With the transfer window coming to close for the Premier League, earlier for the second year in a row, we can finally relax and see who our favourite, or least favourite, teams have signed.
That being said, it’s obvious that some teams have just performed better than others in this transfer season. It’s clear to see who’s made their best efforts to bolster their side up before the season begins, and who hasn’t.
So, with the season planning to begin tomorrow, and a couple signings unannounced as of yet, let’s have a look at the 2019/20 Premier League Transfer Window ranked.
Many Premier League sides struggle to adapt in their first season back, but Villa are doing everything in their power to stop that. They’ve probably had the most successful window of most teams in the League, spending a total of £133.4 million, which for a newly promoted side is quite impressive. They’ve improved all over the team, from the signing of Wesley from Club Brugge (achieving 17 goals and 10 assists in all competitions), to Tom Heaton from Burnley, a Premier League proven GK. Furthermore, they’ve signed Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth, who had a successful loan spell with them last season, alongside promising youngster Douglas Luiz from Man City. It’s clear to see they’ve done everything they can to ensure Premier League survival, so now we just have to wait and see.
The Toffees have made some really good signings this window, and that’s not just because I’m an Everton fan. Andres Gomes, who had a very important role last season for us, has joined the club on a permanent deal for £22.5 million. Delph is a strong signing, and has the versatility to play both LB and CM, just in case Digne gets hurt. Gbamin is an impressive signing and should help us regain a DM after the loss of Gueye. Moise Kean is a massive player for Everton to sign - desperate for a prolific striker, as the 19 year old received 11 goals last season in the Serie A. The signing of Sidibe on loan will see a new world-class RB at Everton, perhaps in place of Coleman, who has been struggling since his injury. The signing of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal is another welcome addition, although this is yet to have been confirmed.
Jiminez is a fantastic signing after the season he had for the Wolves, ammassing 13 goals and 7 assists. Neto from Lazio is a future prospect, whilst Cutrone from AC Milan is another successful signing, with the £16 million striker achieving 9 goals last season. Dendoncker will help bolster their midfield options, after an impressive season for Wolves on loan. It has to be said, love them or hate them, they’ve had a fantastic window, and if they can combat Europa League football, they should have an extremely impressive season.
Coming off of a poor - in terms of United’s standards - season, the Manchester-based club has made major strides to prepare for the 2019/20 season. Wan Bissaka is an impressive signing, given that they were desperate for a new RB to replace Ashley Young. Similarly, Maguire is another top player to have signed for the Red Devils, and significant given that United needed some new defensive-minded players. The loss of Lukaku to Inter Milan will be a somewhat happy site for United fans, and receiving £58.5 million for the Belgium striker is good for the form he’s in currently. However, it could be seen as poor business, given that they signed him for £75 million.
Coming off the back of winning the Premier League, for the second year in a row, you wouldn’t think that Pep Guardiola would have to alter his team too much to ensure another successful season. However, he’s done just that. After the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid (the £63 million defensive midfielder), he’s signed Angelino back from PSV, in order to improve upon their LB options. Only recently, however, they’ve secured the signing of Joao Cancelo from Juventus for £58.5 million, within a swap of Danilo for £33.3 million. All these signings, however, boost the squad in areas where they weren’t particularly lacking. Man City’s LB options of Zinchenko and injury-prone Benjamin Mendy are already capable of leading the squad, whilst at RB England national Kyle Walker is decent enough to put a shift in for the Blues. However, these new signings show signs of desire from Pep. He’s got one of the most successful sides in the Premier League and he still wants to improve on it. For that reason, I think he’s had a rather successful transfer window.
Pepe is a major signing for Arsenal, hoping to take his 22 goals, 11 assists and £72 million price tag into a successful stint in the Premier League. They’ve also got rid of Koscielny and replaced him with William Saliba, a young replacement to help give the Gunners some defensive support. Not only have they improved on their CB, but they’ve also signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic, with the LB achieving 13 clean sheets and 8 assists in the Scottish Premiership. All in all, they’ve signed fantastic players in some areas in which they were lacking last season.
Even though they’ve got a transfer ban at the moment, Chelsea still managed to finalise some signings before the ban came into place. Pulisic and Kovacic are both significant signings for the club, and are desperate to start the 2019/20 campaign as positively as possible. Also, the return of Bakayoko from his loan will also help bolster the diversity of their midfield. However, they may have problems next season defensively, with David Luiz desiring to leave the club, leaving Rudiger and Zouma to pick up the pieces. So even though they can’t sign anyone, they’ve still brought in some good players.
Haller is a strong signing for West Ham, with the striker receiving an impressive 15 goals and 9 assists last season in the Bundesliga, but he may struggle to fill Arnautovic’s shoes. Fornals could be a tidy player, and has definitely impressed in the Under 21 Euros. Apart from that, no major signings for the Hammers.
Youri Tielemans on a permanent signing is very nice business for the Foxes, and Ayoze Perez from Newcastle not only gives them another attacking option, but weakens their opposition. However, they may be in dire need of a new CB to replace Maguire, after his signing to Man United.
Danny Ings on a permanent deal is an alright signing for the Saints, bringing a total of 7 goals for them in 24 appearances last season. Che Evans from Birmingham, however, is a fantastic signing and attacking option, reaching 22 goals last season for Birmingham. That being said, they haven’t made many other signings to warrant a particularly successful window.
Ndombele is a good signing, coming off the back of an alright season at Lyon, and will bolster up their midfield. He’ll hope to bring some of his 7 assists and defensive flair to the Premier League. Apart from that, no major business for Spurs, except for the transfer of Trippier to Atletico Madrid for £19.8 million. The recent signing of Ryan Sessennon from Fulham for (up to) £30 million is a welcome addition for the London based club, adding another defensive minded fullback to their side.
The Cherries managed to make a lot of money off of Tyrone Mings despite his low market evaluation, selling the young CB to Villa for £20.07 million while he’s only evaluated at £4.5 million. They’ve also signed a couple of players, such as Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma, who may have a lot to prove given their £14.85 million and £16.2 million respective price tags. All in all, they’ve signed a couple good players, but no one worth batting an eyelid at.
Having a rather standard last season in the Premier League, finishing 11th, the Hertfordshire-based club have had a rather lacklustre transfer window. The signing of Danny Welbeck on a free is probably the most noteworthy, alongside Brazillian youngster Joao Pedro. In another attacking signing, the introduction of Ismaila Sarr from Stade Rennais for £27 million is a welcome signing, achieving 13 goals and 11 assists in all competitions last season. That being said, the signing of Craig Dawson from West Brom isn’t outstanding, given that he’s not particularly Premier League standard, and got relegated two years ago with West Brom. All in all, Watford have made some good signings, but still lack some squad diversity needed to ensure survival.
Recently promoted Sheffield United will be hoping to remain in the Premier League after this season, but looking at their transfer window, they are reluctant to act like it. League veteran Phil Jagielka will give their backline some added support, whilst they’ve pumped a lot of money into various attackers, such as McBurnie from Swansea and Mousset from Bournemouth. In my opinion, this money could’ve been better spent on some more defenders, given that they’ve already got Championship ‘Golden Boot’ winner Billy Sharp, but McBurnie’s 22 goals in all competitions last season won’t go amiss in this squad.
After a poor season for the Tyneside club, they’ve needed to sign some quality players in this window. They had to sign a striker to replace Ayoze Perez, and they’ve consequently signed Joelinton. However, he may not be a massive signing for the Magpies, only achieving 7 goals in the Bundesliga last season. Saint-Maxime is a good option for Newcastle, as he achieved 6 goals and 3 assists last season. However, a lack of squad depth and quality in their players may result in a poor season.
Jay Rodriguez is a great signing for £5 million, after a very successful stint in the Championship. He achieved 22 goals and 6 assists last season for West Brom, the joint second-highest scorer in the League. However, the loss of Heaton to Aston Villa and a denial to sign new players could result in difficulties next season. Danny Drinkwater is a nice addition in midfield, but he hasn’t played consistent football in a couple of seasons. Sean Dyche always seems to manage to keep teams up in the Prem, but this season may be his biggest test yet.
After a rather unsuccessful season in the Premier League, Brighton and Hove Albion have had a lot of business to sort out this transfer window. The introduction of a new manager, Graham Potter, has seen the club slowly transform into his ideal side. Therefore, the signing of some, perhaps lacklustre, players, such as Trossard and Webster, may not be an ideal site for Brighton fans, but they have to give their manager time to shape the side into his desired philosophy.
Fahrmann isn’t a bad signing, but he still isn’t a Premier League standard keeper, only achieving three clean sheets in the Bundesliga last season. Sam Byram of Leeds and West Ham fame will improve the backline, but a lack of squad depth and a denial to sign new players, unlike their ‘new-to-the-league’ counterparts Villa, means they’ve had a poor transfer window.
Where to begin? The loss of Wan Bassaka to United weakens their defense, whilst the loss of Batshuayi to Chelsea certainly weakens their offense. If they lose Zaha by the end of the window, Palace may be in for a rough season. Sure, they’ve signed Jordan Ayew from Swansea, James McCarthy from Everton and Gary Cahill from Chelsea, but are these signings enough to ensure them a comfortable Premier League season? I’m not so convinced, and I feel like it may be a bumpy ride.
Literally no major signings for the Red side of Liverpool, but who can blame them? Second in the Premier League to just one point and Champions League winners, the squad have proven they can do it. So even though their transfer window hasn’t been a huge success, that by no means reflects on their 2019/20 campaign.