With roughly one-third of the Premier League season in the books, let’s take a look and rank how the summer transfers have fared thus far:
Unranked: Dele Alli
Ok, I know Alli was purchased last January even though he arrived at Tottenham this summer. However, I had to mention the wonderkid because he has been such an outstanding addition to the squad. From scoring timely goals to nutmegging the world’s elite, Alli is already a star in North London and, thanks to Roy Hodgson’s selections, a budding star for his country.
I could go on and on about Alli, but establishing himself as an instant fan favorite speaks volumes for itself.
5. Clinton N’Jie
Clinton N’Jie has shown flashes of great skill this season, but it has been seen too infrequently and has been in between several displays of poor ball control and movement.
N’Jie is a very young and raw talent still, and is really only being called upon to provide depth at wing and forward. A January signing could very well see him moved down the pecking order even further behind Harry Kane.
4. Kevin Wimmer
There isn’t much to talk about with Wimmer this season, as he has made just two appearances for Tottenham.
In those appearances, Wimmer was solid yet unspectacular, and his greatest contribution is providing Spurs with quality depth at central defense.
The fact that he can come on and play center defense ahead of Federico Fazio and without moving Eric Dier from midfield is a great boost to his value for Tottenham.
3. Kieran Trippier
Kieran Trippier’s impact has been less on the pitch with his play and more with him pushing fellow right back Kyle Walker.
Walker has seen an uptick in form this season, and that is thanks in largely to Trippier’s arrival.
Trippier himself has been decent when given an opportunity, making great tackles and putting in several crosses. However, he has also experienced some lapses on defense, most notably at Anderlecht for their winning goal.
Overall, the depth Tripper provides is crucial, giving Tottenham a true second string right back so that Dier or Jan Vertonghen don’t have to move over if Walker goes down.
2. Son Heung-Min
Son has proven to be a great addition to our attack. He has gotten off to a fantastic start, scoring a brace in the Europa League against Qarabag, and most importantly scoring the match winner against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
He has also found an instant chemistry with Dele Alli, and the two regularly put on a show in the attacking third.
An injury has limited his time recently, but Son will be vital to Tottenham’s attack in both the Premier League and Europa League.
1. Toby Alderweireld
The undisputed top signing from this summer is defender Toby Alderweireld. The chemistry he has with fellow center back Jan Vertonghen has been evident since the very start of the season, and Tottenham’s defensive statistics support this assertion. Tottenham has only given up 9 goals thus far in the Premier League, compared to 17 in the same number of games last season.
Not only is Alderweireld improving the defense, but he is contributing on the offensive end as well. He scored a great header against Manchester City off a free kick, and he almost put another one in this past Sunday in the North London Derby.
To top it all off, Southampton badly wanted to retain Alderweireld, so keeping him away from the Saints is definitely an added bonus.
Alderweireld and his impeccable hair is the best acquisition from the summer.
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