Every year comes with signings of star players which are expected to have an impact on the beautiful game. Then there are signings which nobody thought would have considerable impact, but then they create the most surprising results. As the year draws to an end, let’s take a look at 10 such signings in 2017.
Jesus Navas – Man City to Sevilla
A free transfer to Sevilla after a lacklustre spell at Manchester City. This once prolific Spanish winger seemed to have lost his magical touch in tearing down the right flank. Many believed Sevilla shouldn’t sign him but boy were they wrong. Navas has seen improvement since rejoining his hometown team and rediscovered the genius of a right winger, which we thought was lost to the passage of time.
Nemanja Matic – Chelsea to United
One of the Major signings by Mourinho, this defensive midfielder has bolstered United’s squad and instilled a sense of control in the midfield. A good performer at Chelsea, the impact Matic had on United and United had on him made him made him one of the best midfielders playing in the country right now.
Maximilian Philipp – Freiburg to Dortmund
Brought in to replace Osmane Dembele whom Dortmund lost to Barcelona under forced circumstances, there weren’t many expectations from the young German. Maximilian has quickly established himself as one of the key members of the Dortmund squad with wonderful performances throughout the season so far.
Sead Kolasinac – Schalke to Arsenal
A free transfer from a mid-table German side, this nobody has added a whole new dynamic to the Arsenal squad this season. Amazing with his left foot, he is an agile brick wall that works well in both attack and defence on the left side.
Geoffrey Kondogbia – Inter to Valencia
A former promising footballing prospect, Kondogbia had lost his form in recent years. Valencia signing him on loan from Inter this season has shown that Kondogbia is an emerging force to be reckoned with on the midfield. He’s been instrumental in getting Valencia to 3rd position (above Madrid!) this season.
Mariano – Madrid to Lyon
One of the many offloaded Real Madrid players, the Dominican striker wasn’t expected to do much for the French side but his signing has been surprisingly wonderful with him being on par with the top scorers in the division. It’s the same list that includes Neymar.
Richarlison – Fluminese to Watford
A young Brazilian midfielder signed by Marco Silva. Seemingly a nobody, he’s been a revelation to the Premier league. No Watford player has been able to generate as many chances as him. Not much of a goal-scorer, all three of his goals so far have come at crucial moments in the death of a game.
Zaza – Juventus to Valencia
The Italian was less than impressive for Valencia during his loan spell there but they still had to buy him due to the purchase clause in their agreement with Juve. Considered to be an average striker at best going into the season, he’s really exploded onto the scene for the side and rekindled their relevance in La Liga.
Goncalo Guedes – PSG to Valencia
A loan signing from PSG who was at best warming the bench for Neymar for 6 months but has been an amazing asset to Valencia so far with his box penetration and passing. A hidden gem.
Paulinho – Guangzhou to Barcelona
The Brazilian midfielder flopped at Tottenham and moved on to greener pastures in China. That was something which negatively affected his reputation. Barcelona were thought to be crazy signing him but he’s proved to be a perfect complement to the Argentinian Messi playing upfront for the Catalans.