With 350 players completing transfers in the Premier League in the 2016/17 season with an incredible £1.4 billion spent on transfer fees, the transfer market played as important a role as ever in the English top flight this campaign as Chelsea romped to the title in dominant fashion.
Whilst Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United may have made up over 6% of that total spend, the Frenchman has failed to live up to expectations alongside a number of other expensive flops.
Here, The Boot Room ranks the top five signings of the season from across the Premier League, highlighting the deals that proved to be the best value for money and those who had a real say in their teams fortunes this season…
5. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City, from Juventus for £5 million)
Criticised for his lack of sprinting and work rate, the giant Spaniard cannot be criticised for what he has contributed to Swansea this season. With 14 goals in 32 games in the Premier League representing 32.5% of the goals scored by the Welsh outfit, he has become vital to Paul Clement’s team.
At just £5 million, such a return seems a bargain given that he has kept his team in the Premier League with the support of Gylfi Sigurdsson creating chances in behind him. His power in the air has been crucial, leaving defenders hopeless as Llorente has climbed high to power headers in whilst also showing great technique with the ball at his feet.
Chelsea were linked with a January move for the 32-year-old, and there is bound to be interest in Llorente given that he will be heading into the final year of his two year contract at the start of next season.
Read on over the following pages to find our top signing of the season…