A level results day: Grading every Premier League club by their transfer window

first_img Most Popular Premier League News 21 SORRY What initially looks promising tends to drift toward slapdash as you analyse further. The moves for Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson look decent enough but come on the back of average seasons, while the free transfer signing of Ryan Fredericks adds much needed pace to the defence but solidity may have been preferred. Lukasz Fabianski is an excellent upgrade between the sticks, but deals for Jack Wilshere, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbeuna, Xande Silva, and Lucas Perez could all swing either way. 17. Crystal Palace (C-) 21 After surviving last season you fear it might be curtains for the Terriers with this window. Terence Kongolo coming in permanently is a good signing and Adama Diakhaby seems like a promising signing. Erik Durm may do well if he stays fit but a quality goalkeeper has not been added with Jonas Lossl set to stat again, while Ramadan Sobhi flattered to deceive during his time at Stoke. 6. Chelsea (B) 20. Bournemouth (E) 21 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT In theory, the Cottagers have upgraded their squad fully in just one transfer window, but it could take time for the team to settle, which is a risk. Their defence is likely to include just one player from their promotion winning squad. Jean Michael Seri could prove the deal of the summer, while Aleksandar Mitrovic seems the perfect signing after his brilliant loan spell last term. Joe Bryan and Sergio Rico were fine late additions, but whether Andre-Frank Anguissa is worth £30m will need to be judged later in the campaign. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update It’s hard to be too optimistic about the Cherries when they have only signed an ill-disciplined defensive midfielder in Jefferson Lerma, a left-back in Diego Rico, and Sheffield United starlet David Brooks. They seem set to continue being a team who leaks goals and may well face a season battling relegation. 21 18. Cardiff City (D) revealed As it is A-level results day, we thought we would dish out grades to Premier League clubs for their transfer business.Tottenham Hotspur became the first top-flight since the summer window was introduced not to land a single signing.Brighton and Hove Albion, meanwhile, completed 14 moves before the deadline was over, while Fulham and Wolves also made a number of additions. whoops The newly-promoted outfit now have a squad resembling a mid-table Premier League side, at the least. Loanees to join permanently are Willy Boly, Diogo Jota, Leo Bonatini, and Benik Afobe. The latter was immediately loaned and could be sold for profit while the club have added Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio, who bring continental experience to the table. Adama Traore could be an inspired signing and Raul Jimenez, on loan from Benfica, will add goals. Barry Douglas’ departure does cloud things though given what he contributed last-term. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings A promising young goalkeeper in Angus Gunn has joined the club, improving them immediately, while Jannik Vestergaard will go some way to replacing Virgil van Dijk. Stuart Armstrong seems a slight risk, but there are high hopes for Mohamed Elyounoussi if he can hit the ground running, and the late deal for Danny Ings looks like a decent bit of business. Divisive influences have also been moved on, which seems wise from Mark Hughes. 11. Newcastle United (C) 21 21 21 21 5. Leicester City (B) 9. Brighton and Hove Albion (B-) changes Okay, they didn’t manage to sign a new player but they have managed to hand Harry Kane a new contract, along with Heung-Min Son, Erik Lamela and, perhaps more importantly, Mauricio Pochettino. They have also, for the time being, kept Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, and Christian Eriksen. It’s not to be sniffed at. 21 13. Watford (C) 15. Manchester United (C-) Which club made the best moves in transfer market? predicted 16. Tottenham Hotspur (C-) 21 8. West Ham (B-) 21 12. Southampton (C) 21 14. Huddersfield Town (C-) smart causal 21 The signing of Riyad Mahrez promises to improve them further on the flanks, allowing Bernardo Silva to spend more time centrally, if needed. The defence, perhaps could have done with an addition but it should hold up unless there is another long-term injury. A simple window for Pep Guardiola and a stress-free one which will be more than welcome. 19. Burnley (D-) Richarlison left for a huge sum, but the Hornets haven’t splashed the cash, showing admirable restraint. Adam Masina should finally get the left-back role sorted, while Gerard Deulofeu’s transfer seems decent enough. They needed a striker though and could struggle for goals again. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 21 2. Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) The Seagulls have done a lot of business, giving them some great depth but whether they have improved the first XI is debatable. Alireza Jahanbakhsh joins after an incredible campaign but look what happened to ex-Eredivisie top scorer Vincent Janssen at Spurs. Bernardo coming in from RB Leipzig also holds promise, along with Florin Andone, but it will take time for it to fully shake down. silverware A quietly fine window for Rafael Benitez as he struggles under the ownership of Mike Ashley sees Martin Dubravka snapped up permanently, while the re-signing of Kenedy is a real boon. Fabian Schar will add something to the backline with Florian Lejeune injured. Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon are smart frontline additions too, with Ki Sung-Yueng giving depth in midfield. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 10. Manchester City (C+) 21 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? A smart window for the Foxes sees them lose star man Riyad Mahrez but strengthen across the pitch. Ricardo Pereira is the upgrade on Danny Simpson which has been sorely needed, Jonny Evans brings defensive experience, while James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu are exciting young additions. If Rachid Ghezzal can do half the job Mahrez did he’ll be worth the £12m. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many you sign though, it’s about who you keep and who you lose too, and the quality of those you bring in.So, with that in mind, here at talkSPORT.com we’ve graded every Premier League club’s transfer business.Who won the window? Find out below… 21 7. Everton (B) 21 3. Fulham (A) The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest Even though they landed Fred, which is a good acquisition, it’s going to be thought of as a bad transfer window. Jose Mourinho is clearly unhappy with his lot as a central defender wasn’t added so it will be a fun first half of the season at Old Trafford. Keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha is the Eagles’ biggest moment of the transfer window but while Max Meyer on a free transfer is an excellent move. More could have been done though, especially in defence. The Blues’ transfer window has been better than expected, after a late flurry of activity. Once the Blues finally secured their new manager Maurizio Sarri and first signing in Jorginho, they pulled themselves together. Keeping hold of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Willian is impressive, while losing Thibaut Courtois and replacing him with Kepa Arrizabalaga is not the end of the world. Plus they also gained the temporary services of Mateo Kovacic in the process. It could have been far worse. Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. The Reds were in and out in a jiffy but delivered the goods for Jurgen Klopp. They knew the players they wanted, they signed them early and they have been able to kick back and relax. Naby Keita improves the midfield, although perhaps may mean Mohamed Salah seeing less of the ball, while Alisson should improve distribution from goalkeeper, at the very least. Fabinho seems smart but even Tiemoue Bakayoko looked half decent in Ligue 1 so may need time to adapt. 21 If the Clarets qualify for the Europa League group stages their small squad may really struggle in the Premier League. Signing Joe Hart seems like a panic buy for the time being, and a loan signing may have been the best move. Ben Gibson will add to the defence but may not actually improve them immediately and Matej Vydra is a risk at £11m. 21 There was a mad rush for the Toffees at the end of the transfer window and they’ve definitely improved their defensive options. Richarlison should come good, despite the large fee but Andre Gomes is an odd one and is unlikely set the Premier League alight. Yerry Mina will add aerial ability but there are concerns about his overall play. All done and dusted early door, the Gunners did well to add Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi already looks like a real talent. Bernd Leno will, as a goalkeeper in a new country, need time to adapt, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos should slot in alongside Shkodran Mustafi well enough, whether it improves them enough defensively is yet to be seen. 1. Liverpool (A*) 21 Signing Josh Murphy looks good but Victor Camarasa doesn’t appear to offer much, while Greg Cunningham, Alex Smithies, and Bobby Reid will need to up their games to succeed in the Premier League. possible standings 4. 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