With all the dreaming of signing Neymar for £800bn and attracting James Rodriguez, the clubs at the top of Premier League pile tend to forget that there are actually some pretty decent footballers right in front of them.
They play against these guys every season, so they should really know just how good they are. Maybe they just don’t think they are quite good enough, or think it will reflect badly if they are signing from clubs perceived to be less strong than themselves.
Stature may come into it. It could evens simply be that they don’t want to pay the premium for buying from a ‘rival’. Either way, the Premier League’s top clubs should probably start checking out the teams just below them if they want to really buy quality that is proven in the league.
So, to help the money bags on their way, we’ve kindly named FIVE mid-table players that we think they should try and sign this summer..
Stoke’s star of the season, Marko Arnautovic, is still holding out for a better contract from the Potters.
As his deal runs down, Stoke might be tempted to cash-in on their Austrian sensation. Comfortably the club’s top goalscorer this season, Arnautovic has terrorised defences around the country and offers goals from a wide position that so many of the top teams are lacking.
Everyone knows how good Virgil van Dijk is by now.
The Southampton man was linked with moves elsewhere before he transferred from Celtic to Southampton and he has built a formidable partnership with Jose Fonte on the south coast.
A class act in possession whilst not being afraid to clear the ball when required, Van Dijk is everything that clubs require from a modern centre-half.
Cabaye’s move to Crystal Palace has not worked out quite as he would have dreamed. The Eagles experienced an appalling run of form during the second half of the season that saw them briefly flirt with relegation, and Cabaye is yet to reach his best form.
The Frenchman’s talent is not under question, and he is an extremely gifted midfielder who can offer plenty in both boxes for his team and would be a cheaper alternative to some of the bigger names from other parts of Europe.
Southampton, for much of this campaign, have had one of the meanest defences in the league.
Wanyama’s game is slightly limited by his passing range and this will deter many possession-based clubs. The Kenyan midfielder is, though, a formidable presence in front of the defence and is like a roadblock to teams who try to attack centrally. At only 24, a club may take the gamble in the hope that they can develop his game.
Everton’s disappointing season must have left many of their players considering their future. Barkley, along with Stones and Lukaku, is sure to be linked to a move away from Goodison Park for much of this summer, and the top clubs in the Premier League will be the first to come calling.
2015/16 has been his most productive season so far, contributing eight league goals and eight league assists, and Barkley is still only 22. Whilst he will command a substantial transfer fee, he must be a potential signing for the big sides.