Okay. It’s only three games in but, just run with this…
It would appear far too early to predict who’s going to even get into the Champions League spots, let alone win the Premier League. However, we have been given the opportunity in the first three weeks to assess some of the new talent that the Premier League clubs have splashed their cash on this summer.
With big performances and some surprising results already, (managerless Hull vs champions Leicester still shocking this writer) here are our top three Premier League summer bargain buys, based on what we’ve seen so far;
The Spanish forward’s purchase during the summer from Celta Vigo went somewhat unnoticed in Manchester amongst the large money signings of players like Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and John Stones.
At a relatively cheap (in today’s climate) £13.8m, Nolito seems to have been a very good piece of business for City so far. With a couple of goals and an assist to his name the Spaniard seems to have fit in seemlessly to City’s attacking structure, taking the place of another Spaniard, Jesus Navas, in the starting lineup after the latter has failed to impress.
With Gundogan and Sane yet to make any appearances for City yet this season and Aguero banned for three games, Nolito has a good opportunity to cement his place in Pep’s starting XI in the coming weeks.
2. Leroy Fer
Having played nine games on loan for the Swans last season, Fer’s move to Swansea was made permanent this summer for a fee believed to be around £4.75m.
With the winning goal in the first game of the season away at Burnley and a follow up goal in the defeat to Leicester, Fer appears to have slotted in comfortably and with good effect at Swansea.
With Francesco Guidolin’s men expected to realistically be in the lower half of the league come next summer, a few more winning goals by Fer would certainly not go amiss in South Wales.
3. Michy Batshuayi
Now you may question this one, and with good reason considering the fact that Batshuayi cost £33m and the Belgian has only played 32 minutes of Premier League football so far. However, in those 32 minutes, Batshuayi has managed to score himself a goal and also bag an assist. That’s an impressive return for just over half an hour of Premier League football.
Although at £33m he still may not seem like a ‘bargain’, at just 22 years of age, a healthy portion of the fee spent by Chelsea could very well be recouped down the line given the forward’s incredible potential. In fact, if he continues to progress at the rate he has prior to his Chelsea move, the player could be worth double what the Blues paid in no time at all.
Investment in youth is massive in today’s game and, taking into account Manchester City’s purchases of Raheem Sterling, 21 and John Stones, 22, for a combined £97.5m and the fact that their Manchester counterparts at United have just splashed out £89m for 23 year old Paul Pogba, Batshuayi’s fee is far from astronomical.
It could well yet pay dividends if he can get himself more game time and grow into the player his potential suggests he could be,