Premier League Transfer Review (2/4)

Written by Kurt West

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Everton

INS: Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) £25m, Ashley Williams (Swansea) £12m, Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) £7m, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Sheffield United) £1.5m, Marteen Steklenburg (Fulham) 850k, Enner Valencia (West Ham) Loan

OUTS: John Stones (Manchester City) £47.5m, Luke Garbutt (Wigan) Loan, Aiden McGeady (Preston) Loan, Brendan Galloway (West Brom) Loan.

The huge sale of John Stones to Manchester City was almost inevitable the whole window and actually ended up funding all of Everton’s business with a spare million left over for good measure. With new owners in town, Everton have certainly splashed the cash and given Ronald Koeman the best chance of success after his departure from Southampton. The addition of Bolasie for such a large fee could be seen as a risk with his poor goal scoring ratio and streaks of inconsistency, on his day however, Bolasie has the ability to cause any full back in the league trouble and could be a handy player for breaking stubborn defences down. Ashley Williams is a solid replacement for John Stones, for now anyway. I imagine a more long term replacement will have to be found this January or next summer. The addition of Gueye from Aston Villa has shades of N’Golo Kante to Leicester, I know that may seem like a ludicrous claim after Villa slumped to relegation last year with no fight at all but I really believe Gueye could be a top player at Everton and for 7m, could be seen as a bargain. The loan addition of Enner Valencia seems a strange one and could probably be seen as a panic buy after Valencia only notched four Premier League goals last year. The addition of Marteen Steklenburg was needed after the departure of long servant Tim Howard and Everton have also looked to the future with the signing of Calvert-Lewin from Sheffield United.

Sending Brendan Galloway out on loan to another PL Club could be the making of him and will give him a decent amount of game time. Luke Garbutt is a player I rate very highly and hopefully another year away from Everton can help him develop further.

Rating: 7/10

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Hull City

INS: Ryan Mason ( Tottenham) 13m, Markus Henriksen (AZ) Loan (Permanent in January 2017), Will Keane (Manchester United) £1m, David Marhsall (Cardiff) £3m, James Weir (Manchester United) Unknown, Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev) Loan.

OUTS: Mohammed Diame (Newcastle) £4.5m

Hull City have had far from a smooth summer, the departure of Steve Bruce after the board failed to back him was a huge loss to the Tigers and the lack of backing for new boss, Mike Phelan has to be a huge worry for a team who were already incredibly low on numbers. Hull left their business very late indeed with all seven of their summer signings coming in the last two days of the transfer window. In all truth, with the players Hull have brought in, I really think they’ll do well do stay up this season. Manchester United cast offs, Will Keane and James Weir are completely untested at this level and Mbokani has one season in the PL under his belt which ended in relegation with Norwich City. However I do think the signing of Markus Henriksen could be a very shrewd piece of business by Mike Phelan, he scored 12 goals in 28 games last season for AZ Alkamar and is still young enough to really have a bright future at Hull. Hull also broke their record transfer fee signing the reliable, yet uninspiring Ryan Mason in a 13m deal. I actually think they have signed a worse player than Mohammed Diame who they sold for £4.5m earlier in the window, although they did have their hands tied due to a clause in the contract of Diame.

Rating 4/10

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Leicester City

INS: Islam Silimani (Sporting Lisbon) £29m, Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) £16m, Nampalys Mendy (Nice) £13m, Bartosz Kaputska (Cracovia Krakow) £8m, Ron Robert Zieler (Hannover) £3m, Luis Henandez (Sporting Gijon) Free

OUTS: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) £33m, Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim) £8.5m, Ritchie De Laet (Aston Villa) £2m,  Liam Moore (Reading) £950k, Gokhan Inler (Besiktas) Unknown.

The champions of England have done extremely well this summer to lose only one of their ‘big boys’ from last season. N’Golo Kante’s departure to Chelsea was a massive blow for Leicester but no matter what happens in the future Kante will go down as a Leicester legend and will be forever known as one of the biggest bargains to grace the Premier League. Jamie Vardy and Riyhad Mahrez signing new four deals is a huge coup for Leicester and possibly their best business of the summer. The addition of Islam Silimani from Sporting, is a massive signing for Leicester. The Portugese league is often scrutinised, unfairly in my opinion, but Silimani’s goal scoring record last season is nothing to be sniffed at and I really think he could have a great season with Leicester this year. Ahmed Musa is another impressive signing from Moscow and his pace along side Vardy and Mahrez could cause teams nightmares this season, as Leicester look to carry on their impressive counter attacking system. Mendy and Kaputska are decent signings, Mendy is a player Ranieri trusts after their spell at Monaco together and Kaputska impressed massively in the Euros for Poland and will also add even more pace to the team. Ron Zieler and Luis Hernandez provide good back up to the back five that done so well last year. The foxes have done well to recoup so much money on Kramaric and the arrival of Hernandez means departures for long serving Liam Moore and Ritchie De Laet.

Rating: 8/10

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Liverpool

INS: Sadio Mane (Southampton) £36m, Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle) £25m, Loris Karius (Mainz) £5m, Ragnar Klavan (Augsburg) £4m, Alex Manninger (Augsburg) Free, Joel Matip (Schalke) Free.

OUTS: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) £32m, Jordan Ibe (Bournemouth) £15m, Joe Allen (Stoke City) £13m, Martin Skrtel (Fenerbache) £5m, Luis Alberto (Lazio) £4.5m, Brad Smith (Bournemouth) £6m, Mario Balotelli (Nice) Free, Lazar Markovic (Sporting Lisbon) Loan, Danny Ward (Huddersfield) Loan, Jon Flanagan (Burnley) Loan, Adam Bogdan (Wigan) Loan, Andre Wisdom (Red Bull Salzburg) Loan.

Jurgen Klopp has made huge changes to Liverpool over the summer and now finally has a team he can call his after his arrival last November. The acquisition of Sadio Mane from Southampton was hugely need to inject pace and directness into the Liverpool side and I am also impressed with the very cheap deals of Loris Karius and Joel Matip who I feel could thrive in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp. Karius should have enough in his locker to pip Mignolet as Liverpool’s new number one although a broken hand in pre-season has done him no favours. With Matip, Liverpool have a new quality addition in the defence and one that didn’t cost them a penny, Matip’s height and pace will make him a perfect match for the Premier League. An addition I do not rate too much is that of Wijnaldum, he was way too inconsistent last year and I don’t know what he has done to deserve such a heavy price tag, in addition Jurgen Klopp seems to be playing him in a deeper role which I feel he is completely wasted in and wasn’t a signing I really think Liverpool needed at this time.

Liverpool’s outgoings make this transfer window a pretty big success, getting rid of a lot of dead wood for very good money. Getting rid of Benteke, Allen and Ibe for a combined £60m is truly astonishing business from Liverpool and the sales of Skrtel, Brad Smith and Balotelli represent great value (Yes I know Balotelli was a free transfer!!). Liverpool have actually ended up making profit from this window whilst having a squad of much higher quality which is not easy so credit to Jurgen Klopp.

Rating: 8/10

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Manchester City

INS: John Stones (Everton) £47.5m, Leroy Sane (Schalke) £37m, Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) £27m, Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) £22m, Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) £15m, Nolito (Celta Vigo) £13, *Marlos Moreno (Atl Nacional) £4,68m, *Geronimo Rulli (Maldonado) £12m, *Oleksandr Zinchenko (UFA) £1,7m, *Pablo Mari (Gimnastic) £170k, *Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City) Free.

OUTS: Edin Dzeko (Roma) £10m,  Wilfried Bony (Stoke) Loan(£2m), Joe Hart (Torino) Loan, Elaquimn Mangala (Valencia) Loan,  Samir Nasri (Sevilla) Loan, Bruno Zuculini (Rayo Vallecano) Loan, Jason Denayer (Sunderland) Loan, Enes Unal (FC Twente) Loan.

* Went out on loan after signing.

Pep Guardiola has entered Manchester with a bang, spending the most money out of any Premier League teams and freezing out players such as Joe Hart and Yaya Toure. Pep has bought players to fit his style and has also built for the future which you have to admire as it’s not like he’ll be in Manchester for more than four years! The singings of Stones, Gundogan, Nolito and Bravo add quality straight away and offer fresh ideas in what was a staggering City side last year. Gundogan and Noltio at a combined £35m offers really good value for money despite the former being injured for the start of the Premier League season. Gundogan will be a huge part of Guardiola’s system and was an essential signing. Stones is the ball playing defender Guardiola craved after missing out on Ayemric Laporte and Bravo will be light years above any goalkeepers City currently have after letting go of Joe Hart. Sane, Jesus, Moreno, Rulli, Zinchekno and Mari really do offer City a huge amount going forward and will be key parts of the City set up in years to come. They haven’t come cheaply but Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are probably two of the most exciting young talents in world football at the moment and definitely have the ability to make a difference straight away if given a chance (Gabriel Jesus joins in January 2017). I still feel as if City should have signed at least one quality full back as that is a position they clearly lack in and the four they currently have are all over 30 years of age.

Letting Joe Hart go out to Turin to play for a season may be the making of him and will guarantee him first team football all season, something he certainly wouldn’t be getting under Guardiola. Getting rid of players such as Mangala, Nasri and Bony was key as their wages were very high and they really didn’t offer anything from what City already have.

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