The Best and Worst of The 2017 Premier League Transfer Window

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The Best and Worst of The 2017 Premier League Transfer Window

Vivek Varyani
August 31st, 2017
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The Transfer Window ends on 31st August in the UK at 11 pm GMT, with the rest of Europe shutting up shop soon after. Spain and Portugal are afforded an extra day to wrap up their business. With Transfer deadline day upon us, we take a look at each of the clubs best signings so far, and highlight one signing that can help boost their squads by the close of play today:

 

Arsenal

A transfer window that has seen many teams break their transfer record, Arsenal signed Lacazette to smash their own. Lacazette is set to bench Giroud for Arsenal, while Giroud benches Lacazette for the French national team. It’s a little confusing, but for Mr Wenger it makes sense. Lacazette, with his power, pace and finishing, is what arsenal have missed since the departure of Thierry Henry. The £52.7 million signing has already scored quite a few goals during pre-season and has solved Arsenal’s need for a mobile goal scoring Striker.

A midfielder is something that Arsenal are in desperate need of (queue Liverpool supporters) need, with Elneny, Ramsey and Ozil ticking along well, Arsenal needs to call Jack Wilshere back. His creativity from central midfield positions is what Arsenal need to feed the likes of Lacazette and Sanchez. Rather than looking out for replacements, Arsenal should look backwards| for the supposed ‘golden-boy’ of English football. He may just come good yet (barring injury of course)!

 

AFC Bournemouth

Their best signing has to be Nathan Aké. The former Chelsea defender was on loan at Bournemouth for the first half of the season before moving back to champions. A solid reader of the game, Aké has been a fantastic addition to Bournemouth’s defence. The defender who came in young and has good future prospects for the club.

The only area that Bournemouth need to strengthen is in the attack. A good winger that can support King, Afobe and new signing Jermain Defoe. A player such as Demari Grey, Adama Traore or even Sadio Berahino might be a fantastic addition. These three players can get enough game time at Bournemouth, and if a deal does go through, Bournemouth would be a team to be feared.

 

Brighton and Hove Albion

Izzy Brown, another young prodigy has arrived for a second season Loan from Chelsea. Young, pacey, and the ability to create a problem for defenders, Izzy brown seems like Brighton’s best signing. The attacker, now injured, has already provided a lot for the Brighton and Hove Albion fans to be optimistic about. But will he be able to save Brighton from the threat of relegation?

Record signings Davy Pröpper and José Izquierdo may also prove to be crucial in Brighton’s quest to stay in the Premier League, however, they will need a good striker. 

A good full back is something they need with Carl Jenkinson loaned out to Birmingham City. Further Arsenal defenders Debuchy or Keiran Gibbs can help replace the existing ageing full backs.

 

Burnley

Burnley had an amazing season opener, beating the champions in their own back yard. With Jack Corck proving to be a positive signing so far, Burnley seem to be a tough team to breakdown

The only way to strengthen their team would be in defence again. With Micheal Keane gone, they need to look for a worthy replacement. Craig Dawson or Johnny Evans come to mind, but who would really be able to fill the void in Burnley’s defence. Hopefully sorting this out before the end of the day this will help them finish the season strong and avoid a return to the championship.

 

Chelsea

The Champions have had a somewhat mixed bag of Transfers, with young prospects such as Chalobah, Solanke and Nathan Aké leaving the club. Nemanja Matic, John Terry and Diego Costa have also been big name departures in the window.

With Champions League action an addition to the existing domestic competitions, Chelsea seem to have too thin a squad to compete in all competitions. However, Club Record signing Alvaro Morata is a great signing. Somewhere in the range of £65 million, he has got the goals the ability for the great link up play and has extensive Champions League experience. At only 24, Morata has a huge future at Chelsea, and I’m sure the Chelsea fans sense it.

Danny Drinkwater and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are two names Chelsea have been linked with for a while. With Champions League games to compete for, these two look perfect to provide depth in central midfield as well as wing back positions.

 

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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace and Frank De Boer may not have had the ideal start to life in the Premier League, but they still have good players. Ruben Loftus Cheek, on loan from Chelsea, seems to be full of promise, pace and power. Promising, yet Crystal Palace needs to provide results if they want to be safe from any danger.

Mamadou Sakho, is a player that should fit well in Frank de Boers preferred 3-4-3 formation. However, Liverpool isn’t too keen to budge on their £30 million asking price. If Crystal Palace can acquire Mamadou Sakho before Deadline day, it would be good for their prospects in the Premier League.

 

Everton

Romelu Lukaku has been a big loss to the Toffees, and although Sandro and Rooney have arrived, their best signing has to be Gylfi Sigurdson. His creativity is what Everton and Ronald Koeman needs to take that next step and challenge for the top 4.

One spot of improvement for Everton could be in the wide areas. An optimistic bid for Dries Mertens or Riyad Mahrez might be something Everton could use to add to their existing quality and depth.

 

Huddersfield Town

Three good Signings in Tom Ince, Steve Mounié and Jonas Lössl have all been a hit. With a good start to the Premier League, and a fantastic energetic manager behind them, Huddersfield looks like a good prospective team to stay in the Premier League.

Not many names have been linked with Huddersfield, and they seem to appear rarely in the sports headlines. But, the only place left to strengthen would be right or centre back, just to provide some extra cover.

 

Leicester City

The champions from two seasons ago have not been too busy so far in the transfer window. With potential sales of Mahrez and Drinkwater, Leicester might need to look out for back- ups.

Leicester in the recent days has been linked to Andros Townsend. As an ex-England International, Townsend can provide pace and goals in attack. A backup centre back, such as Evans, may help Leicester get ahead and finish strongly this season, avoiding any scares for Relegation. Although Craig Shakespeare has said that Leicester is looking for two new signings, it seems that any transfers now seems unlikely.

 

Liverpool

Liverpool has just confirmed that they will be signing Naby Keita for a club record £50 million, and they have previously signed Mohammed Salah for what is looking like a great bargain. The Egyptian winger has got all three elements that Klopp wants in his attackers; pace, pace and pace.

The £35 million signing has already hit the ground running at Anfield. He’s got the goals and he’s got the drive towards Goal, making him what we think is one of the best signings of the premiere so far.

 

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Defence is one area that Klopp would like to improve on, however, and that can only be solved by Virgil van Dijk. Whether he eventually makes the move from the Saints is yet to be seen, but Liverpool, in the champions league, needs to do better than Klavan and Lovren as their centre backs if they really want to push far in the tournament.

 

Manchester City

Manchester City looks strong, very strong. Spending over 120 million for full backs, Pep seems to be in a good position to finally challenge for the title. Their best signing? It looks to be the attack minded full back Kyle Walker. His pace and crossing abilities might be just what the team needs to feed his the attackers for Goals, goals, and more goals.

Who do they need? Alexis Sanchez does not look like he is going to new his contract. Why shouldn’t Wenger cash in on him now, rather than lose him on a free deal next season? Pep has been a long term admirer, and City is believed to be making a last bid for the Chilean. If he arrives, surely, it’s City’s title to lose.

 

Manchester United

José Mourinho is in his second season now. We all know what he usually does in his second season. Although we’re still only pretty early on, they seem to be a number of people’s favourites. Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Victor Lindelorf have all been added to strengthen United’s Title charge.

 

 

Nemanja Matic, however, has been the most crucial signing of their window so far. Providing stability in midfield, and two- time premier league champion with Chelsea, Matic allows the more dangerous Paul Pogba to venture into attacking positions. Is he the hero that  Manchester deserves?

One position that can do with possible strengthening is the wide areas. A ball crosser that can provide good crosses for Lukaku could be a deadly combination. Ivan Perisic ticks all these boxes. Negotiations might have fallen through at the moment, but anything can happen on deadline day!

 

Newcastle United

Newcastle hasn’t made many big summer signings so far. What they have is Christain Atsu, and he is quick and paced. They might also need a backup Goalkeeper to provide for more competition. German goalkeeper Oliver Baumann at 1899 Hoffenheim would be a good replacement for both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow, who just aren’t good enough. Left-back Rico Henry would be a steadier choice than Paul Dummett, who is really a centre-half. They can also go for a more creative midfielder with Jack Wilshere, or re-sign Yohan Cabaye.

Newcastle hasn’t had the best of starts to the Premier League season, but you’d expect them to make the top 10. The stature of the club, manager and players alike, Newcastle should stay in the Premier League next season. If not, it’s going to be bye bye Benitez.

 

Southampton

Southampton usually always provide the premier League with quality players. Just ask Liverpool. Southampton fans seem excited with the arrival of Mario Lemina, who should be able to provide a threat in attack.

Not many names have been linked with Southampton, but a return from Theo Walcott might be on the cards. The pacey winger is struggling to get game time at Arsenal and might opt to take a small step down to his old club.

 

Stoke City

The sale of Marko Arnautovic raised a few question marks from the fans. With Xherdan Shakiri and Saido Berahino, Stoke has now also acquired Jesé Rodríguez. The former Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain winger provides pace, creativity and most importantly, goals. An addition in defence is Kurt Zouma, who seems more than capable of partnering up with anyone.

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A mid table finish is what they always come for, and a mid table finish they shall easily receive. A talismanic striker is what they need to allow the wingers to take centre stage, and it will be interesting to see if Stoke City try and successfully lure Christian Benteke from Frank De Boer’s Crystal Palace.

 

Swansea City

Slow to buy and quick to sell, Swansea hasn’t had the best transfer window so far. Selling Gylfi Sigurdson, who was pretty much carrying the teams attack on his shoulders last season, has now departed.

They have been linked to Wilfred Bony, Nacer Chadli and PSV’s Santiago Arias over the past few weeks. Swansea needs to make quick moves with the transfer window closing.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have had a very quiet transfer window compared to their title rivals. Signing young prodigy, Davinson Sanchez, Tottenham continues with the same squad as last season. Minus the departure of Kyle Walker of course.

Often Playing three at the back, a true wing back needs to be bought. A strong defence that is as strong as it gets, Tottenham’s attack requires some back-up with Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko lacking in quality up front.

Bringing in Divok Origi, Dries Mertens or even a Riyad Mahrez, might provide relief for Mauricio Pochettino and his men.

 

Watford

Watford has been pretty busy in the transfer window. Signing many names, they look like a strong setup. Their best signing might be Nathaniel Chalobah. The 22-year-old signed from Chelsea and has immense potential. For only £5 million, he seems to be a man for the future rather than an immediate match winner.

A place where Watford can improve is at right full back and central defence. If one of their defenders were to be injured, there doesn’t seem to be a good replacement.

 

West Brom

Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez have been excellent since they have arrived. Goals in pre-season and the League Cup, these two attackers have immense potential. If either of them can get up and running in the Premier League, Watford may have picked up a bargain. 

A left back is a need for the day with Keran Gibbs Mathew Debuchy available, Watford needs to move quickly. The clock is ticking.

 

West Ham United

A mixed couple of seasons in the Premier League, West Ham have made many good new signings. Chicharito Hernandez and Marco Arnautovic have looked lively, but have so far been absent among the goals.

Fans have been calling for a manager replacement. There’s not much time for Slaven Bilic to get results, and the board might be looking to get a new manager. They don’t need the transfer window to do that.

 

Lot’s of Goal scorers on the books so far, can we see more?

 

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