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Where have the last three months gone?

The start of the 2016/17 campaign feels like it was only yesterday but here we are, approaching December with every club now fully aware how close they are to achieving their pre-season targets.

And by this point, all of the big summer signings should have become well adjusted to life in their new surroundings.

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There's no doubt that some have made a smoother transition than others but there is still more than enough time for the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and co. to turn it around.

Nevertheless, it hasn't stopped well-regarded football website and statistics source WhoScored from announcing which ten players have made the biggest impression at their new clubs following their summer move, as per Football365.

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And there are certainly a few surprise inclusions for a couple of big stars who many have judged to fail to live up to their hefty price tags.

Based on WhoScored's statistics and looking at all of Europe's big leagues, here are the best ten signings from last summer:

10) Christian Benteke - Crystal Palace (Rating 7.44)

Despite Palace being one of the worst performing teams across all divisions in England throughout 2016, Benteke has done his very best to eradicate a difficult 12 months at Anfield.

In an Eagles' side struggling for goals, the Belgian has found the back of the net four times this term. The 25-year-old has also won more aerial duels per game (9.4) than anyone else in Europe's big five leagues.

Crystal Palace v West Ham United - Premier League

9) Thomas Meunier – PSG (7.45)

The Ligue One champions' new full-back has hit the ground running since moving from Club Brugge last summer.

With Serge Aurier's continued problems, Meunier has filled in well with 1.3 dribbles and 1.6 key passes per game representing a decent start for the Belgian.

8) Fernando Marcal – Guingamp (7.46)

The on-loan Benfica left-back has made quite an impression at French side Guingamp.

He is the club's most highly rated player after 13 games and has already picked up three assists from open play this season.

7) Iago Falque – Torino (7.53)

The former Tottenham flop has always shown promise but it feels like at the age of 26, this might be the Spaniard's last chance to fulfil that potential.

FC Torino v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A

Now on loan at Torino from Roma, Falque is enjoying the added responsibility - scoring five goals and picking up three assists for the Serie A top half side.

6) Paul Pogba – Manchester United (7.55)

Possibly the biggest shock inclusion is the world's most expensive player.

Pogba has shown glimpses of his undoubted ability but, like most of his United teammates, has struggled to string a series of consistent performances together.

However, the stats suggest he is still having a big impact on proceedings with 3.1 shots, 1.9 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per game.

5) Naby Keita – RB Leipzig (7.55)

The first player to feature from Germany comes from the Bundesliga's surprise early leaders RB Leipzig.

Having arrived from affiliated club RB Salzburg in the summer, Keita has become a key man in centre-midfield for one of the most disliked clubs in Europe.

He averages 2.4 tackles and 2.6 interceptions per game but can also have an impact in the final third, with a dribbling success rate of 71.4%.

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4) Miralem Pjanic – Juventus (7.60)

The key statistic to stand out from ex-Roma star Pjanic's early season form is his threat from set pieces.

He has made 16 key passes from dead ball situations - more than anyone else in Serie A.

Juventus look all set to take home another domestic title with Pjanic in the team. Who needs Pogba anyway?

3) Marcos Alonso – Chelsea (7.71)

Another surprise name to spruce up is Chelsea's new left wing back Alonso.

The Spaniard is among the majority to have thrived at Stamford Bridge since Antonio Conte switched to 3-4-3 and has the seventh best overall rating of everyone in the Premier League this season.

Alonso can also boast making an average of 3.4 tackles per game - more evidence why Chelsea have been so tough to breakdown of late.

Chelsea v Everton - Premier League

2) Kerem Demirbay – Hoffenheim (7.71)

In at number two is another one of the Bundesliga's success stories.

Demirbay joined unbeaten Hoffenheim from Hamburg last summer and has three goals and as many assists so far this term.

At 7.71, the young midfielder has the second highest rating of all players in the Bundesliga - no wonder Bayern Munich have a fight on their hands this year.

1) Sadio Mane – Liverpool (7.76)

Liverpool's star signing from Southampton has already shown why Jurgen Klopp was so desperate to bring him to Anfield.

Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

Klopp's men have scored more than any other team in the Premier League (30), with Mane contributing a tally of six so far.

He has also assisted two more and the Liverpool boss won't need to see this list to know how quick his big money signing has adapted to life on Merseyside.

Klopp must now be dreading the African Cup of Nations in January which could see the Senegal international unavailable for up to a month.

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