Top Ten - Most Expensive Premier League recruits from The Championship
All the Information is correct and factual as of 10-9-20
No 10 – Ben Gibson – Middlesbrough to Burnley – £15m
Ben Gibson seemed destined for a “Big Move” following impressive performances for his hometown club Middlesbrough. He had made a couple of England Squads and a move back to The Premier League was supposed to take him to the next level. It was Sean Dyche and Burnley who paid a Joint Club Record 15 Million to take him to Turf Moor but Gibson has made just 6 Appearances and was loaned back to Boro last season.
No 9 – Daniel James – Swansea City to Man Utd – £15m
Daniel James was a phone call away from Joining fellow Championship club Leeds Utd following his impressive form for Swansea City but the deal never got completed and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the Welsh International his first signing as Man Utd manager for a reported 15Million plus an extra 3 Million in add ons. After a bright start at Old Trafford with 3 goals in 4 games his form has dried up and is well down the pecking order now.
No 8 – Adama Traore – Middlesbrough to Wolves – £18m
Adama Traore had rave reviews coming through the ranks at Barcelona but he struggled for game time in Spain so moved to England firstly with a disappointing spell at Aston Villa before an impressive period with Middlesbrough and despite the club struggling Traore put in some impressive performances which brought about an 18M move to Wolves. Traore has excelled at Molineux and has been linked with a big money move away.
No 7 – Jarrod Bowen – Hull City to West Ham – £18m
Jarrod Bowen produced some eye catching form for Hull City in The Championship and despite speculation he would move last summer it was only in January he got his move to The Premier League. He had plenty of suitors for his signiature but it was David Moyes and West Ham who signed him for 18 Million. Bowen has adjusted well to the step up and provided four assists in a struggling Hammers side in his first 6 months at the club
No 6 – Oli McBurnie – Swansea City to Sheffield Utd – £18-20m
Oli McBurnie had a terrific 2018/19 season with Swansea City in The Championship which alerted Chris Wilder to his talents and The Blades made the Scotland International there club record signing at the time when they forked out just over 20 Million to take him to Brammall Lane. McBurnie had to fight for a place in the starting side but finished the season as first choice and top scorer at the club with 6 Premier League Goals.
No 5 – Eberechi Eze – QPR to Crystal Palace – £20m
Eberechi Ebe was a late developer in the Football Ranks having been released by Arsenal, Fulham, Reading and Millwall before being given an opportunity at QPR. He has been a regular in the Rangers side for the Last two seasons and has earned himself call ups to the England U21 side during that period. After 12 goals in the Championship last season it was Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace who got his signiature for 20 Million Pounds
No 4 – Neal Maupay – Brentford to Brighton – £20m
Neal Maupay is another success of the Brentford scouting system, Maupay had struggled to make an impact at St Etienne and with just 3 goals in 23 games was on his way to Griffin Park for £1.6 Million. He established himself as one of The Championships best players with 37 goals in 85 games at Brentford earning him a £20 Million Pound move to Brighton. His 1st season in The Premier League was a success with 10 goals in 37 games
No 3 – Adam Webster – Bristol City to Brighton – £20m
Another £20 Million Pound signing for Brighton was Adam Webster from Bristol City, his rise through the ranks was meteoric having only spent one season at Ashton Gate following a £3.5 Million pound move from Ipswich. His performances have been so impressive for Albion since he signed that he has broken the Duffy-Dunk partnership which had served The Seagulls so well for a number of years.
No 2 – James Maddison – Norwich City to Leicester City – £22m
It was reported that Leicester City paid over £22 Million Pounds to sign James Maddison from Norwich City with a further £3 Million in performance add ons. No Doubt those Add On’s have now been paid up as Maddison has cemented himself as one of the finest attacking midfielders in The Premier League helping The Foxes into European Competition next season and is now a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England Squads.
No 1 – Ollie Watkins – Brentford to Aston Villa – £28m
Watkins tops this list following his £28 Million pound move to Villa Park to link up with his former manager Dean Smith. Smith Signed Watkins for Brentford for just £1.8 Million from Exeter City which included a 15% sell on for The Grecians (Expected to earn them £4.2 Million). Watkins was a revelation in The Championship last season with 26 Goals in a Brentford side that fell just short of a place in The Premier League