The transfer window is finally closed, clubs have finalized £1.9billion in incoming deals in the Premier League and squads for the 2022/23 season are in place – at least until January.
From big deals for Antony, Darwin Nunez and Wesley Fofana to a group of talented youngsters arriving in English football and already making an impact, the completed transfers look as varied as ever in terms of potential quality and financial cost.
that of the independent Sportswriters have now drawn their conclusions on their best, worst and must-sees of the past few weeks – read on for who they think ‘won’ the window and who will regret their own inaction.
Who had the best window?
Miguel Delaney: The simple answer is Manchester City, though southampton have done something far more difficult. At a time when everyone had expected Ralph Hasenhüttl to fail again and the club was no longer considered a “role model”, so many promising youngsters were brought to light again. And look very good.
Richard Jolly: The league table would suggest it is Arsenal and it probably is. But considering they lost their best two players and left Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips largely powerless, leeds did well to come out stronger. Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams started very well, Raphinha’s replacement Luis Sinisterra already has a goal and Jesse Marsch both seem to have players who suit his style of play and have more strength at depth. Given the departures, if he could have gotten Charles De Ketelaere it might have been the closest thing to a perfect window imaginable.
Ben Burrows: It’s easy to forget since they did most of their business at the very beginning, but Tottenham Had a great window. Yves Bissouma is a very Antonio Conte midfielder, while Ivan Perisic could hardly fit the Italian’s system better. Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet have plenty of upside potential once they get a few minutes under their belt and Richarlison will be worth the £60m for his social media presence alone. They could have gotten bigger, but overall a smart smart summer.
Jack Rathborn: Chelsea: A bit chaotic but Todd Boehly has fared well in difficult circumstances, although it helps when he’s armed with more than £250m. Each signing (Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) replaces or enhances key departures (Antonio Ruediger, Andreas Christensen, Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku) and Marc Cucurella protects Ben Chilwell in what could blossom alongside Reece James for the best full-back/full-back pairing in the league.
Jamie Braidwood: Manchester City: Erling Haaland’s impact so far speaks for itself and Pep Guardiola’s side have done their early business with little fuss. Since then, they’ve gained depth in a few positions in Manuel Akanji and Sergio Gomez without exceeding the odds. That answer could have been Arsenal up until recent weeks. It still feels like Mikel Arteta’s side have gaps.
Michael Jones: Arsenal: Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus have both had an immediate impact on the Gunners, helping them win their first five games of the season and Fabio Vieira is a strong option in midfield.
Karl Matchett: Leeds United Put together a really strong window to regenerate the team after the manager’s image, and a couple of those deals – Tyler Adams, Luis Sinisterra – are steals. If Marc Roca rediscovers his LaLiga form, add him to the list. spores‘ window is also strong, although perhaps not quite enough to bring them close to a challenge, and while they haven’t added many players, wolves I hope to have a much stronger first XI now. Sasa Kalajdzic could be the ideal striker, making the team much better than its actual level offers – he’s a good number 9 to play to the qualities of his backers.
Who had the worst window?
MD: If the ultimate goal of the transfer window is to change your squad relative to your position and the rest of the division, Leicester City have gotten so much worse. They’ve gone from being a team just outside the top six to one that may be lucky enough to avoid a fight to escape the bottom three.
RJ: Ask Scott Parker and the answer is likely Bournemouth. Ask Brendan Rodgers and it could be Leicester. But as undiplomatic as Parker’s comments leading to his sacking were, they look right. Bournemouth have a far weaker squad than when they were relegated in 2020. And if their limited spending suggest money is the key factor, some of their rivals have recruited quality players for reduced fees, free transfers or loans. Bournemouth may not have done it.
BB: There are a few candidates, but it was only a team’s lack of transfer business that led to the manager’s sacking. Scott Parker was so mad at him BournemouthBy his inaction, he was effectively challenging them to fire him – which they did. The roster looks razor thin, leaving plenty for whoever replaces Parker at the top to keep the cherries rolling.
JR: Leicester City: regarding the loss of real quality in Wesley Fofana and a true leader and priceless character in Kasper Schmeichel Nottingham Forest could emerge as a candidate due to the risky strategy and environment they have now created with 21 new faces depending on their attempt to survive rather than the quality of the players they have signed.
JB: Leicester City: They may have made a massive profit from the £70million sale of Wesley Fofana, but Brendan Rodgers has been unable to put him back into a squad in dire need of a refresher. Keeping James Maddison is a boost but they missed a chance to sell Youri Tielemans before the midfielder leaves for free next summer. You’ll be glad the window closed.
MJ: Frank Lampards everton The roster doesn’t look any stronger, despite bringing in high-profile players like James Tarkowski, Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil leicester have only made one signing, Wout Faes from Reims, after losing captain Kasper Schmeichel and defender Wesley Fofana, among others.
KM: Leicester City. They’ve waited so long to sell players they didn’t want, haven’t fired the players Brendan Rodgers doesn’t seem want anymore, and haven’t added any significant talent at all. Since Bournemouth I’d also like to point out that they don’t have the quality to compete at this level – not a single starter has signed permanently with any club in Europe’s top five leagues.
Who is the best signer?
MD: As sensational as Erling Haaland was, City didn’t necessarily want goals or dominance beforehand. The real test of his influence will come in the latter stages of the Champions League. At the moment it is arguably the signing that has had the most dramatic impact on his team Gabriel Jesus.
RJ: Gabriel Jesus: In part for the goals and assists that got him off to a flying start. But also partly because he seems to be just what Arsenal needed considering how seldom their forwards have started last season and seemingly had a broader impact on the squad as a whole.
BB: Gabriel Jesus has been superb for Arsenal while Alexander Isak admittedly could prove a home run for Newcastle after one game’s evidence. but Erling Haland has scored nine goals, including two hat-tricks, in just five games for Manchester City. He’ll slow that frenzied pace – at least he should – but those hot post-Community Shield comments about his suitability for Pep Guardiola’s playstyle are already looking stone cold.
JR: It’s hard to see beyond that Erling Haland and Gabriel Jesus if only for the huge impact, so I lean towards the latter because I elevate his side more despite the greater dominance of the former.
JB: Gabriel Jesus: The striker’s presence up front has strengthened Arsenal and not only impressed with his goals.
MJ: It is obvious Erling Haland who has already scored nine goals in five games for Man City, but as for potential CasemiroThe arrival at Old Trafford could completely transform Manchester United and make them a top four team again.
KM: I disagree with every colleague naming these two strikers above, but elsewhere I stand by Crystal Palace’s excellence Cheick Doucoure and Luis Sinisterra for Leeds a tremendous, team-changing addition to their respective clubs.
Who is the best under-the-radar signing?
MD: Armel Bella-Kotchap. There’s no £50m flotsam in midfield here. He’s arrived from Bochum for just £9.5million and straight to the Southampton side, where his confidence is visible.
RJ: If anyone outside of Southampton noticed his signature, they may have Armel Bella Kochaps name. A few games into his Saints career and the young defender is striking with his performances. He was excellent against Manchester United and Chelsea.
BB: Everyone will say Armel Bella-Kotchap, and I’d like to say Armel Bella-Kotchap too, but for editorial diversity I’ll stick to it Brenden Aaronson which is already a great deal for Leeds.
JR: Thilo Kehrer on West Ham: Conceding a penalty and scoring an own goal doesn’t look immediately encouraging, but if you look closer David Moyes now has a defender who is quick, strong and capable of intelligent distribution from behind, with Hammers fans already convinced that they got a bargain at £10.8 m.
JB: It could be any of Southampton’s recent signings. Roméo Lavia and Joe Aribo both look like smart additions, but it shows Armel Bella Kochap (£9m from Bochum) who are subject to £40m-50m bids from Chelsea next summer.
MJ: Under Ralph Hasenhuttl, the Saints typically had solid central defenders and Armel Bella Kochap is the newest. He’s only 20 years old and has heaps of potential as seen in two great performances against Man Utd and Chelsea.
KM: AB-K and Aaronson are an excellent choice from the start of the season. Goncalo Guedes can be a game changer for Wolves too, less sought after than new signing Mateus Nunes but a brilliant striker when he’s on form. Romeo Lavia also had a great start for Saints who are another team that had a really good window.
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