The tens of millions of pounds that get thrown around the English Premier League these days have become commonplace – and not just from the big teams anymore. But there are still some bargains to be found, like these that we discovered...
Leicester City have been the standard-bearers in the 'money ball' approach this season, with their rag-tag bunch of mis-fits stunningly carrying the Foxes to the top of the EPL standings.
So it's no surprise they have three entrants in our final XI. Which other clubs have also found some rough diamonds?
Words by Kenneth Ho and James Dampney
Joe Hart (Manchester City) – £100,000 (S$196,000)
It is perhaps ironic that after spending an astronomical amount of money on players, one of Manchester City’s greatest buys only cost £100,000.
Bought from Shrewsbury Town in 2006, Joe Hart only managed to break into the Citizens’ first team four years later, but he hasn’t looked back since.
He asserted his credentials as a top-notch goalkeeper with three consecutive Golden Glove awards from 2011 to 2013 and has two Premier League and one FA Cup medal to his name.
A commanding goalkeeper blessed with incredible reflexes, the 28-year-old is now England’s undisputed No.1 and is among the best in his position around the world. He will be crucial to the cause for his country when the Euros commence in June this year.