In a somewhat quiet way, this past summer’s transfer class has been disappointing. From Chelsea’s gluttonous mess to whatever United’s doing, it’s hard to find any positives.
However, Cole Palmer has announced himself as one of the best moves in recent memory. 

Palmer was never supposed to be the hero Chelsea had been begging for. The forward’s transformation from an unknown to the team’s key piece redeemed part of the team’s transfer policy.

Last summer’s transfer window provided little fireworks that most expected. No true superstar moved to the English shores, but there were a few good internal moves. Outside of Palmer, only Declan Rice challenges him for this summer’s best window.

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While Rice raised Arsenal’s ceiling, the team already proved to be a title contender. How Palmer is carrying Chelsea is more impressive, given the team’s messy situation. Additionally, Palmer’s ability to elevate his game and take on a larger role is more impressive.

Some could argue that it’s still too early to fully denote who’s made the best move. However, given the unimpressive field, it can only come down to two candidates.


Looking back at the field of transfers, one could imagine that there would have been more great moves. Most of the transfers made seemed to both make sense and excite fans.

There are plenty of clubs to choose from, but the two clubs that best sum up the underwhelming clubs are Chelsea and United. While Chelsea redeemed themselves with Palmer, things were looking dire. Caicedo should come good, but he’s struggled in his role while Lavia’s injuries robbed him of his season.

United’s summer is weirder to diagnose, as things were looking much worse at the beginning of the season. Fans mock Højlund and Onana; the striker is still so young it’s too early to give up on him, while Onana has settled well. Mount, on the other hand, has to be the most inexcusable transfer of the window, given how little he’s impacted United.

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Sandro Tonali’s season from hell also deserves a shout as one of the worst of the window. The player’s inability to stop gambling destroyed any chance for Newcastle to have a competent midfield.

Outside of Palmer, there are two players that come to mind as candidates: Alexis Mac Allister and Declan Rice. With Liverpool steamrolling to a title, Mac Allister’s contributions have been key to them. The Argentine has filled in perfectly into Klopp’s midfield, with the player becoming the key to the Red’s attack.

There’s no doubt that Arsenal looks like a much better side due to Rice. The midfielder brings defensive stability to a midfield looking to attack. Also, he’s come up clutch in key moments to keep the team’s title dreams alive.

Most recent summer windows delivered splashes that have reinforced the Prem as the most entertaining league in Europe. However, the duds produced by the 2023 window make it clear that the busts clearly outweigh the stars. 


Chelsea’s season is coming straight from hell. Disappointing signings combined with terrible play have fans looking for any silver lining.

Palmer arrived in London as a weird transfer that many saw as City fleecing Chelsea. While the forward showed signs at City, he was not seen as one of the most promising players in the Prem. Instead of being just a rotation player, Palmer saved Bohely’s project.

Football isn’t played on a calculator, but Palmer’s stats are eye-catching. Not only has he been the best transfer, but he has a shot at making the best eleven for this season.

Comparing him to other forwards, Palmer falls in the upper echelon. Combining his expected goals and assists put him just below the superstars. While he’s just matching his expected goals, Palmer has already smashed all expected goal contributions.

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In the Prem, Palmer’s goal and assists account for 45% of Chelsea’s total goals. That should give him an argument for the most important player in the Prem. It’s difficult to find and use Palmer’s plus/minus, but one could argue that it deserves to be among the league leaders.

A big part of Palmer’s success can be due to his plug-and-play style, where he can play just about any role up front. This fluidity opens up the game for him and allows him to both create and finish chances. To be fair, it’s theoretically easier for these types of players to boost their metrics, but Palmer has created a great run out of nothing.

No matter where Chelsea end up this season, their escape from the bottom of the table will be due to Palmer. While he may not be the best player in the league, few players are more important to their side than the Englishman.


As the Premier League season nears its end, Palmer has separated himself from other transfers to be this season’s best.
By putting Chelsea on his back, the forward placed himself near the league’s superstars. He may not be the best player in the league, but there are few players more important to their teams than Palmer.

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