Top Of The League: The Best EPL Signings Ever
September 08, 2015
With the new Premier League television deal worth an estimated £5.1 billion, top flight clubs in England have more financial resources than ever before. This means that we can expect to see all existing transfer records broken in the next five years, while there will also be a greater influx of players from overseas. Investing in international talent can be a risky business, however, as while some players have thrived and contributed hugely to the growth of the EPL others have struggled to make their mark.
In terms of the former, the team at the bethut.co.uk have decided to shortlist the top three Premier League signings of all time. These include: –
1. Peter Schmeichel (Brondby to Manchester United, £505,000)
Peter Schmeichel was unknown when he was signed by Manchester United in 1991, despite establishing himself as Denmark’s best goalkeeper during his time at Brondby. After starring in the Dane’s surprise victory during the 1992 European Championship in Sweden, Schmeichel began an astronomical rise to fame that led many to herald him as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. He won 15 medals during his time at Old Trafford (including the European Champions League), despite costing the bargain basement fee of just £505,000. Famed for his stature and shot-stopping ability, he was also outstanding in possession and became a cult hero with fans.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, £12.4 million)
While it is hard to describe a £12.4 million purchase as a bargain, this highlights just how good Cristiano Ronaldo became during his time at Old Trafford. Signed after a virtuoso performance in a pre-season friendly against the Reds when he was just 18, Ronaldo took David Beckham’s famed number seven shirt and quickly evolved into a fast, physically strong and devastating forward. The Portuguese star scored a staggering 42 goals from midfield as United secured the League and Champions League double in 2008, while he signed off with another EPL triumph before departing for Real Madrid for a then world record £80 million in 2009.
3. Roy Keane (Nottingham Forest to Manchester United, 3.75 million)
The presence of three Manchester United signings in this shortlist underlines the success achieved by Sir Alex Ferguson in the transfer market (especially when you consider the absence of Eric Cantona). Roy Keane was integral to United’s success for more than a decade however, as he became the lynchpin and an inspirational leader following his £3.75million move from Nottingham Forest. Physically strong and imposing, Keane also developed his game tirelessly to become an accomplished passer of the ball and a huge goal threat during his time at Old Trafford, before leaving on a sour note and lambasting Alex Ferguson ever since.