Perhaps as a warmup for the KUMB awards votes, who surpasses the others as the best signing we made last summer?
For me, after careful reflection, its Felipe Anderson
Came here with barely any English and integrated without difficulty
First season success, from different league.
Great tackling numbers, for a debut season, winger/forward, of that build and height.
Genuinely skillful with both feet, strong in the running, and quickly got his head around the different refereeing (only got knocked off the ball rarely, early doors).
Scored 10 goals overall, whereby
1. The most basic was at the end of a lovely move, to assert some dominance at OT
2, The first was an audacious trick against an international keeper
3. Several others were excellent long shots, including contender for GotS (Palace at home)
4. He can score a brilliant freekick (Wimbledon away)
5. He celebrated like a true team member when Foster saved his likely 10th league goal, only to have to watch Arnautovic edge ahead of him, by snaffling the rebound.
A solid assists record that is only the start of the chances he created for others, when in his purple patch, from games 5-20 - many of which went begging. He smashed the bar, on a hattrick, with the outside of his boot.
Basically, what happened last summer was very similar to Bilic's arrival, in that we got in 3 or more complementary players who grew into the season.
He got Payet, Lanzini and Antonio.
Pellegrini got Fabianski, Balbuena, Diop and
my vote for Pellegrini's best signing