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          Ranking each Premier League club's record signing - Part 2

          2020/09/15 21:29
          By Connor Andrews
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          After Part One of our rankings of each Premier League club’s record signing, we’re back for more.

          Since the first half was published we’ve seen the arrivals of Fabio Silva and Ollie Watkins for reported record fees to Wolves and West Ham respectively, and there might even be more to come. But before that, let’s take a look at the 10 most recent moves, and some of the shockers that unfolded last summer...


          10/10 Raúl Jiménez to Wolves for £32m

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          There’s some dispute whether new teen signing from Porto, Fabio Silva, has stripped Jiménez of the honour of being Wolves’ most expensive signing, but given the Jorge Mendes involvement it’s safe to assume Jiménez still takes the biscuit.

          Jiménez dipped his toes into the ‘so underrated he’s rated’ Premier League category last season, and is now making it a pretty close contest with Roberto Firmino as the league's best all round striker when it comes to link up play and defensive work, while he's outperfroming the Brazilian when it comes to goal scoring.

          The only knock on Jiménez is he’s deceptively older than you think at 29, but that's made him even better value for Wolves as they're unlikely to ever recieve an offer that makes them blink due to his age, making his purchase an unarguable success.

           

          8/10 Youri Tielemans to Leicester for £40m

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          Casual European football watchers were initially amazed that Leicester managed to get Monaco's Tielemans on loan, and then pretty baffled that the Foxes made the signing permanent after an impressive first six months. But it hasn’t been all plane sailing since.

          The Belgian has been a regular starter though, and did play a key role in Leicester’s fantastic start to the 2019/20 season, but some have been expecting him to kick on much more than he has.

          In today’s game though, £40 million for a first choice midfielder for a Champions League pushing side can definitely be deemed good value, and aged just 23, things could even get better.

           

          8/10 Neal Maupay to Brighton for £20m

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          One of the biggest takeaways from the Brentford talent pool, Brighton took a slight punt on Maupay to head their attack last summer and haven’t looked back since, despite a reasonable number of prolific Championship strikers struggling to make the jump to Premier League football over the past few years.

          In a team full of decent players who you might struggle to pick out of a line up, Maupay has emerged as Brighton’s main man with 10 goals last season. And if the Frenchman can help lift the Seagulls from relegation contenders to mid table this campaign, £20 million could end up looking like an absolute bargain.

           

          7/10 Rodri to Manchester City for £63.6m

          One of Manchester City’s big skills in their impressive recruitment drive has been their attempt to not overpay in any area, avoiding breaking any positional records (fullbacks aside), but the closest they’ve come was with Rodri last summer.

          If you sat Pep Guardiola down in private he may well tell you his most important player at City has been Fernandinho, and when the Brazilian showed signs of aging last season, cracks began to appear in the Pep masterplan.

          Rodri was signed as his replacement, and although his passing has been exceptional and he’s at times looked like one of the league’s most talented midfielders, his defensive coverage hasn’t been up to Fernandinho’s standard. If City are to catch up with Liverpool this season, they need one of either Rodri, İlkay Gündoğan or Fernandinho to step up in that area or they might have to make another dent in the market.

           

          1/10 Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham for £54m

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          Ndombele’s career has been a slightly odd one, only playing his first full top flight season in 2017/18 at the age of 20. Now 23, his rise up the professional ladder has been late, but rapid.

          He looked like one of the best prospects to come out of a consistently excellent Lyon academy, yet when Spurs broke their club record for him it was still a little surprising, and despite a wonderful goal on his debut, things have only been downhill since.

          Quite a lot went wrong for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and his head has definitely been messed with, with one outcome being he always picks a first team player to start a war with, and unfortunately for Ndombele, he’s that guy at Tottenham.

          Spurs have a lot more invested in their coach than their midfielder, so it’s pretty hard to see this one ending well.

           

          4/10 Nicolas Pépé to Arsenal for £72m

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          Nicolas Pépé’s early form for Arsenal was less of an indictment on him as a player, and more on the nature of football social media, and how it’s become completely transfer obsessed. Nevertheless, Pépé’s start was far from ideal, and the fact an Arsenal team in desperate need for defenders splurged their record fee on a winger really didn’t help.

          However, under Mikel Arteta, Pépé started to look like the player that had garnered rave reviews in France, but there’s two big issues: one that gigantic fee, and two he might not even make it in their best eleven this season if Willian has anything to say about it, and from last weekend’s evidence, he has plenty.

           

          2/10 Sébastien Haller to West Ham for £45m

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          Big things were expected of Sébastien Haller and Luka Jovic after making their names in impressive fashion up front for Eintracht Frankfurt, unfortunately for both, their career choices haven’t really worked out.

          Haller showed promising signs to start his career in London, after previously being touted for a call up to a France national team stacked with forward options, instead, he seems to have been completely swamped by the issues that continue to plague West Ham and the Gold and Sullivan ownership.

          West Ham has been a near impossible club to succeed at for strikers over the past decade, and while it’s difficult to apportion the blame, £45 million is far too much for seven goals and not much else.

           

          6/10 Wesley to Aston Villa for £22m

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          Although Ollie Watkins has wiped out this fee with his recent arrival from Brentford, he’s impossible to judge yet, so we have to look at Wesley, whose five goals in 21 games wasn’t a bad return at all for a player arriving from Belgium.

          An awful cruciate ligament injury ended his debut season in England, and could well have been the difference that saw Villa relegated, but luckily for the Brazilian, they held on.

          Wesley’s issue now is he has Watkins and Mbwana Samatta to fight for a starting spot, with them both signing during his injury, and it stinks of a lack of joined up thinking from Dean Smith’s side team, but Wesley is hardly to blame.

          How he returns from injury, and Watkins performance, will determine if Wesley makes it in England, but the issues that might knock him back have hardly been his fault, and his fee is relatively low compared to some of the names on this list, with some decent displays too.

           

          2/10 Joelinton to Newcastle for £40m

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          While everyone’s conscious of saying too much in case Mike Ashely’s lawyers are looking, paying £40 million on a guy from Hoffenheim who hadn’t exactly been lighting the league alight seems a little odd.

          The Brazilian played all 38 league games for Newcastle with just two goals, and while it didn’t look entirely his fault, being left upfront alone to do a job that Salomon Rondon had perfected, the situation appears to have gotten even worse with Callum Wilson shipped in to steal his spot.

          On top of that, even Andy Carroll started ahead of Joelinton to start the season, and did his job far more efficiently, and right now that £40 million tag is looking even more baffling.

           

          8/10 Sander Berge to Sheffield United for £22m

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          Plenty of people hadn’t heard of Belgian side Genk to start the 2019/20 season, but after impressing in Liverpool’s Champions League group, they’d already lost three starting eleven players by the end of the January transfer window.

          Sander Berge looks like the pick of the bunch over Mbwana Samatta and Ianis Hagi, and as Norway quickly becomes one of Europe’s new hotbeds for talent Berge’s entirely expected to continue improving.

          There’s also the wow factor too, Blades fans couldn’t believe they managed to land the midfielder, and he may be the man that helps make them a Premier League regular.

           

          ?/10 Rodrigo to Leeds for £27 million

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          You might have noticed we’re one player short, but with just a single game played, obviously it’s too early to judge Rodrigo Moreno. However, despite giving away a penalty in his first game against Liverpool, we’d still fancy his chances to outperform plenty of the shocking names on these two lists.
           


           

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