The then-19-year-old was bought for a record £36m for a teenager.

Top five Premier League signings this season

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Another season has drawn to a close, and with it, comes the annual speculation of which player will move, how much will be paid, and of course, the drama of transfer deadline day. 

The signings of last year's transfer window have had a year to settle in, and these five players have hit the ground running.

N'Golo Kante to Leicester City - £5.6 million (reported)

Where best to start than the undisputed headline of this season's footballing world.


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Leicester City, with an entire squad worth £57 million, had the goalscoring exploits of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to thank for their remarkable rise from relegation favourites.  

Whilst their gung-ho football in the first half of their season brought them many goals, their defensive organisation brought them vital victories.

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Covering the rock-solid back four was N'Golo Kante, whose relentless work-rate, combined with undeniable quality, often broke down attacks before they had begun.

Whilst statistics on assists and goals make him out to be unspectacular (Kante only scored one goal this season), anyone watching Leicester would see the stellar performances of the Frenchman. 

Picked out of the relative obscurity of Caen in Ligue 2, Kante has been named in the provisional squad for France at the Euros this summer, and is likely to make the final team in the tournament.

Anthony Martial to Manchester United - £36 million

When it was reported that Manchester United's surprise deadline day signing was a teenager from Monaco, it was a huge let-down. Then rumours of his astronomical fee began, and eyebrows were raised and jaws dropped.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

Fast forward one year and these seemed to be pieces of genius by the scouting system at United. 

17 goals in, including braces against Southampton and West Ham United, and a debut goal against Liverpool, Anthony Martial is a mainstay in the starting lineup at United, and often the focal point of the attack. This is all the more impressive considering many believed his favoured position to be down the middle.

Highlights of his season must include his incredible solo goal against Liverpool on his debut and the 93rd minute winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.

Martial has become a more complete player since his arrival from Monaco last summer, and his unpredictable nature makes him a nightmare for full-backs to deal with.

Martial has also been called up to the France squad for Euro 2016, and may also stake a claim for a starting place.

Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham Hotspur - £11.5 million 

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton - Premier League

With Dele Alli technically being signed in the January transfer window of the 2014-15 season, the other standout signing from the Mauricio Pochettino era comes in the shape of former Atletico Madrid player, Toby Alderweireld. 

The much-sought after defender has helped Spurs achieve a respectable third place finish, and their joint-best defensive record in the 2015-16 season, where Alderweireld played every match, even lead to a title charge which suffered a late collapse. 

Alderweireld scored a solid four goals this season, and even contributed with three assists, with his raking long balls often finding Harry Kane or Alli with pinpoint accuracy.

Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City - £55 million

Manchester City v Arsenal - Premier League

The one that got away, the former Chelsea youth has had an outstanding impact in his first season at the Etihad Stadium. Despite missing seven games through injury, De Bruyne scored seven and assisted ten goals.

Highlights include two goals against Paris Saint-Germain in their semi-final clash, including a winner in the second leg, and scoring in three consecutive games at the start of the season.

Incoming manager Pep Guardiola has much to work with, and is likely to get the best out of world class duo Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne.

Dimitri Payet to West Ham - £10.7 million (reported)


Last, but definitely not least, the revelation that has been Dimitri Payet.

His ability was never in doubt, however, his ability to do it in the Premier League was called into question before his signing from Marseille.

Those question marks were blown away, with the Frenchman scoring nine and assisting 13 in his debut Premier League season. His set-piece ability has proven lethal in the past year, whilst his flair has given much delight to the West Ham fans, with the midfielder often using roulettes and step-overs to boggle the opposition defence.

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