Premier League Best & Worst Transfers
With the deadline now passed, it’s time to look at which clubs we think had the best, and worst windows and which signings will make the biggest impacts, for better or worse.
TOP 3 CLUBS
3) West Ham
Key signings: Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez
Manuel Pellegrini will be pleased with his signings. The Hammers have added real quality in midfield and the wide areas. If Wilshere can stay fit, he will be a real asset to the East London club. Fabianski was always an impressive goalkeeper for Swansea and has addressed their goalkeeper issue after Joe Hart’s poor season for them last year.
Key signings: Jean Michel Seri, Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Alfie Mawson, Calum Chambers
Fulham’s biggest victory of the transfer window could be keeping hold of Ryan Sessegnon, who was linked with Spurs over the summer. Aside from that, Alfie Mawson adds real quality to the defence and has been tipped with an England call-up, while Jean Michel Seri is highly thought of around Europe.
Key signings: Allisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri
I feel harsh for leaving Wolves out of this list, but Liverpool deserves the top spot. They have finally addressed their biggest issue in the goalkeeper position. Allisson may have been expensive but he could be the difference between Liverpool coming 4th again or really challenging for the title. Fabinho and Keita should add quality to the midfield too.
WORST 3 CLUBS
3) Tottenham Hotspur
Key signings: No one
Tottenham should be okay as they already have a great team that finished 3rd last season. However, how long can they continue to not add to their squad before falling behind their top 6 rivals? A few injuries and Spurs could be in danger, especially if one of those is Harry Kane.
Key signings: Stuart Armstrong, Angus Gunn
Southampton has again signed unproven players at this level. This may finally catch up to them after a close shave last season. They have also lost possibly their most creative player in Dusan Tadic and have lost Jordy Clasie and big money signing Sofiane Boufal has left on loan.
1) Manchester United
Key signings: Fred, Diogo Dalot
Jose Mourinho has a right to feel aggrieved as United haven’t addressed any of the issues from last season. No centre-back has been signed despite being linked with half of the defenders in Europe. United have been left with the same side that bored everyone on their way to 2nd place but with Liverpool in particular strengthening, they probably won’t stay there.
– Robert Shiers