Who Have Been the Three Best Signings of the Season?
May 16, 2016
With the Premier League season having reached what was meant to be an anti-climactic end at the weekend, now is the ideal time to reflect on a strange and historic nine months in the English top-flight. From Leicester’s stunning title win and the changing of the guard at the top of the table to Aston Villa’s sad and inevitable demise, it has been a season of highs, lows and incredible firsts. We have also seen some new stars emerge in the EPL, many of whom have set the stage alight with their stunning performances.
But who exactly have been the stand-out signings of the last season? Here our are top three picks at the Bet Hut…
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Incredibly, Tottenham’s £5 million signing of Dele Alli from MK Dons scarcely warranted a mention when it was completed last summer. In just nine months, however, Alli has become a Spurs regular, scored or assisted 21 goals in 46 appearances and emerged as England’s first choice number 10. Unusually skilful, technically proficient and totally fearless, Alli has a unique skill-set that has seen him compared to former Spurs legend Paul Gascoigne and capture the attention of leading clubs such as Barcelona.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)
While Payet may have cost double the amount of Dele Alli, his £10 million purchase has inspired West Ham United, leading them to a seventh place finish. Blessed with pace and excellent dribbling ability, Payet has also showcased incredible accuracy from set pieces and contributed a high number of assists throughout the season.
He also has a wonderful eye for goal, with his place in the Premier League Team of the Year a justified reward for some incredible form. Whether he remains at the Hammers has yet to be seen, however, especially with PSG said to be interested in securing his services in the summer.
James Milner (Liverpool)
While Liverpool have enjoyed a season of transition, there is no doubt that they are moving in the right direction under the stewardship of the affable Jurgen Klopp. The Reds have also become a force to be reckoned with during the second half of the season, with former Manchester City man James Milner particularly influential and a key performer during the club’s Europa League run. Typically industrious and responsible for some outstanding quality in the final third this term, it is incredible to think that the Citizens let Milner leave on a free transfer in the summer.