Every Premier League club's replacement for their biggest ever sale


The Premier League has seen as many monster sales as it has purchases over the last 28 years.

While England's top division is arguably the number one place for world-class stars to play, some of them just can't resist returning to the continent for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona.

The biggest Premier League sale in history involved the latter as Philippe Coutinho jumped ship from Liverpool, but the Reds haven't exactly missed him since receiving over £100 million.

Well, hold that thought, because the team at HITC Sport decided to work out every Premier League club's record sale on their YouTube channel and assess how every team replaced them.

For example, The Irish Guy looked into how Manchester United dealt with flogging Cristiano Ronaldo, how Chelsea coped with ditching Eden Hazard and, well, you get the picture. 


You can check out the full video down below, but keep scrolling for our comprehensive breakdown to see how well your club dealt with its biggest ever departure.


Sold: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to Liverpool 

Replacement: Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United

Rating: 7/10

It's pretty surprising that Oxlade-Chamberlain is Arsenal's richest sale considering all their flogging over the last 10 years and we'll let it slide that Mkhitaryan was effectively replacing Alexis Sanchez.

But we think 7/10 is pretty generous for Mkhitaryan when he proved, as he had already done at Old Trafford, that he isn't really cut out for the Premier League with just nine goals in 58 games.

Arsenal v Olympique Lyonnais - Emirates Cup

Aston Villa

Sold: Christian Beneke to Liverpool

Replacement: Rudy Gestede from Blackburn Rovers

Rating: 4/10

Replacing the then prolific Benteke was never going to be easy and Gestede's five goals in a season where Villa finished rock bottom of the Premier League suggests 4/10 is rather kind.

Norwich City v Aston Villa - Premier League


Sold: Tyrone Mings to Aston Villa

Replacement: Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City

Rating: 2/10

While Mings has gone on to thrust himself into England contention at Villa Park, Bournemouth have sunk into a relegation battle where their young replacement has made just one League Cup appearance.

West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth - Pre-Season Friendly

Brighton & Hove Albion

Sold: Leonardo Ulloa to Leicester City

Replacement: Darren Bent from Aston Villa

Rating: 2/10

Bent was already past his best by the time he appeared at the Amex Stadium and it's no coincidence that the Seagulls slumped down the Championship for failing to replace their main source of goals.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship


Sold: Michael Keane to Everton

Replacement: Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough

Rating: 1/10

Bagging £30 million for Keane was a great coup at Burnley and while, yes, Gibson has hardly been a suitable replacement, Sean Dyche has barely missed his record departure and sits just two points behind him in the table.

Burnley FC v Everton FC - Premier League


Sold: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid

Replacement: Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund

Rating: 5/10

Seriously, could anybody have truly replaced Hazard at Stamford Bridge?

The jury is still out on Pulisic, but the American has done a pretty decent job so far with six goals in 28 outings. He just never looks like becoming a player of Hazard's calibre even when he reaches his peak.

Burnley FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League

Crystal Palace

Sold: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United

Replacement: Martin Kelly from... Crystal Palace

Rating: 4/10

Yeh, Roy Hodgson didn't really get the chance to plug the gap left by Wan-Bissaka last summer and has instead deployed former Liverpool man Kelly at right-back with mixed results. 4/10 seems about right.

Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth  - Premier League


Sold: Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United

Replacement: Wayne Rooney from Manchester United

Rating: 6/10

If it wasn't for Sam Allardyce's arrival completely curtailing Rooney's return to Everton, he might have scored more than the 11 goals he did and stuck around for a few more seasons.

And although he was a sound enough replacement for Lukaku, he couldn't provide the same sort of goals and the Toffees are still on the search for their next number nine three years later.

Stoke City v Everton - Premier League

Leicester City

Sold: Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City

Replacement: James Maddison from Norwich City

Rating: 8/10

Inspired. The sale of Mahrez could have been a complete disaster for the Foxes, but poaching Maddison from the Championship has helped thrust them into the Champions League places this season.



Sold: Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

Replacement: Naby Keita from RB Leipzig

Rating: 7/10

Ok, yes, Keita isn't really a direct replacement - don't blame us - but Liverpool have adjusted their style of play as opposed to looking for a new number ten to fill Coutinho's boots.

The Reds are worthy of more praise for spending the Coutinho money on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker in order to claim the Champions League title and their maiden Premier League crown.

Liverpool FC v Watford FC - Premier League

Manchester City

Sold: Kelechi Iheanacho to Leicester City

Replacement: Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras

Rating: 9/10

It's pretty mental that Iheanacho is the player that has earned City the most dosh.

And while it's somewhat cheating by calling Jesus, who had already arrived at the club, his replacement, there can be no doubting that he's completely outshone his Nigerian predecessor.


Manchester United

Sold: Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid

Replacement: Antonio Valencia from Wigan Athletic

Rating: 7/10

The fact The Irish Guy didn't select Gabriel Obertan means United have dodged a bullet here.

We can let 7/10 pass considering Valencia went on to captain the Red Devils and make over 300 appearances, but let's not pretend as though he vaguely held a candle to Ronaldo.


Newcastle United

Sold: Andy Carroll to Liverpool

Replacement: Demba Ba from West Ham United

Rating: 9/10

The Toon hardly missed Carroll when they romped into the next season with a fifth-place finish, following it up a Europa League quarter-final the following year, across all of which Ba scored a cool 29 goals.

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

Norwich City

Sold: James Maddison to Leicester City

Replacement: Todd Cantwell from... Norwich City

Rating: 9/10

One of the few instances where a club turned to their academy after getting the big bucks. Cantwell has more than lived up to expectations and will likely remain in the Premier League regardless of whether the Canaries are relegated.


Sheffield United

Sold: David Brooks to Bournemouth

Replacement: Ravel Morrison from Ostersund

Rating: 1/10

In truth, the Blades haven't really replaced Brooks at all - have they even needed to? - but 1/10 is bang on the money if we're counting Morrison, who has been dumped on loan at Middlesbrough, as the closest candidate.

Sheffield United v Leicester City - Premier League


Sold: Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool

Replacement: Jannik Vestergaard from Borussia Monchengladbach

Rating: 6/10

The Saints were never going to stumble across a defender as good as Van Dijk again, so giving them a 6/10 for finding a centre-back who is arguably out of their league to replace him is well deserved.

Southampton FC v Manchester United - Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur

Sold: Gareth Bale to Real Madrid

Replacement: Erik Lamela from AS Roma

Rating: 3/10

It's well documented how Andre Villas-Boas misspent the Bale money during the summer of 2014.

And while signing a player once considered the 'New Messi' seemed like a justified decision, it's remarkable that Lamela is still in north London despite scoring just 33 goals in 207 matches.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League


Sold: Richarlison to Everton

Replacement: Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona

Rating: 8/10

Look, we're going to say it: Richarlison's spell at Watford was overrated.

Admittedly, the Brazilian has gone on to shine at Everton, but Deulofeu has done no more or less than what his predecessor was achieving at Vicarage Road before him.

AFC Bournemouth v Watford FC - Premier League

West Ham United

Sold: Dimitri Payet to Marseille

Replacement: Robert Snodgrass from Hull City

Rating: 3/10

Cruel. A 3/10 is rather harsh considering Snodgrass has been West Ham's shining light this season with five goals from midfield, despite the fact, yes, the Scot isn't anywhere near the quality of Payet.

West Ham United v Leicester City - Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sold: Helder Costa to Leeds United

Replacement: Patrick Cutrone from AC Milan

Rating: 4/10

This will only be confirmed when Costa makes his move to Leeds United permanent but if we're letting this technicality slide, then 4/10 is just about the most Cutrone deserves for his doomed spell at Molineux.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Slovan Bratislava: Group K - UEFA Europa League

Liverpool spent the Coutinho money well

So, there you have it, Premier League clubs don't always spend the big bucks wisely.

Maddison is the best replacement of the lot for our money, as well as one of the most financially shrewd, although Newcastle signing Ba and Norwich promoting Cantwell are also very impressive.

But if we forget the rules for a second, then Liverpool are perhaps the most applause-worthy.

Keita might not have set the world alight on Merseyside, but flogging Coutinho in return for Van Dijk and Alisson has made Liverpool the unstoppable force they are today.

It goes to show that selling your star man can make you into a star team.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool FC - Premier League
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