Like Halloween, The Simpsons and junk food, ‘Black Friday’ is the latest import to sweep across Britain from across the Atlantic Ocean. It has led to shops being ambushed, much like Southampton were in the summer, with discounts the likes of Blackpool wish they could get their hands on.
To commemorate the largest notable Black Friday the UK has ever seen, we list our best Premier League bargains from the summer transfer window.
Although strictly a loan signing from a club already owned by Manchester City (a bit like lending something to your brother), Lampard has proved his value already. A vital goal against Chelsea proved more than anything that his predatory instincts have not vanished with age, and a starring role in Tuesday’s success over Bayern Munich should convince him to remain in Europe at least. Lampard is far too good a player to leave for the MLS next year, but he’s also far too good to be available for nothing.
Anyone who watched England versus Scotland would have been quietly impressed with Robertson’s performance, though he’s been doing the same for Hull all season. At just £2.85m, Robertson is a snip, proving there are some gems from the SPL to be found. He bombs forwards, crosses like a seasoned tic-tac-toe professional, and has a decent defensive ability to boot. Added to that, Robertson is young and likely to improve greatly as his experience of the Premier League continues.
His Newcastle career began slowly, but Janmaat is one of the prime reasons the Magpies were able to transform their season. In their last six games, Newcastle have conceded just once, and the Dutch right-back has been pivotal in that sequence, claiming two assists and two man of the match awards. He’s growing into Premier League life after a decent World Cup, and Newcastle fans are appreciative of him, even though his manager is still receiving some flack.
Southampton and Pelle have begun this season on fire, and would have been top of this list but for his transfer fee. Replacing the departed likes of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana wouldn’t have been easy, but Pelle hit the ground running and has smashed six goals already, taking September’s Player of the Month award. No one in England had really heard of Pelle before his move to St Mary’s, but now he’s one of the most revered strikers in the division.
At £3.5m, Sakho is undoubtedly our top bargain on this Black Friday. The striker, plucked from Ligue 2 side Metz, has six goals in 8 games, and is the perfect foil for Enner Valencia. Sakho’s heading ability is to notch, and at just 24, can become a Hammers legend. Like Pelle, he’s already won a Player of the Month award, but as a younger forwards going for a smaller transfer fee at a team who struggled last season, Sakho is the man we’d all want on this Black Friday.