With ten matchdays of the new Premier League campaign already gone, we’ve probably received enough evidence by now to start considering the signings of the summer. And while we saw some eye-watering fees tabled during the last transfer window for some top-level players, arguably the best signing in terms of both quality and value for money didn’t cost a penny – Arsenal’s bosman bargain Sead Kolasinac.
The Bosnian international arrived in the Premier League with a preceding reputation from his time with Schalke, but his opening outings for the Gunners have shown how talented a player he truly is, excelling in the left wing-back role, and the north London outfit’s 2-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday provided yet another shining example.
Although Arsenal have been dominant at the Emirates Stadium this season, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Swansea were seventh in the away table before the weekend, conceding just once and taking five points from their four games. The Gunners did well to get back into the match after going a goal down and their 2-1 comeback owed much to Kolasinac bombing down the flank.
Alongside the dainty flicks and tricks highlighted by Danny Murphy on Match of the Day, the 24-year-old played a crucial hand in both goals, applying a powerful finish for the first that curled away from Lukasz Fabianski and into the inside netting before setting up Aaron Ramsey for the second with a calculated cutback.
He also completed 92% of his passes – not an easy task when you’re trying to make such an impact in the final third – and had the fourth-most touches of the ball of any player on the pitch despite coming off in the 77th minute with a hip complaint. Arsene Wenger will be desperate for Kolasinac, who Transfermarkt value at £13.5million, to recover in time for the huge clash with Manchester City in the Premier League next Sunday.
But as things currently stand, few players who arrived in the Premier League last summer have already proved to be such fantastic value-for-money.