Matt Le Tissier rates impact of Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and more


The January transfer window is in full swing, but which of the Premier League's big summer signings have been successful?

We asked Soccer Saturday expert Matt Le Tissier to grade 20 of the most high-profile players to switch clubs last summer, giving each of them a mark out of 10 based on their performances so far.

Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4bn during the summer window with varying degrees of success as the likes of Ederson and Kyle Walker have helped Manchester City to pull clear at top of the table, while some significant buys are still to establish themselves as regular starters.

Le Tissier handed one player a perfect 10, but offered less glowing reviews for some other arrivals...

Mo Salah to Liverpool - 10/10

Mohamed Salah arrives at Vicarage Road prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool

I don't think you could have asked for anything more and he's exceeded everybody's expectations. I'd put him up there for player of the season so far with 17 goals to his name already, although he has missed a few easy chances.

Ederson to Manchester City - 9/10

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Et

He hasn't had a huge amount to do but hasn't made many mistakes when he has been called upon, which requires great concentration. His distribution is one of the reasons he was bought and we have seen him start attacks with pin-point passing.

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Kyle Walker to Manchester City - 9/10

Kyle Walker

I think he's done well and is a player I like. He's not been fazed by the transfer fee and has been consistent on that right-hand side.

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Nemanja Matic to Manchester United - 8/10

Nemanja Matic signs for Manchester United at the Aon Training Complex on July 31, 2017

He's done pretty well, consistent and ever-present for United, doing exactly what Jose Mourinho expected from him.

Wayne Rooney to Everton - 8/10

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Wayne Rooney of Everton celebrates as he scores their third goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match b

He's had a decent goals return, especially when you consider how few chances he's had, and I don't think many people would have expected him to be in double-figures come this stage of the season.

Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United - 7/10

Romelu Lukaku during the Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford

He did have a very good start but has tailed off a bit and his tally of 17 goals in all competitions is still a decent return. He's hopefully on his way back after some over-the-top criticism.

Alvaro Morata to Chelsea - 7/10

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December

I'd probably say it has been pretty similar to Lukaku really when you consider he's had to adapt to a new league. He missed some sitters against Arsenal and does appear better scoring with his head than his feet.

Jordan Pickford to Everton - 7/10

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Jordan Pickford of Everton looks back as he watches the shot of Juan Mata of Manchester United (Not pictured) hit the pos

I think he's been one of Everton's brighter lights, although he didn't cover himself in glory when Virgil van Dijk nodded in the winner last Friday. It is probably between him and Jack Butland for England's No 1 spot at the moment and he edges it for me.

Marko Arnautovic to West Ham - 6/10

Marko Arnautovic celebrates after scoring West Ham's first goal

He's started to turn up over the last few weeks but he was pretty non-existent at the start of the season, so the consistency concern remains.

Javier Hernandez to West Ham - 6/10

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19:  Javier Hernandez of West Ham celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Southampto

It has been tough for him in that West Ham team and, while he's chipped in a bit, more would have been expected when he signed.

Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal - 6/10

Lacazette scored his third Premier League goal at the Emirates with the opener against West Brom

I don't think he's quite scored the volume of goals he should have done and I'd expect there to be more to come with room for improvement.

Sead Kolasinac to Arsenal - 6/10

Sead Kolasinac celebrates his second-half equaliser against Swansea at the Emirates Stadium

There are times this season where I've thought he's decent, but then others where I've questioned whether he'd ever kicked a ball before, so I'm going with a slightly generous six based on the better performances.

Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea - 5/10

Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates after giving Chelsea the lead

I've not been overly impressed by him. He's struggled a little bit and given the time it is taking him to adopt you might ask why Chelsea didn't give a younger player a chance.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool - 5/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has left Arsenal for Liverpool (picture courtesy of Liverpool FC)

It's a difficult one because he's not really started many games. There's been a lot of substitute appearances but I think his opportunities will increase without Philippe Coutinho around.

Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton - 5/10

Everton player Gylfi Sigurdsson reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium

He's shown signs of improvement and there have been a few bright moments, but you would have certainly have expected more from him after the club broke their transfer record to bring him in.

Jermain Defoe to Bournemouth - 4/10

Jermain Defoe celebrates his winning goal

That has not been a successful one with the striker struggling to even force himself into the team on a regular basis. Bournemouth certainly would have expected more than three goals at this stage.

Victor Lindelof to Manchester United - 4/10

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18, 2017 in Manchester, England.

He's another one who has struggled to set the league alight but he's not played a great deal. However, it is always going to be tough to adapt going into a club like Manchester United at a young age.

Fernando Llorente to Tottenham - 4/10

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wemble

I don't think he's been a raging success but I think he was always going to be a fill-in for Harry Kane when he needed a rest and is a slight upgrade on Vincent Jansen.

Joe Hart to West Ham - 3/10

Joe Hart looks dejected after West Ham's 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park

It hasn't been a particularly successful stint for Joe Hart and I think it is very difficult to justify being England No 1 when you're not even West Ham's.

Renato Sanches to Swansea - 2/10

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 25: Renato Sanches of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and AFC Bournemouth at Liberty Stadium on

I've just seen nothing from him that looks like he's good enough for this league, but he's a young lad and perhaps it is a crisis of confidence which he can come back from.

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