How are summer transfers faring? Part One: La Liga
The summer of 2017 saw many more huge deals take place throughout the major European leagues. One great example has been La Liga in Spain. So let's take a look at how some of the biggest signings have got on at their new clubs this season.
Ousmane Dembele - Borussia Dortmund > FC Barcelona - £93 million
Considered an absolute talent of a player, Dembele has shown his skill in the Bundesliga. Weirdly enough the French winger signed a five-year-deal with Dortmund in 2016. Hence the transfer fee paid by Barcelona just to attain him. In his second La Liga appearance, Ousmane made his first league start. However, the 20-year-old suffered a hamstring injury. Thus ruling him out for up to four months. He is currently back in training but won't be back to full fitness until the new year. Hopefully, we can see him back sooner than expected.
Paulinho - Guangzhou Evergrande > FC Barcelona - £35 million
Jose Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior better know as Paulinho is probably more known to football fanatics in England during his time at Tottenham Hotspur between 2013-2015. The Brazilian midfielder moved to China in a new chapter in his career but Barcelona came calling in the summer. Ernesto Valverde was aware of his abilities and snapped him up to make the transfer. Since his debut in August, the 29-year-old has played thirteen league games, scoring four times. He is now considered a role player in the team and looks to be influential when needed. He has also created two assists so far.
Theo Hernandez - Atletico Madrid > Real Madrid - £26.5 million
Another big signing in La Liga for such a young player. Real Madrid saw potential in Hernandez and oddly bought him from their rivals. Although never playing an actual game for Atletico the left-back was loaned out to Alaves last season and impressed. This season, Zinedine Zidane looks to be easing him into the side. With just five league appearances and under 300 minutes played it could be some time before the Frenchman becomes a first-team regular. Although, you could imagine how hard it is to get into a Real Madrid side at such a young age. Especially if you're competing for a place with a player like Marcelo.
Vitolo - Sevilla > Atletico Madrid - £31.7 million > Las Palmas (Loan)
This was a slightly unusual signing due to Atletico Madrid being held under a transfer ban. Atletico signed Vitolo but were unable to register the Spanish winger which led to him being initially loaned out to Las Palmas for the season. The 28-year-old has made nine La Liga appearances and scored one goal. This isn't his first spell at Las Palmas though as he came through their ranks as a youth prospect. Eventually going on to make 87 league appearances and scoring 26 goals at the club in his first spell at the club. He also made a name for himself at Sevilla playing well over 100 games before being transferred to Atletico Madrid and being loaned back to his former club, Las Palmas. Helping out a former club has kept his interests hopeful which he believes could be another step in his career.
This concludes our first part of this series. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming instalments.