As last time, please note this list features only permanent deals only, no loans. And only features players signed this season (2016/17) not before. I will also be following it up with the rest of the teams in future parts.
Best: Idrissa Gueye
Gueye went down last season with Villa but was one of the few players who could hold his head high. Escaping back to the Premier League with Everton has has become a complete dynamo in midfield. He tops the chart for tackles with 135 in total – given him totalling 2,686 minutes this season that results in him averaging under 20 minutes per tackle.
Worst: Yannick Bolasie
This isn’t really his fault, but Everton’s signings have been largely good: Williams has lead the defense, Gueye was a revelation, Schniederlin was great after arriving in January and both Lookman and Calvert-Lewin have been good as youth prospects. But Bolasie got injured in February and before that had only scored once anyway. He was OK – but nothing special and missed half the season. Sorry Yannick.
Best: Kamil Grosicki
After arriving in January, Grosicki positioned himself as a first choice player out wide – providing 5 assists in 15 appearences as Marco Silva got extremely close to saving Hull from the drop. Working hard on his flank (whichever his was) will have endeared him to many a manager in the top flight. Would not be suprising to see him back in the EPL next year.
Worst: James Weir
Signed from Manchester United’s youth Academy and expected to make an impact. He didn’t. Only made 3 senior appearences – all in the EFL cup before being shifted off to Wigan in Januaray – where he only made 4 appearences. Not good enough.
Best: Wilfred Ndidi
Ndidi was Leicester’s second attmept to replace N’Golo Kante – the heartbeat of the title winning team after Mendy failed to in the first half of the season. And in doing so was excellent – he didn’t have the same ability to carry the ball forwards to start attacks that Kante did – but he has covered the defensive aspect expertly.
Worst: Bartosz Kapustka
Kapustka has only made four senior appearances this season – solely in cup competitions. Though he is only 20 still this season has to be considered a failure. Especially given his performance in EURO 2016. But it’s far from a clear descision – the vast majority of the Leicester signings have not worked out well.
Best: Sadio Mane
He won their player of the year! How could it be anyone else? His destructive running and pace not only stretched opposing defenses but gave a target for Liverpool’s brigade of creative midfielders to exploit. Liverpool scraped to a top 4 place this season – but has Mane been available all season, they would have likely walked to qualification.
Worst: Ragnar Klavan
A reasonable shout here would be Alex Manninger – given he failed to make a single appearance, but he was never supposed to given has brought in as backup backup keeper. Klavan however has largely been a mess at the back unable to displace Lovren and even losing his position as backup later in the season to Lucas – who isn’t even a defender.
Best: Leroy Sane
This was another hard one – as though City made some transfer blunders, they also made some great moves. Namely: Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus. All three have been excellent, but I give this to Sane due to the the fact Gundogan and Jesus were only present for part of the season (be that due to injury of arriving in January). Sane has however been brilliant on the left flank – his dribbling, skill and pace tearing defenses apart almost every game. Well done Leroy.
Worst: John Stones
Stones vs Bravo – a battle of 2 evils. Both seemingly intent to allow City to concede as many goals as possible in the name of ball playing (inexplicably in Bravo’s case). Honestly Either would be deserving winners – but I went for Stones given his price tag was triple Bravo’s and that Stones comitting defensive errors was predictable – given that was his primary job at Everton as well.