This seasons summer transfer window is yet again set to beat all previous record and staggering amounts of money are being spent on new players. With a fee of around £50 million and above been spent on the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Álvaro Morata, and whopping £72 million spent on Romelu Lukaku the EPL has never experienced should vast sums been spent on a single player. If the trend continues we could well see the first £100 million signing.
Everton has been major beneficiaries of the major inflation happening in the transfer window after Manchester United spent £72 million on Lukaku. With rumors that Ross Barkley will be also leaving the amount received should be in excess of £100 million for two players.With the huge sums receive they are being extremely wise so far in the transfer market. They have brought in experience and top quality which has helped improve the team in all areas. It has the fans excited and betting websites have recently slashed their odds of making the top four.
Wayne Rooney has been signed to help replace the soon outgoing Barkley but the all time leading England goalscorer will not be able to cope with the demands of a full season. He is coming to an end of his career so Everton is looking to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson to offer the goals and assists. So far the Blues have had £40 and £45 million bids rejected by Swansea City. The Swans are determined to keep their star player but it is understood that a further £5 million will be too tempting and will secure the deal for the Iceland international.
Fifty Million Pounds is a crazy amount of money for a player that flopped at Spurs. It is also his birthday next month and will turn 28 so his value will only decline over the coming seasons. Sigurdsson has proved he is top class when playing for lower placed teams but the question remains can he replicate this form when playing for a team trying to compete for a top four finish? If it was not for Sigurdsson’s great performing at the end of last season the Swans would have been relegated. He was vital for the club staying up and is definitely better than your average EPL player.
Last season in the EPL the attacking forward managed 13 assists with only Manchester City De Bruyne and Tottenham Hotspur Eriksen above him. Across all 5 of the top European Leagues, he was an equal fifth and even managed the same amount as Barcelona striker Suárez. These stats can be slightly misleading though as in open play he only managed 5 assists which ranked the Icelander out of the EPL top 20. In direct comparison with Barkley who they are looking to Sigurdsson to replace he managed one less. New signing Rooney also managed the same return of assists but played far fewer matches.
Sigurdsson specializes in free kicks and that is why most of his assists are generated from. The signing would make perfect sense if they had not just sold Lukaku but now they are without a big target man that can bang in the goals. If the signing is going to make sense then a forward that suits Sigurdsson style of play must be found first.
Another reason is that he only managed 25 key passes last season from open play. Barkley managed 56 which shows a huge gap in the level of influence each player has on their team. I think that £50 million is far too much to pay and funds should be allocated elsewhere. The second that the player puts the pen to paper the club have lost millions so it makes no sense.
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