July 27, 2012 by backofthenetjl
Over the years in the Premier League, there have been tons of bargains in the Premier League, that have turned become a revelation, so here is my Top 10 bargain transfers in the Premier League.
Deportivo – Newcastle
When Newcastle snapped up the Argentinian centre-back in 2008, he was virtually unknown and it seemed a bit of a risk to splash out £10 Million on a defender yet to learn the secrets of the English game. Infact, the move proved to be one of the best bits of business that the Magpies have ever completed, as Coloccini established himself as one of the league’s top defenders, aswell as delivering some phenomenal performances, full of passion, commitment and desire. Coloccini is now one of the more experienced members of Alan Pardew’s squad and he now leads the team as captain, he has rapidly improved since signing in 2008 and I am a great admirer of the 30-year-old.
Juventus – Arsenal
Not many people had heard of the Frenchman, when he arrived at Arsenal in 1999, but he had already played under manager Arsene Wenger at Monaco and the Gunners tactician must of saw something in Henry. £11 Million was quite a hefty fee for a player still only 21 and many may of presumed that the cash would be wasted and feared he would not adapt to the physical English game. Boy were they wrong. Thierry Henry went on to become one of the most successful players ever to grace the hallowed turf of Highbury, Arsene Wenger converted Henry into a striker, instead of a winger and it transformed Henry into a world-class striker, he racked up an unbelievable 174 goals for Arsenal and rightly earnt his status as a club legend. He played a integral part of the club’s ‘Invincibles’ period when Arsenal went 49 games unbeaten in 2002/03 season, scooping the Premier League title and Fa Cup. He regularly tore teams apart with his sensational control, blistering pace and thunderbolt of a shot, he oozed class and scored a bunch of goals throughout every season. The Gunners then made a huge profit on the French star, by selling him to Barcelona in 2007 for 24 million, he made a short comeback last season on loan but now plays for New York Red Bulls. One of the greatest players ever to play in the Premier League and a true Arsenal great.
Brondby – Man United
No-one had heard of the Danish stopper when Sir Alex Ferguson snapped him up in 1991, but he would go on to become one of the World’s greatest Goal-Keepers. He was absolutely outstanding for the Red Devils and he made some memorable saves and put in some brave displays. He was the real spine of the glorious United side in the 90’s and despite all the brilliant football that was being played further up the pitch, it was Schmeichel who won Fergie his titles. At £505,000 it was an absolutely steal of a deal, Schmeichel went on to achieve some great things in the game, at United and with other teams. Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the signing of Schmeichel as ‘the bargain of the century’ and he really does have a point.
Bayer Leverkusen – Spurs
Another player who was unknown when he made the move to England in 2006. He made an instant impact at Spurs and was a real fans favourite in the period of time he spent at White Hart Lane. In his first season at Spurs he was awarded for his dazzling displays with the Spurs Player of the Season and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. As soon as he moved to the English top-tier his ability was clear, he set the premier league alight immediately and took it by storm. Spurs then made a massive sum of money on the Bulgarian forward, when he swapped London for Manchester, by signing for Man United for a fee of £30 Million. He continued to come up with the goods for the Reds, but recently he has been isolated and has found it difficult to retain his spot in Fergie’s starting 11 ahead of Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez, its disappointing because he is such a classy player and one I have always rated, and for a fee of £10 Million, he was a excellent signing for Spurs at the time.
Sao Paulo – Middlesbrough
Juninho was a surprise signing for Boro in1995, after being tracked by a host of top European clubs, It was the North-East which was his next destination. He became one of the greatest ever players to play for Middlesbrough and was the centre of the Boro side that boasted the talent of foreign exports such as Fabrizio Ravanelli and Emerson. He was known as ‘the little fella’ by the supporters of the Teesiders and really stole their hearts with his excellent skill, vision and play-making abilities. He was a key member of the side that reached both the FA and League Cup in 1997, yet was sent down to the Championship after being deducted 3 points. That season, he was runner up in the Football Writers Player of the Year and had a terrific campaign. For the time he spent in the North-East, he brought a new philosophy of entertaining and attractive football to the Premier League. He was a fantastic player and for what he brought to the game, I think £4.75 Million is exceptional value for a player of his talent. He was also sold on to Atletico Madrid for £12 Million and returned to the Riverside Stadium 2 more times, an absolute bargain.
A.C Milan – Aston Villa
Martin Laursen, you might not remember too vividly, but I always will, an inspirational captain and leader and a beast of a centre-half. Signed by Villa in 2004, he had the potential to be a premier league legend, it was a shame that his career was cut short through injury because I really enjoyed watching him, he was a true role model, a great professional. He was as complete as a defender can get, he could bring the ball out, comfortable on the ball, vocal, could read the game, powerful in the air and a fierce tackler. He spent 5 years at Villa Park, although he could of played a lot longer if he hadn’t suffered from injuries. Laursen never really reached the heights he could of reached due to his ever present difficulties on the treatment table. However I still regard him as a true hero because he was such a good player to watch, £3 Million was a great deal for Villa as he served them brillantly and they could of made bags of money on him, if he’d stayed fit and not been forced to retire in 2009.
Hamburg – Man City
I’ll admit it, when Kompany first signed for City 4 years ago, I wasn’t too familiar with the Belgian, I just thought it would be another normal signing, but it proved to be one of the most important that the blues have ever made. If you said to me 4 years ago (when he signed), Vincent Kompany, will become one of the world’s best defenders and lift the Premier League trophy with Man City, I’d of probably ripped your head off! When he made his debut for the blues, I was very impressed, it was in a 3-0 home win against West Ham, he was playing in the holding role in midfield, allowing Elano and Ireland to attack, whilst sticking to his defensive duties. But since then, he has only grown into one of the world’s most complete defenders, accompanied with confidence on the ball and tremendous reading of the game. He was outstanding for the past two seasons, being named in the PFA Team of the Year twice and rightly earning the Premier League Player of the Season. Every time he comes up against a top-class striker like Drogba, Rooney or van Persie, they rarely see the ball, because he marshals them so well, he always wins the battle with opposition players and is fearless in the tackle. A great leader on the pitch, Kompany is worth 10 times more than he was when City brought him in.
Bastia – Arsenal
Song was another player that Arsene Wenger brought in at an extremely young age, with no experience and yet to play at the top level. He was originally signed on loan in 2005 and the move was made permanent a year later. As a 21 year-old it seemed a tough task to force his way into a vibrant Arsenal 11, but at this moment in time, he stands as one of the first names on the teamsheet. He is a very gifted footballer,who can attack and defend, he is not particarly known for his goal-scoring but for his assists and starting of attacks. He formed a scintillating partnership with Cesc Fabregas in midfield and when he left at the start of last season, it was feared it would affect Arsenal a lot. However, Song really stepped up his game even further and shone for the Gunners, providing some wonderful passes over the top for Robin van Persie to latch on to. Known for his versatility and his long-range passing, I am shocked that Bastia only managed to get £1 Million out of Arsenal, I would value him at, at least £20 Million now!
Leeds – Man United
After recently winning the First Division Championship with Leeds, Howard Wilkinson made the decision that Cantona was available for transfer and sold him for £1.2 Million to arch-rivals Man United. It turned out to be one of the greatest transfers ever to be made in history, because Cantona sent United on their way to constant Premier League glory, as well as conquering Europe in 1999. He only spent 5 years at Old Trafford, but in that space of time, gave us all some magnificent moments of individual brilliance aswell as serving up his fair share of controversy aswell. He was blessed for superb technique, a lovely touch and perfect vision, he had the ability to see things on the pitch, like he was at the top of the Stretford End. One hell of a footballer who’s value should of been heavily increased!
Sporting Lisbon – Man United
How do you replace David Beckham? How do you replace a player who can rip teams apart with his pin-point crossing and expert long-range shooting an d trade-mark free-kicks? Who do you bring in to wear the illustrious number 7 shirt that Best, Cantona and Beckham have graced? The answer is Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2003, United signed this unknown Portugese winger from Sporting Lisbon, he had requested he wear the number 28 jersey, that had been familiar with from his time with Sporting, but Sir Alex Ferguson requested he stepped up to the mark and wear the number 7 shirt. No-one had expected him to become such a legendary player, he used to fall over his own feet and he had a silly haircut. Yet he went on to come up with the goods on a regular basis for the Reds, he scored some beautiful goals for United, some exceptional free-kicks, wonderful solo goals and some goals full of undoubtable skill and quality. He near enough won games on his own and was inspirational in holding off the challenge of Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League. He scored a rocket free-kick against Portsmouth and a stunning strike just inside the Porto half in the away tie against Porto in the Champions League, 2 of the unforgettable moments he unleashes whilst playing for United. Ronaldo grabbed the attention and settled in quickly at Old Trafford, but his ability is amazing, his skill, his shot, everything about him is flawless, its as if he’s the complete footballer and athlete. United made an enormous profit on the Portugese phenomenon, when they sold him to Real Madrid for a world-record £80 Million. A prodigy, transformed into a legend, Ronaldo is my top bargain in the history of the Premier League.