So the season is now over, which makes it the perfect time to look at the best and worst signings in world football.
Worst – (Honourable mentions Ahmed Musa, John Stones, Vincent Jansson, Joe Hart, Nolito, Januzaj, Lorius Karius)
- Claudio Bravo – He was brought in because he’s good with his feet, but he showed us he was no good with his hands. He played 22 league games and kept 6 clean sheets. He’s saved 1 shot to every goal scored against him this season, that’s a 50% chance of scoring against him with every shot on target. To make things worse he cost roughly £17 million, the same as David De Gea.
2. Moussa Sissoko – Definitely the biggest waste of money this season, Newcastle must still be laughing that Tottenham actually offered them £30 million for the Frenchman. He was terrible in the black and white of Newcastle but a good performance at the EURO 2016 made Tottenham want the midfielder. He played 903 league minutes this season registering 2 assists and no goals.
3. Granit Xhaka – The Swiss centre mid cost £35 million in the summer, more than Kante cost Chelsea. The Arsenal man looked more likely to be sent off than to score a goal, even if he did score one maybe two of his trademark screamers. His performances have picked up since Arsenal have switched formation and he was very solid in the FA Cup final, but it’s just a little too late. Arsenal finished 5th this year and failed to qualify for the Champions League and Xhaka certainly did the help cause with his lacklustre performances.
4. Jordan Ibe – He hasn’t registered a goal or an assist this season after becoming Bournemouth’s most expensive signing. He’s been outshone by some of the players that came from the championship like Stanislas. £15 million poorly spent.
5. Borja Baston – Swansea spent £15 million on the striker who they bought to spearhead their task of surviving. He certainly failed to do so, scoring only one goal all season. Did I mention he was their record buy? Should’ve kept hold of Michu.
All these are from the Premier League and I think it’s because there is so much money that teams aren’t scared to waste it.
Best (Honourable mentions (Jesus, Morgan Sanson, Samuel Umtiti, Victor Valdes, Eric Bailly, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso)
- N’Golo Kante – You’ve heard it all before, what else is there to say. He was named the PFA player of the year and rightly so. In the current market, £32 million for Kante is a bargain. He can silence the best players and put in enough work to cover the whole midfield. What a player.
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – ‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic he is a Swedish hero, on a free from PSG he cost us f**king zero’. Zlatan proved all his doubters wrong who said that he wouldn’t be able to make it in the Premier League at 35. He scored 17 goals in Premier League and 28 overall before suffering a season ending injury. Hopefully we see the big man stay in the Prem and come back to his best.
3. Ousmane Dembele – He only cost £13 million, which is an absolute steal. He got 12 assists in the Bundesliga, which is more than Arjen Robben managed to get (sure he doesn’t pass much but still). He’s only 20, but he is playing at an elite level for a man of his age and he has an excellent future ahead of him.
4. Sadio Mane – Liverpool’s most important player this season. Without him they were evidently worse going forward and really struggled. He registered 13 goals and 5 assists.
5. Edin Dzeko – In his loan spell at Roma, Dzeko was pretty poor. Somehow he secured a permanent move and never looked back scoring 29 goals in the league and registering 9 assists. He beat players like Dybala, Higuain, Mertens, Icardi, Belotti and Immobile to win the golden boot.
Comment below if we’ve missed anyone out.