2018 Transfers of the Season

2018 Transfers of the Season

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2018 Transfers of the Season

Another football season has come to an end and now we have time to reflect. Every year millions of pounds are spend on transfer fees in England and we’re going to have a look at some of the best bits of business done this season. We’ve pick two players from every division that have improved their side and joined at a good value.

Premier League

Pascal Gross

This may be one of the more obscure singings this season but Pascal Gross has played a big part in Brighton’s survival. This was the Seagulls first ever season in the Premier League and with a small budget it was never going to be easy. Pascal Gross arrived from Ingolstadt for a low price of about £3 million after turning down the chance to stay in Germany. Despite playing for a team that suffered relegation Gross created the most chances in the Bundesliga an impressive feat for any player.

Gross has lived up to his good reputation and created numerous chances for the likes of Glenn Murray. The German has been involved in just under 50% of Brighton’s goals this season, scoring seven and assisting eight. However, he has struggled when playing away from the AEMX, failing to score and only getting two assists. Is fair to say that Brighton would have struggled without the German playmaker and at £3 million they got a fantastic deal.

Pascal Gross

Mohamed Salah

In the Premier League it is hard to look anywhere else than Mohamed Salah for the transfer of the season. Salah has picked up numerous individual awards and is currently favourite for the Ballon D’or. The Egyptian signed for Liverpool in the summer arriving from Roma. At the time Salah moved for a club record fee of around £37 million plus add ons. With football transfer fees rising astronomically over the last few years it’s hard to find a good deal in this market but at this price looked and is an absolute steal.

He’s had an amazing first season, topping the Premier League scoring charts and missing out on the European golden boot only to Lionel Messi. Jurgen Klopp deserves some credit, the system he employs at Liverpool suits Salah perfectly and the Liverpool front three have been unplayable at times. On the ball he’s be sensational, he has the ability to ghost past two or three players at a time. The Premier League player of the year couldn’t be left off this listed and Liverpool will be hoping to keep a hold of him for years to come.

Championship

Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves’s move to Wolves was one of the biggest shocks of the summer transfer window. The young Portuguese midfielder arrived from Porto where he was getting regular football. Neves is currently the youngest ever player to captain a team in the Champions League and has a great future ahead of him. He joined the club for a fee of around £15 million and has been worth every penny. However, this transfer came with a bit of controversy with the links that Wolves have with the players agent, Jorge Mendes.

The midfielder has been very influential for Championship winners, he controls the tempo on his own and when he has been absent the team have struggled. He’s scored six goals for the club and starts all of the teams attacks. Wolves are being linked with a number of big moves this summer but the best bit of business they’ll do is keeping hold of Neves with some of  Europes top clubs looking at him.

Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Wanderers

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic is the only player on this list to make a move during the January transfer window. The big Serbian striker moved to Fulham from Newcastle and has contributed massively to their bid for promotion. The attacking style of football that Fulham have played during the second half of the season has swept almost everyone aside, they flew up the League table and finished third. They narrowly missed out on automatic promotion and are now set to go to Wembley for the playoff final.

Fulham were in great form when Mitrovic arrived but he has taken them to the next level. His ability to hold the ball up and bring in the players around him is unmatched by any other in the Championship. Since joining the Cottagers he’s scored twelve goals and has been a constant threat. It is hard to see why Rafa Benitez let him go out on loan in the first place but Fulham have certainly benefited from it.

League One

Bradley Dack

Blackburn Rovers were relegated from the Championship last season, looking to make their way back at the first time of asking they needed to strengthen their squad. They managed to keep hold of most of the squad from the previous year and the signing of Bradley Dack from Gillingham was a great addition. The attacking midfielder is proven in League One after a successful season with Gillingham and he continued that form with Blackburn.

Bradley Dack scored eighteen goals for Rovers and got eight assists, his goal contribution has been critical to Blackburn’s return to the Championship. These impressive stats did not go unnoticed and Dack was voted as the League One player of the year. Blackburn did well to keep hold of Dack during the January transfer window with bids coming in from some top Championship sides. It is rumoured now that a couple Premier League teams are monitoring him and Blackburn will be tested again in the summer.

Jack Marriott

Peterborough United have a very good history with players coming to the club who have spent time in the lower leagues. Jack Marriott is the lastest success story. At 23 years of age it appears that Peterborough have found another diamond in the rough. Marriott arrived at Peterborough from Luton and hasn’t looked back, he scored six goals in his opening four League games for the Posh never slowing down. Marriott finished the season as League One’s top goalscorer with 27, out scoring the likes of Will Grigg and Brett Pitman.

Unfortunately for Peterborough it is unlikely that Marriott will remain at the club next season with Championship clubs now lining up for the striker’s signature. However, they will have to pay a big price for him, Peterborough would have already begun their search for their next lower league diamond.

League Two

Jayden Stockley

Exeter are a fan run club and it is very rare that they will pay a fee for a player. However, after the sale of a number of youth players over the years their finances have become more stable and Paul Tisdale was able to sign Jayden Stockley from Aberdeen. Stockley had a loan spell with Exeter last season and impressed the Grecians manager. With the knowledge of knowing what he was getting Tisdale paid a club record fee to Aberdeen for the services of Stockley.

Exeter’s gamble has come good and Stockley has had a great season for the Devon club, scoring nineteen goals and getting four assists. He provides a presence in the air and holds the ball up well. Exeter finished the season narrowly missing out on automatic promotion and now face the playoff lottery.

Exeter Jayden Stockley

Mohamed Eisa

Most football league fans would not have heard of Mohamed Eisa before this season but he has very much put his name on the map after an impressive campaign with Cheltenham. He was spotted playing non-league football for Greenwich Borough in the Isthmian League. Gary Johnson offered him a chance at Cheltenham with a one year contract, Eisa has taken it will both hands. The 23 year old has relished playing in the football league scoring 23 goals this season.

Without Mohamed Eisa Cheltenham would have struggled to avoid relegation, finishing seventeenth. This only adds to the reputation of Eisa, managing to score that many goals in a poor side. Cheltenham have rewarded the striker with a contract until 2020 but will a number of teams high up in the football league believed to be interested Eisa may be on the move again this summer.

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