The 2016/2017 Premier League season will be rounding up this weekend. An interesting season it has been with an unlikely winner emerging going by the events of last season. A host of players came into the league to ply their trade with clubs who acquired their services. Some clubs performed brilliantly last season and just made a few recruitments, some major and some minor, while others went for players they thought could improve their sides after below-par outings last season.
However, we’ve been looking out to see which club had the most successful transfer period in the Premier League this season. We were looking to see which club’s new buys have paid off with significant dividends to show. If it were up to you, which club has had all their new recruits playing integral parts in the team with significant results and outcomes to show?
We’ve chosen our winner for the Premier League‘s 2016/2017 transfer market and our verdict goes to Chelsea, the blue boys from London and the newly crowned champions of England. Chelsea’s new boys have all contributed significantly to their title win under a new manager this season. Chelsea went for Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi and N’golo Kante.
A massive signing he has been this season in comparison to other new players in other clubs. He featured in 34 games, all starts, with 1 goal and 1 assist to his name, a pointer to the importance of his presence in the Match Day starting lineup. The Frenchman has been a powerhouse in Chelsea’s midfield this season where his energy, decisiveness, and determination saw Chelsea wrack up quality points against all manner of opposition in the league. He has unarguably been the signing of the season and this was evidenced in his winning of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award beating team-mate Hazard and others on the list. The Frenchman also won the Football Writers Player of the Year Award on Thursday night. How many defensive midfielders have won such awards recently?
The full back whom many knew little about signed from Fiorentina. He has emerged as a top player this season putting in decent performances in almost every game. He has been a gem in Chelsea’s left wing back position as defined in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-2-1 formation on paper. He had his chance after Arsenal’s rout of Chelsea and that was the transformation Chelsea needed to break through this season. One of the highest scoring defenders this season with 6 vital goals and 3 assists in 30 games played comprising of 29 starts and 1 substitute appearance. How many recently acquired defenders in their teams can boast of better numbers and impact?
The Brazilian made his return to Chelsea from PSG. The center back has many critics due to his style of play in defense, but seems to have garnered the needed discipline to enable him to flourish as a defender under Antonio Conte’s tutelage, and make his critics admire him. He has been a solid part of Chelsea’s back 3 this season alongside Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, whilst playing his part immensely and effectively to ensure that Chelsea ran away with the league title. 32 games to his name, all starts with 1 goal scored. A typical mainstay!
The Belgian international may have found games hard to come by in his first season at Chelsea but was relatively decent when called upon sometimes from the substitute’s bench. He made just 1 start and 18 sub appearances with 3 goals and 1 assist to show. However, no matter what flaws he may have displayed on the pitch, the event at the Hawthorns, on the 12th of May, in the 82nd minute against West Brom may have endeared him to the fans as he provided the goal that effectively handed Chelsea the 2016/2017 Premier League title amid the hot chase from Spurs, which meant Chelsea could look towards their remaining games without pressure.
These are Chelsea’s new transfers this season and what they offered the side in terms of their consistency and end product. Chelsea have won the Premier League title and are looking to set the record of 30 wins in a season if they get all points against Sunderland on Sunday. They also have a date with city rivals, Arsenal, in the FA cup finals in Wembley. They could end up with the domestic double due to the impact of these new signings after a poor previous season. Can any club’s combined transfers this season rival them? They could still add to their numbers with just 1 game left to play