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Best and worst signings of the season

Saturday 27th May 2017
The Premier League season is over, sadly. The hollow wait for it to begin will be unbearable, but providing that steady stream of fascination will be the bizarre world of transfer rumours, which brings us nicely to a discussion on the best and worst signings of the season.

The Best Signings

N'golo Kante

The Frenchman cost less than Granit Xhaka and Paul Pogba but has done double the work of these two players combined. Kante has simply been exceptional; more articulate people have written on Kante's performances, but his importance in Chelsea's title win cannot be overstated.

The understated midfield dynamite is undoubtedly the best player in the league and was deserving of the myriad accolades he has collected this season.

Mamadou Sakho

Without Sakho, Crystal Palace would be relegated. The on-loan Liverpool man was crucial to Palace's survival; an aggressive, belligerent centre back without a calmness to play out from the back when necessary, Sakho has been immense.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

There was a number of sceptics doubting the 35-year-old's ability to be a success in the Premier League, the so-called toughest league in the world.

'He is too slow, too nonchalant. He has never played well against English opposition', ran just some of the criticism.

Well, the great Swede answered his doubters emphatically. Like the previous two nominees, United simply would not have reached a Europa League Final and won the League Cup without Ibrahimovic's goals.

Victor Wanyama

Wanyama cost Tottenham just £11 million. Yes, he heard correctly, just £11 million. Wanyama has played like a £30 million man all season. The boisterous centre-midfielder has been phenomenal for Spurs and was a large part of the reason they enjoyed such a fruitful season.

Not only is Wanyama one of the signings of the season, but undoubtedly the bargain of the season. I had to double check that the fee was correct.

The Worst Signings

Claudio Bravo

Things got so bad for Bravo that his own fans once gave him an ironic cheer for actually making a save. Bravo has been woeful for Manchester City this season - for all his technical ability, his shot stopping belongs in League One - and even that's a stretch.

Maybe his performances were exposed so much because of the furore around Joe Hart, but it cannot be denied that Bravo has been one of the worst buys of the season.

Moussa Sissoko

Tottenham Hotspur's record signing: £30 million. Sissoko largely played the part of bench-warmer this season, and rightly so. How can a mind like Mauricio Pochettino's sanction, even suggest, the signing of Sissoko?
His arrival was a shock, but there has been nothing surprising about his performances.

Jordan Ibe

Jordan Ibe's move to Bournemouth appeared to be a sensible one; Eddie Howe's attacking philosophy should have nurtured Ibe's development, evolving him into one of the most potent wingers in the league.

No such growth has happened, however, and Ibe will be bitterly disappointed. Arriving with a price tag of £15 million, the Cherries will have surely expected a great deal more - the hope and promise attached to Ibe, alongside his fee mark him out as one of the worst signings of the season.
Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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