Premier League clubs have unearthed some hidden gems this season.
Players who were bought on the cheap have excelled in England’s top-flight so far and here, talkSPORT.com looks at those signed last summer who will be worth much more now.
Fabian Schar (Newcastle) – £3million from Deportivo La Coruna
Schar has played a vital role in Newcastle’s recent upturn in form, scoring three times in five successive Premier League home wins. His stunning strike against Burnley won him the February goal of the month award.
The 27-year-old defender’s impressive displays have seen him linked with moves to Tottenham and Arsenal. Both north London clubs would have to pay considerably more than the £3million Newcastle paid Deportivo to land the Switzerland international.
David Brooks (Bournemouth) – £10million from Sheffield United
Brooks’ form for Sheffield United in the Championship last season – his debut campaign – was enough to convince Eddie Howe and Bournemouth to splash the cash.
At a modest fee of just £10million, Brooks is paying it back with starring performances in the Premier League. He has scored six goals, including a strike in a 4-0 win over Chelsea in January, and registered four assists.
He signed a new long-term contract with the Cherries last month to help ward off reported interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.
Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5million from Monaco
Moutinho’s move to Wolves was one of the most surprising transfers of the 2018 summer window. A European Championship winner does not often sacrifice Champions League football for a newly-promoted club – but that is exactly what Moutinho did.
At 32, in his first taste of Premier League football, the midfielder has fitted in seamlessly leaving Spurs fans to rue what might have been as they were ‘minutes’ from signing him under Andre Villas-Boas.
Playing in either a two or three-man midfield, most of Moutinho’s seven assists have come from dead ball situations.
Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – £7million from Lorient
Playing in Ligue 2 last season, most Arsenal fans would not have known who Guendouzi was. The Frenchman might have thought he would have to bide his time for a first-team chance with Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in midfield.
But Arsenal boss Unai Emery started Guendouzi in the club’s first game of the season against Premier League champions Manchester City – and since his debut – he has made 36 more appearances in all competitions.
His form has kept Denis Suarez, who joined on loan from Barcelona in January, waiting for a first league start.
Reports claim Paris Saint-Germain are keeping tabs on Guendouzi, who is constantly improving.
Ben Foster (Watford) – free transfer from West Brom
Foster, at the age of 35, has played every single minute of Watford’s impressive Premier League campaign. The Hornets are eighth and just one point off a Europa League place.
The former England international was relegated with West Brom last season, but has bounced back emphatically with Watford.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) – £13million from Stoke
Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool activated Shaqiri’s release clause following his relegation with Stoke.
The winger was inconsistent during his time at the bet365 Stadium and a huge jump to a top-four club seemed too much. However, he has been a solid squad player for Liverpool, providing competition for Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
He became a fans’ favourite since coming off the bench to score twice in a 3-1 win over Manchester United in December.
Salomon Rondon (Newcastle) – £2million loan fee from West Brom
Newcastle paid West Brom £2million to sign Rondon on loan with Dwight Gayle heading the other way – and it is a move that has worked out perfectly for them.
The Venezuelan has been Rafa Benitez’s first-choice striker, netting ten goals this season, including three in his last five to help the Magpies climb the table.
With just one year left on Rondon’s contract, you’d be surprised if Newcastle did not make the loan move permanent this summer.
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