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Premier League Summer Transfer Window So Far - The Winners And Losers: Part 2

Premier League Summer Transfer Window So Far - The Winners And Losers: Part 2
Friday,July 28,2017

Another summer, and another crazy transfer window. What's new? More than £850million has been spent by Premier League clubs this window, and they are on course to top the record £1.165billion of last season. With all the money splashing around, there have been plenty of marquee signings, including the likes of Morata, Lukaku, Lacazette just to name a few. Yesterday we started our look at how each team have fared so far, getting up to Liverpool, which can be found here. Part 2 of our transfer window round-up starts with title favourites Man City.


Manchester City - Winners

Pep Guardiola wanted to invest in his defence, and also make them younger in general, and he’s twice broken the world record for a defender, paying £45million for right back Kyle Walker from Spurs before paying even more, a reported £52million for Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy. They’ve also splashed £26million on Real Madrid fullback Danilo to make doubly sure they strengthen at the back, while keeper Ederson (£35million from Benfica) and midfielder Bernardo Silva (£43million from Monaco) also should make City even more formidable.


Manchester United - Winners

Zlaten has departed (although he may be back) but Romelu Lukaku looks a ready made replacement and has everything to become a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford. At the back Jose Mourinho landed his primary defensive target, Victor Lindelof, a £30million signing from Benfica, and don’t be surprised to see more big money arrivals, with a defensive midfielder still on the wanted list.


Newcastle - Losers

Those success starved Geordies are expecting more than the signings of defenders Florian Lejeune and Javier Manquillo, Norwich winger Jacob Murphy and the permanent arrival of Chelsea Christian Atsu. Rafa Benitez has had a good clearout of the dead wood and is itching to pull the trigger on some bigger deals but owner Mike Ashley needs to back his boss if Newcastle are to avoid another season of struggle on their return to the big time.


Southampton - Losers

Mauricio Pellegrino has come in as manager after the rather unfortunate Claude Puel was shown the door, and he’s been quiet so far. Like Swansea with Sigurdsson, it looks likely the Saints will lose their star player Virgil van Dijk, before the window closes, and if that is to be the case, they’ll be keen to get as much as they can from Liverpool or elsewhere and get it spend on strengthening a squad that the powers that be obviously feel underachieved last season.


Stoke - Losers

Yet to spend any money on anyone, Stoke have seen a whole host of experienced players leave the club, with Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan, Phil Bardsley, Shay Given and Charlie Adam all joining big money departure Marko Arnautovic at new clubs. While getting a reported £25million for a striker who only scored seven goals last season looks shrewd, the Potters need to bring some players in to replace those that are no longer around.


Swansea - Losers

There are two factors at work which leads us to classify Swansea as Losers in this transfer window. They only just escaped the drop by the skin of their teeth last season, went through a number of managers and ultimately found Paul Clement the man to just about lead them to survival. This summer they’ve essentially swapped Jack Cork for Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa, when really they needed strengthening in a number of positions. Secondly, it looks increasingly likely Gylfi Sigurdsson will be heading to pastures new, and the longer that drags on, the less likely they’ll be able to splash the £40million+ his sale will bring on quality replacements.


Spurs - Losers

Getting £45million for Kyle Walker when he’s arguably not even your best right back does look good business, but Spurs fans will be desperate to see some new arrivals. So far Mauricio Pochettino has not signed anyone, if they’re to repeat last year’s second place finish, never mind go one better, they need to invest as all around them get stronger.


Watford - Winners

Another new manager in Marco Silva and another raft of new boys, but the investment in three English midfielders definitely looks a change in strategy, and one for the better. Tom Cleverley signed from Everton after a decent loan spell, and there’s plenty of potential in £8million Will Hughes from Derby and £7million Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea.


WBA - Losers

Jay Rodriguez has a lot to prove, coming in for £12million from Southampton after a couple of injury plagued years, but it’s further back the Baggies really need to invest. They have one of the oldest centre half partnerships in the league, while experienced central midfielders Darren Fletcher and Craig Gardner have gone and not really been replaced. Constantly linked with Chris Smalling and/or Phil Jones from Manchester United, West Brom fans will want to see at least one new defender through the door before the window closes.


West Ham - Winners

You’ve got to hand it to the West Ham owners, they’ve put their trust in manager Slaven Bilic. Whether you think he’s got value for money in his spending spree is another thing, but he’s plumped for Premier League experience and they look stronger than last year. Strikers Marko Arnautovic and Chicharito have come in for £40million, while Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart have come in from Manchester City.


Do you agree with our assessment of your team’s summer so far, or have we got it wrong? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @ipoolsHQ




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