Pedro beats Depay to be voted as the best signing of the 2015 summer window
Chelsea’s Pedro has beaten Manchester United’s Memphis Depay to be named as the best Premier League signing of the 2015 summer transfer window.
He spent the majority of the summer being linked with a move to Manchester United, so when Pedro walked through the doors at Stamford Bridge it was seen as yet another victory for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea. The Spaniard was after a move to the Premier League, but was Pedro the best signing of the summer transfer window?
If you, like just about every other football fan, spent most of the summer waiting for the new season to kick-off and for deadline day to arrive to see who you sign, who you let go and who you miss out on (Arsenal fans know this one all too well); then you probably have your own opinion, but I stumbled across an article written by Great British Bingo, a bingo comparison site, looking at just who the British public felt was the best signing and comparing them.
Pedro’s move received 126 of the 475 votes cast, working out at 26.7% of the overall poll of football fans from around the UK. When he scored on his debut for Chelsea against West Brom – with the aid of a deflection admittedly – it looked as though Mourinho really had pulled off the deal of the summer, and the fans look to have agreed.
Raheem Sterling was another long, drawn-out transfer, and he was the second most popular signing with 91 votes (19.2%).
The thing is, it’s not always the biggest names who prove to be the best signings. Take Anthony Martial as a prime example. Nobody had heard of this young French striker until the final week of the transfer window, outside Old Trafford anyway, but now he’s looking like an amazing talent and the goals against Liverpool and Southampton showed that the boy has everything he needs to be a star of the future.
At the time of the survey being published, however, he only got 52 votes (11%). You can guarantee that a repeat survey might have some different results!
Another one, Kevin de Bruyne, went to Manchester City for big money (doesn’t everyone?) yet he didn’t actually get any votes from those surveyed – even James Milner got 2! Yet the Belgian has scored two goals in a week and is showing glimpses of what made him such an exciting prospect despite his failed spell at Chelsea a few years back.
Memphis Depay hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight just yet, but his goals in the Champions League against Club Brugge and former club PSV Eindhoven were sublime, and the Dutchman got 83 votes in the poll.
It’s often said that new signings take a while to bed into a new team, and that has certainly proven to be true over the years – and Christian Benteke is seeing that now. Liverpool have adapted their style over the summer and now look to be playing the ball in from wide areas more often than they did with the likes of Luis Suarez in their side running in behind defenders.
While Pedro won this particular vote, he is struggling – along with his Chelsea team mates – to live up to that expectation associated with playing for the reigning Premier League champions. They are there to be knocked off their perch as Sir Alex would have said, and they’re already 8 points adrift of leaders Manchester United. You can’t write them off, but expect someone in the “big five” to make a stellar signing in January that may even trump the summer arrivals to help them to win the title, qualify for Europe or – who knows – rival the likes of Barcelona for the Champions League crown.
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