So the transfer window has officially closed for another summer and there have been some major moves especially on Merseyside! Liverpool have really set out their stall and spent big bringing in Keita, Fabinho, Alisson & Shaqiri to make them genuine title contenders!
Elsewhere you could argue the other big clubs haven’t really made waves in the transfer market. Premier League champions Manchester City have only added Riyad Mahrez to their first team squad although having Benjamin Mendy back fit will feel like another new signing.
Manchester United fans will have been left frustrated by a quite transfer window in which nothing major happened. Only Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant & Fred joined the Red Devils squad this summer. Looks like another season with the comedy show of Chris Smalling & Phil Jones at the back for United – David De Gea must wonder what he did in a previous life to deserve this treatment!
Spurs are the first team to bring in no new players in the summer transfer window since it’s inception in 2003! And as an avid Spurs fan I’m not overly concerned by this. Sure, I would have loved to see a flashy new signing unveiled at Hotspur Way or the return of Gareth Bale but we did something which was nearly more important than make signings – keep our world class manager and all our big players! With a bit of luck on the injury front and we should be in good stead!
Chelsea & Arsenal are at somewhat of a cross-roads at the end of the summer. Both have new managers coming in to dressing rooms where last season has been a complete failure. They must pick up the troops and prepare for battle, but I’m not sure if either manager have acquired the correct reinforcements. Chelsea are still stuck with a misfiring strikeforce and what I can only assume is a miffed Eden Hazard who wanted out along with Willian. They replaced Courtois with a new new keeper Kepa!
Arsenal seem to be going backwards. Their most inspiring singing is Sokratis from Dortmund, a central defender. They still have some very good players, but unless they happen to moneyball (sum of the whole better than their individual parts) their way to a bit of luck this season then they will be struggling to stay ahead of ‘the rest’.
Everton had a great end to the transfer window, signing Yerry & Andre Gomes from Barcelona to compliment their signings of Richarlison (£50m actual British pounds! Madness) – but their best signing of the summer was finally getting Marco Silva! Would like to see them have a good season!
Fulham have splashed the cash signing all around them – reminds me of QPR a few years ago, let’s hope it works out better for them! But most importantly they managed to keep Ryan Sessegnon!
Other clubs who should be happy with their summer activity are Leicester, Wolves, West Ham and even though they didn’t make the headlines I think Newcastle did some tidy business!
Some clubs I fear for are Southampton (Panic buying Danny Ings for £20m is embarrassing!) & Crystal Palace! They both needed to do good business but they didn’t do much at all, far too reminiscent of Sunderland over the past few years.
However your club has done in this transfer winder, let’s all be glad that football is back! You could even say that Football has come home! 😉