The Premier League 'Bargain XI' 2012-13

Benteke Villa

Swansea, Everton, QPR, Southampton Aston Villa and Fulham players feature in our rundown of the best 11 bargain buys this season.

Here it is…

GK: Julio Cesar (undisclosed)

While officially undisclosed it is well known QPR did not break the bank for the Brazilian stopper. Easily been there best player this season and has vowed to stay in the Premier League regardless next term.

Could a move to Arsenal beckon?

DF: Sascha Riether (loan)

Signed on-loan from FC Koln Martin Jol faces a battle to keep hold of the talented full-back. Been an ever present at The Cottage this season and deserves a place in the team.

DF: Nathaniel Clyne (£2.5m tribunal)

The Saints paid the compensation fee to Crystal Palace gladly last summer and have not been disappointed.

Since forming an adjacent dynamic with Luke Shaw the South Coast side have looked unstoppable.

DF: Chico Flores (£2m)

Not only is he in my bargain XI but you would be hard pushed to make me consider leaving him out of my Premier League XI.

A superb and contemporary defender who has been at the pinnacle of all The Swans success this term.

DF: Alex Buttner (£3.9m)

Looks a real star of the future and even though he has barely played this season when he has he has looked a real prospect for the futre.

Sir Alex has plucked out another.

MF: Jonathan De Guzman (loan)

Laudrup strikes again and the form of De Guzman this season has earned him his first international cap for The Netherlands.

MF: Claudio Yacob (Free)

When I heard WBA had signed Yacob for free I was gobsmacked.

I had seen him play for Racing once before and was amazed at his tackling propensity and passing range.

His midfield partnership with Youssouf Mulumbu really is the ‘Tesco’ partnership of the Premier League.

MF: Momo Diame (Free)

Things have tailed off after some hamstring trouble but his blistering start to the season warrants his place in the team. That plus the fact he cost The Hammers absolute diddly squat.

FW: Kevin Mirallas (£5.2m)

Started bright, got injured, went ropey; burst into life.

That’s the story of Mirallas’ season at Everton but judging him on his recent form there is little doubt he is a bargain.

FW: Michu (£2m)

Perhaps the bargain of the season and once again it comes courtesy of Michael ‘David Dickinson’ Laudrup in South Wales.

The Spaniard has scored 21 goals this season and has even got Vicente Del Bosque down to the Liberty to check him out.

FW: Christian Benteke (£7m)

The Galactico of our bargain team cost a fair amount but considering he is 22-years-old and has scored 19 goals in all competitions for a struggling Villa side I don’t think you can argue that this is a bargain price for the Belgian international.

Who would be in your Bargain Premier League XI? 

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