Sometimes it’s a player who no one thought would be great, whose expectations were modest at best but who ended up actually being quite brilliant.
Obviously, there’s still a lot of the season to go, but even after six games, we can see quite a few shocks in this vein. Players who have been unexpectedly great.
So here are the top five most surprisingly good transfers of the summer:
1. Michael Le Bourgeois (Wasps)
For a decade he had been the standout player at Jersey and then Bedford — he was named Championship player of the season in May. He is now playing in his first season in the Gallagher Premiership at the age of 28. Operating at No 12, he has had Lima Sopoaga inside him and Elliot Daly outside but has not looked out of place. Everything he’s done looks competent and efficient; his passing looks grooved, he tackles well and he runs good lines. He also always looks composed and assured.