This summer, the transfer window gave us loads to talk about. So, being a chatty lot here at Rush Football, we decided to launch a three-part series that looks at the seven best transfers, the seven worst transfers and seven free transfers that prove you still don’t need to spend a penny…
*Disclaimer* when we say good and bad, we’re not referring to the actual ability of the player in this article but their value for money in today’s crazy market. Good, let’s crack on…
In the first of three parts, then, we examine ‘The Good’.
In 7th place, we have selected Youri Tielemans. Tielemans swapped his hometown for sunny France this summer, in a £21.7 million deal taking him from Anderlecht to Monaco. His fee is the second most expensive on this list but Monaco are getting an awful lot for their money. Tielemans is only 20 years old and therefore is full of potential. During his time with Anderlecht he had got 139 league appearances along with vital European experience. Tielemans holds the record as the youngest Belgian to play in the UEFA Champions League, making his debut in the competition at the age of 16 years and 148 days. With four appearances for Belgium he also has international pedigree and is destined for greatness.
Our 6th spot is occupied by Vicente Iborra. This summer, Iborra moved from Sevilla to the former champions of England. Leicester forked out £12.3 million for the three time Europa League winner and it was money well spent. Alongside his three Europa League winners medals he was a subsequent runner up in three Super Cups and was also runner up in the Copa Del Ray in 2016. In Iborra they are also getting a player with goalkeeping experience, having stepped in for the final two minutes against Athletic Bilbao in 2016. Having made a total of 278 La Liga appearances he is now ready to test himself in the Premier League. Unfortunately, injury has kept him out the first few games, but with Danny Drinkwater leaving for Chelsea he should have plenty of opportunities.
Mahmoud Dahoud is in 5th place. Dahoud may not be known to many in England, but is a central midfielder who has recently moved to Dortmund from Borussia Mönchengladbach for £10.5 million. At just 21 he is another player with bags of potential and has already amassed 61 Bundesliga appearances. Mönchengladbach received such a small fee as he only had a year left to run on his contract and had announced his intention to leave. This summer Dahoud won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with Germany and also holds the record as the first Syrian born player to play in the Bundesliga.
Sandro Ramirez places 4th on this list and his price is a big contributor. Ramirez began his career at Barcelona before moving to Malaga in 2016. After just one full season under his belt, Everton activated his release clause and paid £5.3 million to sign him. He scored 14 times in 30 appearances last season and at only 22 years old, can still improve drastically. In today’s market, signing a young player who scored more than ten goals in a top league is practically unheard of. Ramirez picked up a La Liga winners medal in 2016, having made ten appearances for Barcelona that season. He is still searching for his first Premier League goal, but with no clear big-name striker being signed by Everton and looking at last season’s record, it won’t take him long.
Andrew Robertson finishes in a very respectable 3rd place. Robertson moved up a league and into the Champions League with his switch to Liverpool from Hull this summer. For £8 million pounds, Liverpool have signed a young left back with two years Premier League experience, 19 international caps and the potential to improve. Robertson is a player who probably won’t set the world alight, but he is a simple, reliable footballer and for a relatively small fee, Liverpool have fixed their long term left back problem. When you consider the fact that Manchester City spent £78.5 million to solve their left back issue, this really puts the Robertson deal into perspective.
Our 2nd place needs no introduction. Seven Serie A titles, three Coppa Italia’s, three Supercoppa Italiana’s and two Champions League Runners-up medals are owned by this player. Whilst £35.2 million is no small amount, Milan have just signed one of the best centre backs in the world and directly from a rival too. In 2016, he was selected in the UEFA Team of the Year and won Serie A’s Footballer of the Year. He has 91 caps for Italy and has captained them on numerous occasions, helping them reach the Final of the European Championship in 2012. At 30 years, he is the oldest and most experienced player on this list. If AC Milan are to achieve what the new owners desire and really push for the title, then this man will be pivotal. Ladies and Gentleman, Leonardo Bonucci.
1st place goes to none other than Mexico’s Little Pea, or Chicharito. Javier Hernandez has earnt his name as a prolific poaching goal scorer. His ability to score goals in the box is well documented and West Ham knew exactly what they were getting when they paid Bayer Leverkusen £16 million for his services. He is Mexico’s record goal scorer and has played for Manchester United and Real Madrid prior to sealing a move to Leverkusen. During his time at United, he scored 37 goals in 103 games proving his goal scoring capabilities in the league. The Hammers have had a poor start to the season, Chicharito’s two goals at Southampton weren’t enough to even earn them a point and Slaven Bilic will be praying his new striker avoids injury at all cost. At 29, he is probably at the peak of his ability and West Ham signing him for less than £20 million, shows you do not always need to spend big to get a very good footballer.
Tomorrow, we will be reviewing ‘The Bad’ transfers. If there is anyone you think we have missed off today’s list, then let us know in the comments below!
All prices listed have been taken from the Guardian’s list of transfers.
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