Who goes down as the Premier League’s best summer signing?
From all the last minute deals that just about got themselves over the line this deadline-day, to the several on-going transfer sagas littering sports headlines throughout the entire summer – the 2015 transfer window certainly produced its fair share of excitement this term.
Most teams throughout the Premier League therefore go into the new season full of renewed optimism and hope for what the 2015/16 campaign ultimately has in store. Although such a positive statement obviously can’t be said about every team operating in the English top-flight this term – sorry Arsenal fans – the overall impact of fresh new talent should nonetheless prove a strong talking point across the rest of the season.
Whilst a few questionable transfers were admittedly made this summer, such as Anthony Martial’s incredible £36 million switch to Manchester United on deadline-day, most of the relevant deals were completed in a truly promising light to say the very least.
So then, here are four of the best signings to make their way to the English game this season – but which player will ultimately go down as the Premier League’s most promising new addition in the cold light of day?
Andre Ayew to Swansea City – Free Transfer
Whilst several other top stars made their way from Ligue 1 to the Premier League this season, such as Crystal Palace’s shock signing of former Newcastle and PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye, Andre Ayew arguably represents the best value for money out of all of them.
Cabaye is a great signing for Palace no doubt, but at the not so flattering age of 29-years-old, the classy Frenchman potentially won't have a major impact at Selhurst Park this term with all things considered. Ayew however – arriving at the Liberty Stadium on a free transfer this summer – could well proper the Swans up the league table this season via his already impressive goal-scoring form and tenacious nature in the final third.
He may set Swansea City back quite a bit in terms of his weekly wage packet, but such a bold decision from the board seemingly won’t make a great deal of difference amongst the fans if Andre Ayew continues his fine form out on the pitch for the Swans.
Pedro to Chelsea – £21 million
Although Chelsea certainly could have added more to their ranks in order to aid the team’s cause throughout the upcoming season, Jose Mourinho was nonetheless on the end of a great bit of business this summer after the Blues managed to complete the signing of former Barcelona star, Pedro.
Chelsea’s ability to seemingly steal this transfer straight from the hands of rivals, Manchester United, will also likely delight the Stamford Bridge faithful looking forward to watching their latest Spanish sensation do the business this term. Pedro has already shown what he can do so far in 2015/16, clearly representing an upgrade on the likes of Willian and Oscar for his new manager.
They may have spent a small fortune to bring him to the Bridge this season, but Chelsea have nonetheless added some genuine world class talent to their squad regardless of everything else this summer.
Dimitri Payet to West Ham – £10 million
Another French star looking to make a lasting impression on the English game this season arrives in the form of former Marseille favourite, Dimitri Payet. The 28-year-old midfielder could potentially prove the main man down at Upton Park this term, as well as someone finally capable of bringing some genuine renewed hope amongst the West Ham supporters.
In landing Slaven Bilic in the managerial department this season – as opposed to keeping on the often vilified Sam Allardyce – the Hammers are at least trying to employ an improved footballing philosophy in and around their club. Whilst the 2015/16 campaign is undoubtedly bound to throw a few more spanners in the works for West Ham this term, the signing of someone as technically gifted as Payet marks a clear step in the right direction.
For a total fee of just over £10 million this summer, Bilic may have also found himself some truly impressive value for money in a sea of largely over-hyped and over-valued competition.
Petr Cech to Arsenal – £11 million
Now – although the Emirates faithful certainly paid witness to a rather embarrassingly action-less transfer window at their club this season – the signing of Petr Cech arguably represents the best all-round deal of the entire summer. It may be all Arsenal managed to spend this transfer window, but for a grand total of £11 million, Arsene Wenger has nevertheless sourced a very experienced goal-keeper to help his team out this term.
Yes, he certainly had a debut to forget against West Ham earlier last month, but after impressing once more in Arsenal’s recent home draw to Liverpool, Cech has certainly begun to show his often talked about world class form between the sticks for the Gunners this season.
Because he also represents decent value for money, a vast improvement among his new set of teammates, as well as a player capable of doing the buisness both domestically and on the international scene – Arsenal now finally have a goal-keeper worthy of matching the club’s lofty league ambitions ahead of the upcoming season.
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