Six of the best bargain signings this season
February 15, 2016
The 2015 summer transfer window was characterised by unprecedented levels of spending. In total English clubs spent a staggering £859.25 million on new signings. However, albeit the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling took the headlines; some small money signings proved to be beneficial. Below are six of the best bargain signings of the 2015 summer window.
James Milner (Liverpool, Free)
Thirty-year-old James Milner joined Liverpool from Manchester City on a free transfer in June 2015. With 13 goals in 147 appearances for Manchester City and more than 50 England Caps, Milner possesses a wealth of experience in top flight football. It is probably for this reason that the Englishman was named Liverpool’s vice-captain in August 2015.
Fabian Delph (Manchester City, £8m)
A box-to-box midfielder, Fabian Delph’s £8m move to Manchester City was a bargain considering the club’s reputation. Also, the former Aston Villa player has been in fine form for the citizens since moving to the Etihad in the summer of 2015. In the absence of Captain Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure, Delph played a pivotal role in Manchester City’s win against Crystal Palace earlier this season.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke, £12m)
Nicknamed the Alpine Messi, Xherdan Shaqiri was one of the most eye-catching signings of 2015. The Swiss attacker arrived at Stoke City from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015 and has so far scored twice in 16 appearances. However, at 24 the former Bayern Munich man has years left to play. Additionally, the £12m that Stoke spent on the player is significantly less than what the club spent on its other summer signings, making Shaqiri a bargain.
Cedric Soares (Southampton, £4.7m)
The transfer of Nathaniel Clyne in the summer prompted Southampton to get a replacement right back. A replacement was found in Portugal in the form of Sporting Lisbon’s Cedric Soares. The right back cost Southampton £4.7m, £7.8m less than what the club fetched for Nathaniel, making Soares quite the bargain.
Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa, £7.7m)
The sale of striker Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph helped Aston Villa raise money to spend in the transfer window. The club spent £54.3m on new signings. £7.7m was spent on the purchase of Jordan Amavi. The former OGC Nice left back has shown signs of becoming one of the most sought after left backs in the Premier League. This makes Jordan an absolute bargain.
Andre Ayew (Swansea, Free)
No team in the English Premier League got a better bargain than Swansea. The Swans signed Andre Ayew from French side Marseille for free. The Ghanaian has been in exceptional form for the Swans scoring seven goals in 21 outings. Also, the player received the Premier League Player of the Month Award for the month of August 2015.