With perhaps the most eventful transfer window done and dusted, it’s now time to take a look back at the summer’s antics. Each Premier League club approached the window with different objectives. But, some were more successful than others.
What makes a club’s transfer activity successful? Well, clubs look to improve on their squads in varying positions, keep their best players and, if possible, get rid of any unwanted players. Most crucially, improvement is the main port of call.
Whether or not teams manage to resist big money bids for their players or not is another matter. Nevertheless, all Premier League clubs seek to not only consolidate their squad strength but also add to it.
With Neymar’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain sending the world of football into chaos, Premier League clubs have had to react. The chain effect cannot be underestimated and we must, therefore, look to this transfer window as the most chaotic of all-time.
And, with it being 2017, each Premier League club is going to be accompanied by an emoji to describe their transfer activity this summer. So, let’s get started…
Arsenal – 😨
The fearful face not only describes Arsenal’s lack of incomings but also their players leaving the Emirates. Lacazette’s arrival early in the window threatened to buck the trend of transfer mediocrity but that was the Gunners’ high point.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s departure to Liverpool just about summarises the sorry state Arsenal are currently in. Sanchez failed to get his move away from North London which could well see him leave for free next summer. Oh dear.
AFC Bournemouth – 👍
A big thumbs up to Eddie Howe down on the south coast. The additions of Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begovic add good Premier League experience whilst Nathan Ake’s arrival adds much needed defensive reinforcements. Let’s hope the Cherries’ wise summer spending can produce more attractive football this season.
Brighton and Hove Albion – 🙂
With 11 new players arriving at the AMEX this summer, Chris Hughton has been busy in the transfer market. And, despite last season’s success, that appears to be a wise decision. Thus, such a competitive first season in the Premier League is on the cards for the Seagulls and strength in depth will be key. If record-signing José Izquierdo can justify his £15m price tag, Brighton will hope they can stay up this season.
Burnley – 🙃
On the face of it, this summer was an opportunity for Sean Dyche to improve with some quality signings. However, the arrivals of Jonathan Walters and Jack Cork, for instance, show little sign of ambition.
Chelsea – 🤔
Preparing for the defence of the Premier League title hasn’t been easy for any team in the past. And, Chelsea are no different.
The additions of Morata, Bakayoko and Rüdiger have all been impressive but Conte has appeared rather uneasy throughout the window – maybe triggered by Matic’s move to Manchester United. It would appear that he wanted two, maybe three, more additions; but failed to get them.
As it is, Chelsea are still in a superb position with such strength in their squad. Danny Drinkwater’s transfer Deadline Day move to West-London may well provide hope that he can reunite his title winning partnership with N’Golo Kante.
Crystal Palace – 😬
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 1, 2017
With a new manager in Frank de Boer, Palace fans can be forgiven for thinking that there would have been more activity this summer. Indeed, the squad is fairly strong but a new footballing philosophy under the Dutchman may require his personally chosen players. As it is, Palace fans can find some solace of fan favourite, Mamadou Sakho.
Everton – 👏
Finally! A complete transfer window for Everton. Notable additions in goal, defence and up front – Pickford, Keane and Rooney. In those three signings, Ronald Koeman has added a good mix of experience and promising youth. Moreover, the arrivals of Sigurdsson, Klaassen and Sandro all add further attacking intent. Indeed, Lukaku will be sorely missed but it appears he has been replaced well.
Huddersfield Town – 😄
The step up to the Premier League will be hard for the Terriers, but they seem to have added well. Steve Mounié and Aaron Mooy have hit the ground running for David Wagner’s side. The proof will certainly be in the pudding come May.
Leicester City – 😺
Keeping hold of Riyad Mahrez was probably Leicester’s biggest achievement this summer. Even with a transfer request, the Algerian international refused to kick up a fuss – remaining fully committed to his role in the team. The arrival of Harry Maguire is most impressive for the Foxes, maybe even a future England international.
Liverpool – 😇
The Coutinho debate will live long past the transfer window just gone. Should Liverpool have cashed in on such a big price (£138m)? Yes, probably. But, in rejecting Barcelona’s lucrative offers, Liverpool have proved a point.
They’re not willing to be subservient to any team and have the power to keep their players. Liverpool’s summer activity was enhanced by the arrivals of Mohamad Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. As well, Naby Keita will join the Reds next summer, topping off an impressive summer for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Manchester City – 😍
Man City have done the best dealings in the transfer window by far: £210.2 Spent/£79.3 Sold=130.9 Net Spend
— Nicotamendi (@pepfraud) August 19, 2017
Money isn’t a problem for Manchester City and they certainly proved that this summer. So many high-quality additions have many tipping them as the title favourites. Walker and Mendy look to add defensive strength whilst Bernardo Silva adds to a mouth-watering attacking lineup.
Manchester United – 💪
Jose Mourinho’s second seasons at clubs always seem to produce trophies. And, indeed, if this transfer window is anything to go by, they are in a good place. Lukaku, Lindelof and Matic are all high-quality additions throughout the spine of the team whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be returning, too. Are the old, ruthless, Red Devils about to return?
Newcastle United – 👎
Rafa Benitez hasn’t been reluctant in voicing his frustration at the lack of activity at St James’ Park this summer. Whether it has been a lack of funds or an inability to attract the desired players, Benitez’s frustration has resulted in the Toon Army fearing that the Spaniard may leave the club. As a result, big thumbs down this summer for Rafa and his Magpies.
Southampton – 😎
Yes, just like every transfer window, the Saints face a battle to keep hold of their best players. The Virgil van Dijk saga took centre stage this summer. But, even after some tempting bids, Southampton have stood firm. To add to this, the addition of Mario Lemina from Juventus may well leave Saints fans happy with their summer’s business.
Stoke City – 😐
Firstly, the loan signing of PSG winger Jese fails to pull the wool over our eyes. True, he’s a good signing but that doesn’t make up for the departures the club have authorised. Most notably Arnautovic’s move to West Ham gave Stoke the funds to add attacking quality. But, instead, Kevin Wimmer has been added to the backline. Mediocre to say the least.
Swansea City – 👏
We'll go wild, wild, wild… 🎶 pic.twitter.com/JljASfbhEz
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017
The Swans would be expected to struggle this season considering their main man Gylfi Sigurdsson has departed for Everton. However, the late transfer business looks to have salvaged some hope. The signing of Wilfried Bony sees an ex Swan return to South Wales – hopefully adding some goals. As well, Renato Sanches comes on loan from Bayern Munich in what is one the most impressive signings of the window.
Tottenham Hotspur – 😍
13 – Fernando Llorente's goals were worth 13 points for Swansea last season, only Diego Costa's goals won his team more points (15). Useful. pic.twitter.com/pfd1m733cu
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 31, 2017
Huge price tags? No. Huge wages? No. Spurs and Daniel Levy know how to do things. They may not be getting marquee signings, but Spurs are one of the few clubs doing things the right way. With such a young and talented group of players, including vast English talent, Spurs’ limited transfer business must be complimented, not criticised. And, the addition of Fernando Llorente shows Mauricio Pochettino has a plan B for attacking formations.
Watford – 😄
Marco Silva is one of the more exciting managers in the Premier League. And, with some notable additions, Watford could be good to watch this season. Andre Gray, Tom Cleverly and Nathaniel Chalobah all add good quality. Therefore, only time will tell whether Silva can ensure that the club can improve on last season’s performances.
West Bromwich Albion – 😴
Though the additions of Kieron Gibbs and Grzegorz Krychowiak show some quality, Pulis is showing very little ambition. After another mediocre season last year, Baggies fans would most likely want to see a move attractive style of football. And, though Pulis will get results, there is only so long fans can tolerate 30% possession every other week.
West Ham United – 🎉
After a poor season last year, Slaven Bilic may be surprised to be well backed by the board. For instance, has added some impressive signings such as Hernandez, Zabaleta, Hart and Arnautović. For Bilic’s sake, let’s hope the new signings can perform to their previous high standards.