English Premier League Update

This article is the second part in a series about the 2017/18 transfers in the English Premier League.

The halfway point of the 2017/18 season has been passed, and so has the January transfer window. This article will go team-by-team to review how the players transferred in the summer are doing at their new clubs and also take a look at who moved clubs during the mid-season market.

Arsenal: In a rather glum season, one of the highlights for Arsenal was signing of Alexandre Lacazette in the summer, but since then he has failed to show the goal-scoring that fans were used to seeing at Lyon. Nine goals in 29 appearances across all competitions seems quite dismal, but it is not all due to poor play. Some blame comes from the lack of support from the midfielders, with only two assists from lead assister Mesut Ozil going to the forward.

With the lack of action from Lacazette, manager Arsene Wenger brought on a couple of star signings to boost the attack. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined the team from Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United, respectively. The biggest news from the Gunners in the summer was Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move to Manchester City, but Manchester United ended up landing the forward in a direct swap deal for Mkhitaryan.

The Gunners also lost veteran Olivier Giroud in a £17.5M ($24.3M) transfer to Chelsea.

Chelsea: Much like Arsenal, the Blues are having an inconsistent season. And they are also experiencing a lack of form from their new forward. Alvaro Morata has netted 12 times in 37 matches across all competitions, prompting manager Antonio Conte to bring on a bit of help in the aforementioned Giroud.
Chelsea also completed the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton for £15M ($20.8M), a deal which had been speculated since the summer, and beefed up the left-back position by signing Emerson Palmieri from AS Roma.

Diego Costa rejoined his old club Atletico Madrid after being ousted by the Chelsea manager. Costa had not played a match for the Blues since the FA Cup final in May of 2017.

Liverpool: Liverpool has been playing entertaining attacking football this season, with their star signing Mohamed Salah bagging 32 goals in 40 matches. The defending on the other hand has been poor, and saw Virgil van Dijk secure a transfer from Southampton, a move that initially fell through during the summer. The club’s other big signing from the summer, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has played about average, scoring four goals and assisting six times in 38 appearances for the Reds.

The main talk of the summer was Philippe Coutinho, who after being denied a transfer to Barcelona twice, finally had his transfer request approved in January for a fee of £146.0M ($202M).

Manchester City: Manchester City have virtually had the league title secured since before January. The Citizens’ only loss came from Liverpool on Jan. 14, and they currently sit 13 points above Manchester United with Less than 10 games to go in the season. The summer signings of Kyle Walker and Danilo Silva have proved key in City’s success and have contributed to the good form of new goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.

Ederson has 13 clean sheets in the Premier League according to Fox Sports, tied for second behind Manchester United’s David De Gea. Ederson also has only allowed 20 goals into the net in 29 appearances, the least amount of any starting keeper in the top six clubs.

City only made one addition in the January market, scooping up center-back Aymeric Laporte for a club-record £57M ($79M) from Spanish club Athletic Bilbao.

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho’s side has sat happily in second place behind Manchester City for most of the season now, with their three summer signings showing quality.

The only attacker brought in during the summer, Romelu Lukaku, has had a fairly consistent first season at United, with some high points and some low. His form seems to depend on his confidence level and is apparent that it affects him when watching him play. So far, he has scored 14 goals and assisted seven in 29 Premier League games.

The other two signings, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof, have also played well, particularly Matic. His role as a defensive midfielder immediately became a crucial role in freeing Paul Pogba to attack, leading to more chances on goal. Lindelof, on the other hand, initially struggled to find a spot on the roster. He looked a little shaky in his first few matches for the Red Devils but now he has earned more starting time and looks comfortable.

United only made one move in the January window, and it was for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. After seeing Manchester City pass up on the forward, Mourinho swooped in for a direct-swap deal involving an under-preforming Henrikh Mkhitaryan and signed him on a four-and-a-half year deal that is reported to be worth around £180M ($249.4M) by The Telegraph.