Big-money buys like Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Anthony Martial took spending to new heights in the Barclays Premier League this summer.
While Manchester City had to cough up a whopping £55million (N16.6Billion) for De Bruyne and £49million(N14.8Billion) for Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial cost Manchester United an initial amount of £36m (N10.8billion), though that fee could potentially increase to £58m depending on how well he gets on.
De Bruyne’s move makes him the most expensive Premier League signing this summer. Martial, 19, is also the most expensive teenager ever bought, surpassing the £31.5m United paid Southampton for Luke Shaw last year.
In a record breaking 2015, the Premier League club shelled out £1billion (N302.2billion) on new players in a calendar year for the first time with Manchester City topping the list with £154.2M (N46.5billion) spent.
This has, however, heaped huge pressure on players who will have to live up to their billing after outrageous fees paid for their services.
While some of these new players have started brightly and have made the Premier League their playground, others will have to prove their worth when the league re-opens next weekend.
Naij.com has put together a list of 5 players who have a herculean task to prove their worth after huge transfer fees.
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Manchester City, £54.5million) N16.6billion
De Bruyne’s move to the Etihad Stadium made him the second most expensive player in Premier League history, behind Di Maria who crossed over to Manchester United from Real Madrid for £59.7 million last summer.
With fabulous goal scoring form and a good number of assists to himself last season at Wolfsburg, Man City will be hoping the young Belgian will replicate the same feat in England.
Described as “phenomenal” by fellow Belgian and Man City’s skipper Vincent Kompany, De Bruyne will have to come up against intense pressure to live up to his billing.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City, £49million) N14.8billion
Man City eventually sealed a £49 million deal with Liverpool for the services of Raheem Sterling after a prolonged transfer saga.
The 20-year-old has impressed in City’s perfect start to the season and claimed his first goal in their 2-0 win over Watford.
His team will, however, need more goals and assists from him in their quest to reclaim the Barclays Premier League title.
Anthony Martial (Monaco to Manchester United, £36million) N10.8billion
Arguably the most surprising transfer this summer, Man Utd’s £36 million late swoop for Monaco striker Martial has got everyone talking.
The 19-year-old’s move to Old Trafford has made him the world’s most expensive teenager.
With United struggling in front of goal, Louis van Gaal will have to heap huge pressure on Martial to start fulfilling his potential sooner rather than later.
Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia to Manchester City, £33million) N10billion
A staggering £33 million was what Manchester City had to pay to land Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi to strengthen the club’s central defence
Having shone in La Liga with Valencia last season, Otamendi will be hoping to form a perfect pair with Vincent Kompany.
His hefty transfer fee, however, suggests he will have to justify his worth as soon as possible.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool, £32.5m)
The energetic Belgian Christian Benteke has arrived to spearhead Liverpool’s attack. This was achievable after a £32.5 million was splashed on him.
The big Belgian scored 42 goals in 88 Premier League appearances during his three seasons with Aston Villa, and he opened his Liverpool account in their 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
£32.5 million is a relatively hefty amount for Benteke, so he will have to replicate this goal scoring form on Merseyside.