As the footballing world recovers from ‘World Cup Fever’, it is time to shift our focus back to domestic football. The 2018/19 Premier League campaign starts from today and life has meaning once again. It was a boring month which saw us waste away our lives doing absolutely nothing. I personally, being the hardworking person
As the footballing world recovers from ‘World Cup Fever’, it is time to shift our focus back to domestic football. The 2018/19 Premier League campaign starts from today and life has meaning once again. It was a boring month which saw us waste away our lives doing absolutely nothing. I personally, being the hardworking person that I am, tried to do something productive, but with no success. However, the constant transfer rumours and deals kept us alive. Like a life support machine.
We at Scroll Lab take a look at how each club fared at this transfer window.
Last season finish: 6th
Unai Emery (Manager), Stephan Lichsteiner (Juventus, free), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient, undisclosed)
New manager Unai Emery has wasted no time bolstering his squad. With new signings in every desired position, Arsenal should surely do better than their last season finish.
Last season finish: 12th
David Brooks (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Diego Rico (Leganes, £10.7m), Jefferson Lerma (Levante, £25m)
Eddie Howe managed to secure his No.1 target in Jefferson Lerma, who came in for a club-record fee. They did not go wild this summer, but did manage to strengthen their squad depth.
- Brighton and Hove Albion
Last season finish: 15th
Florin Andone (Deportivo La Coruna, £5.4m), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, free), Joseph Tomlinson (Yeovil Town, free), Jason Steele (Sunderland, undisclosed), Bernardo (RB Leipzig, undisclosed), Hugo Keto (Arsenal, free), Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns, undisclosed), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed), Anders Dreyer (Esberj, undisclosed) Billy Arce (Independiente Del Valle, undisclosed), Peter Gwargis (Jonkopings Sodra, undisclosed), Dan Burn (Wigan, undisclosed), Martin Montoya (Valencia, undisclosed)
Chris Hughton signed 12 players this transfer window and focused on adding competition in the defence. The Seagulls had a productive window with full-back Montoya arriving on deadline day.
Last season finish: 7th
Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough, £15m), Vinnie Steels (York City, free), Joe Hart (Manchester City, £3.5m), Matej Vydra (Derby County, undisclosed)
Burnley surprised everyone last season by finish in a Europa Cup position. Sean Dyche’s difficult summer turned fruitful towards the end. He managed to do some big signings like Matej Vydra who was the Championship’s leading goalscorer last season.
- Cardiff City
Last season finish: 2nd in Championship
Bobby Reid (Bristol City, £10m), Josh Murphy (Norwich, £11m), Greg Cunningham (Preston, £4m), Alex Smithies (QPR, undisclosed), Victor Camarasa (Real Betis, loan), Harry Arter (Bournemouth, loan)
Neil Wanock’s early signings are all proven players from the Championship. However, only time will tell if they are ready for the tough competition of the Premier League.
Last season finish: 5th
Maurizio Sarri (Manager), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao, £71.6m), Jorginho (Napoli, £50m), Rob Green (free), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid, loan)
A lot of confusion was going on at the Chelsea camp due to the departure of former manager, Antonio Conte. It was difficult to replace world-class keeper Thibaut Courtois who went to Real Madrid. However, Sarri was quick to sign Kepa on goalkeeper record-fee and managed to keep Eden Hazard from leaving which truly was key.
- Crystal Palace
Last season finish: 11th
Kouyate (West Ham, £9.5m), Jordan Ayew (Swansea, loan), Vicente Guaita (Getafe, free), Max Meyer (Schalke, free)
Money was tight at Selhurst Park and they received a huge blow when Yohan Cabaye left. However, Roy Hodgson was impressive by bringing in 4 players for only £9.5m.
Last season finish: 8th
Richarlison (Watford, £40m), Yerry Mina (Barcelona, £27m), Lucas Digne (Barcelona, £18m), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk, free), Andre Gomes (Barcelona, loan), Joao Virginia (Arsenal, undisclosed)
Everton spent the whole summer trying to remove dead weight and reduce wage bills. However, the signed 3 big names on transfer deadline day. Barcelona fans would be really happy since Everton took players they didn’t require, but what’s Barcelona’s poison is Everton’s meat.
Last season finish: 3rd in Championship
Jean Michael Seri (Nice, £25m), Maxim Le Marchand (Nice, £3m), Andre Schurrle (Borussia Dortmund, loan), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle, £22m), Alfie Mawson (Swansea, £20m), Timoth Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United, loan), Calum Chambers (Arsenal, loan), Sergio Rico (Sevilla, loan), Fabri (Besiktas, £5m)
Securing Jean Micheal Seri from Nice proves that Fulham did relatively well in the transfer window. A frantic deadline day saw the team sign 5 players including Mitrovic. Slavisa Jokanovic squad which included a lot of loanees last season seems to have been upgraded.
- Huddersfield Town
Last season finish: 16th
Terence Kongolo (Monaco, £17.5m), Adama Diakhaby (Moncao, £8m), Jonas Lossl (Mainz, £2.3m), Ben Hamer (Leicester City, free), Juninho Bacuna (Groningen, undisclosed), Isaac Mbenza (Montpellier, free), Florent Hadergjonaj (Ingolstadt, undisclosed)
The signings have been done in plenty. However, we can only wait and watch if they do manage to add any creativity to the side. 3 players- Kongolo, Lossl, and Florent made their loan deals permanent which was key to make this window successful for them.
- Leicester City
Last season finish: 9th
James Maddison (Norwich, £24m), Ricardo Pereira (Porto, £17.5m), Caglar Soyuncu (Freiberg, £19m), Filip Benkovic (Dinamo Zagreb, £13m), Danny Ward (Liverpool, £12.5m), Rachid Ghezzal (Monaco, £12m)
After losing one of their best players, Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, this window looked to be a failure for Claude Puel’s side. However, the manager added creativity to the side by signing youngster Rachid Ghezzal. Keeping Harry Maguire at bay amid interest from Manchester United was a huge task but Puel managed to do that.
Last season finish: 4th
Alisson (Roma, £65m), Naby Keita (RB Leipzeg, £52.8m), Fabinho (Monaco, £40m), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke, £13m)
Liverpool enjoyed a hugely productive window. Jurgen Klopp did an amazing job by strengthening his midfield even though a deal for Nabil Fekir fell through before the World Cup. The best signing of all was Alisson who will now replace Karius in goal.
- Manchester City
Last season finish: 1st
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City, £60m), Claudio Gomes (PSG, free), Philippe Sandler (PEC Zwolle, £2.6m), Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City, undisclosed)
If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Pep Guardiola’s formidable squad is still strong enough to retain the Premier League title. However, they added squad depth by getting in silky winger Mahrez from Leicester. Moreover, fit again £50m last season signing Benjamin Mendy feels like a new player only.
- Manchester United
Last season finish: 2nd
Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk, £43.7m), Diogo Dalot (Porto, £19m), Lee Grant (Stoke, £1.5m)
Jose Mourinho did not get any of the signings he wanted. Manchester United looked to strengthen their defence. However deals for Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, all fell through. It wasn’t United’s best transfer window, but maybe the addition of Brazilian midfielder Fred could prove to be fruitful.
- Newcastle United
Last season finish: 10th
Yoshinori Muto (Mainz, £9.5m), Federico Fernandez (Swansea, £6m), Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, £4.5m), Fabian Schar (Deportivo, £3.6m), Ki Sung-yeung (Swansea, free), Kenedy (Chelsea, loan), Rondon (West Brom, loan)
A takeover off the club beckons over Newcastle. Money is less but Rafa Benitez did a good job this window by making a healthy profit on player dealings. They sold Mitrovic to Fulham for £22m which is amazing business. Rafa’s team does look stronger than last season as they look to perform better than 10th position on the table.
Last season finish: 17th
Stuart Armstrong (Celtic, £7m), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basel, £16m), Danny Ings (Liverpool, loan), Jannik Vestergaard (Monchengladbach, £18m), Angus Gunn (Manchester City, £10m)
After a horrifying performance by the club last season, Mark Hughes’ Southampton surely needs to improve a lot. They roped in Danny Ings from Liverpool on deadline day which will prove to be a good signing for the team. Stuart Armstrong should inject some pizzaz in the tired looking squad.
- Tottenham Hotspur
Last season finish: 3rd
Since the introduction of the transfer window in 2003, Spurs are the only club to not have signed even a single player in the summer. Hopefully this will not turn out to be a bad decision for the side.
Last season finish: 14th
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £11.5m), Ben Foster (West Brom, £4m), Adam Masina (Bologna, £3.5m), Marc Navarro (Espanyol, £3m), Domingos Quina (West Ham, £1m), Ken Sema (Ostersund, £1m), Ben Wilmot (Stevenage, undisclosed)
Watford started the window on the front foot. They made Deulofeu’s deal from Barcelona permanent. However, as the window progressed, the club slowed down. Even though they are in dire need of a striker, Javi Gracia’s failure to sign one is rather puzzling.
- West Ham United
Last season finish: 13th
Felip Anderson (Lazio, £33.5m), Issa Diop (Toulouse, £22.5m), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dortmund, £17.5m), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea, £7m), Lucas Perez (Arsenal, £4m), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, free), Xande Silva (Vitoria Guimaraes, undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (Fulham, free), Carlos Sanchez (Fiorentina, undisclosed), Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians, £3.5m)
West Ham broke their transfer record by buying Felip Anderson from Lazio. Even though they signed and completed most of their business early in the summer, Manuel Pellegrini got Lucaz Perez from Arsenal on deadline day.
- Wolverhampton Wanderers
Last season finish: 1st in Championship
Willy Boly (Porto, £10m), Benik Afobe (Bournemouth, £10m), Joao Moutinho (Moncao, £5m), Adama Traore (Middlesbrough, £18m), Diogo Jota (Atletico, £12.6m), Leo Bonatini (Al-Hilal, £5m), Rui Patricio (Porto, free), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht, loan), Ruben Vinagre (Monaco, £2m)
Wolves have moved progressively this transfer window. Nuno Espirito signed some big names in Traore, Rui Patricio, and Dendoncker. They still lack an out and out striker, however we can only wait and watch how this season turns out for them.
By Abhishek Aggarwal