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Premier League Summer Transfer Window So Far - The Winners And Losers: Part 1

Premier League Summer Transfer Window So Far - The Winners And Losers: Part 1
Thursday,July 27,2017

With just two weeks until the Premier League season starts, and a month before the transfer window shuts, mutterings of disquiet are starting to turn into full blown panic for fans of some sides who have so far decided against joining in the big money madness.


In days gone by starting the new season with the same team as last was no big deal, but in the money mad Premier League, it’s nothing short of a disaster nowadays if you’re not keeping up with the noisy neighbours.


More than £850million has been spent by Premier League clubs this window, and are on course to top the record £1.165billion of last season.


Standing still is going backwards these days, and while you might not agree, the fact that Chelsea strolled to the title last season by seven points yet have seen fit to invest another £119million on new players to push their all-star squad even further, tells it’s own story..


True, they’ve recouped more than £65million selling the likes of Nathan Ake and Juan Cuadrado but they’re still big net spenders of over £50million, with Alvaro Morata (£55million) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (£34million) the marquee signings.



Not to be outdone, the rest of last year’s top six - bar one -  have all spent at least £30million on a player, and Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all broken their transfer records.


The one glaring omission from that list of big spenders is Tottenham, the only club in the top flight yet to make a summer signing.


With £750million to find to build their new stadium, perhaps the purse strings have been tightened for last season’s runners-up, but this isn’t a new thing - over the past five years Spurs have spent a net of just £1million!


Of course Mauricio Pochettino may be biding his time and have a big nove planned, but there’s no doubt with the money flying around at their rivals, and even selling one of their star players, Kyle Walker, to rivals Man City for big money, Spurs fans are getting a little antsy.


Let’s have a look at the transfer business of every Premier League club so far this summer, starting with the first ten teams in alphabetical order, and we’ll grade who the winners and losers are as the new season approaches.


Arsenal - Winners

Gunners fans have been crying out for big money signings for years, and Arsene Wenger has gone for it big time this summer with the Alexandre Lacazette for £45million the kind of centre forward he hopes can shoot Arsenal not only back into the top four, but towards a title challenge. There have been no big departures, at least so far, though if Alexis Sanchez does move on to PSG or elsewhere, it might be another season fighting for scraps as the big boys battle it out above them.


Bournemouth - Winners

They’ve definitely improved, Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic, both from Chelsea, are definite upgrades, and possibly more importantly, highly regarded young manager Eddie Howe is still in situ. Whether he can keep his side overperforming is another question, but they’ve done some decent business.


Brighton - Losers

There’s a massive gulf between the Championship and the Premier League, and if the Seagulls are to avoid a swift return from whence they came, they’re going to need more reinforcements than a £5million goalie and a couple of imports from Germany no one's ever heard of. Brighton fans will be hoping shrewd chairman and poker player Tony Bloom has an ace up his sleeve and there will be a flurry of late incomings at the AMEX.


Burnley - Neutral

As you might expect from a no nonsense manager like Sean Dyche, Burnley have decided buying British is the best bet this summer. They’ve signed a couple of EPL veterans in Jon Walkers and Phil Bardsley from Stoke, a solid central midfielder in Jack Cork from Stoke, and highly rated full-back Charlie Taylor from Leeds. Of course there’s a massive hole at the back created by Michael Keane’s big money move to Everton, while Joey Barton, serving a suspension, has also been shown the door.


Chelsea - Winners

The champions have done what all good teams do, strengthened from a position of strength, and striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko definitely make this Chelsea squad stronger. Whether Diego Costa is still a Chelsea player when the window closes remains to be seen, and the Blues have been unlucky with injuries which may lead to further forays into the transfer market. Antonio Conte probably still wants a central defender to complete his business, but Chelsea look even stronger this season, and given how easily they won the title last year, that’s not great news for their rivals.


Crystal Palace - Neutral

New manager Frank de Boer is still in the assessment stage of his tenure, but Palace fans will be keen to see him splash some cash sooner rather than later. To date, the only arrival has been one of his old charges, young defender Jairo Riedewald from Ajax, while a number of squad players have been shown the door. If De Boer doesn’t bring in some numbers Palace are going to struggle again, but you get the feeling the former Dutch international has everything in hand.


Everton - Winners

What a transfer window for Everton fans! Boyhood Evertonian Wayne Rooney is back in blue, while Ronald Koeman has also splashed big money on the likes of Burnley defender Michael Keane, Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford and Dutch attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen. Of course they’ll miss the goals of Romelu Lukaku, who is now plying his trade at Old Trafford in Rooney’s old role, but Koeman has invested wisely and there’s an air of excitement at Goodison Park for the first time in some while.



Huddersfield  - Winners

Terriers fans have complete trust in manager David Wagner and while a lot of his signings aren’t exactly household names, he’s brought in numbers and strengthened his squad, who remain favourites to go straight back down to the Championship. Tom Ince, an £8miilion signing from Derby, is an exciting addition, while a lot of pressure will be on £11million striker Steve Mounie, who arrives from Montpellier.


Leicester - Neutral

Highly rated Harry Maguire has joined along with his old Hull teammate Eldin Jakopovic and spanish defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra, but there’s still the shadow of Riyad Mahrez leaving hanging over this Leicester transfer window. If the former Player of the Year goes it will be a sad day for Leicester and the EPL in general, but if they can keep the squad together without the distraction of the Champions League, a season of consolidation awaits.


Liverpool - Neutral

Mo Salah has arrived for £35million from Roma and he should bring some pace to the Liverpool flanks, though whether he’s another, like Kevin de Bruyne, who Chelsea sold too quickly, or whether they were correct and he’s not good enough for the Premier League, is yet to be seen. Of course Liverpool’s transfer window really depends on whether Philippe Coutinho stays or goes. So far they’ve resisted Barcelona’s advances, but if he does go, it will be very bad news for the Reds.


Find out tomorrow what we think of the remaining ten team's transfer activity, but in the meantime, let us know if we have got it bang on or horribly wrong by airing your views on Twitter @ipoolsHQ


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