BPL Signing of the season?
Posted by Aaron C-Reid | Published on February 17, 2016
BPL Signing of the season?
There are many contenders for the Premier League signing of the season. It has been the year of surprises and many of these new signing follow that rule. There are also some high profiles that many considered could be flops who have shown that not all expensive players are flops. Today, I will be giving my top 10 signings, based on their performances, potential and price tag.
Number 10. Xherdan Shaqiri – Inter Milan to Stoke
Many were shocked and surprised when Stoke secured the services of Swiss forward Shaqiri. The young winger had been at Inter and Bayern but hadn’t quite made his mark at either. When he signed for a modest fee of £12 million many thought it was a steal but after he failed to hit the ground running, a lot of people started to have doubts. However people forget that it takes time for players to adjust and after a few months he certainly did. After a standout performance against Man City people started to think he really was the real deal. Another high moment was his goal of the season contender against Everton, as he scored a sublime chip past a helpless Tim Howard.
Number 9. Gerard Deulofeu – Barcelona to Everton
After a relatively successful loan spell at Everton during the 2013/14 season Deulofeu struggled to make an impact at Barcelona, with ‘MSN’ keeping him out of the team. He went on loan to Sevilla to get game time and made 17 appearances for the Spanish side. His season at Sevilla was considered a flop and ended up in Marca’s worst team of the season. With a lot to prove, the Young Spaniard made a move to Merseyside, this time it was a permanent one, with the Toffees signing him for a mere £4.2 million, which many considered a bargain at the time. Some may have previously criticised his distribution and decisiveness in the final third but this season he has scored twice in the Premier League and assisted 8 times. He has formed a formidable partnership with Romelu Lukaku and has clearly improved on his crossing, as well as his finishing.
Number 8. Andre Ayew – Marseille to Swansea
The mercurial Ghanian came from Ligue 1 with a relatively big reputation, with many knowing him from his previous exploits with Marseille in the French League. This signing went under the radar with people paying attention to big money deals. However Ayew cost Swansea nothing, signing after his contract at Marseille had expired. With no big price tag weighing on his shoulders he has shone, scoring 8 goals in his debut season for the Swans. The 26 year old started off the season in scintillating form, before it died down a bit. However his form has resurfaced, after scoring 2 in his last 5 games. He will be hoping to secure Premier League status with Swansea and continue his fine form with the Welsh side.
Number 7. Georginio Wijnaldum – PSV to Newcastle
After a fantastic season for PSV in the Eredivise the young Dutchman was considered to be a bargain after Newcastle picked him up for a reported £14.5 million. So far he has shown that he is worth that and more, scoring 9 goals and assisting his teammates 3 times so far this term. With Newcastle having a poor season ‘Genie’ has been a positive for the Toon, who will be hoping to hold on to their star man. With Memphis Depay also coming from PSV to the Premier League there was a lot of hype surrounded him, while many forgot that Wijnaldum had been voted the Eredivise player of the season over his compatriot. This lack of recognition may have been a positive for Wijnaldum as he wasn’t under as much pressure as Depay and he has flourished since. His best moment coming in a 6-2 defeat of Norwich as he grabbed 4 goals for himself.
Number 6. Kevin De Bruyne – Wolfburg to Man City
You may think it is harsh to put De Bruyne so far down this list, especially as he has had a great season for the Blues so far this season, and maybe you would be right, however I think that his huge price tag means that he couldn’t be any higher on this list. De Bruyne signed for Man City for a club record fee of £55 million, which put a lot of pressure on the young Belgian’s shoulders but so far his performances have justified that price tag. With 5 goals and 9 assists in the league, as well as some top quality Champions League performances, De Bruyne looks like he has been a successful signing for City. It will also come as a big blow that he will be out for around 10 weeks, which could hinder City’s title challenge as he has been so influential for them. He will be hoping to come back as soon as he can and continue in his rich vain of form.
Number 5. Toby Alderweireld – Atletico Madrid to Tottenham
With Alderweireld having a successful loan spell at Southampton last year the Saints, understandably, wanted to sign him on a permanent deal in the summer, however this was hijacked by Tottenham who wanted to bolster their defensive options. Since then he has formed a formidable partnership at the back with fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen. He has kept 9 clean sheets, while also conceding the fewest amount of goals in the league, nineteen. The 26 year old was also a steal at a mere £11.5 million. He has looked like an composed figure in the heart of Spurs’ defence and looks to have been an excellent bit of business for Mauricio Pochettino.
Number 4. Anthony Martial – Monaco to Manchester United
Like De Bruyne this may be considered unfair as Martial looks to be a great prospect, with many people thinking he should be in the top 3 but because of the huge price paid for him Martial is the fourth best signing in my opinion. After signing on deadline day for a fee that could rise to £56 million many were left starstruck, with a lot of United fans questioning the gigantic price tag. However the young Frenchman has shown that he has more than just potential, after making a huge impression on his debut, scoring a fantastic goal on his debut for the Reds. Martial has chipped in with 7 goals and 3 assists in 19 Premier League games, a fantastic tally for a man of his age. He looks to be a huge prospect with many comparing him to Thierry Henry. United look to have a fantastic talent on their hands and will hope he continues to flourish for the Red Devils.
Number 3. Dimitri Payet – Marseille to West Ham
Payet was another signing that seemed to go under the radar with a lot off people thinking £11 million was too big a sum for a 28 year old but he has shown a clear eye for goals and assists as he has quickly become a fan favourite as well as showcasing his immense talent. After grabbing 6 goals and 4 assists in his first season for the Hammers comparisons have been given between Payet and Mesut Ozil as he continues to perform at such a high level week in week out. The Frenchman continues to dazzle fans with his tricks and skills, as well as creating on average 3.56 chances per game. He is well on his way to getting 10 goals and will hope to get into Europe with West Ham.
Number 2. Petr Cech – Chelsea to Arsenal
Cech looked to be a bargain at the time of signing, Arsenal acquired the experienced keeper for £10 million. He has proven to be just that with 12 clean sheets and 85 saves. Cech has finally become that safe pair of hands behind a shaky Arsenal defence. After Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina both seemed unreliable in the Arsenal goal, they needed a replacement and they got a great one, with the big Czech international seeming to keep the Gunners in games at times. He seems to be a big influence in the Arsenal team and a real leader. He will hope to keep up his fine form in the the Gunners’ title challenge.
1. N’golo Kanté – Caen to Leicester
Another transfer that many paid no attention to was Kanté’s switch from the French league to a Leicester City side who had barely stayed up the previous season. Not much was made of Kante or Leicester but both have thoroughly surprised us. Although he may not have the spectacular stats that some boast but his work ethic and overall play has been spectacular. He goes from box to box and never seems to never stop running and has played a major part in the Foxes title push. He has averaged 4.1 tackles and 4.1 interceptions per game, which is incredible. I think overall for £5.2 million he is the bargain of the summer and the best signing any team in the Premier League has made.