With the transfer window shutting on Friday, we ask how your club fared?
Premier League clubs perhaps didn’t spent as much money as they usually do this time around, but there were nonetheless some massive moves throughout the competition, with a number of big domestic transfers, as well as the usual importing of the best foreign talent.
But how did your club fare? This week, we take a look at all the transfer activity from the Premier League’s 20 clubs.
In: Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla (Approx expenditure: £40.2 million)
Out: Carlos Vela, Manuel Almunia, Kyle Bartley, Robin Van Persie, Alex Song, Henri Lansbury (Approx income: £45.3 million)
It must be of some concern to the Arsenal faithful just how frequently the club’s captains are sold. William Gallas was perhaps at the end of his tenure, and Cesc Fabregas was at least exported to Spain, but losing Robin Van Persie to a domestic rival such as Manchester United must hurt. The loss of Alex Song could also prove a big one, with no one else coming in as a direct replacement.
The signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud arguably mean that Arsenal have greater depth in numbers up front, even without Van Persie, but it will take time for the duo to adapt to the English game. Podolski got off the mark at the weekend, but Giroud seems to be having a harder time with the transition. The Frenchman has a fine goalscoring pedigree however, and it could just be a matter of time before he is back to his prolific best.
Santi Cazorla will prove one of the best buys of the season however, and his creativity will ensure that the two new boys ahead of him won’t be short on chances.
Score - 6.5 - A lot depends on Giroud’s transition, but RVP’s loss has been covered. Wenger may regret not replacing Song like-for-like.
In: Brett Holman, Karim El Ahmadi, Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Joe Benett, Ashley Westwood, Jordan Bowery, Christian Benteke (Approx expenditure: £20 million +)
Out: Emile Heskey, Carlos Cuellar, James Collins (Approx income: £2.5 million)
Spending over £20 million on new talent, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner certainly cannot be accused of not backing his new manager’s ambition. After a dire season last year, in which Alex McLeish almost saw the Villains relegated from the top flight, Lambert has been tasked with bringing good football back to Villa Park, and it will not be an easy transition.
Lambert has shown a preference for local talent, scouring the lower leagues for some of the best young talent available, and sprinkling the squad with international talent. Australian Brett Holman has had a decent start to life in the Premier League, whilst Ron Vlaar looks a solid defender. Karim El Ahmadi has plenty of European experience too, signing from Dutch side Feyenoord, and already has a goal to his name since joining his new club.
Score - 6 - Lots of newcomers means Lambert’s first year in charge will be one of transition. No massive losses and some good ins makes this a decent transfer window for Aston Villa, if not a spectacular one.
In: Marko Marin, Eden Hazard, Thorgen Hazard, Oscar, Cezar Azpilcueta, Victor Moses (Approx expenditure: £82 million)
Out: Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou, Marko Mitrovic, Rhys Taylor, Raul Meireles, Yossi Benayoun (loan), Michael Essien (loan) (Approx income: £8 million)
A massive summer for the European champions saw Chelsea outspend their Premier League opponents, and thus far it has worked wonders on the pitch.
Dider Drogba heads the list of departing players, but with Torres seemingly confident once more and revelling alongside new signing Eden Hazard, even his departure mightn’t be a massive cause for concern for the West London outfit who will be looking to back up last season’s Champions League triumph with a more sustained title challenge domestically this season.
Eden Hazard is probably the pick of the bunch, but they have also gained some very capable players in the shape of Marko Marin and Oscar, who is perhaps one for the future. Cezar Azpilcueta is a big improvement on Jose Bosingwa as well.
Losing Raul Meireles and Michael Essien, who has not been at his best for some time, might not seem like big losses on their own, but the lack of any true central midfielder on the incoming list might prove a problem as the season goes on for Roberto Di Matteo.
Score - 8.5 - Fantastic set of players coming in, with Drogba the only real big loss.
In: Steven Naismith, Steven Pienaar, Ben McLaughlin, Kevin Mirallas, Bryan Oviedo, Matthew Kennedy (Approx expenditure: £10.5 million+)
Out: Marcus Hahnemann, James McFadden, Jack Rodwell, Joseph Yobo, Joao Silva, Tim Cahill (Approx income: £13 million+)
It’s business as usual for David Moyes as the manager of the cash strapped club scoured the globe once more for the cheapest possible deals. Signing Steven Naismith on what was essntially a free transfer was a great bit of business, whilst Kevin Mirallas arrives at Goodison with a great goalscoring record at Olympiacos.
Steven Pienaar is no stranger to the Everton faithful, and his return has been only positive for the club thus far, whilst Bryan Oviedo, Matthew Kennedy and Ben McLaughlin nicely add to the depth of the squad.
The sale of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City effectively made back all the money spent on new players, whilst the loss of Socceroo Tim Cahill reaped another £1 million for the club.
Score - 7 - The loss of Rodwell is more than compensated by those coming in, as well as the retention of the services of Fellaini. Keeping in mind their resources, another good summer for the club.
In: Mladen Petric, Sascha Riether, Hugo Rodallega, Dimitar Berbatov, Kieran Richardson, Ashkan Dejagah (Approx expenditure: £8 million)
Out: Andrew Johnson, Danny Murphy, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Dickson Etuhu, Bjorn Helge Riise, Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey, Rafik Halliche (Approx income: 22.5 million+)
The transfer deadline day losses of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey are very notable losses, even with the acquisitions of Dimitar Berbatov and Ashkan Dejagah. Dembele proved his class in the opening two rounds with two fantastic performances, most notably at Old Trafford against Manchester United. They reaped a relatively big fee for the powerful midfielder, but will struggle without his class, and indeed Dempsey’s over the course of the season.
It’s not all bad though, and with Mladen Petric, Hugo Rodallega and now Berbatov in the mix, Fulham have a quality forward line that blends pace, power, experience and technical ability. How well that blend works could hold the key to just how well Fulham manage to do this season.
Score - 6.5 - Positive signings and the removal of plenty of dead wood should perhaps merit a slightly higher score, but Dempsey and Dembele will be hard to replace.
In: Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Oussama Assaidi, Nuril Sahin (loan) (Approx expenditure: £26.5 million+)
Out: Fabio Aurelio, Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy, Charlie Adam, Andy Carroll (loan) (Approx income: £8 million+)
There isn’t much one can say to gloss over what has been a pretty disappointing off-season for Liverpool Football Club.
That John W. Henry, the club’s owner, has felt it neccessary to openly write to the fans to explain the situation, speaks volumes as to how dire this window has been. Joe Allen is perhaps the best bit of business, signed from new manager Brendan Rodgers former club Swansea.
Fabio Borini scored nine goals whilst at Roma last season, and is well known to Rodgers having scored six in nine appearances in Swansea’s promotion winning campaign of 2011, but the young Italian forward is going to take time to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League. Oussama Assaidi is in the same boat.
Nuril Sahin is a nice addition, but still a temporary one that Liverpool have played a significant fee to bring to the club.
The club has cleared quite a bit of dead wood though once more, with Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy, Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquillani and Fabio Aurelio all sold, but the loan of Andy Carroll has left many, Rodgers included, bemused with no other strikers coming in. Carroll might not have been Rodgers’ cup of tea, but he was a striker.
Proposed moves for Michael Owen and Alessandro Del Piero seem to have come to nothing.
Score - 4 - A torrid window. Not enough quality in, despite an outlay of over £26 million, to take the club back into real top four contention. Now facing a chronic lack of depth up front and a massive transition in footballing philosophy, Rodgers faces a massive task in appeasing the Liverpool support. No mean feat.
In: Jack Rodwell, Richard Wright, Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Matija Natasic, Javi Garcia (Approx expenditure: £47 million (plus Stefan Savic))
Out: Owen Hargreaves, Stuart Taylor, Emmanuel Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Nigel De Jong, Stefan Savic (Approx income: £20.1 million)
Roberto Mancini was an avid critic of Brian Marwood over the off-season, lamenting the lack of transfer activity which saw the Premier League champions miss out on a number of transfer targets.
Chelsea signed Eden Hazard, cross-town rivals United signed Robin Van Persie, Bayern Munich signed Javi Martinez and Daniele De Rossi opted to stay at Roma.
Still, this summer was always going to be one of consolidation for Mancini, and although he missed out on perhaps his three biggest targets, it would be hard to argue that he hasn’t improved, even slightly, his squad.
There are no notably outs, whilst Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell will more than cover the sale of Nigel De Jong. Maicon offers greater depth at full back, whilst Scott Sinclair is a proven Premier League talent, even if he does seem the odd one out of an attacking band that includes players of the ilk of David Silva and Samir Nasri.
Score - 7 - Mancini missed out on the big guns this time around, but he has improved a fantastic squad nevertheless.
Part two will follow shortly...