After another dramatic season of Premier League action, football fans will already be looking ahead to the new campaign, and what players they can sign before a ball is kicked in August.
But the summer break also gives us a chance to look back at previous dealings from the campaign before, letting us judge which managers have done the best business.
GMF runs through the list of top ten transfer moves – see if you agree with our choices and have your say at the end of the story…
10. Mikel Arteta – Arsenal
Signed for a fee in the region of £10 million, Arteta moved from Everton to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day in August.
The Gunners managed just one win when the Spaniard wasn’t playing in the league this season, suggesting his value is certainly not to be under-estimated in north London.
9. Michel Vorm – Swansea City
A relative bargain in the context of the Premier League, with Swansea signing the Dutchman for £1.5 million after Dorus De Vries left for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Signed from Utrecht, Vorm has nine caps for the Dutch national squad, and showed why with a number of outstanding performances at the Liberty Stadium, particularly in the early part of the season.
8. Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle United
Plucked from French champions Lille last summer, Alan Pardew won the race to sign Yohan Cabaye in a bargain £4 million deal.
The creative midfielder has gone on to pull the strings at the heart of an over-achieving side that finished fifth this season, with Europe now on the agenda at St. James’ Park next season.
7. Yakubu – Blackburn Rovers
Relegated with him, one can only wonder where Steve Kean’s Blackburn would have finished without Yakubu in their side.
Signed from Everton for £1.5 million after a season on loan at Leicester City, the Nigerian captain notched 18 goals in all competitions and will surely be moving on from Ewood Park this summer.
6. Paul Scholes – Manchester United
Brought in from the cold in January, Scholes returned to help the Red Devils beat Manchester City in the FA Cup, but couldn’t achieve the same feat in the Premier League.
The veteran midfielder had retired in the summer, but got the urge to come back in the New Year. He certainly didn’t let the Old Trafford faithful down, as a contender for Player of the Season.
5. Juan Mata – Chelsea
Andre Villas-Boas’ best piece of business during a short spell at Chelsea, with the Spanish playmaker moving from Valencia to Stamford Bridge for a fee in the region of £23.5 million.
Mata has since scored 12 goals in all competitions, additionally providing 13 assists for his colleagues on the way to an FA Cup victory and Champions League final.
4. Nikica Jelavic – Everton
The Croatian striker arrived at Goodison Park from Rangers with a big reputation in January, and instantly delivered for the Toffees on the way to a seventh-place finish and FA Cup semi-final.
His 11 goals in 16 games in all competitions will give David Moyes great hope for next season, as the Merseysiders look to build on another successful season.
3. Demba Ba – Newcastle United
The Senagelese striker arrived at St. James’ Park on a free transfer last summer, leaving West Ham United for the Magpies and proving an instant hit on Tyneside.
Ba scored 16 goals in 34 league games, impressing at the start of the season in particular before the African Cup of Nations, and enjoyed a fruitful partnership with January signing Papiss Demba Cisse on his return.
2. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
He might be the most expensive player on the list, but Aguero was worth every penny for the Citizens after his goal secured the title in the dying moments of injury-time on the final day of the season.
Drafted in for £35 million from Atletico Madrid, the 23-year-old striker scored 23 goals in 34 league games, helping Roberto Mancini’s side to a famous title win.
1. Papiss Demba Cisse – Newcastle United
Joining his teammate in the top three, Cisse has been an absolute revelation for Newcastle after signing from Bundesliga outfit Freiburg for a fee in the region of £10 million.
Notching 13 goals in 14 league games, the striker struck a handful of braces in the final months of the season, most notably in the win at Chelsea on May 2nd. He described the second goal as the best of his career.
He scored the winner on debut against Aston Villa, as well as a pair of goals against Liverpool and Swansea City during an amazing run of form in the closing stages of the campaign. The signing of the season, without question.
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