Top 10 expensive players in EPL
Football is the most popular sport in the world. So the club leagues in Spain or England and the European Champions League have some of the biggest viewership worldwide. The fight to claim the top spot is fought hard with big teams spending billions on players, infrastructure, coaches, etc just to get the top prize for the season. EPL is one of the most popular and competitive football league in the world and no wonder that teams spend top dollars during the summer transfers to bolster their teams. Here we countdown the Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL based on the summer transfers of 2015-16-17 season.
Expensive Players in EPL
10. Pedro Rodriguez
At number 10 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Pedro Rodriguez. He might as well be the best buy of transfer season when Chelsea got this Barcelona veteran and match winner for just £21.1 million which although is a huge number is very less compared to the stature of the player Pedro is. His agility, experience, finishing and accuracy will be an asset to Chelsea this season and he has already started showing good performance in his new club.
9. Heung-Min Son
At number 9 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Heung-Min Son. This 23 year old is having the time of his life; Heung-Min Son is a young talented player who had the signing of his life when Tottenham Hotspur signed him for £22 million from Bayern Leverkusen making him the most expensive Asian player of all time. His pace, dribbling and composure is sure to improve Spur’s conversion of shot to goals.
8. Morgan Schneiderlin
At number 8 is Morgan Schneiderlin. Manchester United has had trouble in the midfield and thus they strengthened it by making to good buys in Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger. Schneiderlin has been the central figure for Southampton for some time and is a complete midfielder due to his passing, tackling, interception and ability to read the game. For £24 million, United has made a great buy in the form of this consistent midfielder.
7. Memphis Depay
At number 7 in the list is Memphis Depay. Depay is one of the most exciting talents in world football today and has also been named “Best Young Player in the World” by France Football. His attacking style has often drawn comparison with Ronaldo. A prolific scorer, he found the net 22 times in 30 games making him the leading scorer. Manchester United has brought him for £25 million from PSV Eindhoven.
6. Roberto Firmino
At number 6 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Roberto Firmino. He is a versatile player capable to play in the mid, wing or in the front. His 16 goals in 33 matches for 1899 Hoffenheim in 2013-14 season made him the breakthrough player of Bundesliga that season. No wonder Liverpool shelled £29.5 million to get this goal scoring machine on their side.
5. Christian Benteke
At number 5 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Christian Benteke. Since Suarez left Liverpool, they have been struggling to find a central figure in their offense and this made them buy Benteke from Aston Villa for £32.5 million. He has scored 49 goals in 100 matches for his former team but has failed to find the momentum in Liverpool. Rumor mills are buzzing with the news that Liverpool might sell him off.
4. Nicolas Otamendi
At number 4 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Nicolas Otamendi. This Valencia defender was one of the best defenders in La Liga last season and had won 74 tackles last season (more than Terry and Cahill combined). Such performance attracted the attention of Manchester City who bought him for £34 million. His tackling, aerial prowess and ability to read the game will help City greatly.
3. Anthony Martial
At number 3 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Anthony Martial. Some eyebrows were raised when this Monaco forward was signed by Manchester United for £36 million, making it the highest fee paid to a teenage player in football history. Though he is talented and has often been compared to French legend Thierry Henry, he has to prove his mental resilience by justifying his price and handle the pressure of such a big club.
2. Raheem Sterling
At number 2 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Raheem Sterling. At 21, he is already recognized as one of the best players in Europe and small wonder he fetched a price tag of £49 million when he was transferred from Liverpool to Manchester City. Liverpool tried their best to keep their prolific midfielder but in the end failed. His pace down the flanks would surely make City a better attacking side this season.
1. Kevin De Bruyne
At number 1 in Top 10 Expensive Players in EPL is Kevin De Bruyne. This young player made history when he came to Manchester City from Wolfsburg for £51 million making him the second most expensive transfer ever for EPL. He has had a great season for Wolfsburg emerging as the “Footballer of the Year” in Germany. His attacking prowess will help improve City’s lethality and make them better prospects for UEFA glory.
EPL is often considered the toughest of all leagues as the minor teams are also capable of giving a fight and even upsetting the giant clubs on a regular basis. So no wonder EPL teams spend so much cash just to get that edge other the opposing teams; in the 2015-16 season, EPL clubs broke all records with total summer transfers estimated at £2.86 billion.