Premier League Transfer Review (4/4)

Written by Rhys Paul


Swansea City

Ins: Borja Baston (£15.5m) – Fernando Llorente (£5m) – Alfie Mawson (£5m) – Leroy Fer (£4.8m) – Mike Van der Hoorn (£2.1m) – Mark Birighitti (Free) – George Byers (Free)

Outs: Andre Ayew (£20.5m) – Ashley Williams (£12m) – Alberto Paloschi (£5m) – Eder (£3.8m) – Bafetimbi Gomis (Loan) – Kyle Bartley (Loan)

Swansea’s new recruits have been overshadowed by those who have left the club. In Andre Ayew and Ashley Williams, the South Wales side have lot last season’s top goalscorer and their captain. Fernando Llorente has been signed as a replacement for Ayew and record signing, Borja Baston looks an upgrade on the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis and Eder – at least if his 18 goals for Eibar are anything to go by. The capture of Alfie Mawson is arguably the most intriguing of the lot and if he continues his rapid rise, he could be a very good signing. Having turned his loan from last season into a permanent deal, Leroy Fer has hit the ground running for the Swans (2 goals in 3 apps) and a player in such form looks a bargain for only £4.8 million.

Transfer Rating: 6/10


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Ins: Moussa Sissoko (£30m) – Vincent Janssen (£18.8m) – Victor Wanyama (£12m) – Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (£11m) – Pau Lopez (Loan)

Outs: Ryan Mason (£13m) – Nacer Chadli (£13m) – Alex Pritchard (£9m) – DeAndre Yedlin (£5m) – Federico Fazio (Loan) – Nabil Bentaleb (Loan)

Already boasting a strong, youthful squad, Spurs had the luxury of not being under as much pressure as some teams in the transfer market. Even so, another striker to share the load with Harry Kane remained the priority and this has been answered in the form of Vincent Janssen. With age on his side and 27 goals in only 34 appearances for AZ Alkmaar, he could provide strong competition for Kane. Victor Wanyama for £12 million is smart business and could even be deemed cheap in today’s over-inflated market, especially with the start he has made in North London. The same cannot be said for Moussa Sissoko who – after being relegated with Newcastle – increased his value to £30 million courtesy of a strong Euro 2016. Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s move has long been on the cards and his arrival simply bolsters Pochettino’s midfield options whilst strengthening the overall quality of the squad. Nacer Chadli is arguably the biggest loss, but neither he nor Ryan Mason can claim to be important players in the Spurs set-up and the club have received good money for both.

Transfer Rating: 8/10



Ins: Isaac Success (£12.8m) – Roberto Pereyra (£11m) – Daryl Janmaat (£7.5m) – Christian Kabasele (£5.9m) – Stefano Okaka (£5.1m) – Younes Kaboul (£3.4m) – Brice Dja Djedje (£3m) – Jerome Sinclair (Free) – Adrian Mariappa (Free) – Camilo Zuniga (Loan) – Kenedy (Loan)

Outs: Matej Vydra (£8m) – Miguel Layun (£5.1m) – Almen Abdi (£4m) – Allan Nyom (£3m) – Jose Manuel Jurado (£1m) – Gabriele Angella (Free) – Daniel Pudil (Free) – Mario Suarez (Loan)

Another busy Summer down at Vicarage Road. Watford must be praised for turning down big offers for duo Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, whilst also bringing in alternative option in attack in the form of 20 year old, Isaac Success. Roberto Pereyra looks a real coup and the signs look encouraging following a goal-scoring debut against Arsenal. Daryl Janmaat has shown he can be a dangerous attacking full-back when he wants to be and such a player could be the perfect fit for a side who utilise wing-backs to the extent Watford do. They have succeeded in strengthening their existing squad at the same time as keeping holding of key players. Matej Vydra and Almen Abdi are the most high-profile ‘outs’, but neither have been able to make the step up to the Premier League, so they hardly disrupt the status quo.

Transfer Rating: 7/10


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West Brom

Ins: Nacer Chadli (£13m) – Matt Phillips (£5.5m) – Allan Nyom (£3m) – Hal Robson-Kanu (Free) – Brendan Galloway (Loan)

Outs: James Chester (£8m) – Cristian Gamboa (£1m) – Sebastien Pocognoli (Loan)

It’s been a largely uneventful transfer window for West Brom. It has (again) been dominated by Saido Berahino, who appears to be staying put at the Hawthorns until January at least. Considering the club have been linked with the likes of Islam Slimani and Diafra Sakho, fans must be disappointed. Matt Phillips is a good addition, as is Nacer Chadli who made over 20 appearances in each of his three seasons at Spurs. Hal Robson-Kanu is yet another player who has been signed on the back of one good tournament and unfortunately for West Brom, he is not cut out for the Premier League. Brendan Galloway has potential, but the club has missed a step in allowing James Chester to depart after not really giving the Welsh international a chance. They might not go down, but a little ambition in the market would have been welcomed.

Transfer Rating: 5/10


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West Ham United

Ins: Andre Ayew (£20.5m) – Manuel Lanzini (£9.4m) – Arthur Masuaku (£6.2m) – Edimilson Fernandes (£5.5m) – Toni Martinez (£2.4m) – Sofiane Feghouli (Free) – Havard Nordtveit (Free) – Ashley Fletcher (Free) – Alvaro Arbeloa (Free) – Domingos Quina (Undisclosed) – Simone Zaza (Loan) – Gokhan Tore (Loan) – Jonathan Calleri (Loan)

Outs: James Tomkins (£10m) – Enner Valencia (Loan) – Reece Burke (Loan) – Stephen Hendrie (Loan) – Josh Cullen (Loan) – Kyle Knoyle (Loan)

All-in-all, it has been yet another productive Summer for West Ham. Despite their shortcomings with big-money bids for the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Carlos Bacca, the club have improved their options up-front with the signing of Andre Ayew and Simone Zaza. The owners have been accused of being ‘tight’, but on reflection they cannot be accused of overpaying for players as some teams in the league have. Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit, Gokhan Tore and Zaza have joined on a free or on a loan with a view to becoming permanent, meaning the club have signed those four players for pretty much nothing. Alvaro Arbeloa addresses the right-back concerns and it is hoped he will act as a mentor to Sam Byram rather than as a replacement. Players have been brought in for the future as well and the highest profile loss remains James Tomkins, whose departure does not seem quite as devastating as the initial backlash from supporters suggested and Enner Valencia’s loan move to Everton ended what has been a summer-long belief that the Ecuadorian was on his way out.

Transfer Rating: 8/10

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