The summer months bring hope and expectation for fans of every Premier League side. New signings can be judged on highlight packages rather than the little errors that creep in over a season.As Christmas nears, that initial optimism fades and it becomes easier to understand who is not the player that was promised and who is far better than was ever hoped for.Sportsmail has analysed the Premier League big six’s summer signings and decided whether they are a hit, a miss, or if the jury’s still out.
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon, £53m)
Looked good in opening weeks of the season. Scored six goals but has been dropped to the bench by Arsene Wenger, in a weird move by the manager. Not his fault. Hit.
Sead Kolasinac (Schalke, free)
Rare to see Arsenal recruit so sensibly in defence. Kolasinac has been a useful addition and has been Arsenal’s best defender over first few months of the campaign. Hit.
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid, £70.6m)
It would not be a surprise to see Alvaro Morata top goalscoring charts without scoring once with his feet. He’s ahead of the class and Chelsea look worse when he doesn’t play. Hit.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco, £40m)
Impressed against Manchester United in a three-man midfield but has looked lost when in a two alongside Cesc Fabregas. Shows potential although there are still questions over whether he is an upgrade on Nathaniel Chalobah. Jury’s out.
Antonio Rudiger (Roma, £31m)
Made a stupendous error against Roma but is on his way to becoming a fan favourite at Chelsea. He’s starting to displace more senior members of team and works well with Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christiansen. Hit.
Davide Zappacosta (Torino, £25m)
Cost a lot of money for a backup wing-back. Chances limited due to continued form of Victor Moses. Scored memorable goal on debut against Qarabag. Needs more minutes. Jury’s out.
Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City, compensation to be agreed)
Has one of the best songs in world football. Working his way into Antonio Conte’s thoughts, which is something of a surprise given he is only 17 years old.Hit.
Willy Caballero (Manchester City, free)
Has somehow made less of an impact at Chelsea than he did at Manchester City, where he was able to save Claudio Bravo’s blushes. Reserve goalkeeper so can’t judge too badly. Jury’s out.
Danny Drinkwater (Leicester, £30m)
Barely played any football, to the extent that he did not feel comfortable joining the England squad last week. Picked up calf injury before being able to make debut. Needs to show more given his price.Miss.
Mohamed Salah (Roma, £39m)
A surprisingly brilliant start for Salah, based on his struggles in Premier League with Chelsea. Only behind Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero for goals this season and has given Liverpool a new dimension. Hit.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, £35m)
Had a decent cameo appearance against Manchester United. Was excellent against West Ham. Growing in Jurgen Klopp’s thoughts. Struggles prior to that mean jury’s out.
Andy Robertson (Hull City, £8m)
Played infrequently but has been unlucky to find himself behind Alberto Moreno in the pecking order courtesy of a superb run of form. Looked competent when used. Hit.
Dominic Solanke (Chelsea, tribunal fee)
Worked his way into Jurgen Klopp’s thoughts quicker than anyone might have expected, given he was signed for Under-23s. Still to score but needs more game time. Jury’s out.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur, £54m)
City’s struggles at full-back last season have been fixed, mostly due to Kyle Walker. Bombs down right and fits Pep Guardiola’s playing style perfectly. Four assists already this campaign is a ludicrous figure for a full-back. Hit.
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco, £52m)
Looked good in the games he played before picking up a knee ligament injury. Came at a bad time for him and has curtailed his ability to settle. Jury’s out.
Bernardo Silva (Monaco, £43m)
Unfortunate to come across Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in such incredible form. Will get opportunities as season wares on and doesn’t look out of place, but hasn’t done enough to be called a hit as of yet. Jury’s out.
Ederson (Benfica, £35m)
Goalkeeper wasn’t so much City’s weak point last season as a gaping wound in their line-up. Ederson has looked brilliant all campaign and gives his defence so much more confidence than Claudio Bravo did. And what about those penalty saves? Hit.
Danilo (Real Madrid, £27m)
Was always going to struggle to get in ahead of Walker and Mendy, but how has he managed to fall behind Fabian Delph in the pecking order? An expensive addition who will get some football not enough to justify his price. Miss.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £75m)
Started the season in incredible form. Hasn’t really troubled defences in the last four games, as United have struggled more. Was particularly anonymous against Chelsea. Part of issue might be Paul Pogba’s injury, the other is how Jose Mourinho has set his teams up. Would be harsh to say he’s anything but a hit.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea, £40m)
Early season form suggested Chelsea had made one of biggest errors since the Premier League began. His displays have been slightly less impressive in recent weeks, but his presence has definitely added something to United’s midfield. Hit.
Victor Lindelof (Benfica, £30.7m)
Mistakes in pre-season meant it took a while to make his debut. And an error against Huddersfield has put a mark next to his name that will be difficult to erase. Does not seem to have improved Mourinho’s back line at all. Miss.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free agent)
Has not played due to an injury picked up at the end of last season. Lions might not get older but there’s not much research about how they recover from cruciate injuries. Jury’s out.
Davinson Sanchez (Ajax, £42m)
A big money buy one who has not tasted defeat during his time with the north London club. Looks untroubled when picked and definitely improves the options available to Mauricio Pochettino. At 21, what a hit he could be.
Serge Aurier (PSG, £23m)
Made high-profile errors in his first few games and was sent off against West Ham, nearly costing his team win. Will do well to supplant Kieran Trippier, given the form the England international is in. Jury’s out.
Fernando Llorente (Swansea City, £15m)
Suffers from not being Harry Kane. Still, he would have hoped for a goal in his six appearances in Premier League. Needs to start making more of an impact or he will join the pile that includes Vincent Janssen and Roberto Soldado. Miss.
Juan Foyth (Estudiantes, £8m)
Had a decent game against Barnsley in the EFL Cup. Will take more for him to work his way into Premier League line-up, but at 19, very much one for the future. Jury’s out.
Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton, undisclosed)
As third choice goalkeeper, Paulo Gazzaniga will not have expected to play many games. His performance against Crystal Palace before the break, barring a couple of wobbles, suggests that could change in the future. For the money he cost and the expectation, a comfortable hit.