RANKED: Which Premier League Club Had The Best Transfer Window?

RANKED: Which Premier League Club Had The Best Transfer Window?
Sep 1, 2017

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The most frantic, exciting, and cliff-hanging transfer window of the summer is finally over, and after hundreds of millions of pounds were spent throughout the Premier League, managers have compiled their squads for the first half of the season. Many successfully nailed targets, but others were left baffled as players slipped through their fingertips.

Naturally, fans are going to compare and contrast the successes of each club over the course of the summer, but we’ve done it for you below, with detailed summaries of every player who joined and left every Premier League club.

The criteria used to rank these clubs is derived from three sources; the quality of players signed, the assessment of weaknesses in the squad, and expenditure. Listed below are the five teams who had the worst transfer windows in the Premier League, ranked 20-16.

20. Newcastle – Net Spend: £24 million

Ins: Jacob Murphy (£10m), Florian Lejeune (£9.2m), Christian Atsu (£6.9m), Joselu (£5.1m), Javier Manquillo (£4.6m), Mikel Merino (£2.8m Loan)

Outs: Florian Thauvin (£10m), Daryl Murphy (£2.1m), Siem de Jong (£2.1m), Sammy Ameobi (Free), Vurnon Anita (Free), Haris Vučkić (Free), Yoan Gouffran (Free), Grant Hanley (Undisclosed), Kevin Mbabu (Undisclosed), Matz Sels (Loan), Tim Krul (Loan), Ľubomír Šatka (Undisclosed), Adam Armstrong (Loan), Emmanuel Rivière (Undisclosed), Achraf Lazaar (Loan), Ivan Toney (Loan)

Newcastle took a season to make it back to the Premier League, but they made it with an air of positivity. It seems the Championship restored an aura of happiness around the club, but the first two matches and this transfer window quickly reverted the club to negativity.

Jacob Murphy, Christian Atsu, and Joselu seem to be positive acquisitions, both of whom have contributed to goals in Newcastle’s opening fixtures. Javier Manquillo has a couple of Premier League seasons under his belt, and Mikel Merino is part of the next generation of talented Spanish midfielders.

Unfortunately, they haven’t added much talent for a promoted team, they sold many players who played Premier League football in the past, and they somehow registered a positive net spend.

19. Burnley – Net Spend: £13 million

Ins: Chris Wood (£15m), Jack Cork (£8.4m), Nakhi Wells (£5.0m), Jonathan Walters (£2.1m), Phil Bardsley (£773k), Charlie Taylor (Free), Adam Legzdins (Undisclosed)

Outs: Michael Keane (£26m), Andre Gray (£19m), Tom Anderson (Loan), George Boyd (Free), Michael Kightly (Free), Rouwen Hennings (Free), George Green (Free), Chris Long (Loan), Luke Hendrie (Loan), Tedayi Darikwa (Undisclosed), Joey Barton (Released)

Losing two of their best players in Michael Keane and Andre Gray, the transfer window was always going to be difficult for Burnley. However, their primary priority should have been replacing Michael Keane and Andre Gray, and while their acquisitions have been profitable, they didn’t replace either properly.

Jack Cork is a very good midfielder who should have fared better at Swansea, and he will add a lot of solidity alongside Jeff Hendrick. Jonathan Walters has been consistent for years at Stoke City, and Sean Dyche also managed to sign Chris Wood and Nakhi Wells, two established strikers at Championship level.

However, given the fact they didn’t replace Keane and Gray, two excellent players at the core of their side, they could end up bringing the best out of Wood and Wells in the Championship next season. Dyche is an excellent manager and that could be their saving grace, but on paper, Burnley didn’t address the fact that they have one of the worst squads in the Premier League.

18. West Ham – Net Spend: £18 million

Ins: Marko Arnautović (£21m), Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández (£16m), Sead Hakšabanović (£2.8m), Joe Hart (£2.1m Loan), Pablo Zabaleta (Free)

Outs: Havard Nordveit (£7.4m), Ashley Fletcher (£6.7m), Darren Randolph (£5.2m), Sofiane Feghouli (£3.9m), Stephen Hendrie (Free), Raphael Seigel (Free), Josh Cullen (Loan), Reece Oxford (Loan), Enner Valencia (Loan), Reece Burke (Loan), Robert Snodgrass (Loan), Sam Westley (Released)

Despite their awful start to the season, Slaven Bilić and West Ham haven’t done poorly in the transfer market by any means. The common theme behind the Irons’ signings this summer is stability and Premier League experience, and combining these two, they have done enough in the market.

Marko Arnautović is the risk of the crop due to his inconsistencies, and the pressure will be on him to succeed. Joe Hart was poor at Torino and this could be the last straw, but Adrian is a solid goalkeeper who could start for West Ham if the Manchester City outcast doesn’t perform up to standards. Pablo Zabaleta isn’t the best, but he improves an extreme weakness in the squad.

West Ham also did well to rid of deadwood and failed transfers from last season, though Sofiane Feghouli was a notable purchase and could have succeeded at the London Stadium. The only concern is that, barring the signing of Chicharito, West Ham haven’t improved; Dimitri Payet was far better than Arnautovic, and Zabaleta and Hart have struggled massively in the opening matches.

17. Crystal Palace – Net Spend: £31m

Ins: Mamadou Sakho (£26m), Jaïro Riedewald (£8.1m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Loan), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Loan)

Outs: Steve Mandanda (£2.7m), Kwesi Appiah (Free), Zeki Fryers (Free), Ryan Inniss (Loan), Hiram Boateng (Free), Fraizer Campbell (Free), Luke Croll (Free), Jonathan Williams (Loan), Jonathan Benteke (Released), Mathieu Flamini (Released), Joe Ledley (Released)

Crystal Palace’s start to life under Frank de Boer has been unceremonious to say the least, with three humbling defeats to commence the season. The lack of movement on the pitch is well matched by the transfer market, in which Crystal Palace only signed and sold one player.

Jaïro Riedewald is an excellent addition, to be fair, with versatility and potential to be one of the best Dutch players of the next generation. Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are very good loanees, too, and they have made a profit on Steve Mandanda after he spectacularly failed in England. Lastly, signing Mamadou Sakho can only be positive after he led them out of the relegation zone last season.

However, they haven’t done much to improve the squad and challenge for a Top 10 place as they showed the ability to late last season under Sam Allardyce. Some of the sales and loans are bizarre, too; can Palace afford to release the experience of Mathieu Flamini and Joe Ledley, even if they are past their prime?

16. Arsenal – Net Spend: £14 million

Ins: Alexandre Lacazette (£49m), Sead Kolašinac (Free)

Outs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£35m), Wojciech Szczęsny (£11m), Gabriel Paulista (£10m), Kieran Gibbs (£6.9m), Yaya Sanogo (Free), Joel Campbell (Loan), Carl Jenkinson (Loan), Lucas Pérez (Loan), Emiliano Martinez (Loan)

Oh, Arsenal. The window started extremely well with the signings of Alexandre Lacazette, the striker the Gunners have needed for ages, and Sead Kolasinac, arguably the bargain of the season. Unfortunately, though, they failed to circulate deadwood out and new blood in, and for that, they could pay the price this season.

Overall, Arsene Wenger’s squad is certainly better than it was at the beginning of the window. Adding two players who should become two of the best at the club, and keeping Alexis Sanchez, it is arguable that the Gunners improved upon last season. The problem is that everyone else has improved far, far more.

Losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a versatile figure who added depth to the squad, leaves Wenger dry for wingback options, and Wojciech Szczęsny is a better goalkeeper than both Petr Cech and David Ospina. Gabriel Paulista was one of Arsenal’s better players, too, leaving either left-back Nacho Monreal, the ageing Per Mertesacker, or the inexperienced Rob Holding to join Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny in defence.

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