The Best EPL Signings of the Season


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During every transfer window, fans argue over who their club should pursue, and clubs will try to get the players needed to reach the next level. About eight months have passed since the closing of last summer’s transfer window, so it’s time to see which deals have proved to be great value for money.

Here are the five best signings of the season so far:

5. Ander Herrera, Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United
He has become a hit after starting regularly. He makes United tick, has an eye for passing and can score goals, too. It’s surprising manager Louis van Gaal didn’t give him a chance in the team earlier. They do love classy midfielders at Old Trafford, which works in his favor.

4. Mame Biram Diouf, free agent to Stoke City
He’s a deceptively effective forward and terrific value for being a free agent. He struggled at Blackburn before making a move to the Bundesliga to join Hannover. He’s taken his goal-scoring form from Hannover back to the English Premier League with Stoke. He has scored more than one goal in every three starts and has scored important goals. Diouf has been an unsung hero for Stoke this season.

3. Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid to Chelsea
His blistering start to the season means he’ll be in every list similar to this one. His 19 EPL goals are one of the main reasons Chelsea will probably win the EPL title. Fans at Stamford Bridge have also bought into his style of play. He bullies defenders and is fairly nasty, which is perfect for any Chelsea team.

2. Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona to Chelsea
Where would Costa have been without Fabregas this season? His season got off to a fast start as well. He was producing assists at will as Chelsea made easy work of opponents at the beginning of the season. His form has dipped recently, but he’s worthy of making the list because he’s been reintroduced to the EPL. You also get the sense that he could move through the gears if necessary, too.

1. Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona to Arsenal
Simply put, he’s an outstanding player. He’s capable of turning zero points into three and putting opposition under immense pressure every time he touches the ball in the attacking third of the field. He’s proven this season that he’s one of the best forwards in the world after playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi and Neymar at Barcelona. He’s also shown Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that it’s wise to shell out money on supreme quality every now and then.

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The Worst EPL Signings of the Season


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Every transfer window, English Premier League clubs scramble to find the best deals, which often leave fans with a lot of excitement over the latest potential star. But, about eight months after the closing of last summer’s transfer window, which of those deals have proved to be bad?

Here are the five signings that promised so much but failed to deliver:

5. Mario Balotelli, AC Milan to Liverpool
This transfer just hasn’t worked. Balotelli’s struggles at Anfield have shone the light on how well Roberto Mancini did in charge of him at Manchester City. The 16 million pound fee Liverpool paid sounded like a bargain at the time, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hasn’t been able to get the best out of him. He simply needs to go.

4. Radamel Falcao, Monaco to Manchester United (loan)
Remember all the fuss surrounding Falcao’s move to United on transfer deadline day? It seems like a long time ago. Will Louis van Gaal make his move permanent? He shouldn’t, that’s for sure. Just four goals for a man labeled as one of the premier forwards in world football has meant he got a run with the under-21 team a few weeks ago. He isn’t deserving of his high wages.

3. Emmanuel Riviere, Monaco to Newcastle
He cost Newcastle 5 million pounds, and he has caused more heartache than anything else. He’s gone 17 EPL games without a goal, has had some bad misses and cannot shake off defenders. He’s had some miserable performances to say the least.

2. Rio Ferdinand, free agent to Queens Park Rangers
The club’s transfer policy of bringing in “experienced” professionals on astronomical wages was unfortunate when it suffered relegation from the EPL two years ago, but this time it was foolish and has left it in serious financial trouble. Clint Hill is preferred to Ferdinand, who has failed the basics. It’s a sad way to end an illustrious career.

1. Eliaquim Mangala, Porto to Manchester City
One word describes Mangala’s season: abysmal. To think City paid 32 million pounds for his services is ridiculous, and heads will roll from a recruitment point of view. He hasn’t been helped by the decline of Vincent Kompany, but he is supposed to be a big, imposing brute of an enforcer and there cannot be excuses for an underwhelming first season in England.

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