The Premier League is consistently the most haemorrhagic football league on the planet when it comes to transfer fees. Inflated transfer fees have seen clubs paying extortionate fees for individuals nowhere near the sums being splashed out. Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll, Fernando Torres are all players who come to mind as great examples of this inflated market.
However some clubs have still managed to negotiate themselves some tremendous bargains in the summer who have gone on to have brilliant Premier League campaigns so far; especially in comparison to their measly price tags.
Here are our top five bargains of the summer.
Last season he was fast becoming the butt of many football fans jokes as he missed glaring chances during the closing stages of the season for Wigan Athletic. Now the dynamic, strong and skilful midfielder has become an integral member of the West Ham revolution as they start the season by far the strongest of the promoted bunch.
When he joined up with WBA’s training camp in Sweden not many would have predicted what has come next for the Argentine international. He has become an ever present in Steve Clarke’s midfield alongside Youssouf Mulumbu and has even been linked with a move to Manchester United at the end of the season.
Signed on a season-long loan from German side FC Koln he has become an ever present at right back. Craven Cottage has been treated to his energetic displays down the right flank ever since and the two time German international has been a more then competent addition to Martin Jol’s side. Fulham have the option to make his deal permanent in the summer.
This is of course the most obvious of all the bargains this summer. It was incredible that Swansea managed to snap up La Liga’s top scoring midfielder for just £2 million this summer from Rayo Vallecano. He has adapted to the Premier League with aplomb even playing as the leading frontman for Michael Laudrup’s side despite arriving as an attacking midfielder. So far he has scored eight goals in 14 appearances, and counting.
Jonathan de Guzman
After Villarreal were relegated to the Segunda Division several of their players became available including one Jonathan de Guzman. The Dutch-Canadian was brought in by Laudrup and it has turned out to be another great bit of business from the Spanish league system for the Welsh club. A stalwart in the heart of Swansea’s midfield his passing ability is of the standard expected and has done an admirable job stepping into the shoes of the departed Joe Allen at the Liberty Stadium.
Who are your biggest bargains of the season so far?
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