Power ranking every PL club by their record signing from worst to best deals

first_img 1. Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne (£55m, August 2015) – De Bruyne endured a miserable spell with Chelsea before resurrecting his career at Wolfsburg, subsequently bagging himself a move to the Etihad. He registered seven goals and nine assists in the Premier League, and his figures would have been higher but for a two-month spell on the side lines with injury. The midfielder, at the moment, looks worth every penny of the £55m paid. 20 20 13. Bournemouth – Benik Afobe (£10m, January 2016) – Still just starting out on his journey with the Cherries, Afobe is making a good start to life on the south coast since joining in January 2016 with four goals in 12 appearances, so far. Only time will tell if he can climb this list. 20 20 18= Crystal Palace – Andros Townsend (£13m, July 2016) – Ranking not applicable – yet to play a minute for the Eagles having been signed this summer 9. Chelsea – Fernando Torres (£50m, January 2011) – Where to start with Torres? The Spaniard certainly didn’t look a £50m striker, but despite his lack of goals (he managed to score just 20 in 110 appearances), he had huge success during his time at Stamford Bridge. While there was no Premier League title, the former Liverpool striker helped Chelsea to an FA Cup win, along with Champions League and Europa League glory. 18= Watford – Isaac Success (£12.5m, July 2016) – check out every Premier League club’s ranking based on their record signing by clicking the arrow above, right – Ranking not applicable – yet to play a minute for the Hornets having been signed this summer 20 11. Hull City – Abel Hernandez (£10m, September 2014) – Hernandez has now spent two seasons with the Tigers, experiencing both relegation from and promotion to the Premier League during this time. He struggled in his debut campaign in the top flight, but hit back, scoring 21 goals in the Championship the following season to help fire his side to victory in the play-offs. It could, however, be a tough term for the striker from August. 7. West Brom – Salomon Rondon (£12m, August 2015) – Rondon moved to the Hawthorns last summer and has proved to be an excellent acquisition for the Baggies. For a debut Premier League campaign, the forward has adapted well to the intensity, and finished the season with nine goals to his name. With little service, this isn’t a bad figure. He’ll be looking to improve further in the new campaign. 15. Liverpool – Andy Carroll (£35m, January 2011) – A sum total of 11 goals in 58 appearances during his year-and-a-half spell at Anfield tell the tale following his record-breaking move in 2011. Carroll had scored 11 in the Premier League alone for Newcastle in the 19 games he played in the 2011/12 season before switching to the Reds. His best moment for the club was a match-winning goal against Everton in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final, while he also scored as they lost the final to Chelsea. 20 10. Manchester United – Angel Di Maria (£59.7m, August 2014) – Di Maria was one of Louis van Gaal’s most exciting transfers – or so we thought. The Argentina international got life at Old Trafford off to a bright start, but his form took a quick nose-dive as reports claimed he didn’t see eye to eye with his Dutch manager. His lob against Leicester City, however, won’t be forgotten. 2. Swansea City – Wilfried Bony (£12m, July 2013) – In 54 appearances, the Ivory Coast international scored 24 goals for the Swans, and it was little wonder the lure of Champions League football in Manchester proved too difficult to turn down. While his time at Manchester City has been difficult so far, spending more minutes on the bench than on the pitch, he is fondly remembered by the Liberty Stadium faithful. They’ve certainly missed the centre forward. 5. Everton – Romelu Lukaku (£28m, July 2014) – There were a fair few raised eyebrows when the Toffees agreed to pay Chelsea £28m for the signature of Lukaku, despite his impressive form on loan at Goodison Park the previous campaign. His tally of 10 goals in his first season left much to be desired, but last term there was much praise for the centre forward, who scored 18 and registered six assists. Should he continue to hit the back of the net, Everton are in with a chance of making a profit on the Belgian. 20 20 20 20 4. Burnley – Andre Gray (£9m, August 2015) – Gray joined Burnley last August for a record £9m – and what a signing he has proved to be. His 23 goals fired his side to title-glory in the Championship, sealing a return to the Premier League. He looks a bargain at the fee paid and if the 25-year-old’s form continues in the top flight, he could be difficult to keep hold of. 14. Sunderland – Asamoah Gyan (£13m, August 2010) – Signed off the back of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Gyan didn’t actually do too badly in his solitary campaign for the Black Cats, scoring 11 goals in 37 matches. Unfortunately, he left on loan the next September when Al Ain reportedly offered him four-times his salary, while handing the Black Cats a £6m fee. 12. Stoke City – Giannelli Imbula (£18.3m, February 2016) – Hailed as the ‘next Claude Makelele’, there are high hopes over Imbula’s potential at the Britannia Stadium. He has got off to a good start, showing glimpses of his capability, but having made only 14 appearances for the Potters since joining on deadline day in the January transfer window, it is too early to fairly judge the midfielder. 20 3. Arsenal – Mesut Ozil (£42.4m, September 2013) – Ozil has taken little time to settle in north London, perfectly suited to Arsenal’s style of play. The German almost broke Thierry Henry’s all-time Premier League assist record of 20, registering 19 last season. What holds Ozil back from top spot, however, is that he hasn’t inspired the Gunners to a Premier League title or improved their reputation in Europe. 18= Leicester City – Nampalys Mendy (£13m, July 2016) – Ranking not applicable – yet to play a minute for the Foxes having been signed this summer As more and more money gets pumped into the Premier League, with each transfer window there’s a chance financial records will be broken.Crystal Palace, Watford and Leicester City have already done that this summer, making history with their latest signings, and others could follow suit over the next two months.So, this has got talkSPORT thinking about which clubs from England’s top flight deserve praise for the biggest transfer deal in their history?With this question in mind, we’ve ranked every Premier League club based on their record signing, from the worst deals to the best – view the slideshow above to find out where your club ranks. 6. Tottenham – Erik Lamela (£30m, August 2013) – Lamela moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, and it’s safe to say he didn’t settle straight away. The Argentine struggled with injuries in his debut campaign, starting only three games in the Premier League, and failed for consistency thereafter. Last season, however, was a different story. Mauricio Pochettino seems to be getting the best out of the forward. 20 20 8. West Ham – Andy Carroll (£15m, May 2013) – His record move to Liverpool didn’t work out and Carroll attempted to reignite his career at Upton Park. He looks far more at ease with the Hammers but, frustratingly for the club, injury has seen him struggle for a run of games. When he is fit, however, many a defence has been humiliated by the 27-year-old. 20 20 20 16. Southampton – Dani Osvaldo (£14.6m, August 2013) – After the end of his spell with the Saints, Osvaldo freely admitted he’d failed to adapt. He blamed the physicality for this, despite the fact he was happy enough to have a training ground fight with Jose Fonte. He did, though, score an excellent lob against Manchester City – the last of his three Premier League goals. 20 17. Middlesbrough – Afonso Alves (£12.5m, January 2008) – Signed for a huge sum back in January 2008, the Brazilian star never lived up to his price tag. Six goals in 11 Premier League appearances saw him show early promise, but just four in 34 during the 2008/09 season resulted in him being shipped off to Al Sadd in Qatar for £7m in September 2009. 20 20 20last_img

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