Ranking Premier League signings of the season | premier league

10) Hassane Kamara, Watford

Watford’s managerial game didn’t quite work out as the Hornets had hoped. They are not mathematically down, but it would take a miracle for Watford to close the 12 gap between them and safety with four games remaining. Hassane Kamara, however, has been a bright spot in a difficult season. Although he only joined Nice in January, the Ivorian ranks 18th in combined tackles and interceptions (106) in the premier league this season, a metric topped by Christian Nørgaard of Brentford (162). Kamara has progressed admirably from Ligue 1 to the Premier League and would be a smart signing this summer for a newly promoted side or any club in need of a new left-back. Rating: 7.02

9) Bruno Guimaraes, Newcastle

While madrigals don’t talk about Bruno, the Magpies certainly do. Bruno Guimarães lifted the Newcastle midfielder considerably after his January arrival from Lyon, giving Eddie Howe’s side plenty on and off the ball. Only Callum Wilson (six) and Allan Saint-Maximin (five) have scored more league goals for Newcastle than Guimarães (four). On top of that, he’s second in the Newcastle squad in tackles and dribbles per 90 minutes this season. The 24-year-old has settled in quickly and is the player Howe will be looking to build his squad when Newcastle enter the transfer window this summer. Rating: 7.06

8) Philippe Coutinho, Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans were in dreamland when Philippe Coutinho showed up at Villa Park in January and he put on a string of outstanding displays under Steven Gerrard. Coutinho’s performance levels plummeted after a brilliant start but, with four goals and three assists to his name, only Danny Ings (12) and Ollie Watkins (10) have been directly involved in more league goals than Coutinho. He was a success, but his labored performances matched Villa’s decline towards the end of the campaign. Rating: 7.08

7) Rodrigo Bentancur, Tottenham

Tottenham had an eventful day in January, with four players leaving and Rodrigo Bentancur one of two new arrivals. Spurs lacked a progressive midfielder under Antonio Conte, but Bentancur filled that void and more. Only Harry Kane (69.2%) has better long ball accuracy than the Uruguayan (67.4%), who has fitted in perfectly in North London. Rating: 7.10

Rodrigo Bentancur in action for Spurs.
Rodrigo Bentancur in action for Spurs. Photography: Sebastian Frej/Getty Images

6) Jack Grealish, Manchester City

Manchester City fans might have expected a better return than two goals and two assists after Jack Grealish’s £100million move from Aston Villa, but it hasn’t been as poor as some say think. Only Bruno Fernandes (2.1) and Grealish’s team-mate Kevin De Bruyne (2) have more key passes per game from open play than Grealish (1.9) in the Premier League this season. Opponents are still targeting Grealish, whose return of 2.2 fouls won per game is the fourth highest in the Premier League. A tune-up season with Pep Guardiola’s demands will only work in the 26-year-old’s favor in the long run. Rating: 7.13

5) Conor Gallagher, Crystal Palace

Conor Gallagher has enjoyed a superb season on loan at Crystal Palace and many at Chelsea expect the England international to push for a regular place at Stamford Bridge next season. After a stunning start, Gallagher’s form dipped in the second half of the season, with the midfielder last scoring at Watford in late February. Overall, however, the 22-year-old excelled under Patrick Vieira. He’s not afraid to show off, having committed the most fouls (58) in the Premier League, a trait that will appeal to Chelsea supporters. Rating: 7.13

4) Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United

Manchester United fans were understandably excited about Cristiano Ronaldo’s return this summer, even if it meant a change in their style of play. The 37-year-old is now making a late run for the golden boot. Only Mohamed Salah (22) and Son Heung-Min (19) have scored more league goals than Ronaldo (18) this season. He has scored nine of United’s last 11 goals. It was another disappointing campaign for the team as a whole but, from a personal perspective, Ronaldo will be happy with his own performance as the club prepares for a new era under Erik ten Hag. Rating: 7.16

3) Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham

Despite not making his full debut until Tottenham’s 3-2 victory at Manchester City in mid-February, Dejan Kulusevski has registered more assists (eight) than any other Premier League player in 2022. The Swede has been an inspired addition to the Spurs squad, joining on loan from Juventus with an option to buy – one which Tottenham would be foolish not to accept. Kulusevski has proven to be the perfect foil for Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min on the Spurs front line, quickly winning over the fans having established himself as a key man in their pursuit of Champions League football. Rating: 7.19

Dejan Kulusevski in action against Manchester City.
Dejan Kulusevski in action against Manchester City. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

2) Christian Eriksen, Brentford

One of the fairy tales of the season. Few could have foreseen that Christian Eriksen would have such a sustained impact for Brentford when his return was confirmed in January. Still, the Dane has readjusted to the rigors of Premier League football as if he had never left for Inter in January 2020. Brentford have won five of the seven league games they have started this season, against only six of the 28 he does not have. Brentford would have been in a much more precarious position had Eriksen not joined. Clubs appeared reluctant to sign the 30-year-old when he left Inter, but he will be a wanted man this summer when his short-term contract in west London expires. Rating: 7.33

1) Luis Diaz, Liverpool

Rio Ferdinand thinks Luis Díaz is the season’s signing and our ratings agree. The Colombian has fitted into Jürgen Klopp’s setup with such ease that it’s hard to believe he’s only been at the club for four months. The 25-year-old has been directly involved in five league goals in 10 outings, netting three. His performance against Villarreal in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League summarizes his season: he enters at half-time but remains the man of the match. If Liverpool clinch the treble, Díaz’s influence will have been key. Rating: 7.41

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