Premier League 2019-20: Three best signings in the January transfer window
It's been over two months since the January transfer window closed and it is a good time to assess how the new signings have fared for their respective Premier League clubs. We have seen some great players like Virgil van Dijk, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Luis Suarez, among others, arriving in the Premier League during the winter window and all of them have gone on to enjoy massive success with their respective clubs. Only time will tell whether the recent signings will go on to enjoy the same success in the long run, but let's take a look at the players who have impressed with their performances in their short stint so far.
Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes for a high fee of £47m from Sporting Lisbon. He arrived at a time when the Red Devils were struggling in the league but his addition in the midfield totally changed the teams' fortunes. Fernandes played his first game for the club against Wolves on February 1. It resulted in a goalless draw but his performances only went up from that game.
The Portuguese contributed with two goals and three assists in the next five games. His passes were so accurate and his vision was so good that he was given the responsibility to take set-pieces as well. His best performance came against Watford when he scored one goal along with an assist in United's 3-0 win at home. In fact, the Red Devils are yet to lose a Premier League game since his arrival.
Tottenham Hotspur signed the Dutch winger for a fee of £26.7m from PSV Eindhoven and Bergwijn made an instant impact as he scored the opening goal in his debut match which was against the defending champions Manchester City. Spurs went on to win the match by a 2-0 margin and thus Bergwijn became an overnight sensation in North London.
The 22-year-old also contributed in the next game against Aston Villa as he drew a penalty which was then scored by Heung-Min Son. He scored once again in their game against Wolves. Unfortunately, lack of discipline at the back saw Tottenham losing both of those games. He has two goals now in five games and has been a great addition to the squad considering how Harry Kane and Son are suffering from persistent injuries. Bergwijn, though, is nursing a sprained ankle himself. But he is young and has the quality to be a world-beater in a few years' time.
He always had a Premier League call up coming considering the way he performed for Hull City in the Championship this season. Bowen scored a total of 16 goals in 20 appearances for Hull and West Ham didn't hesitate in splashing £18m on the forward to resurrect their Premier League fortunes this season.
In his four appearances, out of which he started in two, Bowen has gone on to score only one goal so far. However, he has looked highly energetic and has run the opposition's defence into trouble on most occasions. The likes of Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller have looked different since his arrival as well. Bowen's solid performances have forced the duo to up their games as well, but the biggest challenge for the Hammers now is to maintain their Premier League status this season. And that can definitely happen if Bowen starts scoring at the same rate as he was doing for Hull City.
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