Ranked! 10 best Premier League signings of 2017/18
Despite the vast finances, talented coaches and varying styles making up the Premier League, a club's season is often defined by success in the transfer window.
Purchasing the correct players at the right time can ensure teams enjoy a much better campaign than anticipated.
If it goes the other way, though, a disappointing season often follows. Everton and Chelsea can both attest to that.
Last season there were many flops among the transfer dealings. Some deals proved brilliant for clubs, too.
We have focused on the biggest disappointments of 2017/18. It's now time for the season's top ten signings.
It seems strange to suggest that a £37.8 million signing is one of the season's bargains, but it shows just how well Mohamed Salah has performed.
Although Jurgen Klopp knew the Egyptian was a top player when signing him last summer, he would not have predicted the astonishing result.
Salah won the Premier League's Golden Boot with 32 goals. It meant he not only broke the record for the most strikes in a 38-game season, he became the first African player to reach 30 goals in a single campaign. The winger also edged out Luis Suarez's best total in a Liverpool shirt of 31.
Salah's performance has earned him an incredible 34 individual awards, including the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year.
His link to Real Madrid is not a huge surprise. However, it’ll take a monumental fee to prise the King of Egypt away from Anfield.
Some may consider including the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in history as slightly cheating, yet that would be unfair on Ederson. The Manchester City shot-stopper has been magnificent.
The Brazilian has kept 18 clean sheets this season, the second highest behind Manchester United's David de Gea, who recorded 19.
Ederson's style of play has caught the eye, too. He is the personification of Pep Guardiola’s forward-thinking approach, averaging 25.1 passes per game, along with an 85.3% pass accuracy. Midfielders would be happy to post those numbers, never mind a keeper.
Few are questioning Ederson's price tag now, most are instead wondering if he’s among the world's best.
There’s always one player amid the multitude of transfer dealings who leaves everyone wondering why he was so cheap. This year it’s Pascal Gross.
Signed from FC Ingolstadt for a measly £2.7 million, his arrival at Brighton flew under the radar. In hindsight, it probably shouldn’t have.
Gross had managed five Bundesliga goals and six assists the previous season. In total, he had 17 goals and 40 assists in 165 games for the German club.
The midfielder replicated such form in his first season with the Seagulls, racking up seven goals and eight assists to play a crucial role in the side finishing seven points above the relegation zone. To put his assist tally into context, he recorded the same as Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.
Gross' performance hasn't gone unnoticed by higher placed Premier League teams.
The second Liverpool signing to feature on this list, Andrew Robertson is not quite as glamorous as Mo Salah.
On arriving from Hull City for £8 million last summer, it was certainly deemed a left-field move.
With just two appearances between August and December, Robertson appeared money wasted. Soon after, though, he turned things around.
After starting in a 5-1 win over Brighton, the Scottish full-back missed only four games from then until the season's end. Three of which he was on the bench.
With marauding runs down the wing, excellent link-up play and the kind of pressing, relentless energy that means he often closes down opposition goalkeepers, Robertson is now integral in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven.
The 24-year-old has solved Liverpool's left-back problem, putting the final nail in Alberto Moreno’s career at Anfield.
Last summer’s transfer window was a disaster for Everton. It was so bad that Director of Football Steve Walsh was replaced recently.
Yet, amid the disappointing signings, the Toffees picked out one gem. Jordan Pickford.
Some were puzzled when Everton forked out £25 million for his services from Sunderland, making him the third most expensive goalkeeper ever. The fee looks small now, however.
Despite Everton’s struggles, Pickford has been a consistent performer this season. He has produced numerous impressive displays.
Pickford's form earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer's World Cup. He is likely to start as the Three Lions' number one in Russia.
Two years ago Harry Maguire was in France supporting England at Euro 2016. This summer he will line up in the Three Lions' defence at the World Cup.
Leicester City may have endured a middling campaign, yet Maguire has been excellent all the way through.
Defensively solid and comfortable with the ball at his feet, he ticks all the boxes of a modern defender. He is also the type Southgate is looking for.
Maguire's superb displays have left Robert Huth out in the cold. The Englishman has made a mockery of the £12 million Leicester paid to sign him from Hull City.
He’s already been linked to Manchester City. If he has a good tournament in Russia, a move to the Etihad is definitely possible. If not, the talk alone stands as a testament to how well Maguire has performed.
If Burnley lacked one thing in previous Premier League assaults, it was a striker to put the ball in the net.
Signing Chris Wood from Leeds United helped solve that problem. His ten league goals were crucial to the Clarets finishing seventh, earning European qualification for the first time in 51 years.
The New Zealand international accounted for 27% of the side's league goals this season. His minutes per goal ratio was the seventh best in the division, equal to Jamie Vardy's.
For £15 million, Burnley will consider Wood among their best signings in recent years.
How everyone laughed when West Ham forked out £20 million to sign Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City. They were still laughing throughout the season's first third.
David Moyes then came in to save the Hammers from relegation, converting the Austrian into a striker. The snide remarks soon stopped.
Arnautovic finished the campaign with 11 goals and six assists. He scored more times than Alvaro Morata, Leroy Sane and Alexis Sanchez.
Without his goals and assists, West Ham would have been a whopping eight points worse off, finishing just a point above the relegation zone.
Compare Arnautovic to the Premier League’s current golden boy, Wilfried Zaha, his season looks even more impressive. West Ham will certainly consider it money well spent.
Bournemouth paying £20.52 million to secure Nathan Ake from Chelsea left some more than a little perplexed.
After all, he was a 22-year-old who had made only 41 Premier League appearances since his debut in 2012/13, with 24 of those coming on loan at Watford.
The detractors felt it clearly demonstrated how ridiculous the transfer window had become. The Cherries knew what they were doing, though.
Ake featured in all 38 league games this season. Having established himself as Bournemouth's first choice centre-half, he has proven great value for money.
As well as winning the club's Player of the Month award seven times out of a possible nine, Ake was voted the Supporters' Player of the Year.
Both these Newcastle United players deserve recognition after signing in January. The impact they have had on the Magpies cannot be overlooked.
Martin Dubravka has been excellent in goal since day one. He's provided defensive stability, the sort Rafael Benitez had been craving.
Kenedy, meanwhile, added the attacking flair that Newcastle had been sorely lacking for the season's first half.
Without the duo, the Magpies would have probably been mired in a relegation battle. With them, though, they finished 11 points clear.
Expect Benitez to go all out to ensure both Dubravka and Kenedy sign permanently this summer.