From Manchester United to Huddersfield Town, How Has Your Club's Top Signing Fared So Far This Season?

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Mohamed Salah at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium on August 19. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty

With Premier League clubs spending more than £1 billion on signings already this summer, there are high expectations for the purchases.

Three weeks into the new season and we are already getting an idea of who is fitting in seamlessly and who is struggling to live up to the hype.

Here, Newsweek rates how each club's top signing so far this summer has fared in the season's first few weeks.

AFC Bournemouth

Nathan Ake4/10

It was after Ake was recalled by Chelsea from his loan deal at Bournemouth last season that the south coast club realized how vital he was to the team. So Eddie Howe's club paid a club record £20 million to bring him back to the Vitality Stadium. But it hasn't been the best start for the Dutchman, as Bournemouth has failed to keep a clean sheet and has lost every game so far.


Alexandre Lacazette5/10

The French striker took just 94 seconds to announce himself to the Premier League and Arsenal Football Club, when he scored in his league debut in the dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester. But two games later, Lacazette, who cost Arsenal a club record £46 million, has been unable to score again and was just a substitute in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.

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Brighton and Hove Albion

José Heriberto Izquierdo—6/10

With just one game played in the blue and white of Brighton and Hove Albion, it would be harsh to judge Izquierdo too severely. His job at the Amex Stadium is to bring some much-needed goals, as Chris Hughton's team is yet to score this season. But there was some approval in the 0-0 draw with Watford on August 26, when Izquierdo made a charge back to prevent a late counter from Watford. That will please the Amex faithful for now anyway.


Chris Wood9/10

With even less time to fit into his new surroundings, Wood made an immediate impression for Sean Dyche's team after joining from Leeds in a club record £15 million move. At Wembley on Sunday, just days after completing the transfer, Wood, 25, scored a dramatic late equalizer against Tottenham to show Burnley it was money well spent.


Alvaro Morata8/10

Those boots of Diego Costa are pretty big to fill, but Morata has done a fine job so far. In his opening three Premier League games since joining Chelsea for a club record £60 million, he has two goals and two assists to his name. He has linked up smartly with Cesc Fàbregas, his fellow Spaniard, as well as Pedro and Willian. His goal tally could, and should, be larger, however, as he has missed a couple of clear chances. The absence of a clinical finish prevents Morata from achieving a higher mark.

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Crystal Palace

Ruben Loftus-Cheek7/10

There are high hopes for 21-year-old Loftus-Cheek at Stamford Bridge, and he has been sent to south London to get some game time in the Premier League. And while Palace's start to the season has verged on dreadful, losing all three games and failing to score a goal, Loftus-Cheek has been the standout performer. Athletic and powerful, with a lethal shot, the midfielder has provided a small ray of hope for manager Frank de Boer.


Wayne Rooney9/10

It was meant to be a sentimental move, but Rooney's return to Goodison Park at the age of 31, 13 years after leaving for Manchester United, has been anything but that. He scored the winning goal against Stoke and put Everton ahead against Manchester City. It's not even September, and Rooney has already played seven games this season.


Aaron Mooy—9/10

There were never any great expectations for Huddersfield in the Premier League, and we got that wrong. And Australian midfielder Mooy was barely known before he scored the winner against Newcastle last weekend to see David Wagner's team go—temporarily—top of the Premier League. While Huddersfield have been the surprise team of the season so far, Mooy is certainly the surprise signing.

Leicester City

Kelechi Iheanacho3/10

There were times last season when Iheanacho was outshining Marcus Rashford, his youthful rival at Manchester's other club. Both young strikers were impressing, but the Nigerian appeared to be the more complete player, leading Leicester to pay £25 million for him. But so far, he has played just eight minutes of the defeat at the Emirates Stadium, and Craig Shakespeare will be hoping for more.


Mohamed Salah10/10

Philippe who? Jurgen Klopp's front three at Liverpool have looked as deadly as ever after the arrival of Salah from Roma this summer. The Egyptian winger failed to set the league alight with Chelsea three years ago, but under Klopp he has linked up with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino perfectly, scoring twice and assisting once.

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Manchester City

Bernardo Silva5/10

One of the Monaco alumni expected to thrive abroad. The one-footed wizard is yet to find his place on Pep Guardiola's team, as he tries to fit in alongside David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho. It's a talented but cramped midfield, and Silva could turn out to be one of Guardiola's key players. But for now, he's finding his footing in English football.

Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku8/10

The £75 million fee Manchester United paid for Lukaku is increasingly looking like good value for money. With three goals in three games so far this season, the Belgian striker is looking comfortable in the No. 9 jersey at Old Trafford. He would have had a perfect start to life under Jose Mourinho had he not seen his penalty against Leicester City saved on August 26.

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Newcastle United

Christian Atsu—6/10

After making his move to St. James' Park permanent, having excelled in the promotion winning season last year, Atsu, like Newcastle, is starting to ease into Premier League life. Setting up a goal in the 3-0 win over West Ham sparked life into both Rafael Benitez's team and especially the 25-year-old winger.


Mario Lemina—6/10

Steady. It's been a positive start to life in England for Lemina after completing his move from Italian giant Juventus this summer. In the defensive midfield position, Southampton has kept two clean sheets in the league this season with a couple of goalless draws. It may be the attacking position that is more of a concern for the Saints.

Stoke City


Stoke has managed to attract another European starlet. After Bojan, now comes Jese. And he was quick to make his mark on the Bet 365 crowd after joining from Paris Saint-Germain on loan. The 24-year-old scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Arsenal and has looked like the most talented player in Mark Hughes's squad. Jese could turn out to be the best business of the summer if that form continues.

Swansea City

Roque Mesa—4/10

There are high hopes for Mesa after his move from Spain to Wales, but he hasn't had the easiest start, with a 4-0 beating from Manchester United. The 28-year-old midfielder may fear Swansea's links to signing another midfielder, Renato Sanches, on loan from Bayern Munich.

Tottenham Hotspur

Davinson Sanchez—1/10

With such little business so far this summer, it is tricky to put Spurs on the list. Sanchez, the center back signed from Ajax, is expected to follow in the footsteps of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who make up the most feared defensive line in England. But we're yet to see it. He came on to play one minute against Burnley at Wembley on August 27, and, unfortunately for the 21-year-old, Burnley scored its equalizer in that time.


Andre Gray—4/10

The signing of Gray was a big coup for Marco Silva at his new club. Burnley is a direct rival to Watford, so to take its prolific striker away was a fine piece of business. But Watford is yet to see the goals. In four appearances, Gray has not found the target. But with Watford enjoying a positive start to the season, the pressure is not too high for Gray just yet.

West Bromwich Albion

Jay Rodriguez—8/10

In 2013, Rodriguez's performances earned him a call up to Roy Hodgson's England squad, but injuries have hindered him since. Tony Pulis's West Brom paid Southampton £12 million for him this summer, and he is already paying that back. Rodriguez has two goals in his last two games, and the Baggies will hope that trend continues.

West Ham United

Marko Arnautovic—2/10

West Ham could end up paying Stoke City £25 million for Arnautovic. Such a high sum comes for the fact that he guarantees a skillful ability with goals, but there are more certainties with the Austrian forward. Arnautovic is a temperamental player, and West Ham has already seen that after he was sent off against Southampton in the second game of the season, a second defeat in a row.