WHO HAS BEEN THE BEST SO FAR; MARIO GOTZE, NEYMAR OR GARETH BALE?

By: Atsinah Israel Twitter [@blue_edem]

Who has been the best signing?

It’s been half a season into their respective new territories in football after the big money moves; 10 days into the winter transfer window. Let’s flash back to the summer and analyze my top three summer transfers featuring Götze, Neymar and Bale.

Mario Götze broke Dortmund hearts In April 2013, when a €37 million bid from Bayern Munich triggered a release clause in his contract, making him the second-most expensive German player to date, behind Mesut Özil. Götze is considered to be an up-and-coming player, possessing high speed, excellent technical and dribbling skill, and play-making capabilities.

Brazilian prodigy Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior: simply Neymar, got involved in a protracted transfer saga involving two of the biggest clubs in Spain (Barcelona and Real Madrid).

I still fathom why he moved to Barça in a deal worth €57 million reportedly. He is skillful, with great ball control and creativity.

Gareth Bale, the most expensive player in the world with C. Ronaldo (immediate past most expensive) as teammate secured a move to the spanish capital after Real lost out on the signing of Neymar. His career took a turn in the right direction the 2011/12 season when he became a reliable figure for Spurs.

The former Southampton man who started his professional career as a full-back got converted into a midfielder cum forward because of his attacking instincts,pace and shooting.

Now after 6 months into the new season; who is the best bargain so far?

Here are the stats and I leave the judgment to you.

Mario Götze (Bayern Munich)

Bundesliga

App 11 || Goals 4 || Assist 3

UCL

App 6 || Goals 3 || Assist 1

German Cup

App 1 || Goal 0 || Assists 0

Club WC

App 2 || Goals 1 || Assist 0

TOTAL: Apps 20 || Goals 8 || Assists 4

Neymar (Barcelona)

La Liga

Apps 15 || Goals 6 || Assists 8

Supercopa de España

Apps 2 || Goals 1 || Assists 0

UCL

Apps 6 || Goals 3 || Assists 2

Copa del Rey

App 1 || Goal 1 || Assists 1

TOTAL:  Apps 24 || Goals 11 || Assist 11

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

 La Liga

Apps 11 || Goals 7 || Assists 7

UCL

Apps 5 ||    Goals 2    || Assists 0

TOTAL:  Apps 16 || Goals 9 || Assists 7

Ok now, in contrast to the topic of this article, let’s make a promise not to compare the three again until they can single handedly win a match for their respective teams like C.Ronaldo, Messi, Zlatan, Ribery and co. (in no particular order ). Let’s just continue to enjoy watching what they bring to the beautiful game.

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