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Top 5 signings of the 2017 summer transfer window

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1.06K   //    01 Mar 2018, 00:04 IST

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Lukaku has impressed in his first season with the Red Devils netting 22 goals in all competitions

It's late May and the season is done. Football fans the world over will not have official, live club matches to enjoy, discuss, debate and most importantly fight over, for the next two and a half months. Even the players themselves can relax, go on holidays with friends or family and basically unwind for a bit.

However, this does not apply to the club officials responsible for transfers or even the managers to an extent. They set out to recruit players that they feel can improve the squad.

Players are purchased and let go according to the club's style, need and most crucially, budget.

This is what happens every year. In 2017, some major transfers took place. Here I mention the five players who have impressed the most at their new club since joining last summer.


#5 Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

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Walker has been superb at Right-Back for Manchester City

While Manchester City looked formidable even last season (especially in the first couple of months), frailties in certain areas meant Pep Guardiola would finish a season trophyless for the first time since his senior coaching career began in 2008.

It was obvious he would set out to remedy those shortcomings - and that is what he did.

An aging Pablo Zabaleta was sent to West Ham on a free and the league's finest right back in Kyle Walker was brought in from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee rising to €56m including add-ons.

Being the most expensive British player of all time, he has been superb with his new club, providing defensive stability and also being an offensive threat going forward.

Having featured in 25 out of City's 27 Premier League matches this season - starting all of them - he has made 1.5 tackles and 2.1 clearances per game in the league while also providing six assists in all competitions.

While their quadruple hopes have been dashed by Wigan in the FA Cup (they won 1-0; scoring thanks to a rare Walker error), City are well on course to lift three trophies this season.

He has already won the Carabao Cup and the Premier League itself has been something of a foregone conclusion for at least the last couple of months.

Regardless of how far they go in the Champions League, it is safe to say that Walker has had a brilliant first season at the Etihad - and his pace, athleticism, and determination has played a major role.


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