The 2020/21 Premier League season has ended. What a ride.
Manchester City won the league again while the top four were made up of the same teams, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Meanwhile, newly promoted Fulham and West Brom joined Sheffield United for relegation.
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On the surface, one might be forgiving that it was a pretty boring and predictable season.
It was anything but.
The crowded schedule featured some crazy scores and more injuries than usual.
That meant that the clubs had to make full use of their squad. Some wish they had signed a few more players last summer.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting the sport’s finances, every Premier League club had to be extremely adept at signing up.
But did you get it right?
Well, we’ve decided to rank the summer signings based on their performance last season.
With the help of Tiermaker, we ranked them from “Signing the Summer” to “Wasting Money”.
It’s worth noting that we rank players solely based on their performance. If they are in the “useless” or “right” category, the players themselves may not be “useless” or “okay”, just their signature.
Disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at our ranking:
Waste of money
- Donny van de Beek
- Kostas Tsimikas
- Gareth Bale
- Rhian Brewster
- Fabio Silva
- Michy Batshuayi
- Dale Stephens
Let’s start with Willian, who, despite his free transfer, is considered a “waste of money”. His lackluster achievements and his astronomical wages contribute to this.
Donny van de Beek has been signed by Manchester United for £ 35.7m but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears incredibly reluctant to play against the former Ajax midfielder who appears to be a flop.
Gareth Bale made an emotional return to Tottenham, receiving high wages from the North London club on loan from Real Madrid. Despite two goals on the final day of the game, Spurs wasted a lot of money on the Welshman.
Kostas Tsimikas hardly got a chance in Liverpool as Andy Robertson played all 38 games despite the busy schedule. That can’t be a good thing after signing a replacement left-back in the summer.
- Aaron Ramsdale
- Ruben Loftus cheek
- Kenny Tete
- Branislav Ivanovic
- Said Benrahma
- Nelson Semedo
- Jamal Lewis
- Ethan Ampadu
Many of these signings were intended for relegation clubs, so their additions clearly did not have the desired effect.
Outside the relegation clubs, West Ham’s £ 25m purchase of Said Benrahma did not go according to plan as the former Brentford man only met once throughout the season.
Nelson Semedo was also disappointing for Wolves after signing from Barcelona on a £ 30m deal.
Too early to judge
- Nathan Ake
- Ferran Torres
- Alex Such
- Adam Lallana
- Joel Veltman
- Mohammed Salisu
It is too early to judge for a variety of reasons. Still young, played too few games, suffered injuries and was still adapting to English football.
Ake and Torres played a small role in City’s success while Gabriel provided insight into the reasons Arsenal signed him for £ 27million.
Telles didn’t have much of a chance at United with Luke Shaw’s incredible performances this season.
- Timo Werner
- Hakim Ziyech
- Ben Chillwell
- Thomas Partey
- Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
- Alphonse Areola
- Abdoulaye Doucoure
- Ademola Lookman
- Ross Barkley
- Sergio Reguilón
- Danny Welbeck
- Conor Gallagher
- Timothy chestnuts
All of these new signings made themselves “okay” for their new club in the first season.
Thiago has shown exactly in recent weeks why Liverpool signed him with some brilliant performances after a slow start due to injury.
Timo Werner may not have found quite as much online as he would like, but he has played a big role for Chelsea this season. Team mates Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell also showed a decent performance.
Arsenal will be looking for Partey to continue next season.
- Callum Wilson
- Wesley Fofana
- Kai Havertz
- Ollie Watkins
- James Rodriguez
- Ben Godfrey
Callum Wilson’s goals helped keep Newcastle from relegation.
Wesley Fofana has shown his potential even though he’s only 20 years old.
Kai Havertz struggled at the beginning of the season but was well received. Despite his £ 72m fee, the 21-year-old looks like a sensational player.
Every duo of James Rodriguez and Ben Godfrey have also proven to be smart purchases from Carlo Ancelotti.
- Diogo iota
- Tomas Soucek
- Emiliano Martinez
- Edinson Cavani
- Thiago Silva
- Eberechi Eze
Bow down to whoever was responsible for these signings.
They all paid off in different ways.
Diogo Jota had injury problems but his 13 goals in 29 games helped Liverpool finish in the top four.
Soucek was probably the biggest surprise of the season, scoring 10 goals for West Ham.
The signings of Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva for Manchester United and Chelsea were sensational.
It was a pleasure to watch Eberechi Eze and Raphinha for Crystal Palace and Leeds.
Signing the season
The best signing of the season goes to Ruben Dias. His influence at Man City can be compared to the impact Virgil van Dijk had on Liverpool when he arrived. He got the best out of partner John Stones and brought Man City to fame. £ 65 million well spent.
There can’t be many arguments that Dias marked Manchester City’s signing of the season. His defensive performance was simply outstanding and we fully deserved the FWA Player of the Year (and certainly also the PFA Player of the Year).
But there have been some other signings that have paid off.
West Ham’s move to Soucek was a masterpiece, as was Aston Villas’ purchase of Martinez from Arsenal.
Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani free transfer is going to go down as one of the best free transfers in Premier League history, so Chelsea too could get Thiago Silva for absolutely nothing.
On the other end of the spectrum, Willian may have cost absolutely nothing, but even then, Arsenal fans will claim he was a waste of money given the wages he has. The same can apply to Bale, while United’s £ 35.7m purchase of Van de Beek is just the worst.
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