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

RANKED: Which Premier League Club Had The Best Transfer Window?
Sep 3, 2017

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Concluding the transfer window, many Premier League clubs failed to complete their business, but equally many addressed every weakness in their squad expertly. The clubs listed below are somewhere in the middle, perhaps tackling many issues in their squad, but not all.

The criteria used to rank these clubs is derived from three sources; the quality of players signed, the nullification of weaknesses in the squad, and expenditure. Listed below are the five teams who ranked between 11 and 15 in terms of the summer transfer window.

15. Stoke – Net Spend: £5.5 million

Ins: Kevin Wimmer (£17m), Bruno Martins Indi (£6.9m), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Free), Darren Fletcher (Free), Kurt Zouma (Loan), Jesé (Loan)

Outs: Marko Arnautović (£20m), Joselu (£5.0m), Jonathan Walters (2.1m), Glenn Whelan (£1.5m) Phil Bardsley (£756k), Daniel Bachmann (Free), George Waring (Free), Marc Muniesa (Loan), Gianelli Imbula (Loan), Ryan Sweeney (Loan), Philipp Wollscheid (Undisclosed), Bojan Krkić (Loan), Shay Given (Released)

Since Mark Hughes succeeded Tony Pulis as Stoke City manager, their acquisitions have progressed from industrious to technical. Now many nimble, technical footballers ply their trade at the Bet365 stadium, and their additions this summer fit the same bill.

Every player who joined should be important this season; the majority are young, have solid futures in football, and should add enough to the squad to prevent relegation. Kevin Wimmer and Bruno Martins Indi, acquired on permanent deals, should be the long-term solution to Stoke’s defence, while Darren Fletcher is a temporary solution to Hughes’ midfield problem.

Sadly, losing Arnautović and Joselu will hurt the Potters in attack, while Walters and Whelan have offered consistency that won’t be matched by any of the incoming players. Furthermore, looking at the club’s business, one would expect the net spend to be far deeper into the negatives than it is.

14. Huddersfield– Net Spend: £36 million

Ins: Steve Mounié (£12m), Aaron Mooy (£8.4m), Tom Ince (£8.4m), Laurent Depoitre (£3.7m), Scott Malone (£3.6m), Zanka (£2.5m), Abdelhamid Sabiri (£1.4m), Elias Kachunga (£1.3m), Robert Green (Free), Danny Williams (Free), Jonas Lössl (Loan), Florent Hadergjonaj (Loan), Kasey Palmer (Loan)

Outs: Nakhi Wells (£5.0m), Kyle Dempsey (£419k), Joe Murphy (Free), Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Loan), Harry Bunn (Undisclosed), Jordi Hiwula (Loan), Jack Payne (Loan), Sean Scannell (Loan), Jason Davidson (Released), Flo Bojaj (Released)

Preparing for the Premier League campaign after a difficult Championship campaign, Huddersfield purchased a lot of talent, and, for the most part, their acquisitions appear to be astute and profitable. The result has been an excellent start to their Premier League campaign that sees them third in the table after three matches.

Aaron Mooy carried them through the Championship and could reasonably play for former club Manchester City, Steve Mounié scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 last season despite being only 21 years old, and Tom Ince has been anticipating a proper opportunity to influence the Premier League. Jonas Lössl has been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in the opening matches, and Robert Green is as experienced a backup as they come.

More Premier League goal-scoring experience would have been welcome; a striker in the mould of former Middlesbrough man Álvaro Negredo, experienced in the Premier League, would have given them a very good chance of avoiding relegation. The same applies at centre-back in a Huddersfield side that has never been in the Premier League and will need everything to go their way to survive.

13. AFC Bournemouth– Net Spend: £32 million

Ins: Nathan Aké (£21m), Asmir Begović (£11m), Jermain Defoe (Free), Connor Mahoney (Free)

Outs: Ryan Allsop (Loan), Max Gradel (Loan), Marc Wilson (Undisclosed), Harry Cornick (Undisclosed), Adam Federici (Loan), Lewis Grabban (Loan), Baily Carghill (Loan)

Scoring more goals than most teams in the Premier League, Bournemouth managed to finish 9th and could have done even better were it not for one tragic flaw: defence. This left Eddie Howe searching for a solution to the Cherries’ problems, and given his poor record in last summer’s transfer window, an improvement was required.

Nathan Aké made Bournemouth better last season and joins permanently now, while Asmir Begović was excellent at Stoke City before playing second string at Chelsea disrupted his rhythm. Jermain Defoe is a proven striking addition, although it could be one year too far for him.

Maintaining a reasonable net spend, signing the players needed to address issues, and not changing too much at the club, Howe has done a very good job this summer. They haven’t improved as much as many other teams this window, but Bournemouth have the tools to challenge for a similar place in the table as last season.

12. Brighton and Hove Albion– Net Spend: £44 million

Ins: Jose Izqueirdo (£14m), Davy Pröpper (£12 million), Matthew Ryan (£5.5m), Markus Suttner (£4.1m), Ezequiel Schelotto (£2.8), Pascal Groß (£2.8m), Alas Mateju (£2.3m), Soufyan Ahannach (£552k), Steven Alzate (Undisclosed), Tim Krul (Loan), Isaiah Brown (Loan), Mathias Normann (Undisclosed)

Outs: Vergard Forren (Free), Elvis Manu (Free), Chris O’Grady (Free), David Stockdale (Free), Tyler Hornby-Forbes (Loan), Rohan Ince (Loan), Oliver Norwood (Loan), Mathas Normann (Loan), Rob Hunt (Undisclosed), Kazenga LuaLua (Loan), Richie Towell (Loan), Christian Walton (Loan)

Entering the Premier League for the first time in their history, Brighton and Hove Albion needed many deals to prepare their side for the rigours of England’s first division. Chris Hughton’s solution was a series of cleverly scouted deals that yielded a series of underrated players on the European stage.

Pascal Groß and Markus Suttner were two of the better players in the Bundesliga for relegated FC Ingolstadt, while Jose Izquierdo and Davy Pröpper come from lesser European leagues with a big reputation. Brighton also managed to secure Isaiah “Izzy” Brown.

Zero funds from sales doesn’t make for pleasant reading, but more importantly, none of the players signed have much experience in a Premier League relegation battle, so while Hughton’s acquisitions were intelligent and profitable on paper, they may not translate to a successful relegation battle.

11. Chelsea– Net Spend: £77 million

Ins: Álvaro Morata (£60m), Tiémoué Bakayoko (£37m), Danny Drinkwater (£35m), Antonio Rüdiger (£32m), Davide Zappacosta (£25m), Willy Caballero (Free)

Outs: Nemanja Matić (£40m), Nathan Aké (£21m), Juan Cuadrado (£18m), Asmir Begović (£11m), Bertrand Traoré (£9.2m), Christian Atsu (£6.9m), Nathaniel Chalobah (£5.8m), Danilo Pantic (Loan), John Terry (Free), Todd Kane (Loan), Kenneth Omeruo (Loan), Tammy Abraham (Loan), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Loan), Tomáš Kalas (Loan), Lewis Baker (Loan), Cristián Cuevas (Loan), Ola Aina (Loan), Kurt Zouma (Loan), Jamal Blackman (Loan), Mario Pašalić (Loan), Jeremie Boga (Loan), Michael Hector (Loan), Matt Miazga (Loan), Fikayo Tomori (Loan)

Winning the Premier League in 2016/17 due to three impactful signings, Antonio Conte was expected to have an excellent transfer window this time around, with the task at hand adding depth to the squad.

After missing out on top target Romelu Lukaku, they turned to Álvaro Morata, a striker who is arguably a better fit for Antonio Conte’s playing style. Additionally, Chelsea added a variety of excellent squad players who will fight for first team places, completing two deals in the twilight of deadline day to push their deals over the line.

On the other hand, Chelsea’s signings were largely very risky, and they remain weak at left-wing-back should Marcos Alonso face a long-term injury. Due to the departures of John Terry, Nathan Aké, Nemanja Matić, and Conte’s falling out with Diego Costa, their squad strengthening has been diluted. However, their deadline day heroics ensured a decent window for the club.

Note: Fees are approximated based on EUR-GBP exchange rate on August 31, 2017.

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