From a $100m benchwarmer to a complete gamechanger: Best and worst of PL transfers this season
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From Aston Villa's incredible transfer frenzy to Tottenham finally breaking years of silence in the market, this Premier League season has been shaped in no small part by new arrivals.
If only they all worked out.

For every shining light that has lit up the league, there has been a flop. So we've picked out three of the best – and worst – signings of the season and given them a grade.

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Tanguy Ndombele. Grade: C –

A tall and physical midfielder, Spurs broke their club record with a monster €62 million ($A101m) plus up to €10 million ($A16m) in add-ons for the Lyon man.

He scored on debut against Aston Villa and backed it up a week later, notching an assist in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

But a hamstring injury meant he missed the next two games – and it went downhill from there. His form dipped. When Jose Mourinho arrived in November, things got even worse. He was dropped from the squad for three of the first five games.

Mourinho publicly criticised him for his fitness and dedication; something the player denies, particularly since the season resumed. Ndombele has come off the bench for just two appearances in the eight games since the restart.

He went from being the apparent future of the club's midfield to a mere sidenote – the club's record signing now an expensive makeweight on the bench.

Unsurprisingly, Ndombele fallen out with Mourinho to the point where they do not even speak.

Recent reports from Italy have stated that Spurs are in talks with Inter Milan over a direct swap deal for Marcelo Brozovic. Barcelona and PSG have also been interested in signing Ndombele – despite Mourinho's disinterest in the player.

It would be very difficult for Spurs to regain the amount they paid for the 23-year-old in the current financial environment, so a swap deal could be his only escape from a worsening…
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