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Premier League Summer Transfer Round Up

The last transfers have wrapped up and the last contracts have been signed. The premier league spent over 1.4 billion pounds this transfer window up 23% from last year. The teams in the premier league also spent 210 million pounds alone on deadline day, setting a new record. This article will cover teams A – L, all figures covered below are in British Pounds.

Arsenal

Major Transfers: IN Alexandre Lacazette (46.4m, Lyon) OUT Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (35m, Liverpool)

Outlook: Finally getting a top-class striker in Alexandre Lacazette will be huge for the Gunners to make a successful run in Europe and at home. Mesut Ozil will finally be able to put his playmaking to the test with Lacazette up front. Losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not as devastating as many people would think. However, if Alexis Sanchez leaves in the winter transfer window or the next summer window, it could spell disaster for Arsenal.

Grade: B

Bournemouth

Major Transfers: IN Asmir Begovic (10m, Chelsea), Jermain Defoe (Free, Sutherland), Nathan Ake (20m, Chelsea)

Outlook: Bournemouth are looking to build on a tremendous 2016 season. They pose to do just that with some great leadership in Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begovic. Defoe should be able to form a deadly partnership up front with Joshua King, which could propel Bournemouth into a deep campaign for the FA Cup. Nathan Ake is also a great pickup as he will able to add youth and steadiness to a Bournemouth backline that allowed 67 goals a year ago.

Grade: A-

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Brighton

Major Transfers: IN Matthew Ryan (5m, Valencia), Jose Izquierdo (13.5m, Club Brugge), Davy Propper (10m, PSV)

Outlook: Brighton did try and make some noise with a club record fee of 13.5m for Jose Izquierdo. The young Colombian will add some flair to a side that very much lacks much of anything. Ryan is a decent young keeper that could grow into a great keeper down the line for Brighton. If anyone has seen the rating that Ryan gets to in FIFA career mode, they know what I’m talking about.

Grade: B+

Burnley

Major Transfers: IN Chris Wood (15m, Leeds United) OUT Michael Keane (25m, Everton), Andre Grey (18.5m, Watford)

Outlook: Yikes. That about sums up Burnley’s transfer window. Bringing in Chris Wood is a smart signing as he scored 27 goals in 44 games in the Championship last year but is a downgrade from Andre Grey. Not to mention they lost their best defender and one of England’s future starting centre backs, Michael Keane. The 24-year-old was a rock at the back last year for Burnley and one of the main reasons they were able to dodge relegation. While James Tarkowski is a going to be a serviceable centre back in the future, he is not ready for a bigger role. Hopefully, Burnley can use some of the money from the Keane transfer to land a big player in January.

Grade: D+

Chelsea

Major Transfers: IN Antonio Rudiger (33.3m, Roma), Alvaro Morata (58m, Real Madrid), Danny Drinkwater (35m, Leicester) OUT Nemanja Matic (40m, Manchester United)

Outlook: Chelsea were busy all throughout July and August as they were linked to multiple high-profile players, most notably, Romelu Lukaku. While Manchester United eventually won the Lukaku sweepstakes, Chelsea swooped Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. Morata will be a great replacement for Diego Costa who has been forced out of the club by manager Antonio Conte. My major gripe with Chelsea was the obscene amount they paid for DANNY DRINKWATER. On what planet is Drinkwater worth 35m? Chelsea seemed to be caught with their pants down when they were trying to find a replacement for Nemanja Matic in the eleventh hour.

Grade: B

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Crystal Palace

Major Transfers: IN Mamadou Sakho (26m, Liverpool)

Outlook: A quiet transfer window out of Crystal Palace. The Eagles seemingly put most of their transfer budget into Mamadou Sakho. While Sakho fell out of favour in Liverpool, he is poised for a bounce back year at Palace. Moreover, I don’t think Sakho is enough to push the needle for a top half finish for Palace.

Grade: C+

Everton

Major Transfers: IN Jordan Pickford (25m, Sunderland), Davy Klaassen (23.6m, Ajax), Michael Keane (25m, Burnley), Wayne Rooney (Free, Manchester United), Gylfi Sigurdsson (45m, Swansea) OUT Romelu Lukaku (75m, Manchester United)

Outlook: Everton may of the been most busy team in all of football during the summer transfer window, something that most Everton fans ought to happy about. While losing Lukaku is a huge blow to Everton, the pieces that they were able to pick up are nothing short of heroic. With the departure of the ageless wonder Tim Howard, two years ago, Everton has ever been trying to find their next goalkeeper. While Martin Stekelenburg and Joel Robles got them into the Europa League, they are very clearly not the answer in net for the tougher European competition they are going to face. Jordan Pickford is the answer to Everton fan’s prayers as the young wall could very well be the next England number one. Everton will also have a very strong midfield with the additions of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and the homecoming of the prodigal son Wayne Rooney.

Grade: A

Huddersfield Town

Major Transfers: IN Tom Ince (8.5m, Derby), Aaron Mooy (10m, Manchester City), Steve Mounie (11.5m, Montpellier)

Outlook: Compared to other smaller teams that come up from the Championship, Huddersfield Town understood the need to reach into their pockets and spend big to stay in the Premier League. Acquiring Tom Ince, Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounie should be enough to keep them in the conversation of staying out of the relegation zone deep into the season. Mounie will be the key for Huddersfield’s success as many compare him to the former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Time will only tell if Mounie can bring the same prowess as Drogba.

Grade: B+

Leicester City

Major Transfers: IN Kelechi Iheanacho (25m, Manchester City), Harry Mcguire (17m, Hull City), Vicente Iborra (12m, Sevilla), Aleksander Dragovic (Loan, Bayer Leverkusen) OUT Danny Drinkwater (35m, Chelsea)

Outlook: The major problem with the slump that Leicester City finds themselves in after their marvellous title run two seasons ago is old players. Age is one of the Foxes primary concerns as their two main centre-backs, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth, are in the twilight of their careers. Bringing in Aleksander Dragovic is a step in the right direction for them. I hope that manager Craig Shakespeare takes a long look at Dragovic when his loan expires. Bringing in Kelechi Iheanacho, who found himself the odd man out at Manchester City, makes him the heir apparent to Jamie Vardy. To cap off an already great summer window, Leicester made one of the biggest splashes of deadline day. The Foxes shipped off Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea for an astounding 35 million pounds. Look out for Leicester to have a busy January.

Grade: A+

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Liverpool

Major Transfers: IN Mohamed Salah (34.3m, Roma), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain OUT Mamadou Sakho (26m, Crystal Palace)

Outlook: The story of Liverpool’s transfer window was more of what could have happened instead of what did. Liverpool was seriously linked throughout most of the summer with Southampton centre-back Virgil Van Dijk. Liverpool also had a disaster brewing on their hands with star midfielder Philippe Coutinho being heavily linked with FC Barcelona after the departure of Neymar from Barcelona. Moving on to what Liverpool actually did during the transfer window; they acquired much needed depth out on the wing in Mohamed Salah from Roma and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal. This move will allow Coutinho and Sadio Mané to move back into their natural positions in the middle of the field. I would also expect Liverpool to be very active in the winter transfer window and Coutinho could see a move away from Anfield by the time the season is over.

Grade: B

 

* Transfer data provided by Football365.com

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