The transfer window is now closed and the squads for the upcoming season are set till January. With 4 months uninterrupted football to come, have the Premier League clubs recruited well enough to last until Christmas? On this week’s #DeadlineDay Comments Below special, Poet & Vuj discuss the last-minute comings and goings of the Premier League and who they thought did good business.
West Ham started the season perfectly, dismantling Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates and putting their new signings to immediate effect. The encouraging start to life in East London for Payet did not stop West Ham from going signing-crazy on deadline day, bringing in Alex Song, Victor Moses, Nikica Jelavic and Michail Antonio to round off a superb summer.
Man City went in to the summer transfer window knowing that they needed to strengthen to challenge Chelsea this season. One summer transfer window later and City look unstoppable. They have conceded 0 goals in 4 Premier League games, and secured two brilliant talents (albeit for a combined £100m+ fee) in Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne. They have also strengthened in defence by signing Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia, as well as Fabian Delph from Aston Villa.
Arsenal started the summer transfer window very well with the capture of Chelsea’s Petr Cech. The experienced Czech goalkeeper was exactly what they needed after a shaky defence and dodgy goalkeeping last year cost them valuable points in the first half of the season. His performance against Liverpool calmed the early jitters against West Ham and Cech should prove to be a good signing this year. However, Arsenal fans are largely disappointed with the lack of reinforcement outfield. Recruiting no outfield players, particularly in defensive midfield and up front, has left Arsenal fans frustrated and, with Arsenal’s injury record, worried that they don’t have what it takes to challenge for the title.
Spurs, quite like Arsenal, knew they had to strengthen to improve their chances of reaching their goal: the top four. And, like Arsenal, Spurs seem to have failed to recruit the right players. It cost Spurs a combined £30 million to sign Toby Alderweireld from Southampton & Clinton N’Jie from Lyon, and whilst the former is a proven Premier League defender, Lyon’s N’Jie is unproven. Spurs have started the season sluggishly, taking just 3 points from 4 games. Like his side, Harry Kane has started the season slowly, so N’Jie may be called upon sooner rather than later.
Because why wouldn’t you announce on twitter that you would never play for your club ever again?