Rating the top 10 January 2018 transfers and their progress in one year
The winter transfer window is open and we have witnessed some great deals and some surprise deals. FC Barcelona is running riots in the transfer market sealing Kevin Prince Boateng on a loan deal and then following it up with De Jong's €90 million done deal.
Roman Abramovich is no bad either. Chelsea has sealed Christian Pulisic and loaned him back to Dortmund while calling Higuain in for reinforcement up front.
Real Madrid made a move and successfully completed the signing of Brahim Diaz from Manchester City.
In a very surprising move, AC Milan managed to bag Genoa's top scorer and one of the top 5 scorers in Serie A, Krzysztof Piątek.
The Polish will stay with AC Milan until 2023. After witnessing these deals, it makes us wonder about the future of these players. Sometimes transfer turns out to be amazing and sometimes the new team is just not suited for the player and they lose form.
Here we take a look at some big-name signings from last year and rate their progress with their new team.
Note: Arrange ascendingly in terms of popularity of the signing and impact of the player.
#10 Theo Walcott (Arsenal to Everton)
Last season when he arrived at Everton, the Toffees already had Wayne Rooney, Oumar Niasse and young Calvert-Lewin with them. Plus, they also added Cenk Tosun with them. Yet, Walcott, for all the hype he had performed up to the level that people expected from him.
Even though he joined after half-season and made only 13 appearances, he scored three goals and made three assists (highest by any Everton forward in 2017/18).
He also completed at least 2 dribbles per game and made 1 key pass per game. His average number of passes made was second only to Wayne Rooney. Walcott's addition provided the depth that the Toffees needed up front.
This season he has scored three goals and got two assists so far in 19 appearances(starts). The addition of Richarlison sees the Brazilian being the more imposing figure among the forwards.
Richarlison and Walcott have made 21 and 23 appearances each with the Brazilian playing more minutes. In front of goal, Richarlison has been lethal, scoring nine goals.
However, Walcott is much better when it comes to ball control and keeping possession. Richarlison gets dispossessed more and has worse touches than Walcott.
Our conclusion is that Walcott has done more than justice to his price tag and played a valuable role for Everton. After Rooney's departure, he has complemented Richarlison's goal tally with his better control and chance creation.
Verdict: The Englishman, for his price tag, did well adapting last season but has been just about average till now. The Toffees rely more on Richarlison for scoring.