The 2017/18 Premier League season had its own highs and lows like every other year where a few teams exceeded the expectations, some underperformed and also witnessed a downfall beyond they fancied.
We have seen all three newly promoted outfits maintaining their Premier League status whereas West Brom, Swansea City and Stoke City’s stature suffered a shocking demotion. A few transfers, however, played a massive part for certain teams to achieve their season objectives and here we enlist five such names who made the headlines following their summer moves.
Wood won the Championship Golden Boot award last season for his stunning goal-scoring run with Leeds United, but spending £15 mil for a forward unproven in Premier League circuit was still a gamble. Sean Dyche has done some tremendous business in recent years on a shoestring as most of the players he brought in were from the second tier and the signing of the New Zealand international proved to be no different either.
Wood made an instant impact at Turf Moor with decisive goals and despite missing out months of football through injury, he managed to hit the 10-goal mark and helped his side tgrab a place in European next season following an incredible seventh-placed league finish.
He was playing part-time football with Scottish third tier outfit Queens Park five years back but has now made it to the Champions League final with Liverpool, following a low-key £8 mil summer transfer.
The Scotsman suffered a relegation with Hull City last season and started the Premier League season as Alberto Moreno’s deputy in the left-back role. He finally had his opportunity following few frustrating months when the Spaniard suffered an ankle injury back in December and Robertson, thriving to earn a reputation at Anfield, established himself as club’s first-choice left-back banking on his scintillating performances week in week out. He has been a revelation at the back and the Reds seems to have found out a resolution of their prolonged defensive conundrum down the left-hand flank.
Paying £35m for a 23-year-old uncapped Brazilian custodian surprised many, but Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City gaffer, knew on whom he was investing and the ex-Benfica keeper not only justified his value by helping the Citizens to win the Premier League title but also exhibited his ability to suit in Guardiola’s philosophy with great distribution skills and composure between the sticks. He has replaced veteran Claudio Bravo in City goal and the Sky-blues seem to have someone to protect them for years to come.
The 26-year-old German midfielder was one of Brighton & Hove Albion’s low-profile summer recruit from FC Ingolstadt 04. The midfielder was signed in for less than £3m but returned 7 goals and 8 assists for the Premier League new boys and his solitary goal against mighty Manchester United at AMEX ensured their top-flight safety.
The attacking midfielder orchestrated moves in the attacking third with his sublime crosses, link-up play and box-to-box run, and the Seagulls boss Chris Hughton must be proud to his scouting panel for such a bargain signing.
There should not be any doubt over the ‘signing of the season’ as the Egyptian grabbed 36 personal awards so far this campaign following his stupendous display for both club and country. He was massive in Liverpool’s ‘top four’ league finish as well as an incredible journey to the Champions League final where they will be contesting Champions Real Madrid next weekend.
Salah had a brief spell at Chelsea but never had opportunities to shine in English football. He, however, is now back again in the Premier League, following his £34.3m summer move from AS Roma and broke the record set by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez to become league’s highest ever scorer in a 38-game campaign when he netted the 32nd goal against Brighton & Hove Albion in their final league encounter.
Salah has also guided Egypt to qualify for the World Cup finals and conquering the prestigious Champions League title might make him favourite for the Ballon d’Or award – a token of appreciation as world’s best footballer that has been thoroughly mastered by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in last decade.
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