With the window firmly slammed shut & everybody’s business done until January we’ve rated each club’s dealings & assessed their Premier League credentials…
Premier League Summer Transfer Window Snap Analysis – Grading Each Team’s Business
KEY BUY: Nicolas Pepe
ONE TO WATCH: Gabriel Martinelli
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 9/10 – lulled everyone into a false sense of security by lowering expectations of a busy window, before pulling off some of the summer’s best buys. The best window of anyone.
KEY BUY: Tyrone Mings
ONE TO WATCH: Ezri Konsa
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – showed no signs of holding back. Villa have also brought in a lot of hungry young players – learning from Fulham’s mistakes. Too much change could be the only problem.
KEY BUY: Phillip Billing
ONE TO WATCH: Harry Wilson
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 6/10 – Loan signing Wilson arguably looks the most exciting of Bournemouth’s additions, while Billing could thrive with better players around him. The back line still looks as if it could be a problem area for the Cherries – so once again expect attack to be the best form of defence for Eddie Howe.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
KEY BUY: Neal Maupay
ONE TO WATCH: Leandro Trossard
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – after several misfires in recent windows, the Seagulls’ recruitment strategy has noticeably shifted gear this summer. Albion have gone for players with proven reputations in English football in Neal Maupay and Aaron Mooy. New man Graham Potter now has options at his disposal to showcase his tactical flexibility.
KEY BUY: Jay Rodriguez
ONE TO WATCH: Bailey Peacock-Farrell
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 4/10 – In Rodriguez, the Clarets at least know what they’re getting, and you’d always back Sean Dyche to extract every last drop from his bargain basement squad. However, Burnley’s approach of opting for value options from the Championship could come unstuck at some stage with other sides making more ambitious moves in the transfer market.
KEY BUY: Mateo Kovacic
ONE TO WATCH: Mason Mount (returning from loan)
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 2/10 – the Blues’ transfer ban has given Frank Lampard free reign to blood an exciting young crop of academy prospects this season, but it’s also left them short in some key areas. This could go either way.
KEY BUY: Gary Cahill
ONE TO WATCH: Victor Camarasa
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 5/10 – Cahill and Camarasa are canny signings, but they’ve failed to properly address their flaws in the striking department. Much will rest on whether an unhappy Wilfried Zaha can park his frustrations at missing out on a big-money move.
ONE TO WATCH: Jean-Philippe Gbamin
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – settled for the inconsistent Alex Iwobi after losing out on Zaha, but otherwise a very positive summer for the Toffees. If Marco Silva can hit on the right formula, they should succeed in their aim of cutting the gap between them and the top six.
KEY BUY: Youri Tielemans
ONE TO WATCH: James Justin
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – losing Harry Maguire and failing to source a replacement is a big blow, but elsewhere this is a Foxes team blessed with strength-in-depth. Brendan Rodgers’ talented squad could surprise a few.
KEY BUY: Adrian
ONE TO WATCH: Harvey Elliott
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 2/10 – are the Reds in danger of standing still? It’s been a deathly quiet summer at Anfield with only a minor reshuffle of the reserve ‘keepers for Liverpool fans to get excited about. January could be interesting if Liverpool’s sluggish pre-season translates into the league.
KEY BUY: Rodri
ONE TO WATCH: Angelino
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – every reigning champion needs a statement signing to help keep things fresh going into a title defence, and Rodri fits that billing for City. João Cancelo adds further class at the back.
KEY BUY: Harry Maguire
ONE TO WATCH: Daniel James
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 6/10 – there finally seems to be a plan in place to start building for a bright future at Old Trafford, but a number of final week setbacks could prove costly for their Champions League ambitions.
KEY BUY: Joelinton
ONE TO WATCH: Jetro Willems
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – The natives are restless, but Newcastle have at least show some signs of ambition in this transfer window. Joelinton could be the signing that helps keep their heads above water.
KEY BUY: Josip Drmic
ONE TO WATCH: Patrick Roberts
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 3/10 – the Canaries look undercooked after an underwhelming summer. Farke’s show of faith in the squad that landed him a Premier League promotion could have a galvanising effect, however.
KEY BUY: Oli McBurnie
ONE TO WATCH: Ravel Morrison
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 6/10 – Chris Wilder now has a squad that looks fit to compete at this level after a busy window. Phil Jagielka aside, a lack of Premier League experience within their ranks could be a concern.
KEY BUY: Che Adams
ONE TO WATCH: Moussa Djenepo
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 6/10 – a relatively low-key summer for the Saints, but Ings and Adams should provide the firepower needed to avoid a relegation battle.
KEY BUY: Tanguy Ndombele
ONE TO WATCH: Ryan Sessegnon
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – just making some signings will be a relief for Spurs fans. The squad still looks short of a striker, but the midfield now looks much-improved.
KEY BUY: Ismaila Sarr
ONE TO WATCH: Tom Dele-Bashiru
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 7/10 – kept their powder relatively dry until the final day. Sarr could be a gamechanger for their hopes of a top 10 finish.
WEST HAM UTD
KEY BUY: Sebastien Haller
ONE TO WATCH: Pablo Fornals
TRANSFER WINDOW RATING: 8/10 – an astute summer yet again for the Hammers under Pellegrini, with Fornals and Haller arguably snatched under the radar from more high-profile admirers.
Worried your side hasn’t done enough? There’s always January….
When Does the January Transfer Window Open and Close?
The January transfer window opens 1st January 2020 and closes 31st January 2020. Exact timings are yet to be confirmed.
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