The halfway point in the season is upon us, and that means it's a fair time to pass judgement on the summer signings in the English Premier League.
A huge amount was once again splashed out before the transfer window shut in August – and not all clubs spent wisely.
Of course, many have been a success, including some at the upper end of the price list, such as Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson,
whose save at the end of the recent Uefa Champions League victory over Napoli was likened to him scoring the winning goal and had manager Jurgen Klopp purring.
However, he did follow it up with a glaring error against Manchester United which led to a goal for Jesse Lingard.
Still, Liverpool are now four points clear at the top of the table and finally look like the complete package with the Brazilian installed in goal.
Mention should also go to another goalkeeper, Joe Hart at Burnley, who cost just £3.5 million (Dh16.2m) from Manchester City but has shown signs of regaining the consistent form which made him England No 1 for many years. Unfortunately for him, Burnley are just two points off the foot of the table.
One more who hasn't made the top five best buys but came close is West Ham United's Felipe Anderson, who cost around £40m from Lazio.
It took him until his eighth appearance to get off the mark, but he's now scored six times, many of them impressive strikes, to propel the Hammers up the table.
You can see the
five best signings at the top of the screen, while below are the five worst.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Fulham: It could just be an anomaly of the statistics, but Fulham haven't won any of the seven league games in which he has started since his £30m move from Marseille. The Cameroonian was sent off against Manchester United and with the club bottom of the table they haven't been getting much value from the midfielder - or anyone else for that matter (except Mitrovic and Schurrle). Getty Images
Ramadan Sobhi, Huddersfield Town: He's been linked with a move away in January after just four sub appearances since his £5.7m move from Stoke. There were hopes he could follow in the footsteps of fellow Egyptian Mohamed Salah and make an impact in the Premier League but it feels as though that dream is fading away. Getty Images
Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Brighton and Hove Albion: The Iranian winger had an impressive goals record at AZ Alkmaar before his £17m move in the summer but the season hasn't gone too well yet. Four league starts, no goals. It was a big outlay for a club such as Brighton and their record buy has been out injured since November and was due back at the weekend but suffered a setback. Getty Images
Jack Wilshere, West Ham United. Ok, so he came on a free transfer but he's being paid a lot of money. There was always a risk after so many injury-ravaged seasons at Arsenal and now here's another. Just four league starts and a three-month injury lay-off, and now he's been hit by another injury. Was it really a risk worth taking? Getty Images
Fred, Manchester United: Ouch - £52m was spent on the Brazilian and all for what? In and out of the United side, he's come to symbolise the malaise at Old Trafford which ended in Jose Mourinho being shown the door. Not in the same class as a Roy Keane or Paul Scholes, just who truly sanctioned this deal, and will the change of manager alter the fortunes for Fred in the second half of the season? PA via AP
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Updated: December 24, 2018 07:37 AM