As the business end of the Premier League campaign approaches, it’s about time we addressed a burning issue: the best transfers of the season.
A total of just over £1.8bn was spent over the course of the summer and January transfer windows by the elite clubs.
But who got the best value for their money? The Ladbrokes News crew present their top five buys.
Without a doubt, the best value signing of both windows was Liverpool’s purchase of AS Roma forward, Mo Salah.
The Reds splashed out £36.9m for the Egyptian – a relative bargain when you consider the fees players have been moving for this year. Not to mention it’s just £1.9m more than what they paid for Andy Carroll back in January, 2011.
The former Basel winger has been a revelation since returning to the Premier League. He’s bagged 33 goals and nine assists in total, in just 40 games. What a player.
When Manchester City’s incredible season finally comes to a close, an overlooked facet of their campaign will be the signing of Ederson Moraes.
Pep Guardiola’s signing of Claudio Bravo in his first season in charge didn’t work out as he hoped. In fact, it was a relative disaster.
However, he has rectified that with the £35m move for the ex-Benfica stopper. The Brazil international has 14 clean sheets and has conceded the least goals in the league.
The command of his box, his shot-stopping, and his footwork are all world class. He’s a huge reason for City’s success this term.
Pascal Gross cost just £3m from German side, Ingolstadt. But the 26-year-old has been one of the vital cogs of a Brighton and Hove Albion side who are currently thriving.
Chris Hughton has a keen eye for a good player and the German has proven him correct once again. Gross has five goals and eight assists for the Seagulls. And he has forged a fine partnership with the club’s main striker, Glenn Murray.
If Brighton do manage to stave off relegation – a magnificent achievement – a large part of that will be down to Gross’ contributions.
Since Jon Arne Riise’s exit from Anfield back in 2008, Liverpool have struggled to fill that particular void.
Jose Enrique and Alberto Moreno were brought in. Right backs like Jon Flanagan were even used there. But none were adequate enough.
That is until Jurgen Klopp spent a measly £8.1m on Hull City’s Andrew Robertson. After a sticky start, the Scot has made the berth his own.
The 23-year-old is a modern full-back who can defend and attack with equal quality. His rampaging runs down the left have been a staple of this attacking Liverpool outfit.
Leicester City were particularly savvy in the transfer market this summer. They bagged Manchester City starlet for Kelechi Iheanacho for £25m.
But the standout buy of the window for the Foxes was Harry Maguire. The 25-year-old was signed for a paltry £17m from Hull City.
He’s since established himself as an England squad regular. And if Leicester did decide to cash in, could probably get double what they paid for him back in July.
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication