The summer transfer window at the end of without a doubt the oddest Premier League season is now shut, with all clubs having done some business. In this article, I will analyse all 20 Premier League clubs, seeing which players they brought in and which departed, and will give some thoughts and an overall verdict on their transfer window performance.
Transfers In: Pablo Mari (Flamengo, £7.2m), Cedric Soares (Southampton, free), Willian (Chelsea, free), Gabriel Magalhaes (Lille, £23.14m), Runar Alex Runarsson (Dijon, £1.8m), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, £45m).
Transfers Out: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma, free), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa, £20m).
It has been a really good window for Arsenal, bringing in players to fill the gaps in their team. They also brought in quality, with Gabriel being a highly sought-after defender, so for Arsenal to be the ones to sign him shows how they are restoring their old image under Mikel Arteta, as does the signing of Thomas Partey, who will add a defensive quality to their midfield that they have perhaps been missing in the last few seasons. William is able to score from either wing, and balances the team nicely, with Nicolas Pepe on the other wing, creating plenty of chances for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the middle.
Transfers In: Matty Cash (Nottingham Forest, £14m), Ollie Watkins (Brentford, £28m), Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal, £20m), Bertrand Traore (Lyon, £17m).
Transfers Out: Borja Baston (Leganes, free), James Chester (Stoke City), Andre Green (released), Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Pafos, free), Callum O’Hare (Coventry City, free), Matija Sarkic (Wolves, free), James Bree (Luton Town, undisclosed), Scott Hogan (Birmingham City, undisclosed), Jota (Deportivo Alaves, free), Orjan Nyland (released), Mbwana Samatta (Fenerbahce, season-long loan).
Following their success in avoiding an immediate relegation back to the Championship, this was always going to be a big window for Aston Villa. They lived up to that, bringing in quality rather than quantity. Matty Cash fills a hole at right-back, whilst Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore will bring the goals in the final third that they were crying out for last season, with Mbwana Samatta failing to live up to expectations after his arrival last January. Overall, their outstanding window, coupled with a clearout of some of the fringe players in the team, has been reflected in their early season form.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Transfers In: Zac Emmerson (Oldham Athletic, undisclosed), Jensen Weir (Wigan Athletic, £500,000), Adam Lallana (Liverpool, free), Joel Veltman (Ajax, £900,000), Andy Zeqiri (Lausanne, undisclosed), Michal Karbownik (Legia Warsaw, undisclosed), Jakub Moder (Lech Poznan, undisclosed), Danny Welbeck (Watford, free).
Transfers Out: Percy Tau (Anderlecht, season-long loan), Jan Mlakar (Maribor, season-long loan), Matt Clarke (Derby County, season-long loan), Glenn Murray (Watford, season-long loan), Shane Duffy (Celtic, season-long loan), Viktor Gyokeres (Swansea City, season-long loan), Michal Karbownik (Legia Warsaw, season-long loan), Jakub Moder (Lech Poznan, season-long loan), Anthony Knockaert (Fulham, £15m), Ezequiel Schelotto (released), Beram Kayal (released), Martin Montoya (Real Betis, undisclosed), Aaron Mooy (Shanghai SIPG, £4m), David Button (West Bromwich Albion, £500,000), Dale Stephens (Burnley, undisclosed).
Brighton have now had one season under Graham Potter, who wanted to implement a more attacking style of play into the team when he was appointed. We saw last season how they looked more threatening in the forward areas, and this summer was going to be the chance to build on that. One signing in particular who will add a lot to their side is Adam Lallana. The Seagulls have been missing a 10, with Leandro Trossard usually playing there last season. However, moving him to the wing will mean he can use his pace to get around defenders, and cut inside to shoot from wider areas, whilst Lallana can link the attack together from the central areas. His experience will also be hugely beneficial to Brighton this season. Keeping Ben White at the club was also a very smart move, as we saw how good he was with Leeds in the Championship last season.
Transfers In: Will Norris (Wolves, undisclosed), Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion, undisclosed).
Transfers Out: Ben Gibson (Norwich City, season-long loan), Joe Hart (Tottenham Hotspur, free), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United, free), Adam Legzdins (released), Aaron Lennon (Kayserispor, free).
Burnley last season had a slow start, before picking up as the season went on. However, in order to stop that happening again, they needed to invest in the squad, particularly with players like Jeff Hendrick leaving. This sadly didn’t happen, and the fact that they signed a goalkeeper and an experienced midfielder who hasn’t played regularly in a while might come back to bite them later on in the season. January could be really important for them.
Transfers In: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax, £36m), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig, £47.7m), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City, £45.18m), Malang Sarr (Nice, free), Thiago Silva (PSG, free), Kai Havertz (Bater Leverkusen, £72m), Edouard Mendy (Rennes, £21.6m).
Transfers Out: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid, £50.4m), Nathan (Atletico Mineiro, £2.7m), Willian (Arsenal, free), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta, £13.5m), Pedro (Roma, free), Lucas Piazon (Rio Ave, season-long loan), Trevor Chalobah (Lorient, season-long loan), Izzy Brown (Sheffield Wednesday, season-long loan), Jamal Blackman (Rotherham United, season-long loan), Marc Guehi (Swansea City, season-long loan), Ethan Ampadu (Sheffield United, season-long loan), Kenedy (Granada, season-long loan), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace, season-long loan), Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion, season-long loan), Davide Zappacosta (Genoa, season-long loan), Ross Barkley (Aston Villa, season-long loan), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht, season-long loan), Tiemoue Bakayoko (Napoli, season-long loan), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham, season-long loan), Malang Sarr (Porto, season-long loan), Marco van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven, season-long loan), Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City, season-long loan), Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow, season-long loan).
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t make any additions to the team last summer, due to the transfer embargo, but that gave him a chance to look at his team and see which players had long-term futures there. As you can see from the list of outgoings, he has moved a lot of players on, with many departing on loan. He has also spent a lot too, in all areas of the pitch, as he looks to build a side capable of taking on Liverpool and Manchester City, and winning the title again. Their attack looks like a really fearsome unit now, but defensively they are still making mistakes, so there is still some work to be done with gelling all these new players in and cutting out these errors before they can start to think about a title charge.
Transfers In: Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion, free), Eberechi Eze (QPR, £16m), Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea, season-long loan), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool, free).
Transfers Out: Jaroslaw Jach (Fortuna Sittard, season-long loan), Alexander Sorloth (RB Leipzig, undisclosed), Ryan Inniss (Charlton Athletic, free).
It has been a quiet but assured summer for Palace, with them not making too many additions, but bringing in players who will improve what they already have. Nathan Ferguson is a player I really like, and showed last season for West Brom in the Championship that he is a full-back capable of getting up the pitch and crossing balls into the box, and who can play on either side. Eberechi Eze is a player who we know scores goals, and he and Michy Batshuayi working together in the final third could give the Eagles a serious threat in the final third, given the Belgian’s form when he was last at Selhurst Park. Palace can be assured of a solid season with the squad they now have.
Transfers In: Niels Nkounkou (Marseille, free), Allan (Napoli, £21.7m), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid, free), Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford, £20m), Ben Godfrey (Norwich City, £20m), Robin Olsen (Roma, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Luke Garbutt (Blackpool, undisclosed), Fraser Hornby (Reims, £1.8m), Cuco Martina (released), Oumar Niasse (released), Morgan Schneiderlin (Nice, £2m), Leighton Baines (retired), Kieran Dowell (Norwich City, undisclosed), Maarten Stekelenberg (Ajax, free), Sandro Ramirez (Huesca, free), Shani Tarashaj (released), Callum Connolly (Fleetwood Town, season-long loan).
Everton have added genuine quality to their side, and Carlo Ancelotti has, as always, done it his way. His style is to go and sign players he has worked with before, so Allan came from Napoli, Ancelotti’s last club, whereas James Rodriguez was brought in from Real Madrid, having played under the Italian at the Bernabeu and on loan at Bayern Munich. Both have added a lot to the Everton team this season. Ben Godfrey is a solid defender who will keep the other defenders on their toes this season, and Robin Olsen coming in on loan will put pressure on Jordan Pickford to cut out his mistakes, or the Sweden international will take his place off him. The outgoings show that the Italian is now shaping the squad in his own way, and the result of that is that Everton are challenging at the top of the table as things stand.
Transfers In: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton, £10.5m), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, £2m), Harrison Reed (Southampton, undisclosed), Kenny Tete (Lyon, undisclosed), Tosin Adarabioyo (Manchester City, undisclosed), Mario Lemina (Southampton, season-long loan), Alphonse Areola (PSG, season-long loan), Ola Aina (Torino, season-long loan), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig, season-long loan), Joachim Andersen (Lyon, season-long loan), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Alfie Mawson (Bristol City, season-long loan), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, season-long loan), Marcus Bettinelli (Middlesbrough, season-long loan), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest, season-long loan), Anthony Knockaert (Nottingham Forest, season-long loan).
Fulham boss Scott Parker knew that, following their promotion, he couldn’t make the same mistakes that the club made last time, and spend, spend, spend on players who added nothing to the team. Instead, he was more methodical, adding players here and there who would improve the team, adding pace, quality, and everything else they will need to stay up this season. At the moment, we haven’t seen this come through yet, but there have been signs that they are starting to get there. Ademola Lookman in particular looks to be a very good signing, and will provide goals and assists in the final third, which will be crucial for the likes of Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who feeds off these.
Transfers In: Helder Costa (Wolves, undisclosed), Illan Meslier (Lorient, undisclosed), Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic, undisclosed), Charlie Allen (Linfield, undisclosed), Rodrigo (Valencia, £26m), Robin Koch (Freiburg, undisclosed), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Raphinha (Rennes, undisclosed), Jack Harrison (Manchester City, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Laurens de Bock (Zulte Waregem, season-long loan), Ryan Edmondson (Aberdeen, season-long loan), Kamil Miazek (released), Barry Douglas (Blackburn Rovers, season-long loan).
Leeds already had a good squad, but decided to go into the transfer market outside England for their major signings. They have added Germany centre-back Robin Koch as a replacement for Ben White, who they failed to sign permanently from Brighton. The pleasing thing from their point of view is that players who were previously at clubs in European competitions, such as Rodrigo and Raphinha, have wanted to come to Elland Road, which shows you how highly regarded they are as a club under Marcelo Bielsa. Overall, a good transfer window, and they have added players that will improve the team, without going over the top.
Transfers In: Timothy Castagne (Atalanta, £21m), Wesley Fofana (Saint-Etienne, £30m), Cengiz Under (Roma, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Daniel Iversen (OH Leuven, season-long loan), Darnell Johnson (Wigan Athletic, half-season loan), Rachid Ghezzal (Besiktas, season-long loan), George Thomas (QPR, free), Andy King (released), Bartosz Kapustka (Legia Warsaw, undisclosed), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea, £45.18m), Fousseini Diabate (Trabzonspor, undisclosed), Adrien Silva (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Matty James (Barnsley, half-season loan).
Leicester have had a good transfer window, with Timothy Castagne in particular being a good signing, and who has really shown what he can do at the King Power so far. However, I would have liked them to sign another striker, because Jamie Vardy, whilst still a good player, is now 33, and is currently injured. Realistically, he is not going to go on forever, and their last game gave us a chance to see them without Vardy, and they looked a little toothless. Bringing someone in to be his understudy/injury replacement would have been a smart move, and now has to be a priority in January or next summer.
Transfers In: Kostas Tsimikas (Olympiakos, £11.75m), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich, £20m), Diogo Jota (Wolves, £41m).
Transfers Out: Andy Lonergan (released), Adam Lallana (Brighton, free), Dejan Lovren (Zenit St. Petersburg, £10.9m), Ovie Ejaria (Reading, £3m), Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolves, £9m), Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United, £18m), Sheyi Ojo (Cardiff City, season-long loan), Loris Karius (Union Berlin, season-long loan), Kamil Grabara (Aarhus, season-long loan), Marko Grujic (Porto, season-long loan), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace, free), Ben Woodburn (Blackpool, season-long loan), Harry Wilson (Cardiff, season-long loan), Harvey Elliott (Blackburn, season-long loan) Herbie Kane (Barnsley, undisclosed).
It was an alright transfer window for the Premier League champions, with them adding players where they needed to, such as cover at left-back for Andy Robertson, and further cover for the front three in Diogo Jota, but they sold Dejan Lovren and didn’t bring in a new centre-back. Now, they have Virgil van Dijk out for a good part of this season, Joel Matip is struggling with injury at the moment, and Joe Gomez is in and out of form, and this has all shown in their performances this season. It is not certain that they will lose their Premier League crown this season, but, if they want to have any hope, they need to bring in a new centre-back in January. Other younger players such as Nathaniel Phillips, Sepp van den Berg, Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio will all also be looking to take advantage of this situation to stake their claims in the team as well.
Transfers In: Yan Couto (Coritiba, undisclosed), Pablo Moreno (Juventus, undisclosed), Issa Kabore (Mechelen, undisclosed), Ferran Torres (Valencia, £20.75m), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, £40m), Ruben Dias (Benfica, £62.1m).
Transfers Out: Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich, £54.8m), Claudio Bravo (Real Betis, free), David Silva (Real Sociedad, free), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica, £13.7m), Aleix Garcia (Dinamo Bucuresti, undisclosed), Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham, undisclosed).
Manchester City’s main problem last season was defensive mistakes, stemming from the fact that they hadn’t replaced former captain Vincent Kompany. This summer, they have brought in Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias to help fill that gap, whilst Ferran Torres will add further competition in the wide areas in the final third, and has looked exciting in his performances so far. All in all, Manchester City have filled the gaps, and look to be back competing for the title after a year of seemingly falling away.
Transfers In: Donny van de Beek (Ajax, undisclosed), Alex Telles (Porto, undisclosed), Edinson Cavani (free), Facundo Pellistri (Penarol, undisclosed).
Transfers Out: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (released), Kieran O’Hara (released), Angel Gomes (released), Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan, free), Chris Smalling (Roma, undisclosed), Tahith Chong (Werder Bremem, season-long loan), Joel Pereira (Huddersfield Town, season-long loan), Andreas Pereira (Lazio, season-long loan), Diogo Dalot (AC Milan, season-long loan).
The season has not started well for Manchester United, with performances being really poor and results not coming for them. However, they made two really significant signings this summer, with Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek coming in, and the prospect of him playing alongside Bruno Fernandes in the midfield for the Red Devils is something I am looking forward to seeing. However, we have yet to see the full potential of the Dutchman, although he has netted a couple of times already. The other significant signing, Alex Telles, will add much-needed cover at left-back too. The outgoings were also good, as United managed to offload some fringe players, freeing up space on the wage bill. However, you just feel that they are still missing players who can give them a spark when they are lacking in tempo in matches.
Transfers In: Mark Gillespie (Motherwell, free), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley, free), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth, free), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, £20m), Jamal Lewis (Norwich City, £15m), Rodrigo Vilca (Deportivo Municipal, undisclosed).
Transfers Out: Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest, free), Rob Elliott (released), Jamie Sterry (released), Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United, undisclosed), Freddie Woodman (Swansea City, season-long loan), Kelland Watts (Plymouth Argyle, season-long loan), Florian Lejeune (Deportivo Alaves, season-long loan), Yoshinori Muto (Eibar, season-long loan).
Newcastle have had a very good transfer window, bringing in plenty of players who will significantly improve the team. Danny Rose’s loan spell ended in the summer, and Jamal Lewis was brought in as a long-term replacement, in an area which the Magpies needed to add to this summer. The other problem they had last season was that they lacked a striker who could consistently put the ball into the net, with Joelinton struggling in that area. Callum Wilson has shown he has that capability. To get the ball into him, Newcastle brought in another former Bournemouth player, Ryan Fraser, and former Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick, so they have definitely improved the whole team, and could break into the top 10 as a result of this good business.
Transfers In: Wes Foderingham (Rangers, free), Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth, undisclosed), Max Lowe (Derby County, undisclosed), Jayden Bogle (Derby County, undisclosed), Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion, undisclosed), Rhian Brewster (Liverpool, undisclosed), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Stephen Mallon (Derry City, season-long loan), Jake Eastwood (Kilmarnock, season-long loan), Luke Freeman (Nottingham Forest, season-long loan), Rhys Norrington-Davies, season-long loan), Regan Slater (Hull City, season-long loan), Mark Duffy (Fleetwood Town, free), Leon Clarke (Shrewsbury Town, free), Ricky Holmes (retired), Nathan Thomas (released), Ravel Morrison (ADO Den Haag, free), Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion, undisclosed).
Sheffield United are a team I am always bemused by, because they seem to sign players who they then find later they don’t need, and loan them out or sell them in the next window or the following year. Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson both signed last summer, but have both departed this summer, showing this, and there have been numerous other examples over the years since Chris Wilder came in. I like Wilder, and I like his unique style of play, but his transfer business confuses me. In their place, the Blades have signed some Championship talents, such as Derby County defensive duo Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe, as well as Ollie Burke from West Brom. They have lacked in goals at the start of this season, so their new player in this area, Rhian Brewster, will need to find his shooting boots quickly for them.
Transfers In: Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur, undisclosed), Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid, undisclosed), Ibrahima Diallo (Stade Brest, undisclosed), Theo Walcott (Everton, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur, undisclosed), Harrison Reed (Fulham, undisclosed), Alfie Jones (Hull City, undisclosed), Sofiane Boufal (Angers, free), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic, season-long loan), Mario Lemina (Fulham, season-long loan), Wesley Hoedt (Lazio, season-long loan), Celtic Soares (Arsenal, free), Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria, free), Jack Rose (Walsall, free), Marcus Barnes (released), Guido Carillo (Elche, free), Jake Hesketh (Crawley, season-long loan), Josh Sims (Doncaster, season-long loan).
Southampton didn’t need a lot this summer, so didn’t sign a lot. They had such a good end to last season that they simply needed to “top up” in a few areas. Bringing Kyle Walker-Peters back on a permanent deal was a good move, whilst Mohamed Salisu will add cover at central defence, and Ibrahima Diallo looks like he has been added to link up the two areas of the team, replacing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. However, the really significant signing is Theo Walcott, who has joined on loan from Everton for the season. He will add plenty of experience to the team, and can play on either wing, or function as a striker if they need him too, and brings goals. Therefore, he will compliment the likes of Danny Ings and Che Adams, providing them with chances to score from all over the pitch. The overall verdict is that the Saints have had a very good window.
Transfers In: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, season-long loan), Carlos Vinicius (Benfica, season-long loan), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton, undisclosed), Joe Hart (Burnley, free), Matt Doherty (Wolves, £13.4m), Sergio Reguilon (Real Madrid, £25m) Joe Rodon (Swansea, £11m).
Transfers Out: Jan Vertonghen (Benfica, free), Michel Vorm (released), Troy Parrott (Millwall, season-long loan), Oliver Skipp (Norwich City, season-long loan), Shilow Tracey (Shewsbury Town, season-long loan), Juan Foyth (Villareal, season-long loan), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, season-long loan), Kazaiah Sterling (Southend United, half-season loan), Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton, undisclosed), Luke Amos (QPR, undisclosed) Cameron Carter-Vickers (Bournemouth, season-long loan).
This was always going to be a big window for Tottenham, because it was Jose Mourinho’s first opportunity to remodel the squad in the way he wants it to look. It was no surprise that he moved to sign Gareth Bale, having been linked with bringing him to Manchester United during his time at Old Trafford. Carlos Vinicius looks to be an understudy to Harry Kane, with Spurs missing a second 9 to replace him if the England captain gets injured. Matt Doherty has shown himself to be an attacking full-back who scores and creates goals, so he will add a good option on the right side of the pitch. One area that Spurs needed to add to was left-back and Sergio Reguilon has slotted in perfectly there, providing balls into the box and creating chances for the central players. Overall, it has been a case of filling gaps and replacing players who have departed, and they have done it well.
West Bromwich Albion
Transfers In: Matheus Pereira (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), Grady Diangana (West Ham, undisclosed), Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic, undisclosed), David Button (Brighton, undisclosed), Callum Robinson (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg, free), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea, season-long loan), Filip Krovinovic (Benfica, season-long loan), Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town, £15m).
Transfers Out: Ali Al-Habsi (retired), Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace, free), Chris Brunt (Bristol City, free), Gareth Barry (retired), Jonathan Leko (Birmingham City, £1m), Oliver Burke (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Kenneth Zohore (Millwall, half-season loan).
West Brom’s squad was missing quality and Premier League experience. They have signed plenty of quality, with Matheus Pereira joining permanently after impressing last season in the Championship for the Baggies, whilst there were also permanent moves for Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson, so they have players in the final third who can create and score. Branislav Ivanovic will add experience and cover in defence, and Karlan Grant has signed to add a threat at the top of the pitch, but I still feel they are missing some experience across the team. They have struggled this season, and it has shown, with the players they brought in not adding anything they didn’t already have. January may need to be a month of them adding what they need to survive.
West Ham United
Transfers In: Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague, £15m), Vladimir Coufal (Slavia Prague, £5m), Craig Dawson (Watford, season-long loan), Said Benrahma (Brentford, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Dan Kemp (Blackpool, season-long loan), Felipe Anderson (Porto, season-long loan), Jeremy Ngakia (Watford, free), Carlos Sanchez (released), Pablo Zabaleta (released), Albian Ajeti (Celtic, £5m), Jordan Hugill (Norwich City, undisclosed), Roberto (Real Valladolid, free), Grady Diangana (West Brom, undisclosed).
West Ham have had an interesting transfer window, selling players that the fans wanted the club to keep, such as promising winger Grady Diangana, but they have also got rid of a lot of fringe players, such as Carlos Sanchez, Albian Ajeti and Jordan Hugill. However, they have offset those departures with the arrivals of Czech Republic right-back Vladimir Coufal, who has looked to be a really good addition to the team so far, and Said Benrahma, who has signed on loan, with a permanent deal already agreed between the Hammers and Brentford. He will add goals, assists, creativity, and general quality to the team, but whether these additions are enough to please the fans remains to be seen.
Transfers In: Matija Sarkic (Aston Villa, free), Fabio Silva (Porto, undisclosed), Marcal (Lyon, undisclosed), Ki-Jana Hoever (Liverpool, undisclosed), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona, undisclosed), Vitinha (Porto, season-long loan), Rayan Ait-Nouri (Angers, season-long loan).
Transfers Out: Jordan Graham (Gillingham, free), Helder Costa (Leeds United, £16m), Will Norris (Burnley, undisclosed), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur, undisclosed), Diogo Jota (Liverpool, undisclosed), Ryan Giles (Coventry City, season-long loan), Morgan Gibbs-White (Swansea City, season-long loan), Matija Sarkic (Shrewsbury Town, season-long loan), Leo Bonatini (Grasshopper, season-long loan), Ruben Vinagre (Olympiakos, season-long loan), Dion Sanderson (Sunderland, season-long loan) Ryan Bennett (Swansea, undisclosed).
Wolves had a lot of departures this summer, but didn’t bring in too many players to replace them. However, they have added what was needed, so a new right-back to replace Matt Doherty, and a left-back to replace Ruben Vinagre, who has left the club on loan. It is understandable that they have let so many players leave, either permanently or on loan, given that they are not in European competition this season. They have opted to go for mainly Europe-based players for their signings this summer, and previous seasons have shown that they know where to find the gems in this crowded market. Overall, they have been relatively quiet compared to other clubs, but positive in the level of quality they had brought into the team.
This article has looked at all 20 clubs in the Premier League, giving some thoughts on their transfer business this summer. There will be clubs very happy with their signings, and some that will wish they had made “that one signing they didn’t get”. Some have filled all the gaps they had, whilst others will need to do some forward planning to make sure January is a success for them. I have given my thoughts on the players, but we will have to wait and see how many of these predictions come true.