This summer, all themanagers were looking for that bargain signing, the next Michu if you will, that relatively unknown player you can pick up for cheap who’ll take the top flight with storm. Here follows a list of ten players I think could be that bargain. To be applicable, a player must have been signed by a Premier League club this summer for £8m or less.
This boy could be important this season for Liverpool. He may not play every match, what with Sturridge in the form he’s in at the moment, and Suarez’s ban due to end in a few matches time, but I have a feeling the 26-year-old forward might score some useful goals. He scored over a goal every 3 games playing for Spanish side Celta, and he’s a snip at £7.7m.
At 28 years old, Giaccherini is the oldest outfield player on this list, so is price may seem a lot for a player who has never been massively successful, but Sunderland could struggle this season, and Giaccherini could be the difference between relegation and survival. You don’t play for Juventus without being half decent! He can play out wide too, so could fill the gap left by the departure of Sessegnon.
At just 22 years old, ‘Tony Moon’ could have a bright future ahead of him. The Spanish left-back was signed early in the window by Paul Lambert from Sevilla. He was surprisingly cheap, and scored on his Villa debut in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal, which can only be a good sign. Villa have a young, hungry team now, and Luna could be key.
Another youngster coming to the Premier League from Sevilla, this time just twenty years old, Campana could be instrumental in Palace’s bid to stay in the top division. He’s looked bright in the two matches he’s played this season, and whatever happens this year, I can see the midfielder going to a bigger club in the not too distant future.
If Arsene Wenger can keep him fit, this lad could prove to be an inspired acquisition by Arsenal. He’s just twenty years old, so might not feature that much this season, but I’m sure we will play a bigger role in years to come. The French striker scored at a rate of over a goal a game for Auxerre, and has represented his country at every level up to U21, and Arsenal got him for nothing!
This boy is going to be good. He’s just nineteen years old, but has started all three of his games for Norwich City in the Premier League this season, scoring in his most recent one. With more experience will come maturity and better decision-making, to build on the raw talent which is already there. A regular at England U21 level, I can see him going to a big club quite soon, and he is a steal for Norwich at just £3.2m.
He won’t set the Premier League alight like Michu did, but the defensive midfielder could be equally important for Swansea this season. A solid player, he will be useful for breaking up opposition play and getting attacking moves started. Michael Laudrup has done well to get a player of his standard for free.
He’s the oldest player on this list at 30 years old, but will be an excellent replacement for Mark Schwarzer at Craven Cottage. Martin Jol has pulled off a real coup by enticing the Dutch No.1 to Fulham, and he is going to play a huge part in their season. I’m surprised that no other clubs went for him at such a low price.
The 21-year-old centre-half could be massive for Aston Villa this season. He made 65 appearances for Nordsjælland in two years, and turned down a move to Chelsea this January, so for Villa to get him at a mere £4m is a real surprise. The Danish international is pacy, quick and athletic, everything you want in a centre back, and he is an excellent addition to Villa’s team.
Fer was heading to Everton in January for £8.6m, but the deal fell through, so for Norwich to nab him for £4m less is quite something. The Dutch international is a beast in midfielder, and has been likened to Patrick Viera. Nicknamed ‘The Bouncer’ for is big and strong physique, the 23-year-old is going to play a very big part in the defensive midfield role for Norwich this season.
An honourable mention goes to Christian Eriksen, who at £11m is a stellar signing for Spurs, but he’s too expensive to get on this list.