The summer transfer window is a time for optimism for the majority of football supporters, with the remainder probably hoping that they can keep hold of their top players rather than watching them walk out of the door for “bigger and better challenges.” It’s also a time when there are a lot of rumours – the majority we know are never going to happen – but it does leave you wondering just who might be coming in to help to either fight off relegation, challenge for Europe or to win the title.
It’s also a time when you start to wonder about just who the biggest transfer is going to be, both in terms of value and the best overall deal in terms of who buys who, and for how much.
Or, if you’re an Arsenal fan, it’s probably best to avoid social media and the sports channels because of being linked with so many top names and then Arsene Wenger deciding that the squad is already good enough to challenge so he doesn’t part with any cash!
We saw Raheem Sterling going from Liverpool to Manchester City for around £50 million and then Anthony Martial going to Manchester United for what might end up as being more than that, but were they the best signing of the 2015 summer transfer window?
Transfer season has become part of British life, and that’s probably what inspired the bingo comparison website Great British Bingo to do their survey. They asked football fans from across the UK who they thought was the best signing of the 2015 summer transfer window, and there were plenty of names mentioned.
Before we get to the ones who were, personally there was one name that I thought might have been on there – David de Gea. For Manchester United fans – and I’m one myself with a season ticket in the Stretford End – keeping hold of our Player of the Year for the past two seasons was as good as anyone we could have signed.
He’s genuinely world class and gives the whole team of sense of confidence knowing he’s between the sticks – and he’s not bad with the ball at his feet either!
Anyway, according to that Great British Bingo survey, which they covered on their blog if you want to look at it in more detail, Pedro was the best signing of this year’s window with the Spaniard’s move from Barcelona to Chelsea getting 26.7% of the votes.
It was a long, drawn-out transfer for Pedro himself, who spent the majority of the summer being linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he hit the ground running with a debut goal via deflection.Sterling was deemed to be the second-best signing of the window, getting 19.3% of the votes, beating Memphis Depay into third with 17.5% – which was probably helped by his goals in the Champions League qualifiers for United against Brugge.
Other names on the list were Christian Benteke (14.4%) and Radamel Falcao (9.1%), while the likes of Andre Ayew, Petr Cech and James Milner pulled in almost 2% between them.
Anthony Martial, the teenager signed from Monaco, was viewed to be better signing than Falcao and co, with 11% of the votes, but that was before he had even played in the red shirt and scored that debut goal against Liverpool – I bet that if they did the survey again, he might get a few more votes now!