Rate your signings..


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We are well into the season so probably a good time to judge your summer signings.

Some brought a lot, others not so many (Sorry Spurs...not that your doing badly for it btw!)

Ben Foster - Not that Gomes did too much wrong it was clear we were going to get a new goalkeeper and certain Foster has generally produced the goods so far with a number of key saves - against Palace and Huddersfield come to min.

Excellent distribution (probably jinxed it) and fitted back into the club very nicely.

Marc Navarro - Played once in the league and did ok at Arsenal by all account but got injured and not played since. Probably 3rd choice right back if all are fit.

Adam Masina - Again a back up player to Holebas and did nothing wrong when played - and probably unlucky to be dropped but then the latter did score on Saturday. Looked quite pacey and solid in the games he has played.

Ken Sema - Been sub a few times and has come on to run around a bit out wide. Probably one of those random cheap squad players we tend to buy but not likely to start unless we have injuries

Ben Wilmott/Quina - Young players brought in for the future but played well in the League Cup. The latter probably scoring one of our goals of the season against Reading and Wilmott was very composed in defence a and midfield.

We also signed Deulofeu on a permanent deal - once fit he has been a key player although despite scoring a very good goal against Huddersfield hasn't had the best of time in front of goal. Clearly has the quality and ability to be a very good player though.


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Fred - He does what Herrera was already doing - underwhelming.

Dalot - Time will tell, though I do think we could have done with signing a full back ready to go straight in to the starting eleven.

Grant - Third choice keeper, he'll do.


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Patricio - One of the best goalkeepers in the league. Euro Championship winning goalkeeper at Wolves, nuff said. 9/10

Jonny - Been called up to the Spanish squad since he joined Wolves, ahead of Jordi Alba of Barca no less. 9/10

Moutinho - Started off brilliantly but hasn't been upto those very high standards in the last few games. Still has built a very good partnership with Neves. 8/10

Jimenez - The focal point of our attack. 2 goals and 5 assists in 12 games is respectable, and his work rate is very good. Still feel like he could have scored a couple more but he's still a big upgrade on Bonatini. 8/10

Traore - Used more as a super sub. Got us a last minute winner against West Ham but hasn't really justified a start so far. He is incredibly fast and loves to take on players, but he seems to be too predictable against good PL standard defenders. 7/10

Dendoncker - Not played a minute of action in the PL to the frustration of some Wolves fans, but looked solid in the 2 cup games he played. 6/10


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It's was by far the most successful window of our PL time to date, a lot of deadwood cleared out and money recouped, and a few quality (rather than quantity) signings. Our start to the season demonstrates that. And although as the winter rolls on our lack of depth will be exposed. we will slip a bit now, I'd have taken it in August!

David Brooks - The lad is an absolute class act. Comes straight into the team and immediately becomes one of our best players. Sees passes that surprise everyone, has an amazing first touch. pops up with a few goals, and has a tremendous workrate. He's 21 and he's going to go a long way. 11m was a bargain. Could maybe do with eating a few pasties and hitting the gym, but I wouldn't want to compromise his agility. 10/10

Jefferson Lerma - Our record signing at 25m, which was pretty mind-blowing. He then had a slow start as he adjusted and worked his way into the starting lineup. He can't talk much English yet, but he's improved all the time. He's coming a bit of a cult hero in the fanbase, due to his propensity to try out his broken English to the club's media whenever he can, with a constantly smiley slightly confused face.

That we've conceded fewer goals tells you he's made a difference. You look at his size and his position on the pitch, and assume he'll be good at the nitty gritty. And he is, covers the full backs well when they go forward (which ours do a lot). He wins a lot of loose balls, and gets in the face of the opposition. An heir to Harry Arter in that he gets booked every game. But when the chance allows, he'll surprise you with his range of passing, his touch and turn in tight spaces, and a fierce shot at goal. Hopefully he'll only continue to improve as his communication improves. 8/10

Diego Rico - The 'poorest' of our 3 signings in that he's taking the most time to adjust, not getting quite as many starts as the above, and not as absolutely outstanding as the above. He's good technically, has a wicked cross, shot or dead ball with his left foot, and as an attacking full back he suits us. His defensive positioning needs a little work, again learning the language will help that. Lots of potential and it's easy to see why we liked him. 7/10


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Alisson - Excellent overall. Had some iffy moments at times, which will happen with his and our playstyle, but reads the game well, is an excellent shotstopper, his distribution is up there with the best around; and more importantly for us, brings calmness to the backline - which, for the decent keepers we have had with Migs and Karius, never really occurred. 8/10

Fabinho - Only starting to get games, and can see there is a lot of work needing done yet. He does pass it out very quickly and into dangerous positions, and is a beast at timing tackles; but positionally isn't quite up to speed yet, and is struggling with the pace of the PL. Will get better if we continue to play his favoured 4-2-3-1, but needs to adapt to 4-3-3 yet. 6/10

Keita - Been the biggest disappointment thus far imo. Has been unlucky with injury lately, but only really had two good games against West Ham and Palace. Think he could be the key to getting our forwards going fully again, and he is a hell of a talent, and hopefully he'll kick on once we are back from this international break; but so far, has yet to settle. 5/10

Shaqiri - Was delighted to have gotten him on the cheap, and never got all the negative press from biased eejits like Neville and Charlie Adam about him; and so far he's been exceptional. Only seen him in and out of the side, but when he's been in, he's been the closest to being a new Coutinho-esque player we've been lacking since the latter's departure. Has settled in better than even I expected, and could become the bargain of the season at this rate. 9/10


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Jannik Vestergaard - Our VvD replacement, who can no longer get in the side ahead of Wesley Hoedt, Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens. £18m wasted, he has looked like an utter donkey whenever he's played. 3/10 - Could improve.

Angus Gunn - Weird signing but I suspect the club thought they'd be able to shift Fraser Forster off in the summer. He will probably be our number 1 next season but so far he seems like a pointless signing.

Stuart Armstrong - Looked good in pre-season but now we're seeing why he struggled to get in Celtic's side last season, he doesn't seem good on the ball and has missed a few sitters, he's rarely made the team tbh. Another pointless signing. 2/10.

Mohamed Elyounoussi - Honestly, when he plays, you often forget he's on the pitch. A complete passenger but seen as our Tadic replacement. Played alright in the first half against Wolves... says it all that it's November and that is all that stands out about him. 2/10.

Danny Ings - Panic buy this one but it's been our best signing by far, which isn't saying much. He tries hard but is quite poor on the ball. Good movement which goes to waste with our sideways and backwards mentality when it comes to passing the football. I wish we would give him more chances to see more of the finishing side to his game. 6/10.

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