Premier League Transfers

Top 10 Premier League Transfers Of The 2019 Summer

The Premier League transfers window shut a couple of weeks ago so I figured it would be cool to make a list of the best deals made. Of course, as with every list, there are criteria.  We’ll measure each transfer by three factors: ability, need, and value for money.

Premier League Transfers Criteria

1. Ability

This should be the easiest. How good is the player? I’ll be judging each player from what is called the eye-test,

Simply put, the eye test is a way to judge an athlete as they compete within their sport based upon your own observations. Not by statistics, but by the media or any other means other than your own two eyes. – Domenic Scarano from Bleacher Report

…that is, of course, if I have seen the player play. if not, I’ll do my rigorous research on YouTube.

2. Need

Did the club in question need the player? Sometimes, clubs buy players because of availability, affordability, or the need to weaken their rivals. I’ll be judging whether or not the team was in desperate need of the player’s services.

3. Value for money

Unless they are Neymar, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Lionel Messi, a player’s marketability isn’t going to match the amount of money the club shelled out for them in the first place. This is football in 2019.  That being said, they are still some great deals you can find in the premier league transfers market.

10. João Cancelo to Manchester City £58.50m

Cancelo signs with City

Ability: 8/10

Need: 6/10

Value for money: 6/10  = 20

João Cancelo is right fullback Manchester City bought from Juventus. He is quick, tactically sound, aggressive in the tackle, and is great going forward.

However, Manchester City really didn’t need another right fullback with Kyle Walker already there. Sure, he provides City with depth and competition in that position but Kyle Walker is quicker and a better all-around athlete than Cancelo.

8. Ismaïla Sarr to Watford £35m

 

Ability: 7/10

Need: 7/10

Value for money: 7/10  = 21

With Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal in the middle of building new teams, Watford sees an opportunity to gun for the 5-6 spots. They broke their transfer record to sign Senegalese Ismaïla Sarr. He is a winger who can score goals. At 1,85 m, he fits in well with Watford unwritten rule of ‘everybody on the team needs to be 6 ft. and above‘. He is mobile and skilful for his size and is going to cause defences a lot of problems.

8. Nicolas Pépé to Arsenal £72.00m

Pepe signs with Arsenal

Ability: 9/10

Need: 6/10

Value for money: 7/10  = 22

This guy is the business. Last season for Lille OSC Nicolas Pepe was involved in 33 goals, only Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Fabio Quagliarella were involved in more goals in Europe.  I haven’t had the opportunity to watch him play so I hopped on YouTube – I’m a believer.  He is quick, skilful, has balance, and is an expert finisher.

Why is he all the way up at number 8 you ask? well, Arsenal didn’t need a world-class goal-scoring attacking player, they already have that in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They needed a steady box-to-box midfielder and a quality defender.


7. Rodri to Manchester City £63.00m

Ability: 8/10

Need: 7/10

Value for money: 7/10  = 22

Last season, Manchester City’s slump in form coincided with a thigh injury to Fernandinho. In 14 league outings for which Fernandinho has been absent, Guardiola’s Manchester City have won nine – a success rate of 64.3%. In 81 matches with him, City have recorded 60 victories or 74.1%.  Pep Guardiola needed a reliable deputy and he found one in Rodri.

Rodri is not a midfielder enforcer like Fernandinho but he is strong and capable of winning duels in the midfield. He is more like Sergio Busquets, he uses his football brain to snuff out the danger. He is good in the air at 1.91m and is a good passer of the ball.


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6. Tanguy Ndombélé to Tottenham £54.00m

Ndombele signs with Spurs

Ability: 8/10

Need: 7/10

Value for money: 7/10  = 22

As much as I like Harry Winks and Moussa Cissoko they aren’t a championship-winning midfield combo in my opinion. Tottenham had to strengthen up in that department.

I had to read up on him, watch YouTube videos, and see him play and score in his first premier league game against Aston Villa. Ndombélé is a forward-thinking box-to-box midfielder. He has energy, strength and composure on the ball. He isn’t the finished product but he is only 22 years old.

5. Harry Maguire to Manchester United £78.30m

Maguire signs with manchester United

Ability: 8/10

Need: 10/10

Value for money: 6/10  = 24

Since Vidic left and Ferdinand retired, Manchester United have had a centre back problem. That problem had a name it was called Smalling and Jones. One was injured half of the time and the other wasn’t really good at that football thing. After a tug of war with Leicester City Manchester United finally coughed out the change for Harry Maguire.

Maguire isn’t no Virgil van Dijk or Sergio Ramos but he is a good defender who can marshall and defence.  He has also doesn’t have a history of making mistakes that cost his team games. He’d be my number one if his price tag wasn’t so high.

4. David Luiz to Arsenal £7.83m

Ability: 8/10

Need: 9/10

Value for money: 9/10  = 26

David Luiz is technically one of the best football players you’ll ever see. His ball control is out of this world, his can pass accurately with both feet, he can head the ball, I can go on forever listing his attributes. BUT… he also has a habit of making brain farts.

He is erratic, but this is a player that has won at every team he has played for. If he can prove his true worth at Arsenal then this was a steal. Arsenal’s centre back situation is almost as bad a Manchester United’s. They need him to play like the player we all know he is.


3. Kieran Tierney to Arsenal £24.30m

Ability: 8/10

Need: 9/10

Value for money: 9/10  = 26

Nope, I haven’t had a chance to watch a Scottish Premiership game lately because it’s not televised where I stay, Celtic always win anyway, and I have better things to do with my life.

So I again summoned the powers of the internet to find out a bit more about Kieran Tierney. He is decisive in his decision-making, has good recovery speed and he is a reliable and committed tackler. He apparently enjoys tackling too which will go down well with the English crowd. Current Arsenal left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolašinac are bad but for different reasons. Monreal is 56 and should consider retiring and Kolašinac is okay going forward but is a no-show in defence.  If Tierney is as good as they say he is then this was an excellent signing.

2. Moise Kean to Everton £24.75m

Kean signs with Everton

Ability: 8/10 (Potential 10)

Need: 9/10

Value for money: 9/10  = 26

Moving from Juventus to Everton is a downgrade but the young Moise Kean was competing for a starting IX job with the likes of Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo. I saw him play in a few games for Juve and he had a good first touch, is quick, strong, and has a powerful accurate shot.

Everton hasn’t had a decent goal-scoring centre-forward for years now. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is young striker whose effort every game I like but I’m not sure he is the answer. Kean is only 19, he has massive potential, all he needs is faith from the manager and service from his midfielders for him to work his magic.

1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United £49.50m

Ability: 8/10

Need: 10/10

Value for money: 9/10  = 27

Wan-Bissaka isn’t the best player on this list neither is he the best right fullback in the league but he is the best fit for Manchester United.

Manchester United have gone years without a solid right back. After Gary Neville it was the da Silva twins (they were okay but they lacked something) after them, it was Antonio Valencia (who was never a right-back) after him, it was Ashley Young (who was never ever never a right back). Wan-Bissaka is 21 years old and Solkjaer will give him time to improve.  His price tag may be a bit over by a few million hence why I didn’t give it a 10 but that’s the price you pay for young English talent nowadays.

 

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