The current international break has shifted attention away from the Premier League but with seven games gone in the domestic top flight, there is time to assess how some of the summer signings have settled into their new clubs.

As ever, there has been huge variation in terms of success – not to mention some terrible luck.

Andre Ayew, for example, record West Ham United purchase, sustained an injury half an hour into his debut that has kept him out since.

It could also be argued that the best acquisition so far is not a player. The Pep Guardiola effect has been the defining factor in the season’s opening games.

On the pitch though, here are the top three buys of the current campaign.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United

The success of Ibrahimovic is hardly a surprise given his record of goalscoring and collecting silverware across Europe but he still makes the list for two reasons.

Firstly, United acquired him for nothing. The Swede is of course being well remunerated for pulling on the red jersey but the Old Trafford outfit still had to convince him to come, without Champions League football and amidst a scramble for his signature.

A strong existing relationship with Jose Mourinho probably helped.

Ibrahimovic’s start to life in Manchester has also been impressive. He looks in great condition despite his 35 years and although he has been amongst the goals, there is a feeling that his best is still to come.

Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal

Mustafi could not have arrived a moment too soon for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has long been searching for a consistent centre-back pairing and at the start of the campaign found his rearguard leaky and his experienced defenders all on the treatment table.

Enter former Valencia man Mustafi.

The German has slotted seamlessly into the heart of the backline alongside Laurent Koscielny and it is no coincidence that Arsenal’s form dramatically improved after his arrival.

The 24-year-old only made his debut a month ago but his impact has been significant, with only two league goals conceded since.

Ashley Williams – Everton

Another defender completes the top three and while Ashley Williams has done nothing groundbreaking since joining Everton, it is the sheer value for money he represents that puts this deal in the spotlight.

Everton captured the big Welshman for around 20 per cent of the fee they received for his predecessor John Stones, which makes the signing look like an incredible bargain.

Williams has instantly become a fixture in the Toffees defence with the sort of commanding displays that served Wales so well during Euro 2016.

Stones is doing well at Manchester City but Everton aren’t missing him one bit.


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