Premier League clubs spent over £870m in the summer transfer window, more than double the £405m spent by clubs in Serie A, the second biggest spenders in Europe this summer. The breakdown of this expenditure saw £585m spent overseas, £210m within the Premier League and £75m on Football League players.
Some particularly big transfers saw Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling (£49m) head to The Etihad, with fierce rivals Manchester United and Liverpool shelling out at least £35million each on Anthony Martial and Christian Benteke, respectively.
So where exactly does Ayew stand amongst all these multi-million players, well this is where the rather useful EA SPORTS Player Performance Index comes in handy!
The table below shows us the top 10 performing summer signings:
|Dimitri Payet||West Ham United||£10.5m||5|
|Bakary Sako||Crystal Palace||FREE||9|
|Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||£49m||13|
|André Ayew||Swansea City||FREE||14|
|Yohan Cabaye||Crystal Palace||£9.7m||23|
|Alex McCarthy||Crystal Palace||£3.4m||60|
|Shinji Okazaki||Leicester City||£7.7m||69|
|Robert Huth||Leicester City||£2.9m||73|
The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index above tells us that Dimitri Payet has been the best performing PL summer signing so far this season, and also shows us that spending big money isn’t necessarily the be all and end all, with two of the top 10 performing PL summer signings heading to their new clubs on free transfers.
Half of the 10 top performing summer signings are at Leicester or Crystal Palace, helping them to secure 2nd and 6th spots in the Premier League, respectively.
Given the fees paid for some of the players listed, it’s fair to say that pound for pound Ayew is probably THE best signing of the transfer merry-go-round this summer and that is a major feather in the cap for the Swansea City scouting network and chairman Huw Jenkins.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League