10 Best New Signings in the Premier League This Season
A total of 70 Premier League matches have been played so far, which has given us lots of opportunity to look at the early form of the season's new buys.
At the start of the 2013/'14 campaign, a list like this would have yielded very different results. Perhaps Samuel Eto'o would be included, maybe Jesus Navas and possibly Willian.
But based on what we've seen so far, those players are yet to hit their stride.
Over the following 10 slides, we list the best new signings of the season, arranged in order of what they cost their respective clubs and chosen by virtue of what we've seen from the top flight's opening games.
The list does not contain any players who are on loan, so no Romelu Lukaku, Morgan Amalfitano or Loic Remy to be found here.
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At 32, he may not be a long-term option, but Kolo Toure has been a great signing for Liverpool.
Picked up for free, the Ivorian defender must represent one of the best pieces of business of the summer.
He has featured in six games for the Reds this season, adapting effortlessly into his role at Anfield and playing a huge part in taking the side to their current standing of second in the Premier League.
Toure's performances in a Liverpool shirt have been so good that he has even earned a surprise recall to the Ivory Coast national side, as reported on the BBC Sport website.
When it was announced that Arsenal had re-signed Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan, it didn't seem like a contender for one of the signings of the season.
That changed when we saw Flamini back on the pitch.
Suddenly, the Gunners had some grit in midfield, Flamini was controlling the game. It was as if he'd never left.
Now, with the benefit of hindsight, a free transfer for the 29-year-old Frenchman doesn't look like so much of a deal, it looks like daylight robbery.
It would have been hard to see this one coming, but Tom Huddlestone has been one of the best summer signings of the season so far.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man arrived at the KC Stadium for £5.1 million amid little fanfare. However the 26-year-old has been one of the key players in Steve Bruce's team.
Huddlestone's lack of pace is not a problem, as he has a range of passing that stands up against any midfielder in the top flight. He has played in every game this season for Hull, whose current position of eighth in the Premier League owes a lot to his performances in a defensive midfield role.
Going into the international break, Southampton are in nosebleed territory. Mauricio Pochettino's team currently sit in fourth, just two points behind leaders Arsenal and Liverpool.
One of the reasons they are in such a lofty position is because they signed Dejan Lovren over the summer.
Bought for just £8.8 million from Lyon, the 24-year-old Croatia international has slipped seamlessly into life in the Premier League.
The centre-back has played every minute of the new season for the Saints and, with him in the side, Southampton can boast the best defence in the top flight, with only two goals conceded in seven games.
Lovren also scored a crucial goal in a 0-1 away win against Liverpool, which ended the Reds' unbeaten start to the 2013/'14 season.
Simon Mignolet is playing one of the starring roles in Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool revival.
The Reds have lost just one game in the Premier League so far this season and are currently second in the table, trailing Arsenal only through goal difference.
Mignolet kept consecutive clean sheets in the three opening games of the new season, he performed triple-save heroics despite losing 1-0 against Southampton at Anfield, and he has looked completely at home in his new surroundings.
Rodgers pulled off a masterstroke in signing the Belgian, who is, undoubtedly, one of the steals of the season at £9 million.
Chilean midfielder Gary Medel was made for the Premier League.
The 26-year-old was snapped up by Cardiff City over the summer for £11.4 million—a record for the Welsh club.
Some people may argue that a place in the top 10 is not befitting a player who has just two wins out of seven games, but how good you are is relative to what you bring to your team, and Medel has made a big impact at his new home.
The former Sevilla player has brought much-needed bite to the Cardiff midfield. Fitting, perhaps, for a player nicknamed "El Pitbull."
Medel has controlled the Bluebirds' midfield play from the moment he set foot on a pitch this season—he was instrumental in his side's shock 3-2 win against Manchester City and his tenacity paid off in draws against Everton and Hull City.
Expect Medel, who has 47 senior caps for his country, to be a big player for Malky Mackay's side this season and beyond.
When Spurs bought Paulinho in July, the midfielder had just come from an impressive Confederations Cup showing with Brazil.
The 25-year-old signed from Corinthians for £17 million and much expectation surrounded his arrival at White Hart Lane.
Paulinho has not disappointed.
He's a powerful player who has developed an immediate understanding with Moussa Dembele in midfield. He may be labelled as a defensive midfielder, but he cannot be pigeon-holed as such; he is a complete midfielder—a tough-tackling player who is as good going forward as he is in protecting his defence.
In his first seven domestic games at the club, he has registered one assist and scored once, in a 1-0 away win against Cardiff.
There is a sense that there is still more to come from Paulinho, yet already he looks like one of the buys of the season.
Former Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen signed for Spurs this summer after years of being linked with a move to the Premier League.
The £11.8 million that Andre Villas-Boas' side paid for him looked relatively modest when compared with the £26.4 million fee that was shelled out for Robert Soldado and again for Erik Lamela.
One of Europe's best young playmakers, the skillful 21-year-old has years ahead of him and, after just four Premier League games, looks like he'll be a valuable asset at White Hart Lane.
He may not be a regular starter in Manuel Pellegrini's side just yet, but Alvaro Negredo already looks like Manchester City's best summer buy.
City's raft of new signings included big names like Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, but it's Negredo who has impressed so far.
Negredo came to City for £22 million after spending four years at Sevilla, where he scored 85 goals in 180 games.
The Spanish centre-forward has added a strong, physical dimension to the City attack, where he has scored three goals and registered two assists in his seven appearances for the club.
His powerful showing in the 4-1 derby win against Manchester United and his goal and link-up play with Sergio Aguero in last week's 3-1 win against Everton point towards him fast becoming a crowd favourite, who will probably become Pellegrini's first choice to partner Aguero ahead of Edin Dzeko.
Arsenal fans have been waiting for a player like Mesut Ozil for some time.
The North London club have not won a trophy since 2005 but now, with the addition of the German playmaker, the next piece of silverware seems that little bit closer.
Ozil became the most expensive signing in Arsenal's history when they shelled out £42 million for him on deadline day. Already he looks worth every penny, with four assists in four Premier League games, a goal against Napoli in the Champions League and fluid, attractive football back on display at the Emirates.
Currently on top of the table, the Gunners are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions, their winning streak shows no sign of stopping, and, in Ozil, they can boast one of the world's best players among their ranks.
The 24-year-old is, without doubt, the best purchase of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
All transfer fees courtesy of Transfermarkt.