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Salomon Rondon (Newcastle – on loan from West Brom)

Salomon Rondon has had a huge impact during the second half of the season

It seems as though every time I’ve covered Newcastle this season, Salomon Rondon has been a key component in a positive result for Rafa Benitez’s men. The 29-year-old has fired 10 goals and racked up five assists in what is turning into a comfortable season without relegation fear for the Toon. He leads the line with great authority, in a style that brings the best out of his team-mates in forward areas, plus, he’s added more goals to his game this season. Fans will be hoping his loan deal will become permanent over the summer. (Lewis Jones)

James Maddison To Leicester – from Norwich, undisclosed

James Maddison’s step up from the Championship has been seamless

It has been a stellar first campaign for James Maddison in the Premier League and despite a truly turbulent season for Leicester, the 22-year-old has remained unflappable and mightily impressive in midfield. He has started in 28 of Leicester’s 31 league matches – showing his important to both Claude Puel and Brendan Rodgers – with six goals scored, which is already the second best return of his career. He has also created 81 scoring chances for his side – the joint-most in Europe’s top five leagues along with Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez and Lyon’s Memphis Depay. At such a young age, it will be exciting to watch his development over the next few years. (Charlotte Marsh)

Alisson To Liverpool – from Roma, £67m

Alisson was brought to Anfield for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper

Brian Clough famously said that you cannot win anything in football without a top-class goalkeeper and Liverpool supporters will attest to that following the summer arrival of Alisson from Roma. The Reds were let down badly last season by the error-prone Loris Karius, leading to their decision to spend a world-record £67m to bring the Brazil international to Anfield. But it has proved money well spent, with the ‘keeper having provided a previously unseen calm reassurance to the club’s defence, including a Premier League-high 17 clean sheets and just 18 goals conceded so far. And perhaps his defining moment came in December with an outstanding close-range stop to prevent Andre Gomes from opening the scoring in a Merseyside derby Liverpool would crucially go on to win at the death. (Richard Morgan)

Raul Jimenez To Wolves – on loan from Benfica

Raul Jimenez has scored 15 goals for Wolves this season

Despite scoring 82 goals on their way to promotion to the Premier League last season Wolves’ top-scoring striker, Leo Bonatini, netted only 12 times in all competitions. Enter stage left Raul Jimenez, the latest in a long line of imports from Portuguese clubs, and having a difficult time of it at domestic champions Benfica. A season-long loan to Molineux took its time to get going, with three goals in Jimenez’s first 13 Premier League games. But the Mexican has got his mojo back and his quality as a traditional number nine, as well as the 15 goals he has scored for his loan club, have both played a big part in their success this season. (Ron Walker)

Felipe Anderson To West Ham – from Lazio, £35m

Real Madrid are thought to be interested in Felipe Anderson

Though he’s not a like-for-like replacement for Dimitri Payet, Felipe Anderson certainly has Hammers fans off their seats like the Frenchman did. The Brazilian was slow to start, but then chipped in with seven goals in nine games in November and December, and there’s a clear reason why Real Madrid are thought to be planning a move for the 25-year-old if they fail to land Eden Hazard. He may not have scored in 2019, but Anderson still remains a huge threat for West Ham; his running off the ball creates space for others and often goes unnoticed, and his statistics are up there with the best. He’s ranked in the Premier League top 10 for chances created, final third passes, dribbles, through-balls and tackles. (Gerard Brand)

Matteo Guendouzi To Arsenal – from Lorient, £8m

Matteo Guendouzi was among Unai Emery’s first signings for Arsenal

Lucas Torreira’s arrival from Sampdoria may have grabbed most of the headlines at the Emirates Stadium last summer and while he’s enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League, it is the performances of Matteo Guendouzi that have caught my eye at Arsenal.

Plucked from Ligue 2 side Lorient for just £8m by Arsenal’s former head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, the Frenchman was billed as one for the future. However, he quickly forced his way into Unai Emery’s plans with a number of impressive performances in the middle of the park and has been a key component of the Gunners midfield ever since. He has gone on to make 37 appearances in all competitions this season and his all-action style has already endeared him to the Arsenal fans. There is still an occasional error lurking in his game but at just 19, the Gunners have a real gem of a player on their hands. Oliver Yew

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