Even in a record-breaking summer for Premier League spending, there were still a few cut-price steals to be had. Here’s a look at 5 of the best bargain buys.
Sead Kolašinac - Free
After 5 solid but unspectacular seasons at Schalke 04, the Bosnian joined Arsenal on a free transfer in June. The Gunners fans weren’t excited at the time, but they are now. Kolašinac scored on his debut against Chelsea in the Community Shield and carried on from there. He might not be the best defender around, but he gets forward well from left wing-back. Kolašinac also brings some much-needed muscle to Arsène Wenger’s cultured team.
Kiko Femenía – Free
Marco Silva made a lot of excellent signings at Watford during the summer – Richarlison, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley. However, Femenía just might be the best of the lot. After unhappy midfield spells at Barcelona B and Real Madrid B, the Spaniard rebuilt his career at Alavés as a defender. Then with his contract about to expire, Silva pounced. Femenía is now Watford’s star right wing-back, full of energy and never afraid of a tackle.
Darren Fletcher – Free
Some players fly under the radar. You don’t how important they are until they’re gone. Jack Cork is a good example, and so is Fletcher. When West Brom decided not to renew the Scot’s contract this summer, Mark Hughes took him to Stoke City. The former Manchester United midfielder has settled well alongside Joe Allen. Fletcher even scored a Scholes-esque volley against Watford. West Brom, meanwhile, haven’t won a match since August and just sacked Tony Pulis.
Pascal Groß - £2.7million
Groß wasn’t Brighton’s biggest signing of the summer, but he’s certainly been their most successful. The German midfielder arrived in the Premier League after 2 good Bundesliga seasons at FC Ingolstadt 04. Chris Hughton signed Groß to be his team’s Number 10, the main creative force. So far, he has 3 goals and 5 assists in 12 games, and Brighton are 9th. For less than £3million, Groß is one of the best bargain buys in years.
Mohamed Salah - £37million
A £37million-player might not sound like one of the best bargain buys, but Salah deserves that title. The Egyptian is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 9 goals in 12 games. His link-up play with Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho is getting better and better, and he’s lethal on the counter-attack. In a summer where Romelu Lukaku cost £75million and even Marko Arnautovic cost £20million, Salah was an absolute steal.