20 major Premier League summer signings ranked so far and what future holds

Despite the strange and uncertain circumstances, Premier League clubs still managed to spend a combined total of more than £1billion this summer.

Chelsea were the most active, bringing in several big names after a transfer ban the previous year and spending more than £200m in the process.

Arsenal and Manchester United – eventually – were busy, too, while Everton have perhaps seen the most immediate return from their new additions.

Here, Daily Star Sport has ranked the most high-profile summer signings and assessed their respective seasons so far.

While some have started like a house on fire at their new clubs, others will certainly be promising more is to come.

Donny van de Beek – Man Utd (D)

Through no real fault of his own, van de Beek finds himself in a slightly awkward situation at Old Trafford just a few weeks after joining from Ajax in a £35m deal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted the midfielder will play a “big, big part” this season, but so far he has been limited to just 61 minutes of Premier League action.

The Dutchman is yet to start for United and questions are already being asked about his place in the team. It’s still very early for van de Beek, but it has hardly been an ideal start.

Gareth Bale – Tottenham (C-)

Like van de Beek, Bale is being eased into action after his summer move. Inevitably, his return to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid was one of the window’s most discussed transfers.

But he has yet to make an impact, restricted to one start – in the Europa League against LASK – and a cameo from the bench against West Ham, which was overshadowed by the surrendering of a three-goal lead.

There should be plenty more to come from Bale, but so far his second spell at Spurs can be neatly summarised with one word: underwhelming.

Nathan Ake – Man City (C-)

It’s been a tough start to life at Manchester City for Ake. The defender, signed for £41m from Bournemouth, was criticised for his defensive display in a 5-2 defeat against Leicester, and appears to have lost his place at centre-back to fellow new arrival Ruben Dias.

Pep Guardiola will, of course, rotate throughout the season, and at 25 Ake is still considered one for the future. It’s certainly not been a disastrous beginning for the Dutchman, but he is yet to win everyone over.

Alex Telles – Man Utd (C)

Telles could well be a transformative signing for United, potentially allowing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to switch to a 3-4-1-2 – as he did against Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian left-back made his debut in the 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes, looking comfortable before he was withdrawn in the second half.

It’s too early to judge Telles, but he looks like a shrewd addition.

Edinson Cavani – Man Utd (C)

Another signing United made just before the close of the transfer window, Cavani only made his debut last weekend, thrown on in the second half of a goalless draw against Chelsea.

He looked sharp, but was largely marked out of the game by former PSG teammate Thiago Silva. It’ll be interesting to see how he links up with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and co.over the next few weeks.

Kai Havertz – Chelsea (C)

Havertz arrived at Stamford Bridge amid a huge amount of fanfare, which is unsurprising given the fee of around £71m.

He is still adjusting to a new team and a new division, though, and is yet to really get going. Havertz is still only 21, though, and there is no need to be impatient with such a generational talent.

Thomas Partey – Arsenal (C+)

The early signs look good for Partey, who joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid for £45.3m on deadline day.

He is a cultured, reliable holding midfielder in the mould of Gilberto Silva, and that is exactly the kind of player Arsenal have lacked for some time. The 27-year-old looked good against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League and didn’t do much wrong as his new side fell to a 1-0 defeat against Leicester last weekend.

Willian – Arsenal (C+)

Willian got off to a flying start after joining Arsenal from Chelsea on a free transfer. He provided two assists in an opening day win at Fulham and it looked at that point as if Arsenal had been vindicated in offering the 32-year-old a three-year deal.

He has slowed down since, a more peripheral figure in recent games, but Willian should still add real quality to Mikel Arteta’s team.

Timo Werner – Chelsea (C+)

The early signs are promising for Werner, even if he has looked a little frustrated at times. He opened his account for Chelsea with a brace against Southampton, but he was subdued in recent goalless draws against Sevilla and Manchester United.

The German striker appears to be finding his feet, and there is evidently far more to come from him.

Ruben Dias – Man City (C+)

There is plenty of expectation surrounding Dias following his £65m move from Benfica. The Portugal international is tasked with solving City’s almost inexplicable defensive issues, and has so far managed just the one clean sheet in four appearances.

He is certainly a commanding presence, though, and a potential partnership with Aymeric Laporte could well be fruitful for Guardiola’s side.

Ross Barkley – Aston Villa (B)

It has been a positive start for Barkley at Aston Villa, on loan from Chelsea. This feels like a career-defining season for the 26-year-old, not quite at the level required to be a regular with his parent club but still unquestionably Premier League quality.

He has proved that with Villa, scoring on his debut in an incredible 7-2 win over Liverpool, and then grabbing a late winner in a tight, nervy 1-0 victory away at Leicester.

Barkley has been a part of a fluid, ruthless front four in a revitalised Villa team.

Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa (B)

Some eyebrows were raised when Villa paid £28m for last season’s Championship top scorer. But most doubters were converted into believers when Watkins hit a clinical hat-trick in Villa’s thrashing of Liverpool.

Admittedly, they are the only Premier League goals he has scored so far this season, but the 24-year-old looks capable of leading the Villa line for many years to come.

Thiago Silva – Chelsea (B)

Silva’s Chelsea career began a little shakily as he was hooked off in the second half of a 3-3 draw against newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion.

That probably wasn’t what Frank Lampard envisaged when the vastly experienced 36-year-old was brought in from PSG.

In the games since, though, Silva has been imperious, helping Chelsea to welcome clean sheets against Crystal Palace, Sevilla and Manchester United. With the Brazilian in the team, the Blues suddenly look capable of keeping out opposition attackers.

Ben Chilwell – Chelsea (B+)

Chelsea’s defence has also been bolstered by the arrival of Chilwell from Leicester. He is a clear upgrade on Marcos Alonso and Emerson, and has already managed two assists and a goal in three Premier League appearances this season.

He should have the left-back position tied down for many years at Stamford Bridge.

Callum Wilson – Newcastle (B+)

Newcastle were obviously lacking a goalscorer this season, but that is the case no longer following the signing of Wilson from Bournemouth.

The 28-year-old is in his prime, accustomed to the Premier League, and the result has been four goals in his first six league appearances for Steve Bruce’s side.

Diogo Jota – Liverpool (B+)

The expectation when Liverpool signed Jota was that the Portuguese forward would act as cover for the front three, but his instant impact has seen him almost force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

A switch to a 4-2-3-1 allowed Jota to start against Sheffield United last time out, and he headed home the winning goal in the second half. The 23-year-old scored on his Premier League debut for the Reds against Arsenal, too. He looks destined for big things at Anfield.

Edouard Mendy – Chelsea (A-)

The relief at Chelsea is almost palpable. Mendy is, it seems, a hugely gifted goalkeeper, adept with the ball at his feet and an exceptional shot-stopper.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s inconsistent performances meant Chelsea were in need of a reliable goalkeeper, and they appear to have found one. Mendy made crucial saves against Sevilla and Manchester United, impressing his manager in the process.

“When Mendy comes in, we trust in him. We brought him here to help out and improve, to have competition,” Lampard said. “When he’s played already, you’ve seen the composure of him, in all aspects, and he’s making saves.”

Gabriel Magalhaes – Arsenal (A-)

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Until the defeat against Leicester on Sunday, Gabriel had hardly put a foot wrong as an Arsenal player.

He is a young defender who plays with the maturity and confidence of someone years older, and he looks to be exactly what Arsenal need after years of defensive vulnerability.

Gabriel still has things to learn, of course, but he has been amongst the standout performers early in the Premier League season.

Thiago Alcantara – Liverpool (A)

It is hardly surprising that Thiago has instantly looked at home in Liverpool’s midfield. He is a supremely gifted player, amongst the best passers of a football in world football.

Thiago, who rarely does anything other than dictate the tempo of games, will only make Liverpool a stronger team, which is worrying for their potential title rivals.

James Rodriguez – Everton (A+)

The best signing of the summer based on what we’ve seen so far, James has been a revelation for Everton.

Cast aside at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti saw an opportunity for a coup, bringing in a player who should probably be playing Champions League football.

James has scored three goals and provided three assists in his six Premier League appearances and been a major factor in Everton’s rise to the top of the division.

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