We take a look at the best 5 Premier League signings according to statistical analysis provided by whoscored - are they correct?
1): Fernandinho - Manchester City - 7.61
The athletic defensive minded midfielder has been hugely impressive since his £30 million pound move from Shakhtar Donetsk. he is rated the best summer signing so far this season with an impressive 7.61, leaving him the 7th best in the Premier League overall. Defensively the player has proven very astute and intelligent, in his 16 Premier league games he has made 51 tackles and 41 interceptions, which makes him one of the leagues best in this instance. But perhaps the biggest attribute to his high rating is down to his passing. The Brazilian has hit 818 accurate passes and 53 accurate long balls, which make him one of the most feared passing marksmen in the Premier League.
2): Mesut Ozil - Arsenal - 7.48
The German has been everything from the saviour of Arsenal football club, to the biggest flop of the year. However, according to whoscored the German international is the second best signing made by a Premier League team this season. Placed in 15th position overall, the world-renowned German playmaker has an average rating of 7.48, leaving him behind many of the Premier Leagues very top talent. It's no surprise to see him in the top 5 summer signings when he has 4 goals and 7 assists and averages an impressive 3 goalscoring opportunities a game which can only be bettered by Silva and Suarez. He has certainly played a huge part in the success of Arsenal football club this season and will continue to do so if the Gunners are to pick up their 14th top division title.
3): Dejan Lovren - Southampton - 7.47
Slotting in just one position below Ozil, the Croatian defender has been outstanding for the saints this season and has played a large part in their success. Having signed from Lyon in the summer for an estimated £8.5 million there was a lot of excitement about what the player could bring to the table and he hasn't disappointed. One of the best footballing centre backs in the division, he has played a staggering 840 passes in 16 matches, as well as 158 long balls. And not to mention registering the 3rd highest amount of interceptions in the Premier League this season.
4): Gareth Barry - Everton - 7.37
Manchester City were prepared to let their long-serving central midfield general go out on loan in the summer and it seems that Everton have picked themselves up a huge bargain. The England international is rated 22nd out of all the Premier League players and 4th top summer signing. Often called 'unfashionable' he still proves that he can more than do a job at the top end of the Premier League and has been a huge part of Everton's top 4 challenge this season. He has always been known for his passing ability and presence in the middle of the park and nothing has changed in that regard. According to statistics he has the 4th highest pass to game average in the Premier League, leaving him behind former club and country team mates; Yaya Toure, David Silva and Michael Carrick. He will no doubt continue to roll back the years for Everton, as they carry on their assault up the table.
5): Romelu Lukaku - Everton - 7.31
The second Everton loan player to make the list and the major talking point of this Premier League season, is goalscoring sensation Romelu Lukaku. The 20-year-old has been under the microscope this season, with Mourinho and Martinez both taking different stances on the players progression. However, one thing cannot be denied and that is the impressive year the youngster is having. 8 goals in 14 games for the Toffies puts him amongst the Premier Leagues top goalscorers and with half a season to go, you know he has plenty more in the tank. A strong finisher of the ball and an undeniable threat in the air, regardless of who is up against makes him one of the most feared players in the division. And with the World Cup coming up, he will be hungry to prove himself further.
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