All entries for Wednesday 16 August 2006
August 16, 2006
With transfer values seemingly rocketing again after the collapse of ITV Digital it's been an interesting summer in the world of football. But who has spent the most wisely? Here are my top five value for money transfers so far.
5) Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan to Chelsea £30m)
Arguably £30m can never be good value for somebody whose primary function is to kick a football around, however when you have just bought a player who was seemingly unbuyable then it's a whole different matter. Shevchenko looked to be way out of Chelsea's league, but they got him and whilst the fee may be high, it's hardly a risk. If Chelsea make chances he will score.
4) Jimmy Bullard (Wigan to Fulham £2.5m)
Wigan's central figure last season, Bullard nipped off to Fulham when contract negotiations stalled. For £2.5m he is a steal especially given the amount that he offers a side. Could be the difference between Fulham staying up or going down.
3) Craig Bellamy (Blackburn to Liverpool £6m)
Whilst Newcastle search desperately for a striker Liverpool have snapped up their former star for a bargain thanks to a get–out clause in his Blackburn contract. Bellamy could be the difference between 1st and 2nd for Liverpool so long as he stays fit and Benitez can keep the famous temper in check.
2) Tomas Rosicky (Dortmund to Arsenal £7m)
A global superstar for under £10m? No, I couldn't believe it either but Wenger is a sneaky guy. Should be immense for Arsenal and still only in his mid twenties.
1) Damian Duff (Chelsea to Newcastle £5m)
Without doubt the bargain of the summer so far. £5m for a player of Duff's quality is extraordinary, but then given Newcastle's recent transfer dealings it's about time they got someone on the cheap. It could all be futile though it Roeder can't find at least one striker to go with him.