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EPL: Top five transfer bargains in 2015/16

Photo Courtesy: The Guardian
Photo Courtesy: The Guardian

With the 2015/16 EPL campaign almost at its halfway stage, it is beginning to get a little clearer as to which clubs managed to strike the right deals in the summer. So based on what we have witnessed in the EPL so far this season, here are the top five bargains this summer.

Petr Cech (Chelsea to Arsenal)

When Cech decided to leave Stamford Bridge and join Arsenal for a transfer fee of £10m this summer, everyone knew that tArsene Wenger had struck an excellent deal.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper had been a very important player for Chelsea for more than a decade, since moving from Ligue 1 side Rennes for £7 million in 2004. However, when he was displaced from the first team by Thibaut Courtois last season, Cech decided to immediately end his Chelsea career.

Although the Blues were initially reluctant to sell Cech to their bitter rivals Arsenal, they finally agreed, and the Czech international ended up making a £10m switch to Northern part of London this summer.

Cech’s first EPL game in Arsenal colours did not prove to good one as the Gunners were defeated 0-2 by West Ham, following two silly mistakes by the goalkeeper. However, he has playing very well since, keeping seven clean sheets to help Arsenal sit in second place in the EPL before Christmas.

James Milner (Liverpool, free transfer)

Although Brendan Rodgers was not able to keep this job at Liverpool, he did managed to make an excellent transfer bargain by getting Manchester City midfielder James Milner on a free transfer this summer.

The 29-year-old, who has a wealth of experience in England, having played for clubs like Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Manchester City, has been pretty impressive this season, putting in some good performances to help his side record some important victories against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Despite joining the Liverpool only this summer, the midfielder was named the club’s vice-captain in August. And during Jordan Henderson’s two-month absence (due to injury), Milner led the side.

Andre Ayew (Swansea City, free transfer)

After making one of the best transfer bargains in the EPL by signing Michu for only £2m in the summer of 2012, Swansea seem to have again made a similar deal by signing Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer this summer.

Ayew scored three goals in the Swans’ opening four EPL games to claim the Premier League Player of the Month award for August.

Although the Swans’ have not been playing well of late, failing to record a single win in their last seven EPL fixtures, Ayew has still been looking sharp, scoring and assisting goals on a regular basis.

Dimitri Payet (Marseille to West Ham)

The French winger, to joined the Hammers from Ligue 1 side Marseille for an undisclosed fee, made a very bright start to his EPL career, scoring five goals and providing three assists in 12 matches.

His excellent performances also saw West Ham rise to as high as the second position in the Premier League table. However, Payet was ruled out for three months in November, after he picked up an ankle injury, following a nasty challenge from Everton’s James McCarthy.

Without Payet in the team, West Ham’s form has seen a sharp dip, with the Hammers failing to record a single win in their last seven EPL fixtures.

Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur)

Alderweireld, who moved to White Hart Lane from Atletico Madrid for an estimated £11.5 million) has been the main reason behind the Spurs’ defensive solidarity this season.

After their opening day defeat to Manchester United, Tottenham went on a 14-match unbeaten streak, before finally losing to Newcastle in December. The Spurs along with Manchester United and Arsenal have conceded only 14 goals (lowest) in the EPL this term.

And their excellent performance at the back has resulted due to Alderweireld forming a very good partnership with his fellow countryman Jan Vertonghen at the heart of Tottenham’s defence.

Apart from defending, the 26-year-old has also proved he can be a threat in the opposition’s penalty box, with him already scoring two goals in the Premier League this season.

Although the Spurs were made to cough up a pretty tidy sum for the Belgian, it is looks Mauricio Pottentino has managed to make very good bargain for his side this summer.

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