Ranking the 13 Premier League Club Record Signings of the SummerPublished September 4, 2016
According to the BBC, deals on transfer deadline day took Premier League spending to a record £1.165 billion, smashing the previous spending record which stood at £870m.
Clearly clubs were making the most of an improved television deals and this meant a free-for-all, with 13 of the 20 Premier League clubs breaking their club transfer records, in some instances this happened more than once.
Here are the 13 players who broke the respective transfer records for their clubs ranked in order of how good a deal has been struck.
13. Didier Ndong: Lorient to Sunderland £13.6m
The Black Cats have a knack of picking up ‘relative’ nobodies from Ligue 1 only to see these players fail to make the grade. For the record Didier Ndong has completed one solitary full season in the French top tier…so how he came to cost such a fee is hard to understand.
12. Moussa Sissoko: Newcastle United to Tottenham £30m
There’s no doubting that the French international is, on his day, a very solid performer but shelling out £30m on the midfielder is hard to fathom, especially as it’s hard to see how the player will even be a certain starter at White Hart Lane.
11. Isaac Success: Grandada to Watford £12.75m
The 20-year-old’s move to Vicarage Road owes alot to the connections the club’s owners, the Pozzo family, had with Granada. The fee seems steep given the forward has racked up a grand total of seven goals in 49 La Liga appearances, though he could well mature into a decent addition. Time will tell.
10. Jordan Ibe: Liverpool to Bournemouth £15.3m
The young English winger looked as though he was going to pick up where Raheem Sterling left off but Jurgen Klopp clearly had other ideas. This deal could pay off for the Cherries but Ibe is something of a mixed bag at present. More than capable to get fans off their seats but there is still a distinct lack of a end product at present.
9. Sofiane Boufal: Lille to Southampton £16m
Saint boss Claude Puel used his contacts at Lille to seal the capture of the Moroccan international and Boufal certainly is a player on the rise. Last season the 22-year-old racked up 11 goals in Ligue 1 but is still a relative in experienced campaigner and as such there is always some level of risk taken on forking out such sums.
8. Borja Baston: Atletico Madrid to Swansea City £15.5m
The Swans were in need of a strong front-man to lead the line and the 24-year-old could be just the ticket. Baston racked up 18 goals whilst out on loan at Eibar last term and he will fight Fernando Llorente for a startinf spot at the Liberty Stadium.
7. Ryan Mason: Tottenham to Hull City £12.5m
The hard working midfielder is a ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’ type of player and a player who will perform tirelessly for the Tigers and in today’s transfer market the fee is a very reasonable one.
6. Nacer Chadli: Tottenham to West Brom £13m
Tony Pulis has done well to bring in the Belgian wide-man, who bagged 11 Premier League goals in the only season he truly was a first-choice start at Spurs, though there may be some questions as to how the winger fits into the style of play the Baggies adopt.
5. Christian Benteke: Liverpool to Crystal Palace £27m
Whilst the fee may seem to high to some, though not to us, it’s worth pointing out that the big Belgian is a proven Premier League goal-scorer. Even in a supposed, disappointing, debut season at Anfield Benteke scored nine goals from just 14 top tier starts.
4. Andre Ayew: Swansea City to West Ham £20.5m
The French born Ghana international showed he was more than capable of making a big impact in the English top tier, scoring regularly in his debut season at the Liberty Stadium, and you can expect the cultured attacker to fit well into Slaven Bilic’s way of playing the game.
3. Jeff Hendrick: Derby County to Burnley £10.5m
The 24-year-old impressed greatly at the Euro 2016 finals and a move to the Premier League has been on the cards ever since. The strong attack minded midfielder could prove a key addition of Sean Dyche’s side are to avoid the drop and this fee may well end up paying for itself in a big way if they retain their top their status.
2. Paul Pogba: Juventus to Manchester United £89.3m
1 .Islam Slimani: Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City £29.7m
The Algerian is sure to be a massive success in the Premier League and proof that the Foxes are capable of luring top talents, as well as retaining their most influential performers. The 28-year-old has proven a massive success in Portugal and bagged 31 goals in all competitions last term, expect the big striker to deliver the goods, also no doubt his arrival helped to keep his fellow countryman Riyad Mahrez from leaving for pastures news.