Over the years the summer transfer window has become something of a British institution, and as a company who love nothing more than, well, British institutions, we wanted to take a look at who the public felt was the best signing of the 2015 summer transfer window.
We asked 475 people from all over the UK who they thought did the best piece of business and we got a lot of great responses. Some names you would expect to have been mentioned, others are a bit more surprising, and some didn’t even get a mention – the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Bastian Schweinsteiger didn’t get a single vote!
There were a lot of long and drawn-out transfers this summer, with Pedro being linked with a move away from Barcelona before the end of the previous season and Manchester United looked to be in pole position to sign him.
However, rather than swapping the Nou Camp for Old Trafford, the Spanish forward ended up joining Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and even went on to score on his debut against West Brom to really rub salt into the wounds for Louis van Gaal.
The Spain international ended up topping our survey, picking up 26.7% of the votes to win our award for the best signing of the 2015 summer transfer window.
Second on the list was Raheem Sterling who moved to Manchester City from Liverpool just before the Premier League season kicked off. He received 19.3% of the votes with the British public feeling that the teenager’s move would benefit him, unlike other young players who have moved to the Etihad Stadium and seen their careers stall, such as Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell.
Sterling has made an impression early on at City, but it’s going to be tough for him to keep a place in the side now Kevin de Bruyne has signed up too.
Manchester United spent big again this summer, splashing the cash on the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Matteo Darmian from Napoli; but it’s two young signings who got a lot of the attention.
Memphis Depay was the top scorer in the Dutch league last season and played for Holland in the 2014 World Cup, and his move got 17.5% of the votes in our survey. He’s scored three goals in the Champions League but struggled to adapt to the Premier League so far, although even he has said he knows why… it remains to be seen if he could be a star, or just show glimpses like Nani.
At the other end of the perspective at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial arrived with a huge fee and a small reputation. At 19, very few had heard of him in England, but United went out and bought him for a sum that could rise beyond £50 million – could he be the next star at Old Trafford? 11% of our poll think so… we’ll have to wait and see!
Posted by:Ben Barker on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015