Power ranking! Top 15 best 2015/16 signings of the Premier League season

first_img 6. Christian Fuchs (Schalke to Leicester) – What a signing Fuchs has proved. The left back moved to the King Power Stadium on a free transfer from Schalke and has been pivotal in the Foxes’ campaign. After sealing his transfer, he spoke of how it had always been a dream to play in the Premier League. He couldn’t have imagined how the fairy tale would unfold. 15 15. Andros Townsend (Tottenham to Newcastle) – read all about our ranking below, then see the full list of the 2015/16 Premier League season’s best signings by clicking the arrow above, right – The Magpies may have suffered relegation this season, but with a place in Roy Hodgson’s provisional 26-man England team, it’s not all bad news. Townsend has played with a point to prove following his January arrival – unsurprising after a torrid end to his spell at Tottenham – and his performances haven’t gone unnoticed. It remains to be seen whether he stays loyal to Newcastle in the Championship. 15 11. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest to West Ham United) – After a stand out season at Nottingham Forest in the Championship, much was expected of Antonio following his £7m move to the Hammers – and he has delivered. While he sometimes looks suspect in defence, his influence in the final third has only resulted in praise. Eight goals and three assists isn’t bad for a player mostly deployed at right back. West Ham fans even believe he should have been named in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 team. 3. Dimitri Payet (Marseille to West Ham United) – Payet has been one of the most exciting signings of the season. At 29 years old, he would have been forgiven for struggling to settle in the Premier League, but England looks to be a perfect fit for the Frenchman. Plenty will be eagerly awaiting his performances at the Olympic Stadium from August. 12. James Milner (Man City to Liverpool) – Milner has always had his critics, but few can question his role in his debut campaign on Merseyside. The England international registered five goals and 11 assists, and could again be a pivotal player under Jurgen Klopp next season. 15 7. Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Man City) – De Bruyne became the second most expensive Premier League signing after his £54.5m move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City. But while some have struggled to cope with the pressure that comes with a significant price tag, the Belgian has thrived. He has seven goals and nine assists, creating plenty more, in the Premier League and had it not have been for a two-month spell on the sidelines through injury, this tally will no doubt have been much higher. 15 15 15 15 1. N’Golo Kante (Caen to Leicester City) – He unknown at the start of the season – signed from Ligue 1 side Caen in a £5.6m deal last August – Kante has been at the heart of the Foxes’ success. Danny Drinkwater may have received much praise for his performances in midfield, but Kante has made his work a heck of a lot easier and has sealed a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad having only made his debut in March 2016. There was some big spending (and not so) in the Premier League over the past season.Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United weren’t afraid of parting with a good few million for players such as Roberto Firmino, Kevin De Bruyne and Anthony Martial.While champions Leicester City’s business slipped well under the radar.PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE SEASON – NOBODY COULD HAVE SEEN THIS DEFENCE COMING!So we’ve taken a look at the 15 best signings of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign – do the trio above make the cut?Find out who the top players are and their ranking by viewing the slideshow above.ENGLAND’S 26-MAN PROVISIONAL EURO 2016 SQUAD 4. Robert Huth (Stoke to Leicester) – Who’d have predicted this? When Huth swapped Stoke for Leicester in a £3m deal on deadline day last August, it was given little thought. Now though, it’s considered one of the best deals of the summer. The German, alongside captain Wes Morgan, has formed a formidable defensive partnership that could take some breaking down again next season. 15 8. Petr Cech (Chelsea to Arsenal) – When Cech swapped Chelsea for Arsenal in a £10m move, some thought the 2015/16 season would finally see the Premier League title return to the Gunners’ trophy cabinet. They may have fallen behind (again) in the challenge for top spot, but few can question Cech’s desire to bring his success to the Emirates. It’s those in front of him who should be judged. 13. Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira to West Ham United) – Lanzini scored six goals in his debut Premier League season and while his form was patchy, at just 23 years old, this can be forgiven. After moving on loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira last summer, the Hammers agreed a four-year deal at the end of March, and he’ll be looking to really cement his place next season. 15 14. Andre Ayew (Marseille to Swansea City) – Ayew scored 12 goals, boosting his reputation and finishing the season as the Swans’ top scorer. Worryingly for the club, though, the midfielder revealed his uncertainty over where his future lies after their final game of the season against Manchester City, suggesting he could be sold in the summer, despite only arriving last June. 9. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic to Southampton) – Only Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have conceded less than the Saints’ 41 goals this season, illustrating just how strong they have become at the back. And summer signing Van Dijk has been key in their strong defensive record. He has surprised the Premier League at just how quickly he has adapted to life at St Mary’s following his move from Celtic. 5. Anthony Martial (Monaco to Man United) – Martial’s goal tally of 11 might not blow anyone away, but remember he’s only 20 years old. Before moving to Old Trafford he’d played just seven full matches, add to this his record price tag for a teenager – he was 19 when he signed for £36m – and the forward deserves all the praise he gets. His ability on the ball combined with his composure and confidence suggests he could dominate the Premier League for seasons to come. 15 15 15 10. Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim to Liverpool) – After a slow start to life at Anfield – in which many questioned Brendan Rodgers’ decision to sign the Brazilian for £29m – Firmino has silenced his critics. The forward has 10 goals and seven assists to his name, with many envisaging an influential 2016/17 campaign. 15 2. Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid to Tottenham) – Spurs supporters may be frustrated at their failure to finish above rivals Arsenal, but that shouldn’t overshadow what has been an excellent season from a transformed team under Mauricio Pochettino. And Alderweireld has been at the centre of praise for his solid, commanding performances in central defence. 15 15last_img read more