A busy week of transfer activity has yet to yield anything that could rightly be deemed the “Worst Signing of the Week” so instead Ladbrokes News will run the rule over the high profile transfers of the last seven days.
Everton finally got their man in Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal added to Southampton’s woes by signing Calum Chambers, while Hull took a punt on two defenders from outside England’s top flight and here James Curtis rates the deals.
Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea to Everton – £28m
Many will feel that £28m is too big a fee for Everton to shell out, especially when Lukaku’s presence was not enough to fire them into the top four last year.
However, in the current climate to bag a striker with 65 league goals by the age of 21 for under £30m could prove a shrewd piece of business from the Toffees.
Lukaku’s best years are certainly ahead of him and now his future is decided he can concentrate on improving his game. Whether this leads Everton on to bigger and better things remains to be seen but at the very least they should be able to sell him for a tidy profit if he improves as expected.
Transfer Rating: 7/10
Calum Chambers – Southampton to Arsenal – £10m (rising to £16m)
While £16m is a huge sum for a teenager it is dwarfed by the fee Manchester United paid for Chambers’ fellow Southampton teen Luke Shaw and Arsene Wenger could well feel he has pulled off the better deal.
Chambers’ stats from last year are those of a seasoned Premier League defender and at just 19-years of age he could go on to carve his way into Arsenal folklore to stand alongside the greats like Adams, Keown and Dixon.
Wenger has plans to turn Chambers into a central midfielder or a centre back and if he has half the success of his last position change project – Thierry Henry anyone? – £16m will look to be an absolute snip.
Transfer Rating 9/10
Andrew Robertson – Dundee United to Hull – £2.85m/ Harry Maguire – Sheffield United to Hull – £2.5m
With Robertson, 20, and Maguire, 21, costing a combined fee of just over £5m Tigers fans will feel there is minimal risk involved in acquiring the defensive duo.
Maguire featured for a Sheffield United defence that only saw three teams in League One concede fewer goals last year, while Robertson has earned rave reviews for his performances north of the border.
Both will be given time to develop and manager Steve Bruce will be happy with his work.
However, with Hull scoring just 38 goals last term the money could have been better spent on finding a creative force in midfield to enhance the effectiveness of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic!
Transfer Rating: 5/10
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