With the transfer window over, I thought I would take the opportunity to review the business done by the top six and see who is in the best position going into the season. Who has strengthened the best and who still has some glaring holes in their squads?
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£49mil-Crystal Palace)
- Daniel James (£15mil-Swansea)
- Harry Maguire (£80mil-Leicester)
- Antonio Valencia (Free-LDU Quito)
- Ander Herrrera (Free-PSG)
- Romelu Lukaku (£73mil-Inter)
Manchester United have actually had a very good window. Replacing an ageing Valencia with Wan-Bissaka is a very good move and the arrival of Maguire should mean that United fans never have to see a back two of Jones and Smalling ever again. Getting £73mil for Lukaku is a great bit of business but they didn’t manage to bring in a replacement. In fact they didn’t manage to bring in many of the players they were linked with, namely Fernandes and Milinkovic-Savic. All-in-all, a good window for the red devils.
- Sepp van den Berg (£1.7mil-PEC Zwolle)
- Adrian (Free-West Ham)
- Harvey Elliot (Free-Fulham)
- Daniel Sturridge (Free Agent)
- Simon Mignolet (£6m-Club Brugge)
- Alberto Moreno (Free-Villareal)
After such a successful season last year, Liverpool really had an opportunity to close the gap on Man City and have a good go at winning the league by strengthening in the right areas. Unfortunately they haven’t. In fact they have had an awful window. Van den Berg has potential and Adrian is an able deputy to Alisson but personally I don’t think Elliot is deserving of a move to a big club with the few minutes he made at Fulham last year. If Liverpool had brought in a centre-back and another forward I would have considered them favourites for the league. But they didn’t.
- Nicolas Pepe (£72m-Lille)
- William Saliba (£27m-Saint Etienne)
- Dani Ceballos (Loan-Real Madrid)
- Kieran Tierney (£25mil-Celtic)
- David Luiz (£8mil-Chelsea)
- Laurent Koscielny (£4.5m-Bordeaux)
- Aaron Ramsey (Free-Juventus)
- Petr Cech (Retired)
- Stephan Lichtsteiner (Free Agent)
- Danny Welbeck (Free Agent)
I hate to say it but Arsenal have had an incredible window. Considering they had a limited budget, getting in Pepe seemed impossible, but they did it. Ceballos on loan will be a good replacement for Ramsey but there seems to be no deal for a permanent move in place. Saliba looks very promising but they will have to wait until next year when he returns from his loan spell. The David Luiz deal came out of the blue and doesn’t make too much sense to me. Yes, he is better than Mustafi but he is still a massive liability. And finally after years of rumours, Tierney has made the switch to North London for a very reasonable price. However he is coming back from an injury and we’ve seen players from Scotland fail to make the step up before. Personally I think he will struggle in a new league.
- Rodri (£63mil-Atletico Madrid)
- Joao Cancelo (£58mil-Juventus)
- Angelino (£10mil-PSV)
- Scott Carson (Loan-Derby)
- Zack Steffen (£7mil-Colombus Crew)
- Danilo (£33mil-Juventus)
- Douglas Luis (£15mil-Aston Villa)
- Fabian Delph (£8mil-Everton)
- Vincent Kompany (Free-Anderlecht)
How do you get better than 198 points in the last two years? Well you spend another £150mil and end up with a squad that is actually insane. At this point, City’s second team could probably win the league. They’ve brought in the one player in Europe that could replace Fernandinho and arguably the most “Pep Guardiola” players in Europe in Rodri and Cancelo. Angelino will be a fine back-up to Mendy however I don’t think he is Premier League quality. And that’s a problem considering how injury prone the Frenchmen is. Finally, someone at City needs a pay-rise as they manage to get £30mil for Danilo.
- Tanguy Ndombele (£54mil-Lyon)
- Ryan Sessegnon (£24mil-Fulham)
- Giovanni Lo Celso (Loan-Real Betis)
- Jack Clarke (£9mil-Leeds)
- Kieran Trippier (£20mil-Atletico Madrid)
- Vincent Janssen (£8mil-Monterrey)
- Michel Vorm (Free Agent)
- Fernando Llorente (Free Agent)
Spurs now have a scarily good midfield. A pivot of Ndombele and Lo Celso behind Eriksen could dominate most other midfields in the league. Once back from injury, Sessegnon will provide good depth for both Left Back and Left Wing, but I don’t think he’s good enough to start in either of those positions. However there are some obvious holes in their squad. Getting rid of Llorente and Janssen means that their only out-and-out strikers are Kane and Troy Parrot. There is also a distinct lack of quality at full back. That being said, I still think Spurs will finish 3rd .
- Christian Pulisic (£58mil-Borussia Dortmund) – signed in January
- Mateo Kovacic (£40mil-Real Madrid)
- Eden Hazard (£90mil-Real Madrid)
- Ola Aina (£9mil-Torino)
- Tomas Kalas (£8mil-Bristol City)
- David Luiz (£8mil-Arsenal)
- Ethan Ampadu (Loan-RB Leipzig)
- Gary Cahill (Free-Crystal Palace)
- Danny Drinkwater (Loan-Burnley)
- Rob Green (Retired)
Considering the transfer ban, Chelsea have probably had the best window they could have. Whilst Pulisic won’t replace Hazard for goal contributions, he will fill some of the hole left. And at just 20 years old, he’ll only get better. Lampard has also done a good job at getting rid of a lot of the dead wood in the club, with the likes of Drinkwater, Kalas and Baker being moved on. The sale of Luiz seems an odd one; if he didn’t want to play he could have been left to rot in the reserves, it’s not like we are in desperate need of £8mil. And lastly the return of Abraham, Mount and James will all feel like new signings. It seems that once again, it will be an interesting season at the Bridge.