Hit or miss

The transfer window has slammed its door shut again leaving clubs stuck with wanted and unwanted players till January.

Big questions will be asked about how well or poor each team has invested in their squads over this summer.

Highlights include Alexander Lacazette to Arsenal, Alvaro Morata joining Chelsea and Huddersfield’s big spending spree.

Ultimately which clubs have hit the mark and who has missed the boat leaving their season’s hopes in hands of current players?


Transfer cost is according to those stated at transfermarket.co.uk for those keen to know where I have got the costs from.



Name Club arriving from Price
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon £45m
Sead Kolasinac FC Schalke 04 Free

Arsenal fans will have mixed feelings because just two signings this summer is atrocious, compared to fellow big clubs.

The silver lining however is that Lacazette and Kolasinac have proved to be quality signings judging by their performances so far.

Hopefully Arsene Wenger is plotting something enormous for the January transfer window or else, fans are in for a long long season.



Name Club arriving from Price
Nathan Ake Chelsea £19.4m
Asmir Begovic Chelsea £9.8m
Jermain Defoe Sunderland Free
Connor Mahoney Blackburn Rovers Free

This transfer window has definitely been quiet but Eddie Howe and Bournemouth fans will be delighted with the business done.

Landing Begovic is a great piece of business because of his experience and will bring strong competition to Artur Boruc.

Securing Ake is definitely their best signing after last season’s performances with him in the team. There should definitely be no slump this season with him there permanently rather than at risk of a recall by Chelsea.

Mahoney might be young but with the Cherries producing solid young midfielders like Lewis Cook, there’s no reason why Mahoney can’t turn out to be another strong long term signing.

Defoe is a great transfer because he is still producing the goods when needed and moved on a free.


Brighton and Hove Albion

Name Club arriving from Price
Matthew Ryan Valencia £5.1m
Markus Suttner FC Ingolstadt £3.83m
Pascal Grob FC Ingolstadt £2.55m
Mathias Normann FK Bodo/Glimt Undisclosed
Isaiah Brown Chelsea Loan
Davy Propper PSV £11.7m
Ales Mateju Viktoria Plzen £2.25m
Soufyan Ahannach Alemere City Undisclosed
Jose Izquierdo Club Brugge £13.5m
Raphael Dwamena FC Zurich Undisclosed
Ezequiel Schelotto Sporting Lisbon £2.7m
Tim Krul Newcastle United Loan

As newcomers to the Premier League, Brighton have been busy but will need Propper, Izquierdo to justify their transfer cost.

Brown impressed for Huddersfield in Championship last season but needs to start finding goals in order to help the Seagulls stay up.

If he doesn’t and others fail to step up, it could be a long hard season because I don’t see any of the other new arrivals listed getting goals excluding Ryan, who is a goalkeeper.

Ryan has produced some impressive performances so far particularly against Manchester City and Watford.

Definitely a good window in terms of signings but whether they can deliver the required goods is questionable.



Name Club arriving from Price
Jack Cork Swansea City £7.74m
Jonathan Walters Stoke City £1.96m
Charlie Taylor Leeds United Free
Phil Bardsley Stoke City £714k
Adam Legzdins Birmingham City Undisclosed
Chris Wood Leeds United £14.76m
Nahki Wells Huddersfield £4.86m

Burnley are considered to be a club with little money but after finally managing to avoid an instant return to second tier football, they have spent decently this summer.

Taylor and Bardsley bring a mix of youth and experience to the defence. They should help the team hold up better away from home.

Cork’s experience should definitely help the midfield produce more chances, especially on the road.

Walters, Woods and Wells should boost an already wonderful strike force. The Clarets might of lost Andre Gray but have gained three strikers in return so good business there.

January’s window will be interesting to see whether they need to strengthen because look like a solid but improved team at minute.



Name Club arriving from Value
Alvaro Morata Real Madrid £55.68m
Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco £34m
Antonio Rudiger AS Roma £29.75m
Willy Caballero Manchester City Free
Davide Zappacosta Torino £25.2m
Danny Drinkwater Leicester £34.2m

Antonio Conte will be happy with the business done despite missing out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Rudiger and Zappacosta will provide more options in defence whilst Caballero is a decent back up keeper and getting him on a free is just a bonus in itself.

Drinkwater probably is their best piece of business as he reunites with N’Golo Kante from their miraculous title season at Leicester. If they can link back up quickly, they could be a formidable central midfield duo.

Alvaro Morata once settled should start showing his talents more but looks to be an excellent poach from Manchester United’s grasps.

Overall, Conte should be happy with his business but expect them to again be busy in January.


Crystal Palace

Name Club arriving from Price
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Chelsea Loan
Jairo Riedewald AFC Ajax £7.65m
Timothy Fosu-Mensah Man Utd Loan
Mamadou Sakho Liverpool ?

Without Sakho, you would have Crystal Palace as sure fire relegation bets judging by the top three names.

Sakho however will bring strong leadership to a team in disarray just like he did last season under Sam Allardyce.

Overall, this has been quite a poor window but the Eagles however will have cash to float in January.

With a lot of clubs spending heavily this summer, could Palace be biding their time before striking in mid season with some strong signings then?



Name Club arriving from Price
Michael Keane Burnley £24.23m
Jordan Pickford Sunderland £24.23m
Davy Klaassen AFC Ajax £22.95m
Henry Onyekuru KAS Eupen £6.8m
Sandro Ramirez Malaga CF £5.1m
Cuco Martina Southampton Free
Wayne Rooney Manchester United Undisclosed
Jose Baxter Free Agent Free
Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton £44.46m
Nikola Vlasic Hajduk Split £9.72m

Everton have by far been amongst the most active this summer with ten new signings.

Pickford and Keane are certainly two of the best buys, having produced fantastic performances last season with weaker clubs. Martina too is a quality signing, having delivered consistently at Southampton when in team.

Klaassen and Ramirez have so far been impressive although the latter has had a heel injury to deal with recently.

Rooney and Sigurdsson are two strong signings attack wise, which will be key in the Europa League group stage.

Vlasic is bit of an unknown in terms of how he fits into the team. His arrival also looks a bit desperate given that he comes from Hajduk Split, who the Toffees played in their Europa play off.

Ultimately if Ronald Koeman can get these players gelling quickly with current players, expect this transfer window to be looked back as a successful one.


Huddersfield Town

Name Club arriving from Price
Steve Mounie Montpellier £11.05m
Tom Ince Derby County £7.74m
Aaron Mooy Manchester City £7.74m
Laurent Depoitre FC Potro £3.4m
Scott Malone Fulham £3.32m
Zanka FC Copenhagen £2.3m
Elias Kachunga FC Ingolstadt £1.11m
Danny Williams Reading Free
Kasey Palmer Chelsea Loan
Jonas Lossl Mainz 05 Loan
Abdelhamid Sabiri 1.FC Nuremberg £1.35m
Rob Green Leeds United Free
Florent Hadergjonaj FC Ingolstadt Free

Huddersfield have signed the most of any club in this transfer window and have been very clever in how they did their business.

Mounie, Ince and Mooy are all great signings as demonstrated so far on the pitch. The transfer fees paid for each of them was money well spent but not as cheap as the rest of the new arrivals.

To lure Depoitre and Zanka from Champions League clubs is very daring for a club with no Premier League experience.

The two loan signings are good deals given Palmer’s role in helping get them up last season. Lossl however already seems at home in goal with some fine performances in the opening three league games.

Getting Green, Hadergjonaj and Williams on free transfers certainly looks like decent business.

In Williams, they have a player who has scored at least once per season since arriving in England at Reading four years ago so expect him to play a part in how this season turns out.

Malone, Kachunga and Sabiri all contrast in experience with Sabiri only being 20 years old. They however add to a decent mix of youth and experience.

You can’t deny that the Terriers have been the busiest and have also kept their head in making plenty of cheap signings. The players who have come in all have various levels of experience which is already looking like a good move based on performances so far.

As for January, I won’t be surprised if they have more cash up their sleeve in case need to make a big signing.


Leicester City

Name Club arriving from Price
Vicente Iborra Sevilla £12.75m
Harry Maguire Hull £11.65m
Eldin Jakupovic Hull £1.96m
George Thomas Coventry Free
Aleksandar Dragovic Bayern Leverkusen Loan

Leicester might of lost Danny Drinkwater on deadline day but held onto Riyad Mahrez.

In terms of new signings, Maguire and Dragovic should bring some competition in defence.

Iborra will certainly be interesting to watch with Drinkwater now gone.

Jakupovic might only be back up to Kasper Schmeichel but expect him to be a force once in between the sticks.

Overall a mixed transfer window but the incomings are all strong signings.

*A deal to sign Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon has been agreed but is currently TBC due to international clearance being needed.



Name Club arriving from Price
Mohamed Salah AS Roma £35.7m
Andrew Robertson Hull City £7.65m
Dominic Solanke Chelsea Free
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal £35m

A quiet but wise summer at Liverpool judging by their signings.

Robertson was probably the most needed signing to help boost the full back numbers. He seem to have settled in well and hopefully will do a solid job this season.

Salah and Solanke contrast in experience but will help provide more firepower going forwards.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was signed on deadline day but despite his injury record, he could be a nice addition to the midfield alongside Jordan Henderson if the injury woes was just part and parcel of being at Arsenal.

With only four players signed, I expect Jurgen Klopp to be planning some January swoops but the players coming in have been wisely brought.


Manchester City

Name Club arriving from Price
Kyle Walker Tottenham Hotspur £43.35m
Bernardo Silva Monaco £42.5m
Ederson Benfica £34m
Douglas Luiz Vasco da Gama £10.2m (Loaned to Girona)
Danilo Real Madrid £25.5m
Benjamin Mendy Monaco £46.75m
Olarenwaju Kayode Austria Vienna £3.42m

Pep Guardiola might of failed to fully clear out his unwanted players but those coming in look strong.

He has mainly replaced the aging fullbacks with Walker, Danilo and Mendy. All three impressed last season for their former clubs and are worth their price.

Silva has added some extra firepower to a midfield that too was aging quite heavily.

Claudio Bravo finally has some strong position in goal from Ederson, having pretty much been too comfortable last season between the sticks.

Having failed to land Jonny Evans and Alex Sanchez last night, expect the Citizens to be back in with a very unkind offer that is irresistible come January.

Overall, this has however been a decent window with progress made in the right direction.


Manchester United

Name Club arriving from Price
Romelu Lukaku Everton £72m
Victor Lindelof Benfica £29.75m
Nemanja Matic Chelsea £40m

Jose Mourinho will be fairly disappointed at failing to land a midfielder but the three new signings are all fantastic.

Lukaku should be entering his peak years now so landing him now could be Mourinho’s special signing of this season.

Lindelof has a tough defence to get into but Matic will find defensive midfield easy to settle into alongside the likes of Maurone Fellaini and Paul Pogba.

Despite those three excellent picks, expect the Red Devils to be back in the market during January to try and add another midfielder.


Newcastle United

Name Club arriving from Price
Jacob Murphy Norwich City £9.61m
Florian Lejeune SD Eibar £8.5m
Christian Atsu Chelsea £6.38m
Javier Manquillo Atletico Madrid £4.25m
Mikel Merino Borussia Dortmund Loan
Joselu Stoke City £4.95m

Rafa Benitez will be looking at the list of new arrivals and thinking ‘what have I done to deserve these players, apart from Atsu’.

Lejeune is already out injured whilst Murphy doesn’t look like he is going to add much.

Manquillo is a decent signing but didn’t set the Premier League alight last season with Sunderland.

Merino and Joselu are probably their two most strongest signings but they need to deliver week in week out to justify Benitez’s decision to have them at St James’ Park.

With no double digit figure signings, the Toon Army need to spend big in January to help add some further quality. Failure to do so then I won’t be surprised if Rafa walks before the next deadline day.



Name Club arriving from Price
Jan Bednarek Lech Poznan £5.1m
Mario Lemina Juventus £15.3m
Jack Rose West Bromwich Albion Free
Wesley Hoedt Lazio £14.76m

I am actually disappointed by the lack of business here because Southampton seem to have stood still.

Signing Jack Rose on a free seems desperate because their goalkeeper pool is already strong. He is however yet to make an appearance so might actually turn out to be a decent signing.

With Virgil van Dijk’s future uncertain, the Saints seemed to panic and buy two defensive players in Bednarek and Hoedt. Now that van Dijk is staying till at least January, do they bring him back into the 1st team and what could it mean for the two new defenders?

Lemina is a decent signing from Juventus but with central midfield already strong, I would of focused on other areas of the team.

Ultimately, this transfer window has been quite dull at St Marys but they need to freshen the squad in January for my liking.


Stoke City

Name Club arriving from Price
Josh Tymon Hull Free
Darren Fletcher West Bromwich Albion Free
Kurt Zouma Chelsea Loan
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Schalke 04 Free
Bruno Martins Indi FC Porto £6.93m
Jese PSG Loan
Kevin Wimmer Tottenham Hotspur £17.46m

Stoke has made some strong but sensible signings this window.

Tymon, Wimmer and Zouma will add extra quality to a decent defence boosted by Martins Indi’s permanent arrival.

Midfield and attack look very strong following Fletcher, Choupo-Moting and Jese’s moves. The former two arrived on a Bosman which means that there is still plenty of cash left for January.

I personally feel that perhaps Stoke could of brought in one or two more midfielders this month. That however leaves them amongst few clubs capable of dishing out some shock moves in January.

Definitely one to watch in the winter sales!!!


Swansea City

Name Club arriving from Price
Roque Mesa Las Palmas £10.63m
Erwin Mulder Heerenveen Free
Tammy Abraham Chelsea Loan
Renato Sanches Bayern Munich Loan
Wilfried Bony Manchester City £11.7m

Swansea should definitely be targeting midfield by Xmas now that they have Sanches and Bony.

If both can start delivering quickly then there’s no reason why a cup run couldn’t be possible.

A front line of Bony and Abraham will certainly terrify the opposition if they link up well and produce goals.

Mulder and Mesa haven’t really stood out so far for me. Maybe the late signings could be what is needed to help them settle into this team?

Without a doubt, the Swans are now probably going to be a team that the opposition’s managers are going to be wary of each week.


Tottenham Hotspur

Name Club arriving from Price
Davidson Sanchez Ajax £36m
Paulo Gazzaniga Southampton Undisclosed
Juan Foyth Estudiantes £8.1m
Serge Aurier PSG £22.5m
Fernando Llorente Swansea City £11.7m

Tottenham fans might of had to wait weeks but this transfer window been has worth the wait.

Defence is definitely stronger with Sanchez, Foyth and Aurier now providing competition.

Llorente is certainly a clever signing because without Kane, Spurs have struggled without him. Now that the Spaniard has joined, they shouldn’t repeat those struggles.

All in all, Mauricio Pochettino played a blinder by leaving it late because he has a stronger squad than ever.



Name Club arriving from Price
Tom Cleverley Everton £7.91m
Will Hughes Derby County £7.74m
Nathaniel Chalobah Chelsea £4.85m
Kiki Femenia Alaves Free
Daniel Bachmann Stoke City Free
Andre Gray Burnley £18.36m
Richarlison Fluminense £11.16m
Andre Carrillo Benfica Loan (£900k fee)
Dimitri Foulquier Granada Undisclosed
Orestis Karnezis Udinese Calcio Loan
Marvin Zeegelaar Sporting Lisbon £2.7m
Molla Wague Udinese Calcio Loan

Watford have been busy giving Marco Silva a great squad this summer.

The British quartet of Chalobah, Cleverley, Gray and Hughes are notable highlights because they bring experience and goals. Hughes hasn’t played in the Premier League before but with such experienced compatriots, he should settle in nicely before producing his best.

Richarlison seemed a fairly unknown signing when he arrived but seems to be a strong buy judging by his performance after scoring a brace on his debut.

Wague had a mediocre stint at Leicester last season so hopefully he will deliver more at Watford.

Overall, the Hornets have been well invested this summer so should push for a comfortable midfield result and a cup run.


West Bromwich Albion

Name Club arriving from Price
Jay Rodriguez Southampton £11.65m
Yuning Zhang Vitesse £7.65m – Loaned straight back
Ahmed Hegazy Ahly Loan (fee – £850k)
Gareth Barry Everton Undisclosed
Oliver Burke RB Leipzig £13.68m
Kieran Gibbs Arsenal £6.75m
Grzegorz Krychowiak PSG Loan

West Bromwich Albion have done decent business but don’t seem to have spent much. For a club under Chinese ownership, you have to wonder if they could of done better and got more players in.

Rodriguez and Hegazy have already been impressive for the Baggies and they can only get better. With Burke and Krychowiak now brought in, their attack looks stronger than last season which is great news.

Barry will bring experience whilst Gibbs will certainly add some pace down the left flank with his quality.

Despite their transfer budget being questionable, they have spent wisely and made loan signings where necessary.


West Ham United

Name  Club arriving from Price
Joe Hart Manchester City Loan
Pablo Zabaleta Manchester City Free
Marko Arnautovic Stoke City £18.96m
Javier Hernandez Bayern Leverkusen £15.13m
Sead Haksabanovic Halmstad £2.7m

Slaven Bilic must be worried about how this window ended after starting it off strongly and the team are struggling early on.

Landing Zabaleta on a free from Manchester City is a great piece of business and adds more experience down the flanks.

With Joe Hart joining on loan, perhaps the Hammers were ready for an assault on the Europa League places or a cup run.

The signings of Arnautovic and Hernandez further boosted fans’ hopes of a strong season. The arrival of Haksabanovic in attacking midfield will certainly help create more chances.

Ultimately a decent window name wise but the key detail lies in the on pitch devil. They already languish in the bottom three so can they turn things around or is a busy January looming?

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