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From Pepe To Pogba: Premier League Record Signings Ranked

At £72m, he's Arsenal's most expensive player but, after two-and-a-half unsuccessful years in north London, where does Nicolas Pépé place in the rankings of best and worst Premier League record signings?
At £72m, he's Arsenal's most expensive player but, after two-and-a-half unsuccessful years in north London, where does Nicolas Pépé place in the rankings of best and worst Premier League record signings?

It’s easy to get excited when your football club breaks the bank to bring either a potential or established superstar to bolster the ranks. But of course, parting with the pennies does not guarantee success. For every Rio Ferdinand, there is a Juan Sebastián Verón. BettingOdds.com has taken a look at each current Premier League club’s record signing, broken down the individual player’s statistics, weighed them in relation to their cost and contribution, and provided a definitive ranking from worst to best.

There are 22 players from the 20 Premier League outfits to consider. Two clubs, Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion, have joint-record signings. In total, this equates to a stonking £947,800,000 in transfer fees.

You can see how each player has been scored in the key below along with the definitive ranking of the 22 Record Signings for each current Premier League club participating in the 2021/22 season.

To determine which Record Signing made the biggest impact at their respective club, we’ve scored each signing by the following points structure:

  • Amount paid - highest transfer fee gets 1 point, lowest gets maximum points (22);
  • Amount made on sale by previous club - greatest profit gets 1 point, lowest gets maximum points (22);
  • Age of signing - oldest gets 1 point, youngest gets maximum points (22);
  • Average Minutes per Season - fewest gets 1 point, most gets maximum points (22);
  • Average Number of Gameweeks missed per Season - most gets 1 point, fewest gets maximum points (22);
  • Stats Compilation (See below)

Stats Compilation

Accumulated score divided by the number of seasons the player has had at their club. 2021/22 is counted as half (0.5) a season.

  • Goal - Each goal scored by a signing resulted in 3 points being awarded.
  • Assist - Each goal assist provided by a signing resulted in 2 points being awarded.
  • Clean Sheet - Each clean sheet received by a signing resulted in 3 points being awarded. Only Goalkeepers or defenders have been awarded points for this criteria. 
  • Win - 2 points were awarded for every win the signing was involved in.
  • Loss - -1 point was awarded for every loss the signing was involved in.
  • Draw - 1 point was awarded for every draw the signing was involved in.

NOTE: 

  1. Youri Tielemans’ initial loan period at Leicester City between 31st January 2019 and 7th July 2019 has not been considered;
  2. Danny Ings’ initial loan period at Southampton between 9th August 2018 and 1st July 2019 has not been considered'
  3. Ismaïla Sarr’s profile includes his 2020/21 Championship season with Watford.
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Premier League Record Signings Ranked

22. Ben Gibson - Burnley - £15.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £15.0m 19th (19pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £15.0m 15th (15pts)
Age Signed: 28 2nd (2pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 21 1st (1pt)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 37.7 1st (1pt)
Stats Compilation: 0.3  

TOTAL: 38.3

 

21. Tanguy Ndombele - Tottenham Hotspur - £62.80m

CATEGORY RESULT SCORE
Amount Paid: £62.8m 6th (6pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £54.47m 5th (5pts)
Age Signed: 22 16th (16pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 1440 4th (4pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 14.0 5th (5pts)
Stats Compilation: 26.0  

TOTAL: 62.0

 

20. Christos Tzolis - Norwich City - £10.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £10.0m 22th (22pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £10.0m 20th (20pts)
Age Signed: 18 21st (21pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 604 2nd (2pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 22.0 2nd (2pts)
Stats Compilation: -2.0  

TOTAL: 66.0

 

19. Kristoffer Ajer - Brentford - £13.50m

category result score
Amount Paid: £13.5m 21st (21pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £12.85m 16th (16pts)
Age Signed: 23 14th (14pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 1670 7th (7pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 26.0 2nd (2pts)
Stats Compilation: 12.0  

TOTAL: 72.0

 

18. Nicolas Pépé - Arsenal - £72.00

category result score
Amount Paid: £72.0m 5th (5pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £63.67m 3rd (3pts)
Age Signed: 24 11th (11pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 1650 6th (6pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 10.8 10th (10pts)
Stats Compilation: 47.2  

TOTAL: 82.2

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17. Sébastien Haller - West Ham United - £45.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £45.0m 7th (7pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £39.18m 7th (7pts)
Age Signed: 25 7th (7pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2131 11th (11pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 4.7 17th (17pts)
Stats Compilation: 36.0    

TOTAL: 85.0

 

16. Rodrigo -Leeds United - £27.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £27.0m 15th (15pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £2.0m 21st (21pts)
Age Signed: 29 1st (1pt)
Average Minutes per Season: 1555 5th (5pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season 12.7 7th (7pts)
Stats Compilation: 42.7  

TOTAL: 91.7

 

15. Romelu Lukaku - Chelsea - £97.50m

category result score
Amount Paid: £97.5m 2nd (2pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £24.5m 11th (11pts)
Age Signed: 28 2nd (2pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2174 12th (12pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks per Season: 16.0 4th (4pts)
Stats Compilation: 64.0    

TOTAL: 95.0

 

14. Paul Pogba - Manchester United - £93.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £93.0m 3rd (3pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £93.0m 2nd (2pts)
Age Signed: 23 14th (14pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2089 10th (10pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 12.7 7th (7pts)
Stats Compilation: 59.3  

TOTAL: 95.3

 

13. Joelinton - Newcastle United - £40.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £40.0m 9th (9pts)
Profit Made by Previous Clubs: £38.0m 8th (8pts)
Age Signed: 22 16th (16pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2411 16th (16pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 3.2 20th (20pts)
Stats Compilation: 26.4  

TOTAL: 95.4

 

12. Christian Benteke - Crystal Palace - £32.00m

category result record
Amount Paid: £32.0m 13th (13pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: -£0.5m 22nd (22pts)
Age Signed:  25 7th (7pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 1881 8th (8pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 9.8 13th (13pts)
Stats Compilation: 34.5  

TOTAL: 97.5

 

11. Jack Grealish - Manchester City - £100.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £100.0m 1st (1pt)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £100.0m 1st (1pt)
Age Signed: 25 7th (7pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2494 18th (18pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 14.0 5th (5pts)
Stats Compilation: 66.0  
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10. Emiliano Buendia - Aston Villa - £38.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £38.0m 11th (11pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club £36.65m 9th (9th)
Age Signed: 24 11th (11pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2300 14th (14pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 4.0 19th (19pts)
Stats Compilation: 36.0  

TOTAL: 100.0

 

9. Fabio Silva - Wolverhampton Wanderers - £35.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £35.0m 12th (12pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £35.0m 10th (10pts)
Age Signed: 18 21st (21pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 987 3rd (3pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 10.7 12th (12pts)
Stats Compilation: 50.7  

TOTAL: 108.7

 

8. Adam Webster - Brighton & Hove Albion - £20.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £20.0m 16th (16pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £12.0m 17th (17pts)
Age Signed: 24 11th (11pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2501 19th (19pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 10.8 10th (10pts)
Stats Compilation: 38.0  

TOTAL: 111.0

 

7. Gylfi Sigurðsson - Everton - £45.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £45.0m 7th (7pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £45.0m 6th (6pts)
Age Signed: 27 4th (4pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2269 13th (13pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 7.8 15th (15pts)
Stats Compilation: 66.4  

TOTAL: 111.4

 

6. Youri Tielemans* - Leicester City - £40.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £40.0m 9th (9pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £20.0m 12th (12pts)
Age Signed: 22 16th (16pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 3018 22nd (22pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 2.0 22nd (22pts)
Stats Compilation: 37.2  

TOTAL: 118.2

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5. Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool - £75.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £75.0m 4th (4pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £62.0m 4th (4pts)
Age Signed: 26 6th (6pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2047 9th (9pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 9.8 13th (13pts)
Stats Compilation: 82.5  

TOTAL: 118.5

 

4. Chris Wood - Burnley - £15.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £15.0m 19th (19pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £12.0m 17th (17pts)
Age Signed: 25 7th (7pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2408 15th (15pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season 5.8 16th (16pts)
Stats Compilation: 50.7  

TOTAL: 124.7

 

3. Ismaïla Sarr* - Watford - £32.00m

category result score
Amount Paid £32.0m 13th (13pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club £16.0m 14th (14pts)
Age Signed: 21 20th (20pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2607 20th (20pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 11.6 9th (9pts)
Stats Compilation: 62.0  

TOTAL: 138.0

 

2. Neal Maupay - Brighton & Hove Albion - £20.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £20.0m 16th (16pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £18.40m 13th (13pts)
Age Signed: 22 16th (16pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2714 21st (21pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 3.2 20th (20pts)
Stats Compilation: 56.0  

 

1. Danny Ings - Southampton - £20.00m

category result score
Amount Paid: £20.0m 16th (16pts)
Profit Made by Previous Club: £12.0m 17th (17pts)
Age Signed: 27 4th (4pts)
Average Minutes per Season: 2490 17th (17pts)
Average Number of Gameweeks Missed per Season: 4.5 18th (18pts)
Stats Compilation: 73.5  

TOTAL: 145.5

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Stats Compilation:

club record signing goal (3PT) ASSIST (2PT) CLEAN SHEET (2PT) WINS (2PT) DRAW (1PT) LOSS (-1PT) NUMBER OF SEASONS Stats Average (total divided by number of seasons)
Arsenal Nicolas Pépé 45 16 N/A 60 18 -21 2.5 47.2
Aston Villa Emiliano Buendia 6 6 N/A 14 2 -10 0.5 36.0
Brentford Kristoffer Ajer 0 0 4 4 3 -5 0.5 12.0
Brighton & Hove Albion Adam Webster 15 2 34 38 30 -24 2.5 38.0
Brighton & Hove Albion Neal Maupay 75 14 N/A 46 36 -31 2.5 56.0
Burnley Ben Gibson 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.3
Burnley Chris Wood 150 14 N/A 90 42 -68 4.5 50.7
Chelsea Romelu Lukaku 15 0 N/A 16 4 -3 0.5 64.0
Crystal Palace Christian Benteke 105 22 N/A 98 37 -72 5.5 34.5
Everton Gylfi Sigurðsson 75 34 N/A 108 31 51 4.5 66.4
Leeds United Rodrigo 30 6 N/A 42 11 -25 1.5 42.7
Leicester City Youri Tielemans* 42 24 N/A 43 19 -35 2.5 37.2
Liverpool Virgil van Dijk 36 8 106 170 20 -10 4 82.5
Manchester City Jack Grealish 6 4 N/A 22 3 -2 0.5 66.0
Manchester United Paul Pogba 84 72 N/A 154 41 -25 5.5 59.3
Newcastle United Joelinton 21 10 N/A 44 29 -38 2.5 26.4
Norwich City Christos Tzolis 0 0 N/A 4 2 -7 0.5 -2.0
Southampton Danny Ings 102 12 N/A 52 11 -30 2 73.5
Tottenham Hotspur Tanguy Ndombele 18 10 N/A 44 17 -24 2.5 26.0
Watford Ismaïla Sarr 69 34 N/A 66 16 -30 2.5 62.0
West Ham United Sébastien Haller 30 2 N/A 32 11 -21 1.5 36.0
Wolverhampton Wanderers Fabio Silva 12 6 N/A 30 6 22 1.5 50.7
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