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Saturday 21 April 2018

Top five Premier League signings of the season

Fernandinho has been a revelation since joining Man City from Shahktar Donetsk.
Fernandinho has been a revelation since joining Man City from Shahktar Donetsk.

DECLAN WHOOLEY

There were some big performers who were unlucky to miss out, but here are our top five signings of the season.

The likes of James McCarthy, Loic Remy, Christian Eriksen and Nemanja Matic can count themselves unlucky, but here are the five we chose.

Dejan Lovren

While Southampton’s season has trailed off somewhat, they will finish in eighth position and have been one of the best teams to watch all season.

In Dejan Lovren they possess one of the finest defenders in the top-flight.

The Croat arrived for £8.5 million from Lyon and has been a rock at the heart of the Saints defence.

Fernandinho

The Brazilian’s 20-goal midfield partner Yaya Toure has stolen the show, but as Gary Neville has pointed out on more than one occasion, Fernandinho gives the Ivory Coast man the licence to roam and tirelessly carries out his  defensive duties.

He was an under-the-radar signing – if that is possible for £30 million – and goes about his business in a low-key manner, but has been vital to their title challenge.

Consistent from start to finish, he has also chipped in with a number of goals along the way.

Jason Puncheon

A loan signing, Jason Puncheon has been a real driving force in the Eagles surge up the table and away from the relegation zone.

Tony Pulis transformed the struggling side after taking over from Ian Holloway, but the Southampton player has been key to the upturn in fortunes, among the goals and assists during his time in London.

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Jason Puncheon's reversal of fortunes has bolstered Crystal Palace's bid for Premier League safety

Just as well considering the level of ridicule and abuse he received after THAT penalty effort against Spurs earlier in the season.

Wilfried Bony

Dutch strikers have been very much hit-or-miss in the Premier League, so Swansea fans were reserving judgement on Wilfried Bony after his big-money move.

However his 24 goals have been instrumental in preserving the Swans' Premier League status and has been a handful for most defences.

Without his goals, things could have been a whole lot worse in what has already been a season of upheaval at the Liberty Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku

Another loan signing, but in a team that has been a joy to watch under Roberto Martinez, the big front-man has been the focal point of the Toffees attack with 14 Premier League goals.

While Champions League football was ultimately beyond Everton, Lukaku did more than most to keep the challenge going until the end of the season.

The contrast with the problems in front of goals for his parent club Chelsea was noteworthy and the Belgian is expected to play a far bigger role at Stamford Bridge next season.

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