The transfer window has been manic this summer. World record fees are being quoted for some of Europe’s finest talent, but are they worth it? It’s hard to find value for money deals but there have been some finds from Premier League clubs in the market that fans can get excited for.
Here are the five best value for money buys in England’s top flight:
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland > Bournemouth, free)
It would’ve been super-human for anyone to keep Sunderland up last season. Jordan Pickford was a stand-out along with top scorer Defoe, but relegation was the result and their departures followed. Eddie Howe was the beneficiary of a free transfer for one of the Premier League’s finest veterans.
Strikers cost a bomb in the current market so for Bournemouth to add the calibre of Defoe to an already promising attack of Josh King, Calum Wilson and Benik Afobe, is great business. Surviving two seasons in the top flight was miraculous and I don’t think they’ve been given enough credit, with Defoe in red and black, it could be a third.
Vicente Iborra (Sevilla > Leicester, £10.5m)
It was an underwhelming campaign for the once 5,000/1 champions. Craig Shakespeare guided them to safety and the Champions League quarter-finals somehow and will look to go again next month. They upset Europa League winners Sevilla en-route to the quarter-finals, now they’ve picked up one of their stars.
£10.5 million for the captain of a successful European side seems like nothing as he impressed against the Foxes last season. The combative midfielder can attack and defend, but most of all adds a steely, physical presence that they’ve missed since N’Golo Kante left. Lifting the Europa League for three straight seasons in Spain, he brings a winning mentality to City.
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland > Everton, £30m)
It was a break-through year for the England U21 keeper, securing him a big £30 million transfer to Ronald Koeman’s revolution at Everton. Goalkeepers are often underestimated in their value and even though it seems a lot for a player just relegated, he was exceptional. Sunderland would’ve been gone in January if he was missing and with Everton needing to improve on Joel or Maarten Stekelenburg, Pickford is a significant upgrade.
Confident, quick and excellent shot-stopper, it’s well needed quality to bring to the Everton spine. Playing well beyond his best years, he has time to establish himself as not just top Premier League player but possible England number one?
Sead Kolasinac (Schalke > Arsenal, free)
Another steal on a free transfer, Arsenal have bolstered their defensive ranks with the signing of the Bosnian. The versatile defender can play left back, on the wing or on the left side of a back-three, which is how Arsenal have deployed him in pre-season.
A team often susceptible to the counter attack, Kolasinac has the pace and power to get up and down capably. In last season’s Team of the Season in Germany, he could prove a hidden gem in Arsene Wenger’s backline.
Javier ‘Chicarito’ Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen > West Ham, £16m)
The ‘Little Pea’ has returned to England and the unlikely destination of London Stadium. West Ham have longed for a potent striker for years, with 20 of their last 31 forwards signed since 2010 scoring no more than three goals. For £16 million, it’s a steal.
A Premier League winner at Manchester United and regarded penalty-box poacher, Chicha has the quality to feed off Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic and propel the Hammers towards top eight contention.
Mexico’s top scorer makes his bow in claret and blue at, Old Trafford, don’t be surprised to see him celebrating at his old stomping ground again.
(Featured Image credit: The Mirror)