Last season’s best buys, according to boffins

Ollie Irish

14th, June 2007


berb.JPGSpurs striker Dimitar Berbatov has been named as the best transfer buy of last season by university researchers. Pies has already given you its transfer flops of the season, but now Professor Tom Cannon, of the University of Buckingham, is informing us where the wise money was spent last summer. The analysis ranges between the blatantly obvious and the alarmingly random!
Prof Cannon said: “The transfer value of a player only tells half the story. For the complete ­picture we had to measure the overall ­contribution, ability to make that at the right time and their rapport with fans. West Ham striker Carlos Tevez and Berbatov have been ­enormously valuable. Not only do they score ­crucial goals and make huge contributions, they also have the intangible qualities that make them a fans’ favourite.”
Click below to see Prof Cannon’s top 10 transfers in full.

1 Dimitar Berbatov – Spurs
Fair enough. Had a cracking season and definitely one of the best buys of the season. Prof Cannon reckons he is worth 14 times his weight in gold!
2 Benni McCarthy – Blackburn
Again, no surprise here. He has scored plenty of goals for a relatively small club and was a bargain at £2.5 million.
3 Javier Mascherano – Liverpool
Turned his season around after his Anfield switch. Whether he deserves to be at number three is debateable.
4 Obafemi Martins – Newcastle
Flashes of brilliance and spells of doing absolutely nothing, but he must still go down as a good buy.
5 Michael Ballack – Chelsea
You can’t argue with the price tag, but he has been a big disappointment.

6 Idan Tal – Bolton

Come again? How did he sneak into the list?
7 Carlos Tevez – West Ham
The transfer flop turned good. His performances in the run-in merit a place in the list.
8 Andreas Isaksson – Man City
Is this the top 10 transfers as voted for by Premiership physios? He’s only played a few games.

9 Tomas Rosicky – Arsenal

Hardly set the world alight, did he?
10 Dirk Kuyt – Liverpool
Certainly a fan favourite and has had a decent first season.

Posted in Top 10s & lists, Tottenham Hotspur

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  1. Col says:

    “relatively small club”?! So small that we’ve won the Prem? :-P

  2. clemen says:

    Hence the “relatively”?

  3. patrick says:

    Number 5 is a load of Ballacks

  4. chringle says:

    Dirk Kuyt sets my world alight. i wish he’d do porn.

  5. Abby says:

    When Rosicky’s been fit he’s been one of my favorites this season, he’s looked absolute class. Without a doubt a brilliant player.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Apart from scoring a long range goal once every 10-15 games, Rosicky offers nothing else to any team. And he looks like Mark Owen from Take That.
    Take him away, I say. And bongo him to death.