FOOTBALL fans love it when a bargain buy comes off – but sometimes you just have to go big.
Premier League teams forked out almost £1.5billion in fees over the summer and two of the largest deals have proven among the best.
Manchester United handed over £50million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and got one of the world’s top young defenders.
Not every big money deal has come off, as Sun Sport revealed in our Worst Signings XI, but there are plenty of candidates for the division’s best buys.
Although not all of them cost a fee, as Liverpool showed when bringing in Adrian as a free agent to cover for Alisson – who quickly got injured.
The second-choice has provided a solid base for the Reds as they reach the eight-game mark with a 100 per cent record.
Gary Cahill was also a free transfer when arriving at Crystal Palace.
And the veteran centre-back has helped the Eagles soar to sixth, with Cahill tasting defeat just once in his six outings.
Burnley’s Erik Pieters was also dirt cheap and yet still risky given how poorly his Stoke side were performing, but three assists and as many clean sheets later and he has proved a smart piece of business.
On the opposite flank of this Best XI is Wan-Bissaka, who is certainly not responsible for United’s dreadful form.
In fact, the former Palace man has made the most tackles per game in the league.
Completing the defence is Tyrone Mings, who Aston Villa signed permanently after his successful loan and is now in the England squad.
Few pulses were set racing when Bournemouth paid £15m for Philip Billing from relegated no-hopers Huddersfield.
And yet the young Dane has racked up a number of good performances thanks to his technique and physicality.
Billing isn’t the Cherries’ only top midfield capture as Harry Wilson, the loanee from Liverpool, has hit three goals, one of which was a belting free kick against Manchester City.
New City star Rodri also has a fantastic goal to his name, albeit a consolation in the shock loss at Norwich.
Pep Guardiola will be more concerned with his defensive contribution and he has proved a tough tackler during the champions’ rough start to their title defence.
Almost every team signed a striker in the summer and those front men have been absolutely crucial.
Newcastle, Everton and Watford are all struggling while their new star forwards find their feet.
Aston Villa meanwhile are building up a head of steam that resulted in their 5-1 thrashing of Norwich last time out, with Wesley Moraes scoring twice.
The powerhouse forward is averaging a goal every other game and, at 22, still has plenty of time to develop.
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At West Ham, £45m Sebastien Haller is the sort of focal-point attacker they have been dreaming of and the club will be relieved to have made a signing who is finally set to live up to his fee.
Big things were expected of the Frenchman but the same cannot be said of Palace’s Jordan Ayew.
Underwhelmed Eagles fans watched the Swansea loanee score just once while on loan last season – a tally he has surpassed with ease with three vital strikes having cost a relatively cheap £2.5m.