8. Caglar Soyuncu – Leicester City – Joined from Freiburg in 2018
Soyuncu’s Leicester City career had a slow start in the 2018-19 season, after his £19 million transfer from Freiburg in the Bundesliga. However, the Turkish international has been superb this season, particularly between August and the New Year.
While he might not be in with a team of the season shout anymore, Soyuncu has proven to be a bargain for the Foxes, and he looks like a player that can anchor down their backline for years and years to come.
7. Bernd Leno – Arsenal – Joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018
Arsenal desperately needed a goalkeeping upgrade on the aging Petr Cech, and boy, did they get exactly that with Bernd Leno in 2018. The once highly-rated German international had started to plateau in the Bundesliga, but his £22.5 million transfer to the Gunners gave his career a spark.
Now, Leno is one of the standout goalkeepers in the Premier League, arguably surpassing the likes of Lloris and De Gea in terms of performances over the past 2 seasons. He stands as one of the best pieces of business Arsenal have pulled off in recent memory.
6. Ilkay Gundogan – Manchester City – Joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2016
One of the more underrated players in the Manchester City team, due to often being outshined by the likes of De Bruyne and Bernardo, is German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The former Dortmund star moved to Manchester City in 2016 following a bit of a plateau in form in the Bundesliga, and has had a successful career, most notably under Pep Guardiola.
Although he does not crack the top 5, Gundogan can be considered one of the more successful Bundesliga-to-Premier League transfers in recent years, as he has been a reliable performer for Manchester City, helping them to 2 titles.
5. Leroy Sane – Manchester City – Joined from Schalke in 2016
In the same summer that Manchester City poached Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund, they also managed to snap up young Leroy Sane from their rivals, Schalke 04. While Sane has been injured all season and is being linked heavily with a move back to the Bundesliga to join Bayern Munich, his performances between 2017 and 2019 in particular, earn him a strong position on this list.
Sane has become one of the most exciting players in the Manchester City team, although they haven’t quite missed a beat without him, with Mahrez, Sterling, and Bernardo Silva still working their magic. We might be seeing the last little stretch of Leroy Sane in the City blue, but what a career he has had already.