis is known for his pressing abilities but never quite delivered as a striker. The Nigerian forward's best performances for Club Brugge came in the UEFA Champions League, where he scored four goals over two seasons.
With Koln, Dennis managed to secure just one goal in 10 games. He was soon offloaded to Watford where he has enjoyed a good run form. Dennis has scored eight goals and provided five assists from 18 games for Watford.
#4 Demarai Gray (Everton)
Demarai Gray is a familiar name in the EPL because of his time with Leicester City. He played a small part in the Foxes' historic run to the club's first Premier League title. However, Gray wasn't a regular player during the Claudio Ranieri era.
The Birmingham youth product spent nearly a decade in England before making a short-term switch to the Bundesliga. After five seasons, 133 league games and just 10 goals with Leicester City, Gray made the switch to Bayer Leverkusen. He scored just one goal in 10 matches with the German club.
Gray couldn't adapt to life outside England and he was eventually brought back to the Premier League by Everton. The switch seems to have triggered some sort of form for Demarai Gray as he has secured five goals and two assists in just 18 games with his new club.
Gray's current numbers are far better than his statistics before arriving at Goodison Park.
#3 Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
The Portuguese shot-stopper had to wait to find some stability in his career despite being immensely talented. Jose Sa spent stints with Maritimo and Porto before joining Greek side Olympiacos. Jose Sa played for Olympiacos for two seasons and was a part of the team's core.
The Portuguese international joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on 15 July in 2021 for just €8 million. He penned a five-year deal with the club and adapted to the club's culture and the Premier League almost immediately.
Wolves are eighth in the table at the moment and Jose Sa has had a massive role to play in the club's current position. He was phenomenal against both Manchester United and Chelsea as Wolves managed to defeat the Red Devils (1-0) and draw with the Blues (0-0).
Jose Sa has cemented his place in the starting XI and is already revered within the club's ranks.
#2 Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal)
Manager Mikel Arteta and Arsenal were desperate to make up for their mistakes during the previous transfer window ahead of the new season. They had previously splashed money on players who were past their prime.
It all changed this term as the club decided to spend wisely on talented youngsters who are helping the club maintain their standards this year. One such successful incoming player is Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Japan international has been an important part of Arsenal's back four and has been involved in a number of counter-attacking moves for the Gunners. Tomiyasu, alongside Ben White, seems to be a budding defensive duo for Arsenal on the right for years to come. His passing accuracy and creativity make him worth every penny.
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Cristiano Ronaldo made a sensational return to the club that helped him make a name for himself in 2021. He made all the headlines right after Lionel Messi's shocking move to PSG.
Ronaldo was away from England for more than a decade after leaving Old Trafford in 2009. He enjoyed a successful stint with Real Madrid and then played for Juventus in the Serie A.
Even though Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford broke the internet, pundits and Manchester United fans doubted the player's ability because of his age.
However, the Portuguese international has lived up to his billing and is a key player for Manchester United on the pitch and in the dressing room. Ronaldo has eight goals to his name in 17 appearances this season.