Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool: Who have the Premier League's top six signed this summer?


Ladies and gentlemen, the Premier League is back.

It must be easy for non-sports fans to roll their eyes at the anticipation when 2019/20 finished so recently, but the arrival of a new season always puts us on tenterhooks regardless of the break.

Besides, it's taken less than two days for England's top flight to remind everybody why it's one of the most watched sporting competitions in the world, serving up some opening weekend belters.

2020/21 Premier League

Liverpool began their defence of the Premier League crown with a thrilling 4-3 win over Leeds United, while Arsenal and Everton impressed with wins at Fulham and Tottenham respectively.

However, aside from the results, one of the most exciting aspects of a new campaign is also the chance to see new signings on display and there has been no shortage of spending this summer.

You only have to look at Chelsea splurging on the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech to see that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't completely curtailed spending.


Top six's major signings

But as we all know, the famous 'top six' Premier League clubs don't always spend their money wisely and we've counted 14 major purchases across those top sides already.

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we've already rated each of the purchases out of 10, but now we've turned to the ever-popular website Tiermaker to pit the high-profile signings against each other.

We've taken the 14 arrivals and placed them into categories ranging from 'risky move' to 'stunning business' with 'one for the future', 'solid business' and 'bound to succeed' in between.


Risky move

Thiago Silva

Nathan Ake

Don't get me wrong, Silva could turn out to be an incredibly shrewd signing for Chelsea, but let's not pretend that there isn't a risk factor with signing a 35-year-old who's played in Ligue 1 for the last eight years.

Although Silva is one of the best centre-backs of the last decade, I definitely think there's scope for him to look a shadow of his former self in the Premier League and struggle for regular starts.

As for Ake, as much as I want to be proven wrong, I have real doubts that a player fresh from Bournemouth's ruinous back four will be able to solve City's defensive problems. A risk, no doubt.


One for the future

Malang Sarr

We didn't have it in us not to judge Sarr as a 'major signing' and it could do him the world of good that Chelsea's chaotic summer has meant that his arrival has somewhat flown under the radar.

Nevertheless, Sarr remains untested enough that we can't really elevate him from this tier, but boasting over 100 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice at 21 years old is nothing to be sniffed at.


Solid business

Konstantinos Tsimikas


Matt Doherty

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

As simple as it sounds, some signings aren't made to set the world alight and sometimes Premier League squads simply need shrewd, surgical additions to help with depth and aid rotation.

Tsimikas is the perfect example of this as a sensible back-up option for Andrew Robertson, while Tottenham's purchases from Wolves and Southampton have 'solid business' written all over them.

By far the most impressive signing here is Gabriel who, fresh from a goal-scoring debut, could be a superb long-term option for Arsenal, but remains unseasoned enough just to fall short of being guaranteed for success.


Bound to succeed

Hakim Ziyech

Ferran Torres

Ben Chilwell

Donny van de Beek

It's credit to the Premier League's big boys that the prevailing category is one where success feels almost unquestionable and particular props are due for Chelsea, who have a pair of buys present here.

Chilwell is an established force in England's top flight, so can only flop so much at Stamford Bridge, while Ziyech has long since proven his quality at this level in the Champions League with Ajax.

The same can be said of Van de Beek who looked a real force on his United debut and if it wasn't for Torres' age, we'd probably skyrocket him into the top tier because City look to have bagged themselves a bargain.


Stunning business

Timo Werner 


Kai Havertz

I think it speaks for itself that Chelsea have signed a European Golden Shoe contender and one of the highest-rated youngsters on the continent, so of course Werner and Havertz sit at the top table.

Willian? What do you mean, Willian? Trust me when I say I haven't simply watched his highlights at Fulham and gotten ahead of myself, though three assists, albeit only two officially, is certainly impressive.

Rather, it's hard to call Arsenal signing Chelsea's best player last season - statistically, at least - for zero pounds and zero pence as anything short of some of the league's best business in 2020.


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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Could Silva set the world alight? Of course. Could Havertz completely fall on his face? Of course.

So, sure, predicting how each of these Premier League signings will perform on the big stage is tough to call, but we already have some inclining about which players will impress the most.

Rightly or wrongly, the purchases of Silva and Ake simply don't fill me with confidence, though I think the latter's experience will at least bring some positives to the Chelsea dressing room.


Silva might be fresh from a Champions League final and he'll be perfect to tutor the Blues' youthful squad, but you get the feeling that he's a ticking time bomb for father time in England.

I certainly don't have as much confidence in Silva and Ake manning defences like brick-walls as I do Havertz and Werner tearing apart back fours and Willian proving to be an absolute steal.

Then again, Chelsea fans can at least reassure themselves with the fact they've made so many signings this summer that they can guarantee at least one of them will succeed...

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