Best Premier League Summer Transfers XI
It has been a crazy transfer window with huge amounts of money sloshing about and some seriously surprising moves for many Premier League clubs. Some deals seem vastly over-priced, some seem confusing and other outright bad. However, there are some really smart moves in the Premier League this summer. Here is a team of the best transfers that took place in the 2019/20 summer window.
GK - Tom Heaton – Burnley to Aston Villa £8m
A newly-promoted side does not want to be worrying about their goalkeeper, they want a safe, reliable pair of hands at the back and Aston Villa have secured that with the signing of Tom Heaton.
The England international would still be Burnley’s first choice if it weren’t for injury and it is somewhat surprising they have not kept him on anyway as he is fit again. He is a vocal influence at the back, as well, and will be crucial as the Villains scrap for survival.
It is one of those rare transfers that are great value, no risk and almost universally accepted as a good move for all involved.
RB - Sam Byram – West Ham to Norwich £700k
Signed for the quite retro fee of £700k, Byram should be something of a bargain for newly-promoted Norwich. It didn’t work out for him at the Hammers, but he has all the ingredients of a solid Premier League full-back and is a no brainer at the price that he cost.
The Canaries did not have the greatest defence in the Championship, even though they won the league and they will need all the help they can get. Byram will help sure them up at the back and, still at just 25-years-old, hopefully fulfil some of the potential he showed when he came through at Leeds.
CB - Phil Jagielka – Everton to Sheffield United Free
This is a win for everyone involved, player, club, fans are all going to love Phil Jagielka returning to Sheffield United after 12 years at Everton. The centre-back is past his best and won’t play every game of the season at 36-years-old but he will provide valuable experience and quality to a team that is lacking both in the Premier League.
A team like the Blades were never going to pass up getting a man with 40 England caps on a free transfer and having already made nearly 300 appearances for the club, he will fit back in without a problem.
His pace, or lack of, is bound to cause issue at times, but he will make up for it with positioning and game intelligence.
CB - Gary Cahill – Chelsea to Crystal Palace Free
Similar to the Jagielka situation, any mid-table or lower club that can get in an experienced international defender on a free is always going to snap one up, and that is what Palace have done with Cahill.
Roy Hodgson is adept at setting up a defence and the Eagles were fairly solid at the back last season. Cahill is still only 33 and has a lot left to give as a Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League winner with 61 England caps to his name.
He is a more reliable upgrade on the likes of Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Scott Dann and will do a good job for the Eagles.
LB - Erik Pieters – Stoke to Burnley £1m
Another bargain signing in defence for a mid-table side as Burnley snapped up the experienced left-back from Stoke for just £1m.
The Dutchman played five full seasons in the Premier League with Stoke and looked calm and assured for much of it, solid in defence and useful going forward. He has only just turned 31 so still has plenty left in his legs but is exactly what Sean Dyche likes in a reliable performer. £1m is absolutely nothing in the Premier League these days and a solid piece of business from the Clarets.
CM -Youri Tielemans – Monaco to Leicester £40m
This was a serious coup for Leicester who managed to make their loan deal for Tielemans permanent in the face of interest in the Belgian from much bigger clubs. The 22-year-old arrived from Monaco on a temporary switch in January and was in eye-catching form for the rest of the season, scoring three goals from midfield and being an impressive creative influence.
The Belgium international only turned 22 in May and has the ability to develop into one of the Premier League’s best midfielders. If Brendan Rodgers can continue his upward trajectory at the King Power then the chunky fee of £40m could look cheap next summer when the big boys come calling again.
The Foxes should be an exciting team to watch this season and Tielemans will be at the heart of their creativity.
CM - Rodri – Atletico Madrid to Man City £65m
This seems to be the signing of the summer which is most certain to work a treat. Pep Guardiola knows exactly what he is doing with midfielders and Rodri looks like he is going to become one of the world’s very best at Manchester City.
Just 23-years-old, he is an assured presence in the centre of midfield, not doing anything spectacular, but keeping play ticking over and breaking up the opponent’s attacks. He will seamlessly fit into the City midfield and do the dirty work, allowing the more creative players to look even better. Fernandinho has been doing that job for years and the Spaniard is his natural successor. There will be some crossover this season, but expect the new arrival to make that position his own very soon.
CM - Fabian Delph – Man City to Everton £8m
In a transfer window full of astronomical fees, Delph is great value for Everton at just £8m from the champions. He does have some fitness concerns hanging over his head, but the versatile England international is still only 29-years-old and could have five good years ahead of him if the Toffees can keep him injury-free.
The signing is reminiscent of Everton signing Phil Neville, who went on to be a fantastic addition to the club. Holding things together in the middle of midfield or slotting in wherever necessary across the back line. Especially with the departure of Idrissa Gueye, Delph is a very smart signing by Marco Silva.
FW - Raul Jimenez – Benfica to Wolves £30m
Wolves did a pretty great bit of business in bringing in Jimenez on loan last season and then snapping him up on a permanent deal, for what seems like the bargain price of £34m.
The Mexican striker arrived on loan from Benfica with little fanfare but netted 13 times in the league and 17 times in all competitions last campaign, in a newly-promoted team in the Premier League.
A proven Premier League goal scorer, in his prime at 28-years-old, who knows the way his side plays looks an absolute steal at £34m in the crazy market of 2019. It is somewhat surprising that no other team tried to steal him away from Wolves, but he will undoubtedly be a hit at Molineux again this season.
FW - Moise Kean – Juventus to Everton £25m
A gamble, but one that could pay off big time for Everton as they sign one of the brightest young talents in Europe from Juventus for just £25m. At 19-years-old, Kean already has experience in Serie A and on the international scene with Italy, scoring at an impressive rate at both levels.
It is something of a surprise that Juve are willing to let him go for a relatively small price, which leaves some doubts over his quality, but his goal scoring record in his young career is fantastic. He is quick, strong, busy and clearly with an eye for a finish, so there seem little downsides to his game, except the understandable inexperience.
He will likely be played up front alone for the Toffees which will be a big ask for the teenager, but Everton could well have signed a player who will be worth treble what they paid for him in the near future.
FW - Sebastien Haller – Eintracht Frankfurt to West Ham £45m
West Ham have not had the best record in signing strikers over the last 10 years or so, but they appear to have got hold of a good one here. £45m is top dollar for a 25-year-old who has never played internationally, but he appears to have everything in his locker to cut it in the Premier League.
The 6’3” Frenchman can be used as a target man, but he is a lot more than that. Yes he will be used to bring in the likes of Pablo Fornals, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Javier Hernandez into the game, but he is skilful himself and has an excellent goal-scoring record.
Haller has hit double figures in each of his last four seasons, two at FC Utrecht and the latter two at Eintracht Frankfurt, netting 19 times in just 39 games last season in all competitions.
The Hammers have the focal point of a attack surrounded by exciting creative players and they might have just found the perfect formula.