Top 5 summer signings that have surpassed expectations
We take a look at five summer signings that have already surpassed expectations with their new clubs.
In every transfer wind plenty of players move clubs, finding new destinations in which to play their trade. This past summer, there was a significant amount of transfer activity with plenty of big-money moves being completed. Deals to sign Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé did well to detract a lot of attention from transfers which quietly slipped under the radar.
After every acquisition, there are tendencies to always rate how good or badly they performed for their new side. Here, we take a look at five signings that have initially surprised everyone by performing better than expectations suggested they would.
#5 Maximilian Philipp - Borussia Dortmund
Maximilian Philipp agreed a five-year deal at Dortmund after BVB reached a rumoured €20m deal with fellow Bundesliga side Freiburg for his signature.
The 23-year-old arrived in June, around the same time that speculation about Dembélé's future continued to intensify. Replacing the talented French youngster was never going to be an easy task, though Philipp has thus far been a revelation for his new side this term.
He has asserted himself as a crucial piece in their attacking play and already netted five league goals to date. They've managed to unearth another great young talent who they'll hope can remain with them for many years to come and continue to assert his credentials as a first-team regular.