So Who Won the Transfer Window Then?
The summer transfer window is now shut, and Premier League sides now must make do with what they’ve got until the January window rolls around.
Some teams have spent the last few months perfecting their squads in an attempt to reach new heights, but some have stayed concerningly quiet and allowed those around them to strengthen with very little competition.
Let’s have a look at who won the extended summer of 2020.
Incomings: Dale Stephens (£1m), Will Norris (undisclosed), Anthony Gomez Mancini (loan).
Outgoings: Jeff Hendrick (free), Joe Hart (free), Aaron Lennon (free), Aiden O’Neill (free), Ben Gibson (loan).
It has been a thoroughly underwhelming summer for Burnley, whose blockbuster addition was a £1m move for Stephens, who was a regular part of a Brighton side who narrowly avoided relegation last season.
Losing Hendrick on a free will have hurt, and the fact that he walked away for free makes it even worse.
19. West Ham United
Incomings: Anthony Knockaert (£10m), Harrison Reed (£8m), Kenny Tete (£2.9m), Antonee Robinson (£2m), Tosin Adarabioyo (£1.5m) Joachim Andersen (loan), Alphonse Areola (loan), Ademola Lookman (loan), Mario Lemina (loan), Ola Aina (loan), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan).
Outgoings: Alfie Mawson (loan), Steven Sessegnon (loan).
As a newly promoted side, Fulham knew they needed Premier League experience to boost their chances of survival, and they haven’t really done that.
Spending so much on Knockaert and Reed feels a little misguided, although loans for Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Areola and even Lemina look like they could be smart pieces of business.
17. West Bromwich Albion
16. Brighton & Hove Albion
Outgoings: Anthony Knockaert (£10m), Aaron Mooy (£7.5m), Dale Stephens (£1m), David Button (£1m), Martín Montoya (free).
Selling Knockaert and reinvesting that money in the first team was smart, but you have to question the level of talent Brighton have brought in.
No disrespect to the new faces at the AMEX, but Brighton only narrowly avoided relegation last season and needed some big signings to ensure they didn’t fall into that trap this year, and they haven’t really done that.
15. Manchester United
Outgoings: Chris Smalling (£13.6m), Alexis Sánchez (free), Andreas Pereira (loan), Diogo Dalot (loan), Tahith Chong (loan).
United have ended up with egg on their face this summer, having near-enough promised to land Jadon Sancho and ended up empty handed.
A state of panic saw them turn to Cavani and Telles who, admittedly, are solid signings, and splashing out so much on Diallo on deadline day looks like a huge risk.
Outgoings: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£15m), Harrison Reed (£8m), Mario Lemina (loan), Wesley Hoedt (loan).
Losing Højbjerg hurt Southampton, but the decision not to replace him for so long seemed a little odd. Were they looking for the right answer or was the move for Diallo a bit of a panic?
Ralph Hasenhüttl has gone young with these signings, and while they all have the potential to impress, Southampton look weaker now than before.
13. Sheffield United
12. Crystal Palace
Outgoings: Alexander Sørloth (£20m).
Getting so much money for Sørloth, a player who was thought to be worthless just 12 months ago, was a huge boost for Palace, who sensibly reinvested that in Eze. Bringing in Batshuayi on loan could finally be the answer to Palace’s goalscoring problems.
You could argue that there was nothing more important than keeping Wilfried Zaha at the club, but even though Palace did manage that, there’s an air of frustration around not making more first-team additions.
11. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Incomings: Fábio Silva (£37m), Nélson Semedo (£37m), Ki-Jana Hoever (£10m), Marçal (£1.8m), Rayan Aït-Nouri (loan), Vitinha (loan).
Outgoings: Diogo Jota (£41m), Hélder Costa (£16m), Matt Doherty (£15m), Rúben Vinagre (loan), Morgan Gibbs-White (loan).
The jury’s still out on Wolves. The only word to describe their summer business is weird.
Spending so much on Silva, a player mostly known for his potential on Football Manager, was strange enough, but selling Doherty only to replace him with a player twice as expensive made even less sense.
10. Leeds United
Outgoings: Laurens De Bock (loan).
Blessed with a sizeable transfer budget, Leeds haven’t hesitated to throw that money around this summer on a whole host of different players, and most of their deals look to be smart.
Rodrigo is a high-risk, high-reward signing, and the same can be said of Llorente and Raphinha. Making Meslier’s loan permanent was a no-brainer, but there’ll be some frustration at the lack of departures.
9. Manchester City
Incomings: Rúben Dias (£65m), Nathan Aké (£41m), Ferran Torres (£21m), Pablo Moreno (£9m), Yan Couto £5m), Issa Kaboré (£4m).
Outgoings: Leroy Sané (£44.7m), Nicolás Otamendi (£13.6m), Tosin Adarabioyo (£1.5m).
City have continued their trend of spending literally every penny in the world on defenders, but there’s no denying that Pep Guardiola needed to find some reinforcements.
Dias and Aké look like smart investments, although doubts over their cost will remain for a while. Replacing Sané with Torres was impressive.
8. Leicester City
Outgoings: Ben Chilwell (£45m), Fousseni Diabaté (£2m), Adrien Silva (free).
By selling Chilwell for £45m, Leicester set themselves up for a busy summer.
Fofana is an exciting talent who could well justify his high price tag in the near future, but their top signing is clearly Castagne, who has begun the year in electric form. Leicester are better now than they were last season, and that’s the sign of a job well done.
6. Newcastle United
Outgoings: Emiliano Martínez (£17m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (free), Lucas Torreira (loan), Mattéo Guendouzi (loan).
It looked set to be a frustrating summer for Arsenal, but the decision to trigger Thomas Partey’s release clause on deadline day ensured all the turmoil was worth it.
Gabriel, Willian and Dani Ceballos have made Arsenal stronger in a number of problem positions, while selling Martínez for so much money was a masterstroke.
4. Aston Villa
Outgoings: Mbwana Samatta (loan), Jota (free).
It’s been an incredibly expensive summer for Villa, but on the surface, it looks as if they’ve got everything right.
Martínez could be an inspired signing at the back, while Watkins and Traoré could form a top partnership in attack. Bringing in Barkley, who comes with proven pedigree in the Premier League, was brilliant.