TTU Awards 2010/2011: Bargain Buy of the Season

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in TTU Awards | 4 Comments

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 Ià±igo Calderà³n, unattached after a long association with Alavà©s, 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

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  1. mirkobolesan
    June 14, 2011

    Scott Sinclair's fee actually hit £1m when Swansea were promoted to the Premier League. It was 500k plus add ons, and I suspect with promotion that an extra £500k.

    If £1m is seen as cheap, in this vein I think you have to go with Adel Taarbt who was easily the most effective player in the Championship last season.

  2. The Exiled Robin
    June 14, 2011

    Agree on this one, even though it goes against the grain to praise an ex-Gashead (I know he was only 13!!).

    Put simply they wouldn't have been promoted without him and aside from the obvious football benefits that's worth £90m to them.

  3. Yasser
    June 19, 2011

    Okay. I might be a little biased here but Liam Bridcutt of Brighton at least deserved a mention if not the award. Signed up for free by Gus Poyet to fill in for injured Alan Navarro, Bridcutt became a regular in the Uruguayan's side and held their midfield together. Chipped in with two important goals too which isn't bad for a defensive midfielder.

    Gus would have been impressed with his performances as he has given him a two year contract. To be fair, you have mentioned Calderon and Barnes, who were important cogs in Brighton's promotion wheel but talking to a few Brighton fans, Bridcutt was their unsung hero.

  4. Lanterne Rouge
    June 19, 2011

    Good point Yasser. I thought Bridcutt had lost his way a bit after a wandering set of loan spells but he'll do very well in the Championship, I'm sure of that.


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