TTU Awards 2010/2011: Bargain Buy of the Season
Given that this year’s awards involved a six man panel nominating across three leagues of twenty four, there was bound to be divergence in opinion but in the Bargain Buy category we also encountered a further dilemma: what, ‘in these challenging times’, constitutes a good deal?
He spent a little time at Brighton during 2009-10 but the gratis signing of Iñigo Calderón, unattached after a long association with Alavés, went a long way to ensuring that the Seasiders hit the ground running. For me personally, a free transfer speaks ‘bargain’; even Ashley Barnes who banged in 20 goals for the same outfit after signing for a snip at £50k or so fits the bill. Further down the 72, Craig Davies to Chesterfield on a free might also be described as this season’s cutest deal, although only giving him a one-year deal looks a bit of an oversight now.
Elsewhere, our resident Cumbrian argued that James Berrett, scorer of 10 goals and maker of 24 assists, would have made Eddie Stobart proud, particularly given that he cost £600k less than the man who’d replaced him at Huddersfield, Scott Arfield.
But some of our contributors clearly have more expensive tastes, and with that Swansea’s Scott Sinclair makes it two in a row, following Fabio Borini’s triumph earlier today. £500k is a lot of money to most clubs in the 72, but whether you agree or not with the bounties that dangle from high on above these leagues, the return was worth much, much more.
Last year’s winner: Darren Ambrose