Sunday, September 10, 2023

Declan Rice, James Maddison, and Dominik Szoboszlai – Arsenal Tottenham, and Liverpool stars among signings of the summer

It was a busy summer transfer window and a number of Premier League signings have made an immediate impact for their new employers.

And are on hand to run through their 10 best rated new arrivals in England’s top tier.

Disasi is one of the summer signings impressing in the Premier LeagueGetty

For additional context, players to have made three or more appearances come into the reckoning, while those who have had their loan move made permanent this summer also feature.

10. Axel Disasi (Chelsea) – 6.93 rating

Chelsea have spent in excess of £1bn since Todd Boehly took over the club last summer, with Axel Disasi proving the best of the bunch this season.

The Frenchman joined from Monaco in a bid to bolster the Blues’ backline, and he has returned a rating of 6.93 across his four outings.

Disasi netted on his debut, a player of the match showing in the eventual 1-1 draw with Liverpool and, while Chelsea have made a stuttering start to the campaign, Disasi has been solid for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, with 101.8 passes per game the fourth most in the division so far.

9. Micky van de Ven (Tottenham) – 7.01 rating

The first of five Tottenham players to make the cut on this list, Spurs look to have finally secured their long-term replacement for Jan Vertonghen in the form of Micky van de Ven.

The Dutchman joined from Wolfsburg and hasn’t looked at all out of his depth in England’s top tier.

Van de Ven has been a fine additionGetty

A pass success rate of 93.5 per cent is the fourth best of all centre-backs in the Premier League this season, while 15 clearances ranks 15th with the 22-year-old often in the right place at the right time to alleviate pressure on the Spurs goal, and in the process land a rating of 7.01.

8. Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham) – 7.11 rating

Remaining at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Guglielmo Vicario was perhaps a surprise addition at Spurs following his summer move from Empoli.

The north London side were courting David Raya before turning their attention to Vicario, and despite some initial wobbles, the 26-year-old has looked solid between the sticks.

Only Alisson (90%) has a better save success rate than the Italian (84.2%) in England’s top tier this term, while 15 saves, the seventh most, has helped the Tottenham shotstopper to a rating of 7.11.

GettyVicario looks like a solid addition for Tottenham[/caption]

7. Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham) – 7.19 rating

Dejan Kulusevski joined Tottenham on loan from Juventus 18 months ago, and it wasn’t until June that Spurs made the move permanent.

The Swede scored his first league goal of the campaign in the 5-2 win at Burnley last weekend, and he’s been a little unfortunate not to register an assist having averaged 1.8 key passes per 90.

His 13 tackles and interceptions combined is also a solid return and that has contributed towards Kulusevski’s rating of 7.19.

GettyKulusevski scored a key goal against Bournemouth[/caption]

6. Moussa Diaby (Aston Villa) – 7.20 rating

Aston Villa’s club record signing makes the cut having made a solid start to life at Villa Park. Moussa Diaby has been directly involved in three goals in his four outings, scoring twice, and has quickly established himself as a key man under Unai Emery for the Villans.

Diaby’s swiftly forged a solid attacking partnership with Ollie Watkins, and striking up an understanding between the two forwards was key.

There is more to come from the 24-year-old, but a rating of 7.20 notes an impressive beginning to his Villa career.

Diaby has hit the ground running for VillaGetty

5. Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool) – 7.25 rating

Dominik Szoboszlai’s first Liverpool goal was one to savour. The former RB Leipzig man connected perfectly with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner on the way to the Reds’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa, drilling past Emiliano Martinez from 20 yards.

The 22-year-old has slotted in well at Anfield, chipping in with fine averages of 1.8 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per 90, providing the ammunition from midfield having gotten the better of a marker.

It won’t be long before the 22-year-old, who has garnered a rating of 7.25 so far, is really taking the Premier League by storm.

GettySzoboszlai scored a cracking goal against Aston Villa[/caption]

4. Declan Rice (Arsenal) – 7.27 rating

Arsenal’s marquee summer signing, Declan Rice has earned a rating of 7.27 for the Gunners across his four outings this season.

Rice’s best display in an Arsenal shirt came in Sunday’s entertaining 3-1 win over Manchester United, where he picked the perfect time to open his account for Mikel Arteta’s side.

The England international ranks 13th for tackles and interceptions combined (16), while a 91.6% pass success rate shows how quickly he has settled into his new surroundings.

Rice was a match-winner for Arsenal against Manchester UnitedGetty

3. Pedro Porro (Tottenham) – 7.40 rating

Like Dejan Kulusevski, Pedro Porro also saw his Tottenham move made permanent over the summer.

Joining back in January, it was difficult to see how Porro, a wing-back by trade, would fit in under Ange Postecoglou, the Australian favouring a four-man defence.

Yet the 23-year-old, who played no part in the opening weekend 2-2 draw at Brentford, has performed admirably from right-back.

The former Sporting man registered his first assist of the season at the weekend, and that’s helped to return a rating of 7.40 so far.

GettyPorro has starred at right-back and impressed moving into midfield[/caption]

2. James Ward-Prowse (West Ham) – 7.70 rating

After a lengthy transfer pursuit, West Ham finally secured the services of their number one midfield target last month, and James Ward-Prowse was certainly worth the hassle.

No player has registered more assists than Ward-Prowse (3) in the Premier League this season, and to go with his goal against Brighton, the former Saints man has been directly involved in a goal in his three West Ham performances to date.

The 28-year-old is performing above the standards many perhaps expected so early on, and that has seen the England international return a rating of 7.70.

Ward-Prowse has had a magnificent start at West HamGetty

1. James Maddison (Tottenham) – 8.08 rating

Leading the way is Tottenham star James Maddison. Maddison set Spurs back around £40m, but with Harry Winks heading to Leicester for £10m, there is an argument to be made that the north London side can deduct that from the 26-year-old’s fee.

The former Foxes star has been a revelation in a Spurs shirt so far. He has scored twice and laid on an additional two assists, and is already a fan favourite for Ange Postecoglou’s side. rating of 8.08 is not only the best for a new Premier League signing, but the highest in England’s top tier this term overall.

Maddison has started life at Spurs in fine fashionGetty

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