The Signing Of The Season
With the Premier League coming to a close it's only right that I discuss my opinions on the much coveted signing of the season award. Many players from a wide variety of leagues and clubs joined the English game but who excelled and really stamped their mark on the season?
5. Rafael Van Der Vaart - Real Madrid, £8m to Tottenham Hotspur
Van Der Vaart was influential during the early part of
The Dutchman was scheduled to sign for Bayern Munich in the summer but in a last minute hitch the German side pulled out of the reported £18 million pound deal. Word spread that Van Der Vaart's price tag had been slashed to £8 million pound which is a bargain for such a quality playmaker. Harry Redknapp announced the signing minutes before the transfer window shut. During his first season at White Hart Lane the Dutch superstar has formed a potent partnership with Peter Crouch and often finds the net from his flick ons. This season has seen Van Der Vaart hit the back of the net 14 times in all competitions. £8 million well spent in my opinion.
4. Darren Bent - Sunderland, £24m to Aston Villa
Bent's goals proved vital for Villa
Many were surprised by this transfer in January and with me going to University in Sunderland it was greeted quite furiously. Would Steve Bruce really let his star player go? £24 million was a lot of money however and so Bent made the trip to Villa Park. Gerard Houllier was under pressure at the time and faced the distant possibility of relegation. Villa needed a goal scorer and fast. Many said it was a gamble to begin with but if one thing is for sure with Bent, he will always score goals. He reads the game brilliantly and is always in the right place at the right time to slot home. Bent scored in some crucial games for the Villans as they recorded wins against Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham. Going into the final weekend of the Premier League Bent has scored 9 goals in 15 appearance.
3. Peter Odemwingie - Locomotiv Moscow, £1m to West Bromwich Albion
His goals have seen West Brom steer clear of
When West Brom sealed the deal to bring Nigerian international Peter Odemwingie to the club I'm pretty sure fans weren't expecting him to have the impact that he has had. His first season in the top flight has seen Odemwinigie score 15 times for the Baggies. His goals have single-handedly eased to worry of relegation and for £1 million pounds West Brom got an absolute bargain.
2. Yaya Toure - Barcelona, £28m to Manchester City
Toure's fine season ended with winning the FA
Yaya arrived from the Nou Camp to join the revolution occurring in the blue side of Manchester in a £28 million pound deal. Yaya took his time finding his feet in the Premiership and struggled to justify his staggering wages. However coming into the latter stages of the season Yaya showed his true class and has been instrumental in Manchester City's FA cup triumph and Champions League qualification. The Ivorian had been used as a central midfielder in the early part of the season, but manager Mancini has now started to play him in a more attacking role. Yaya he relished this new lease of life scoring 10 times in 48 appearances. If Yaya can continue his nothing short of brilliant end of season form into next season his wages and £28 million price tag will be justified.
1. Javier Hernandez - Guadalajara, £6m to Manchester United
Javier Hernandez - The Signing Of The
When Sir Alex Ferguson announced the signing of Mexican striker Javier Hernandez many people were left scratching their heads asking "Who is he." Now come the end of the season and ask any fan who Javier Hernandez is your sure to get an answer. Sir Alex has yet again unearthed a real gem in the little Mexican and £6 million pounds is a snip of his true value. It's testimony to Hernandez how well he has been playing that he has kept Dimitar Berbatov out of the team. Having scored 20 times in 44 appearances Hernandez is already a fans favourite. I don't think many people would disagree that Javier Hernandez deserves the accolade for signing of the season.
Just Missed Out
David Silva - Valencia, £24m to Manchester City
Ben Foster - Manchester United, £5m to Birmingham City
Jermaine Pennant - Real Zaragoza, £2.8m to Stoke City
DJ Campbell - Leicester City, £1.25m to Blackpool
Luis Suarez - Ajax, £22.8m to Liverpool
Cheik Tioté - FC Twente, £3.5m to Newcastle United
Do you agree with me? If not what's your top 5 signings of the season.