Promotion to the Premier League instantly catapults those sides into a financial elite, the riches of English football’s top tier arming teams with resources the envy of world football.
There is, however, a significant gap between the Championship and England’s leading sides and whilst some clubs opt to remain loyal to the players who have served them well, others splash their new found cash on a host of expensive arrivals.
With the transfer window currently open for big business, we’ve decided to look at the priciest purchases by clubs new to the Premier League, here are the five most expensive transfer by newly-promoted sides:
Wesley – Aston Villa (£22m)
Aston Villa spent big upon their return to the Premier League following a three-season absence last summer, the newly-promoted side completely overhauling their squad with the arrival of 12 new additions at a combined cost in excess of £100m.
The biggest acquisition of which was the club-record capture of Wesley from Club Brugge, the towering forward arriving in a £22m deal with the task of firing the club to safety.
The Brazilian showed some promise but scored just five league goals before a serious knee injury curtailed his campaign in January, and Villa will be hoping for significantly improved returns once the 23-year-old has returned to full fitness.
Wesley has the physical attributes to thrive in the Premier League and earned his first cap for the Brazilian national side last year, an indication of the esteem in which he is held when fit and firing.
Aleksandr Mitrovic – Fulham (£22m)
Promoted sides questioning whether heavy investment is the correct method should look no further than Fulham‘s vintage of 2018, the west London outfit spending more than £100m on their first-team squad only to suffer a swift relegation to the second tier.
An expensively assembled collection of players were soon found out of their depth at the highest level, though the performances of £22m signing Aleksandr Mitrovic were amongst the highlights of an otherwise disastrous campaign.
The Serbia international had fired Fulham to promotion during a loan spell at Craven Cottage before signing on a permanent basis, where a respectable tally of 11 league goals ultimately failed to keep his side up.
Mitrovic will now have a second opportunity to keep Fulham in the Premier League after firing the club to a second promotion last season, the combative 25-year-old finishing as the Championship’s leading scorer to fire Scott Parker’s side’s promotion push.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – Fulham (£22.3m)
Another part of Fulham’s significant 2018 summer outlay to suffer the ignominy of relegation, Zambo Anguissa arrived in a £22.3m deal after a series of impressive performances in France for Marseille.
The Cameroon international suffered an indifferent and difficult debut season in English football, however, a succession of injury problems and a chaotic season – including three different managers – seeing the midfielder struggle to produce his best form.
He made just 16 league starts for the club but ranked first for tackles-per-game and dribbles-per-game, despite being labelled as a flop in a sinking ship struggling to find both harmony and stability.
The 24-year-old has spent the past season on loan in Spain with Villarreal where has flourished in a side which has bounced back from a flirtation with relegation last season to secure Europa League football this term, his impressive performances creating tentative speculation of a move to Real Madrid.
Now back in the capital with Fulham as they make a second attempt at Premier League consolidation, the returning loanee could yet make a major impact on his side’s hopes of survival.
Jean Michael Seri – Fulham (£25m)
Jean Michael Seri’s arrival at Fulham was seen as a major coup during that summer of 2018, the midfielder having reportedly been courted by the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal following his stand-out showings for Nice.
His club-record arrival proved symbolic of a scattergun approach to the transfer market that failed to pay dividends, the Ivory Coast international struggling during a hugely disappointing season at Craven Cottage.
Seri simply failed to live up to expectations and made minimal impact in a Fulham side freefalling towards relegation, joining Galatasaray on a season-long loan deal last season following the club’s drop into the Championship.
Now back at Craven Cottage ahead of the new season, it remains to be seen whether he features in Scott Parker’s first-team plans or is sold on to fund new arrivals, following the confirmed captures of midfield duo Harrison Reed and Mario Lemina.
Rodrigo Moreno – Leeds United (£27m)
Leeds United will make their long-awaited return to the Premier League next season after a 16-year absence, the club back in the big time after more than a decade in the lower league doldrums.
Marcelo Bielsa has transformed the Whites’ fortunes over the past two seasons and has now smashed their long-standing transfer record with the signing of Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia, the arrival of the Spain international eclipsing the £18m fee paid to sign Rio Ferdinand from West Ham 20 years ago.
The 29-year-old has never been prolific throughout his career but is a multi-functional and talented modern forward, capable of fulfilling a variety of roles across the forward line and seemingly perfectly suited to Bielsa’s style of play.
Rodrigo’s flexibility and industry will add a new dimension to the Leeds attack as they bid to secure safety this season, whilst it will be hoped he can showcase the goalscoring form that has seen the forward score eight times in 22 appearances for the Spanish national side.