Top 5 Most Expensive Premier League January Signings

Suarez and Carroll

5. Wilfried Bony (2015 -Swansea City to Manchester City) – £28m

Wilfried Bony burst onto the scene at Swansea City, impressing in a series of physical attacking displays, showing his knack for scoring goals, as well as his technical ability on the ball. These attributes attracted the attention of Manchester City, and, after courting him for a couple of weeks, he joined the ranks of world-class strikers at the Etihad. Featuring in 33 games, largely from the bench, Bony has scored 10 goals for City, which, all things considered, is not that bad a goalscoring record.

4. Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg to Manchester City) – £32.5m

Dzeko was Wolfsburg’s highest ever goalscorer when Manchester City came sniffing about. After continuing to impress for the German outfit, City decided to make the move and snapped him up for £32.5m. After scoring 72 goals in 189 appearances, it is fair to say that Dzeko is not short of talent, however, City deemed him surplus to requirements and was allowed to leave for Roma.

3. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United to Liverpool) – £35m

After becoming the most expensive Englishman ever, Andy Carroll had a lot of pressure on his shoulders, too much pressure seemingly. After an incredibly disappointing spell at Anfield, Liverpool allowed him to join West Ham United on loan, which eventually turned into a permanent deal. There is still time for Carroll to rejuvenate his career however, he just needs to get over his constant battle with injury.

2. Juan Mata (Chelsea to Manchester United) – £37.1m

Juan Mata was always a fan favourite among Chelsea fans, and was voted as Chelsea’s player of the year for the 2012/13 season. However, after Jose Mourinho took charge of Chelsea for the second time, the Spaniard found himself consistently on the bench, struggling for playing time. Mourinho agreed to David Moyes’ advances for the playmaker, and, despite not being at his best for United, he is most definitely a fan favourite.

1. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea) – £50m

The Spaniard was somewhat of a flop at the Premier League heavyweights, especially after his incredible goalscoring feats for Liverpool. However, he will be remembered for his goal against Barcelona in the last minute of the Champions League semi-final in 2012 that got Chelsea to the final, which they went on to win. Overall though… it was £50m which was not very well spent.

Which Premier League Team Has the Most English Players?

Raheem Sterling

Over the past few years, there have been countless articles and worries about foreign players ‘invading’ the Premier League. With English talent becoming more and more expensive, interest in foreign talent has risen above the need for young English players. We uncover which Premier League teams favour foreign players over English talent, and which team has the most English players in their roster.


AFC Bournemouth – 17

Simon Francis               Callum Wilson            Lee Tomlin
Steve Cook                      Tyrone Mings             Glenn Murray
Dan Gosling                   Adam Smith                Joe Bennett
Tommy Elphick             Junior Stanislas         Callum Buckley
Marc Pugh                      Ryan Allsop                 Sam Surridge
Charlie Daniels              Elliott Ward

Micah RichardsAston Villa – 10
Micah Richards            Gary Gardner
Scott Sinclair                Mark Bunn
Gabriel Agbonlahor    Jack Grealish
Ashley Westwood        Lewis kinsella
Jolean Lescott
Kieran Richardson

Jack WilshereArsenal – 6
Kieran Gibbs
Jack Wilshere
Theo Walcott
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Danny Welbeck
Matt Macey

John TerryChelsea – 5
Gary Cahill
John Terry
Jamal Blackman
Ola Aina
Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Crystal Palace – 12
Joel Ward                     Dwight Gayle
Scott Dann                    Zeki Fryers
Patrick Bamford          Connor Wickham
Frazier Campbell         Jordan Mutch
Wilfried Zaha               Martin Kelly
Alex McCarthy             Jason Puncheon

Everton – 13
Tony Hibbert               Gareth Barry              Matthew Pennington
Leighton Baines          Ross Barkley
John Stones                 Leon Osman
Phil Jagielka                Tyias Browning
Aaron Lennon             Mason Holgate
Tom Cleverley             Brendan Galloway

Jamie VardyLeicester City – 6
Danny Drinkwater
Matty James
Jamie Vardy
Marc Albrighton
Danny Simpson
Nathan Dyer

Liverpool – 14
Nathaniel Clyne           Danny Ings                        Jerome Sinclair
James Milner               Cameron Brannagan       Connor Randall
Joe Gomez                    Jordon Ibe
Jordan Henderson      Jon Flanagan
Daniel Sturridge          Jack Dunn
Adam Lallana               Jordan Rossiter

Raheem SterlingManchester City – 5
Joe Hart
Raheem Sterling
Fabian Delph
Patrick Robert
Richard Wright

Manchester United – 10
Phil Jones                     Luke Shaw
Wayne Rooney            Jesse Lingard
Chris Smalling             Sam Johnstone
Michael Carrick           Nick Powell
Ashley Young
James Wilson

Jack ColbackNewcastle United – 9
Jack Colback                 Gaël Bigirimana
Mike Williamson          Ivan Toney
Jamaal Lascelles          Freddie Woodman
Rolando Aarons
Karl Darlow
Steven Taylor

Norwich City – 13
John Ruddy                  Declan Rudd                    Jake Kean
Andre Wisdom             Harry Toffolo
Lewis Grabban             Matthew Jarvis
Jonny Howson             Nathan Redmond
Cameron Jerome         Ryan Bennett
Gary Hooper                 Gary O’Neil

Fraser ForsterSouthampton – 9
Kelvin Davies                 Matt Targett
Jay Rodriguez                Sam McQueen
James Ward-Prowse    Fraser Forster
Harrison Reed
Ryan Bertrand
Steven Caulker

Peter CrouchStoke City – 7
Jack Butland                 Ollie Shenton
Glen Johnson
Ryan Shawcross
Steve Sidwell
Peter Crouch
Andy Wilkinson

Sunderland – 9
Billy Jones                    Danny Graham
Wes Brown                   Duncan Watmore
Lee Cattermole            Josh Robson
Jack Rodwell
Adam Johnson
Jermain Defoe

Jonjo ShelveySwansea City – 8
Leon Britton                 Kyle Bartley
Jonjo Shelvey               Raheem Hanley
Wayne Routledge
Matt Grimes
Jack Cork
Kyle Naughton

Harry Kane and Tom CarrollTottenham Hotspur – 10
Kyle Walker                   Andros Townsend
Danny Rose                   Delle Alli
Ryan Mason                  Alex Pritchard
Harry Kane                    Tom Carroll
Erid Dier
Kieran Trippier

Watford – 3
Troy Deeney
Ben Watson
Lloyd Dyer

Saido BerahinoWest Bromwich Albion – 8
Ben Foster                        Jack Rose
Craig Gardner                  Callam Jones
Rickie Lambert
Saido Berahino
Callum McManaman
Craig Dawson

West Ham United – 9
Aaron Cresswell               Reece Oxford
James Tomkins                Elliott Lee
Andy Carroll                      Kyle Knoyle
Carl Jenkinson
Mark Noble
Michail Antonio

Total English Players – 183

 

Callum Wilson celebration
One of Bournemouth’s many Englishmen, Callum Wilson was flying high for the Cherries until he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

As you can see, AFC Bournemouth boast the most English players in their first-team squad, with 17. Upon discovering this, my natural assumption was that this is due to them coming up from the Championship last season. However, this theory was thrown out the window when analysing Watford’s squad, which contains a league-low 3 Englishmen. There is no pattern in newly-promoted teams having more English players than current Premier League sides, however, this may suggest that it is not only the Premier League which foreign talent swarms to. The problem of English talent being pushed out by players from other countries seems to stem lower down the leagues than England’s top flight, and this is rather alarming for England fans.

Last season’s champions, Chelsea have a mere 5 English players in the squad, as do second place Manchester City, neither of them are anywhere near having the most English players in their squad. This too is a worrying statistic as it suggests that English players are no longer competing for major trophies; the teams with more foreign players seem to be doing better than those who promote English talent. Liverpool, who have the most English players in their squad out of the traditional ‘top teams’ have not won the Premier League before and recent years, have only challenged first place once. Despite having the most English players in their team, Bournemouth find themselves just above the relegation zone; bad reading for anyone willing English talent to prove their worth.

 

Andy Carroll injured
The £30million man. Andy Carroll has not lived up to the price Liverpool paid for him back in 2011.

So, does the problem source from a lack of investment in home-grown talent? Or are young English players simply not as good as their foreign counterparts? Raheem Sterling’s move from Liverpool to Manchester City for £49million last Summer suggests that English players are over-priced – would he be worth that much if he was say, German or Italian? Andy Carroll, the previous most-expensive English player has not exactly been worth the £30million Liverpool paid Newcastle for him back in 2011, having been shipped off to West Ham where he has spent most of time injured. How can English clubs increase the amount of English players among their ranks? Does it come down to investment in youth? Or do we need to restructure the way we allow foreign players to come into the Premier League? Answers on a postcard.