Photo [Flickr]

Grading Premier League Teams’ Summer Transfer Window

Read Bradford’s thoughts on which Premier League teams had the best summer transfer window.

This article will assign grades to each Premier League’s team summer transfer window. These grades are not based on the quality of the teams themselves, but rather how they did in buying and selling players in order to improve (or in some cases worsen) their squads.

Arsenal (B+): Adding Willian, Gabriel, and Thomas Partey were all good moves for an Arsenal team with immense attacking skill. However, this team is still limited in its midfield and defensive depth. Who’s their second-best midfielder after Partey? Ozil (who has not featured much recently) or perhaps Granit Xhaka? Arsenal could certainly pull something off going into a season that appreast to be wide open. This window certainly helped but losing out on Houssem Aouar in the midfield may come back to haunt them. Their best bit of business was extending Aubameyang’s contract.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Aston Villa (B+): Villa have strengthened where needed by signing a keeper (Emiliano Martínez) and findings support for Jack Grealish (Ollie Watkins, Adam Traoré and Ross Barkley). While not being huge names, they will help them in their bid to stay up and thrive in the Premier League. Perhaps it would have been wise to sign a top defender which would take Villa from a team fighting off relegation towards a mid-table side. Their best move was surely extending Jack Grealish’s contract on a 5-year deal.

Brighton (C+): Lallana and Tariq Lamptey (perhaps one of the baingans of the window) are both solid additions to this squad. Getting Ben White back from loan bolsters Brighton’s defence also. However, losing Aaron Mooy, Shane Duffy, and Glenn Murray is not great (especially given their experience). Could they have added more quality? Yes. Are they in a worse position than last season? No. In this league, not improving your squad can come back to bite you (look at Watford last season), however it seems Brighton has done just maintain its position (hovering above relegation).

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Burnley (D): Poor Burnley, their squad looks essentially the same with no new additions to their starting XI. As mentioned above, this likely will not bode well for them going forward. They should have added some players to their midfield and attack. Only time will tell regarding how this season unfolds for them (perhaps not too well).

Chelsea (A): On signings alone, Chelsea exceeded their fans’ expectations. They have added depth all over the pitch, meaning they now have one of the strongest squads in the league. Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner all bolster the attack, while Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy shore up the defence and keeper positions. With plenty of options to experiment with, manager Frank Lampard now has to find his best starting XI.

Photo [Wessex Scene]
Crystal Palace (C+): Adding Eberechi Eze and Michi Batshuayi (albeit on loan) certainly help to improve the team going forward and as well as take pressure off Wilfried Zaha. Adding some more overall depth may have been a good idea (as their squad is fairly small), but rumour has it that Saïd Benrahma is heading their way (which would bump them up half a grade). With Roy Hodgson at the helm, it unlikely Palace will go down.

Everton (A): Possibly the best transfer window by any team and certainly the one which changed the squad the most. Key additions include an entirely new midfield of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucouré. Signing the young and promising Ben Godfrey to add depth at the back was also crucial. With the experienced and successful Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, this squad can easily break into the top six.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Fulham (D): Unfortunately, the worst team in the league also had arguably the worst transfer window. They added very little class (their best additions being Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Alfophonse Areola) to a team which limped into the League to begin with. Also, why they added Areola (a keeper), in one of the positions they were already strong in, is puzzling. The squad needs a major overhaul to compete in the league and clearly no investment was made to do so.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Leeds (B+): They were already a very solid team and probably the best promoted team since Wolves a few years ago. The additions up front of Rodrigo, Raphinha, and Hélder Cost bolster a squad with defensive depth (hopefully the signing of Robin Koch can help fill the void left by Ben White returning to Brighton). This was a team that knew what they needed and as a result now has an extremely solid squad.

Leicester (B): Leicester’s outgoings are just as impressive as their new signings. Selling Chilwell and replacing him for Timothy Castagne (who so far has filled in seamlessly) for a fraction of the price was brilliant business. They added depth in defence with Wesley Fofana (although he is slightly inexperienced). Perhaps one oversight would be not aquiring more attacking depth, especially for the aging Jamie Vardy. Leicester’s team is good, but their depth is a concern and injuries to the wrong players could spell trouble (especially given the hectic Europa League schedule). Expect some movement from them in the winter window, but it would have been nice to see higher-ups in the club back manager Brendan Rodgers more going into this season.

Liverpool (B+): Liverpool finally added some quality backup to their front three in Diogo Jota, strengthened in midfield with the world class Thiago and acquired cover for the fullbacks in Kostas Tsimikas. This team has the depth and quality to stay at the top, but their defence has appeared shaky so far. If this continues, a partner for Virgil Van Dijk will most likely be brought in. Some may say this grade is too high, but this is one of the best teams in the world, let’s not forget their dominance the last two years. In terms of transfers, they have covered their blind spots (except for a backup goalkeeper, especially after their 7-2 loss to Villa).

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Manchester City (D): After being rumoured to have almost signed Messi over the summer, one would think Man City knew where they needed depth. They added two quality centre backs (which were much needed) and a winger in Ferran Torres. But come on, they were going for Messi. No consolation player? They lost one of the best players in their squad in David Silva as well Leroy Sane on the wing and provided no amplereplacement. Furthermore, Sergio Aguero is a year older and more injury prone than ever. They have a good team and Pep Guardiola cannot be counted out, but instead of closing in on Liverpool, it seems they may have fallen further behind. It is likely there will be some signings for Man City in the winter window.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Manchester United (D): Signing Telles at full back and Cavani up front (a desperate consolation signing, but a solid and experienced one nonetheless) are good signings, however that is where the good signings end. They signed attacking midfielder Donny Van de Beek to provide cover for a position where they already have plenty of players. What did United really need? A dominant enforcer to play at the base of midfield and a top-quality centre back. It will be interesting to see how United’s season turns out, what but you cannot fix everything with duct tape. This could have been the transfer window to propel United back to the top, but it was not to be.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Newcastle (A-): Newcastle made some great signings: Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson up top, Jeff Hendrick in the midfield and Jamal Lewis at the back. Furthermore, they did not lose any key players. This window was subtly fantastic for them and they are a team that improved a lot, which is not something many teams can say. Steve Bruce’s style fits this team well, so Newcastle could perhaps be the squad to surprise fans this season.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Sheffield (D): Although Sheffield added the young Rhian Brewster to help their attack, it seems too much responsibility will be put his shoulders. Sheffield has been bargain-hunting, but after their poor form in the restart, this seems not to have been a wise move. Aaron Ramsdale is a solid keeper, but will not bring the protection Dean Henderson offered last season. These signs point towards a drop in form this season.

Southampton (B): Adding Theo Walcott in attack, Ibrahima Diallo to replace Pierre-Emile Højbjerg in midfield and shoring up some of their defence is solid work. Southampton is young and fierce, but unproven. This could work to their benefit, their detriment, or both. Overall, spending their money wisely resulted in Southampton making some solid moves without paying much.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
Tottenham (A): After years of thrifty spending, Spurs splashed out for manager Jose Mourinho in the transfer market. Their additions add incredible depth to their squad: Joe Hart as a backup keeper, two new fullbacks in Sergio Reguilón and Matt Doherty, a fantastic holding midfielder in Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, bringing back Gareth Bale and finally providing Harry Kane some cover with Carlos Vinícius (the Portuguese league’s highest scorer last year). All of this whilst losing nobody significant, means Tottenham now possess the depth to step up and maybe win some trophies. After an almost a perfect transfer window, Mourinho should be very pleased with his players.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]
West Brom (D): The newly promoted side have certainly added some depth in Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana, but that is about as far as quality-added goes (Branislav Ivanović is just too old). This team looks destined face a relegation battle this season and the transfer window did little to change that, there is just a huge lack of quality across the board.

West Ham (F): Whilst West Ham’s team may not deserve an F, their transfer window certainly does. West Ham added nobody of note (aside from Tomáš Souček who they signed on loan). They also lost Felipe Anderson on loan and young talent Grady Diangana. Furthermore, they released Jack Wilshere meaning they lack further depth. West Ham needed the quality striker they have spent the last few years looking for and once again failed to sign one. The team definitely lost quality over the summer, however the squad remains decent and David Moyes is a top manager.

Wolverhampton (C): Losing Matt Doherty at wing back and replacing him with Nélson Semedo could be said to be a fair exchange or perhaps an upgrade. However, on the other hand, Wolves sold striker Diogo Jota and replaced him with the untested Fábio Silva (who has less than 20 senior games to his name). Wolves already had a squad on the smaller-side, and they failed to add much-needed depth in attack and midfield especially. An all-round upgrade in quality is likely needed for them to mix it among the other big names in the top six.

Photo [Wikimedia Commons]





















84 thoughts on “Grading Premier League Teams’ Summer Transfer Window

  1. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

  2. Great post. I used to be checking constantly this blog and I am inspired! Very helpful information specifically the closing section 🙂 I maintain such information a lot. I used to be looking for this particular information for a very long time. Thanks and good luck. |

  3. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

  4. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

  5. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

  6. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

  7. Giầy Bóng Rổ Giá Rẻ Bền đẹp, Chi Phí Sốc, Nên Chọn Mua Ở Đâuxem bóng rổLần đầu tiên ra đôi mắt thì giầy Jordan 1 có color đỏ, Trắng và đen phối với nhau. Với upper mỏng nhẹ và đế bền hơn cùng cỗ đệm lấy trực tiếp từ Crazylight Boost 2016, tạm thời Rose 8 cũng vô cùng xứng đáng nhằm test.

  8. RED TIGER Weekends 20% Cashback Jos suosit lomaa ilman haslinkia, milloin aamianen, lounas, illallinen ja juomat sisaltyvat majoituksen hintaan, on all inclusive -palvelu saatavilla. Yksityiskohtaista tietoa menusta on saatavilla saapumisen yhteydessa. Hyvin ennustettu joka tapauksessa, johon on merkitty tietty määrä ruudukkoja. Kasino 10 eurolla ilman talletusta savanna moon peliautomaatti suomi ja Norja tulevat kaukana Tanskan ja Ruotsin perässä, mutta valitsin nyhtökaurakäristyksen. Knights on jännittävä ja hiukan haastavakin peliautomaatti, Visa. Myös oheistoiminnot toimivat mallikkaasti ja pelaaja voikin siirtää ja kotiuttaa rahavarojaan turvallisesti ja nopeasti, Mastercard. Unelmia ja haaveitahan pitää ja tulee olla, Skrill ja verkkopankki. Nykyisen henkilötunnuksen ongelmana on nähty myös se, mutta myös muitakin menetelmiä löytyy. Lahestulkoon jokainen vahankaan nettipelialaa seuraava on varmasti joskus kuullut termin pikakasino. Tama ei kuitenkaan tarkoita, etta kaikki tietaisivat mita pikakasinot ovat ja mita ne tarjoavat parhaillaan asiakkailleen. Parhaat pikakasinot suomalaisille ovat monelle niita, joilla on hyva bonus. Uusille asiakkaille tarjotaan usein parempia etuja ja uusimmat pelikasinot ilman rekisteroitymista kiinnostavatkin juuri taman takia. Niiden lisaksi myos juuri testatut uudet pikakasinot 2021 loytyvat meilta. Toivomme, etta muistat kuitenkin pelata maltilla ja tallettaa harkiten. Rahapeleihin on tunnetusti ikaraja 18 vuotta. Kasinolla saannot ja ehdot patevat. Mikali hyodynnat bonuksia ja ilmaiskierroksia muistathan huomioida myos bonusehdot.

  9. I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I found this during my search for something regarding this.

  10. I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else
    experiencing issues with your blog. It seems like some of the text
    on your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let
    me know if this is happening to them as well? This could be a problem with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen before.
    Many thanks

  11. Although Vigilante 8 wasn’t as well received as some of the other N64 games on my list, for me it was a fun game that had and still has a great amount of replay-ability. Review (from Gamespot): “Whether you’re the biggest football gamer on your block or you haven’t touched a pigskin game since 10-Yard Fight, ‘NFL Blitz 2000’ is a fast, fun football game that is sure to please, particularly in its two-to-four player modes.” The superb first-person shooter was released in ’97 and it has since gone down as one of the most important releases in video game history. More importantly, it also provided us with more hours of fun with our friends than we could ever articulate. As a Dream League Soccer 21 coach, you have the ability to customize your stadium and increased its capacity, so that it can accommodate more players and spectators. We have made it super easy to cancel Dream League Soccer 2021 subscription at the root to avoid any and all mediums “First Touch Games Ltd.” (the developer) uses to bill you. Now let us get into the crux of this guide. It isn’t uncommon for players of action-based soccer games to try for that good old fashioned defensive workaround of spamming the switch button in order to quickly move from one player to the next while, in theory, letting the AI handle most of the defensive duties. In theory, it sounds like a plausible way to avoid responsibility on the defensive end. However, it very, very seldom works in actual practice, and that is true in the Dream League Soccer series. In fact, you may notice that the game will automatically switch for you on defense if it notices that you aren’t hitting the C button to control the player closest to the ball!

  12. While these are some of the broad math topics that are covered in kindergarten, it is important to realize that different kids have different learning curves. Maintain a pace that the little ones are comfortable with. As long as the activities are interactive and engaging, kids are sure to enjoy learning math. So get started immediately and watch the magic! Spend $10+ And We’ll Give Someone in Need a Chess Set To Brighten Their Day. Click to Learn More   Discover the all new strategic 3 player chess game, in which coincidence plays no part ! Chess 24 offers access to chess games as well as learning material without any money upfront, but on the learning side of things there are restrictions. For example, only premium users have access to live instructional videos as well as streamed content from chess masters.

  13. Over the course of the morning, we worked with John to further define his concerns about Katie’s request and to help him apply the lessons learned from his investment with Molly. It became clear that there were some critical issues for him to address with Diane so that neither one of them felt the other was enabling Katie in a harmful way. He told us he wanted to be on the same page as Diane regarding the amount of the financial assistance, the type of assistance and the guidelines around obtaining the assistance. 10. The Interfund Lending Committee would allocate borrowing demand and cash available for lending among the Funds on what the Interfund Lending Committee believes to be an equitable basis, subject to certain administrative procedures applicable to all Funds, such as the time of filing requests to participate, minimum loan sizes, and the need to minimize the number of transactions and associated administrative costs. To reduce transaction costs, each Interfund Loan normally would be allocated in a manner intended to minimize the number of participants necessary to complete the loan transaction.

  14. I oversee a vape store directory site and we have had a posting from a vape store in the USA that likewise advertises CBD items. A Month afterwards, PayPal has written to use to say that our account has been limited and have asked us to remove PayPal as a payment solution from our vape store directory. We do not retail CBD items like CBD oil. We merely provide internet marketing services to CBD companies. I have visited Holland & Barrett– the UK’s Leading Wellness Merchant and if you take a good look, you will witness that they promote a fairly extensive stable of CBD product lines, primarily CBD oil and they also happen to take PayPal as a payment solution. It appears that PayPal is administering twos sets of rules to different firms. Because of this limitation, I can no longer accept PayPal on my CBD-related online site. This has restrained my payment options and presently, I am seriously reliant on Cryptocurrency payments and straightforward bank transfers. I have consulted with a barrister from a Magic Circle law practice in London and they stated that what PayPal is undertaking is entirely against the law and discriminatory as it ought to be applying a systematic criterion to all firms. I am still to consult a different attorney from a US law firm in The city of london to see what PayPal’s legal position is in the USA. Meanwhile, I would be extremely appreciative if anyone here at targetdomain could offer me with alternative payment processors/merchants that deal with CBD companies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Stand