The summer transfer window has come to close with premier league clubs spending a whopping £1.47bn in transfer fees. With the huge wealth from TV rights at the disposal for all 20 clubs, the spending comes at no surprise. Although the market is on a meteoric rise over the last 12 months, spending over a billion is scandalous.
Manchester City spent over £200m, while Chelsea spent £187.8m and Manchester United £150m. These were the top 3 spenders in England and were quickly followed by Everton £144.9m, Tottenham Hotspur at £85m and Liverpool at £82m to make up the top 6 spenders in the Premier League. That figure would be considerably higher if Chelsea had not failed to land Fernando Llorente and Ross Barkley among others. But which club’s recruitment department did the best job this summer? Atop of our transfer window podium, we have Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, followed by City and Liverpool. Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or on twitter @Fanfeud.
Written by Aaron Doherty
After 3 league games so far his season, Man United have a 100% win record, scoring 10 goals and conceding none. Albeit United have played much weaker opposition, it’s the manner in which they have claimed maximum points which has really impressed fans and pundits alike. They have had full control in their games so far, thanks largely to the signing of Nemanja Matic.
The decision from Chelsea to sell the experienced Serb was quite a surprising one given what he brings to the team. His ability to read a game and see danger is exceptional but he also gives that protection to free up other players throughout the squad. In this case, Paul Pogba has started the season really well and is finally showcasing his worth, as he is giving more freedom in midfield.
Jose Mourinho’s side struggled in front of goal last season and signing a centre forward was an absolute necessity. After missing out on Alvaro Morata, the Portuguese manager opted for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku to lead his attack. The Belgian has started the season on fire scoring 3 times in 3 games and also missed a penalty. His pace, strength and penalty box prowess is outstanding, which strikes fear into any defence.
Also added to the squad is Victor Lindelof but the Swedish international has struggled so far since arriving from Benfica. Man United have also managed to get Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj out of the squad while also re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his knee injury. Jose Mourinho said he wanted 4 players in this window and he might see the big Swede as that 4th signing. With the players recruited, United have addressed their needs and so deserve top spot on our transfer podium.
Its hard to say where this United squad is as they have been handed easy opposition so far in the league. Their first real test might not arrive until they face Liverpool in October but one thing is for certain, the fear factor is back at Old Trafford.
After spending over £200m this summer, the pressure is on Man City and Pep Guardiola to deliver this season. Last campaign the ex-Barcelona manager gave his squad the chance to prove their worth but after a 3rd place finish and no silverware, recruitment was needed. A massive 17 players have left City on permanent deals as Guardiola rings the changes to sign players to fit his philosophy.
Man City struggled defensively last season so they splashed the cash on Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo. The manager’s style requires attacking full backs with energy and end product so Walker, Mendy and Danilo fit that bill. They also had to fix the goalkeeping situation as the Claudio Bravo experiment didn’t pay off last season and Joe Hart deemed not good enough, so they signed Ederson. The Brazilian was highly-rated in Portugal during their recent success and at just 24 years of age £34m might prove to be a bargain.
Also acquired was Bernando Silva from Monaco after his outstanding season last year. The little Portuguese magician has a low centre of gravity, close dribbling and a brilliant eye for the final pass. He is a real coup for Guardiola and only adds to the excellent midfield on offer at the Etihad.
This season, City must find the killer instinct that evaded them last year and goals from Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus will be pivotal. After 3 games this season, City have 7 points from 9 having dropped 2 points at home to Everton but they will be challenging come May. Theyhave shown the ability to battle for points, as shown when they grabbed a 96th minute winner to take all 3 points from Bournemouth last time out, but the fact that they needed a last gasp winner against that calibre of opposition shows that they are still some way from firing on all cylinders.
There is a feeling that Guardiola is still finding his preferred starting 11 but what hasn’t worked is the partnership of Aguero and Jesus. They both make the same runs and sometimes kill each others space. Also, by starting both in each game, Guardiola has no goalscorer to introduce off the bench. Sergio Aguero was dropped for the Bournemouth draw but did come on from the hour mark. Everyone is expecting City and United to battle each other all the way to the title and its easy to see why. They both have the best squads but its very difficult to predict a winner. They finish behind United in our transfer window podium because, while they addressed their defensive needs this summer, the jury is still out on how fast those signings will mesh with their new team-mates.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have had an excellent start to the season with 7 points from 9 and also easing into the Champions League group stages at the expense of German club Hoffenheim. They are in excellent form even without in-demand Brazilian, Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool have had to endure 4 weeks of pressure from Barcelona for the wizard but thankfully for Liverpool fans, Barca refused to make a 4th bid after already having 3 rejected by the Merseysiders.
They continued to go about their business however and Klopp signed really well in bringing in Mohammed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on deadline day. They also chased Virgil Van Djik from Southampton but where unsuccessful in that pursuit and are expected to return for him in January. A central defender was very much on Klopp’s shopping list and he will be disappointed to not sign one.
It’s a 2nd spell in the Premier League for Salah who had a forgettable time with Chelsea in 2014. The Egyptian wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip and moved away on loan before making the move permanently to Roma. The pace, skill and eye for goal makes Salah a brilliant signing for Klopp’s philosophy. Already this season he has scored 3 times in 5 games and will certainly add to that in the coming months. Dominic Solanke will also add some energy to the front line that can be low on goals with Daniel Sturridge injury prone and Roberto Firmino lacking consistency. The 19 year old has an excellent goal scoring record at youth level with England and after finally ending his Chelsea nightmare, he will hope to feel right at home in Anfield.
Andrew Robertson is another shrewd signing for Klopp and will add much needed balance to a weak defensive line. The Scottish international was a pivotal player for Hull City last season despite their relegation and will no doubt fit right in with his new managers system. Deadline day signing, Chamberlain, who turned down Chelsea for the move to Merseyside, is another one with pace and skill.
There’s a recurring theme with Klopp’s signings, which tells you what way he wants his side to play. He wants to implement a high intensity, in your face style, that will also work on the counter attack. Most recently they blitz Arsenal at home 4-0, where they could have had a lot more. Due to their weak back line, Liverpool wont make any run at a 1st premier league title but a top 3 finish is certainly in their hands and that’s where they rank in our transfer window podium.
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