The transfer window of the summer of 2020 was not like the previous transfer windows. The football world was suffering due to the financial crises created by the pandemic. Football clubs around the world were short of cash, despite this many deals went through. It clearly stated that even the pandemic can not stop football clubs from fulfilling their ambitions.
However, it is one thing to sign a player and another to see him perform well. Though the likes of Leicester City, Everton, and West Ham have done very well. But they still need more on their CV to displace a traditional top-six club. With so many new additions to the Premier League teams lets’ take a look at the best signing of the top six clubs this season.
Best signing for traditional Top Six clubs of Premier League:
1. Manchester City- Ruben Dias
Last season Aymeric Laporte was out for a long time and Manchester City struggled defensively. Thus, Guardiola spent heavily on his defence. Ruben Dias arrived from Benfica for a fee of $63 million. The Portuguese has been in excellent form this season. Dias has adapted very easily to the Premier League and his transition has been very smooth. He has formed a key partner at the back with John Stones, who has been a player reborn this season.
With their 0-1 win over Arsenal, it was their 14th clean sheet in 22 Premier League games with Dias in the team. In essence, he has managed to get them what they missed last season. He has helped them to sort out their defensive side of the game. Last season they were not up to the mark defensively, Dias has helped them in that aspect.
2. Manchester United- Edinson Cavani
Manchester United has built a reputation for being active on the last day of the transfer window. The summer of 2020 was no different as well. Many had urged Ed Woodward to make signing in the wake of the humiliating 1-6 defeat to Tottenham. Manchester United bought in Edinson Cavani on a free transfer from PSG. Though he has been mainly used as a substitute and his role has been limited but his impact has been very effective.
The best example of it can be the 2-3 win over Southampton. The Red Devils were 2-0 down at halftime away from home. Cavani came on as a second-half substitute. The former Napoli star scored the first goal, set up the second for Fernandes, and himself scored the winner in injury time. Another reason for him on this list is that other United’s signing hasn’t really been given a chance in the first time like Donny Van De Beek.
3. Chelsea- Thiago Silva
The Blues under Frank Lampard spent a lot of money. They were by far the biggest spenders in the Premier League. Seven players arrived at Stamford Bridge this season. However big spending does not necessarily mean instant success. Lampard struggled to get the best out of his whole squad and eventually it cost him his job. However, when it comes to picking the best signing out the summer, Chelsea fans are spoiled for choices as they would have hoped.
Thiago Silva the 36 years old Brazilian defender has been Chelsea’s best signing. The likes of Ziyech, Havertz, and Werner haven’t been to hit the ground running. While Silva has used his experience to settle into the team. Last season Chelsea struggled defensively with Silva things have improved a lot. Though it hasn’t been like Chelsea’s defence has been revolutionized with his arrival but things have better compared to last season.
4. Liverpool- Diego Jota
The defending champions are having a nightmare defending their crown. Though mathematically it is still possible for them to win the league but in reality, the title dream is over. At the start of the season, many had urged Klopp to spend big in the summer. He did listen and Liverpool signed a few players to strengthen their team.
However, when it comes to the best signing, it has to be Diego Jota. It is harsh on Thiago but right now that seems to be the case. Though Thiago is a brilliant player but it looks like he is not the kind of player who can adjust to Klopp’s heavy metal football. While Jota before his injury stepped up for the team when Mane and Salah did not.
5. Tottenham Hotspur- Gareth Bale
It was a not typical summer for Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager who is used to big money in the summer transfer windows. At Tottenham Hotspur, things were more economically and Spurs had to spend their money judiciously. The big signing of the season for the Spurs was the return on Gareth Bale. With his arrival many expected Tottenham to be title contenders.
However, things haven’t gone as per plan for the London club. With Bale getting all the limelight, the signing of Peter Hojerb has gone under the radar. So far he has been Spurs’ best signing. He is exactly the kind of player that Mourinho wants and he has delivered for them consistently. The German protects the backline and keeps the game moving for his team.
6. Arsenal- Gabriel
There were high expectations from Mikel Arteta’s team this season. It was because of their success in the FA Cup and the Community Shield. They did well in the transfer window. However, it has been very poor from Arsenal.
Their defence was a big problem and so far Gabriel has been their best signing. Willian is no longer the player that he was once at Chelsea and Partey has been struggling with injuries. The youngster has improved Arsenal’s defence and his absence is often felt. Also from a long-term perspective, he looks like a solid signing.