At the very outset, we’d like to state that it might be a little too soon to make this judgement about fate of these transfers. The 2019 summer transfer window saw a lot of big name signings left, right and center. While some players managed to live up to the hype and big bucks, some have been disappointing so far. We take a quick look at the 3 best and worst summer transfers of 2019 .
1. Phillipe Coutinho | Bayern Munich
The Brazilian playmaker seems to have rediscovered his form after joining Bayern Munich on a season long loan from FC Barcelona. Often criticized for his tenure at Barca, with fans still divided, Coutinho is proving that he was always a world class player and maybe just not suited to Valverde’s tactics. Deployed in his favored no. 10 role at Bayern, Coutinho has made 6 appearances in the Bundesliga, including 4 starts and has netted twice while also providing two assists. His average of 2 shots per game and 1.7 key passes per game indicate that he is a constant threat. Barca are reportedly keeping tabs on the Brazilian and if he continues performing like this, Bayern might look to make the deal permanent.
2. Diego Godin | Inter Milan
Widely regarded as one of the best centre backs in business, the 33 year old Uruguayan joined Inter for free on a 3 year deal after spending 9 years at Atletico Madrid where he won 8 titles including the 2013-14 La Liga.Godin has 5 appearances in Serie A including 4 starts and has kept a clean sheet in 3 of those matches. With an average of 2.2 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game, Godin surely has been an excellent buy for the rejuvenated Inter side under Antonio Conte.
3. Youri Tielemans | Leicester City
The Belgian joined Leicester in January 2019 on loan till the end of the season. He was indispensable cog in Leicester’s midfield and a lot of suitors including Manchester United and Spurs were lined up to buy him but Leicester managed to buy him for a bargain price of only £40mn. The 22 year old has started all 8 games in the Premier League for Leicester this season and has scored scored once and provided one assist. With an average of 70 touches per game and 82% pass accuracy, the Belgian is influential in Leicester’s midfield. The midfielder also has an average of 2.3 shots per game 1.4 key passes per game to his name. Only 22 years of age and playing under an attack minded manager like Brendan Rogers, Tielemans will have a big role to play in Leiceter’s push for glory.
Honorable Mentions: Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix and Romelu Lukaku.
1. Eden Hazard | Real Madrid
The man touted to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid hasn’t really hit the ground running like the vast majority expected him to. Madrid signed for a reported fee of approximately €100 million, which may rise to €150 million. The Belgian has managed just 4 appearances for Los Blancos in the La Liga managing to find the net once and providing one assist. Hazard has blanked in both his Champions League outings for Madrid. With big shoes to fill in and help Madrid back to winning ways, Hazard has so far, been a shadow of his former self.
2. Harry Maguire | Manchester United
The English centre back moved to Manchester United from Leicester City for £80 million, a world-record fee for a defender. Expectations were high as many hoped Maguire would sore up a leaky United defence. United have only managed to keep 2 clean sheets and have only 2 wins from 8 games so far and have lost to Crystal Palace, West Ham and Newcastle. For a hefty price tag, Maguire only manages 0.5 tackles per game and 1.1 interceptions per game. After an impressive debut against Chelsea in the League, Maguire’s performances have taken a dip. While strong in the air, the 26 year old Englishman still has a long way to go to live up to his price tag.
3. Patrick Cutrone | Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cutrone joined Wolves from AC Milan for a reported fee of £20mn. The transfer was seen as a move to reduce the goal scoring burden on Raul Jiminez’s shoulders. Cutrone has made 7 appearances in the Premier League so far, and only 2 starts managing to score just once. Cutrone has blanked in both his Europa League appearances for Wolves. Still only 21 years of age, Cutrone will need to find his scoring boots fast.
Honorable Mentions: Rodri, Jovic and Pepe.
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