Premier League Summer Transfer Window 2014
Even though deadline day was not as dramatic as previous years, on the whole, it was the biggest summer transfer window ever with a record spending of £835m which was up by 33% compared to last year.
Below is my team by team run down of the transfers made in this summer window.
Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona) £35m
Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) £12m
David Ospina (Nice) £3m
Calum Chambers (Southampton) £16m
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) £16m
The summer window started very upbeat for Arsenal and although it ended not as spectacularly, all things considered, it was still a good window. Sanchez is obviously the marquee signing, he’s started like he will make a difference and could be the missing link. Debuchy has slotted in so well you’ve almost not noticed him.
Chambers is another that has slotted in well and looks a real find. Judging by the World Cup, Ospina looks a useful keeper. This brings me to Welbeck. Although for me a dubious price, if you look at it retrospectively, he does have the type of game that could work well in the Arsenal set up. Only thing is, end of the day it still is just Danny Welbeck.
Philippe Senderos (Valencia) Free
Joe Cole (West Ham) Free
Kieran Richardson (Fulham) Free
Aly Cissokho (Valencia) Undisclosed
Carlos Sanchez (Elche) £4.7m
Tom Leggett (Southampton) Undisclosed
Isaac Nehemie (Southampton) Undisclosed
Tom Cleverley (Man Utd) Loan
For me Villa’s signings could either go very well or very badly. I understand they needed more experience in the squad and for that reason Senderos will be an asset at the back as will Richardson in midfield, a player I feel still has a something to offer. I am scratching my head to see what Cole will bring but I hope he proves me wrong.
Cissokho had a mixed loan spell with Liverpool but will be better for the experience. Leggett & Nehemie are two youngsters for the future from Southampton while Sanchez is known as a strong defensive midfielder from Colombia. Cleverley’s last minute loan deal could prove a shrewd move.
Michael Kightly (Stoke City) Undisclosed
Matt Gilks (Unattached) Free
Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers) Undisclosed
Matt Taylor (West Ham United) Free
Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) £2.5m
Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Undisclosed
George Boyd (Hull City) £3m
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) Loan
Michael Keane (Manchester United) Loan
As a newly promoted team, Burnley had to do a bit of wheeling and dealing before the window closed and I must say I was impressed. I think Dyche has done the right thing bringing in experience with the likes of Reid, Taylor, Knightly and even Ward. Combined with youngsters Sordell and Chalobah who both have quality and the potential to be exciting.
United youngster Keane could also be an asset at the back but most of all I think Boyd could be an interesting signing. Definitely a talent, I think he’s an enigma that could rub many the wrong way but could also be a revelation if handled correctly.
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) £30m
Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split) £3m
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) £32m
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) £16m
Didier Drogba (Galatasaray) Free
Loic Remy (QPR) £10.5m
Mourinho has certainly signaled his intent with these signings. Fabregas has already showed his quality and looks like he will be a massive asset. If that wasn’t big enough, Costa has hit the ground running and is already banging in goals, looking right at home in England.
Luis will no doubt slot in at full back when needed and to add to it all that, Champions League hero Drogba has come back to add more power upfront. Pasalic is a young Croatian midfielder. Last but not least, surprising one and all, Mourinho swooped for Remy, who at 27 is in his prime, a proven goal scorer and could be devastating off the bench.
Chris Kettings (Blackpool) Free
Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) £900,000
Brede Hangeland (Fulham) Free
Martin Kelly (Liverpool) £2m
Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United) Loan
Zeki Fryers (Spurs) £3m
James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) £7m
Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan
I think Palace can be happy with their summer window. Zaha coming back to Palace will be good for both parties and I expect him to blossom again. Hangeland will be an asset at the back as well as Kelly who still has something to prove. McArthur is another with something to prove but his signing could go either way.
Kettings is a young goalkeeper and Fryers is a young full back. Campbell has been around but at 26 is still in his prime and has a style that will fit in well at Palace. Doyle’s move will be interesting, he has experience in this league and at 30, this loan move could be his last chance at the big time.
Gareth Barry (Manchester City) Free
Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros) £5m
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) £28m
Brendan Galloway (MK Dons) Undisclosed
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Loan
Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea) Free
David Henen (Olympiakos) Loan
Roberto Martinez has made some typically shewed signings but has branched out and the importance of Lukaku has forced him to break the bank to get him permanently. Barry’s permanent deal will be one less thing to think about in midfield. Atsu’s loan deal could bode very well for the player, Everton and even Chelsea.
The jury is out for me on Eto’o but his debut goal closed a few mouths. Besic will be an interesting signing, he’s a talented skillful player but will need a bit of time adjust to this league, if ever. Galloway is a young midfield who has played for England Under 17’s-19’s. Henen is a young Belgian striker who has also played for his youth national team.
Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur) £8m
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) £6m
Tom Ince (Blackpool) Free
Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) £2.85m
Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) £2.5m
Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) 3m
Brian Lenihan (Cork City) Undisclosed
Abel Hernandez (Palermo) £9m
Mohamed Diame (West Ham United) Undisclosed
Gaston Ramirez (Southampton) Loan
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) Loan
Hull fans must be delighted with this window. Ben Arfa’s last day coup was massive, as we all know what he’s capable of. Diame for me is an equally huge signing in that important defensive midfield role. The likes of Ramirez and Ince are two very talented footballers who have a lot to prove and will both be hungry.
Snodgrass is a player I’ve admired and always thought was underrated. Livermore’s permanent deal could allow him to develop even more under Bruce, however the jury is out on Dawson for me. Lastly, I was well surprised but excited by the Hernandez deal. I feel he’s a striker with a game that’s best suited to English football and could really blossom in this league.
Jack Barmby (Manchester United) Free
Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) Free
Ben Hamer (Charlton Athletic) Free
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) Free
Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton & Hove Albion) £8m
Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan) Free
Danny Simpson (QPR) Undisclosed
Nick Powell (Manchester United) Loan
Tom Lawrence (Manchester United) £1m
Again as a newly promoted team, much wheeling and dealing was necessary. Cambiasso was a surprise to everyone. His experience and know-how will be a huge asset, although he’s not the player of old. Not sure at 35 how much Upson has left in the tank. Albrighton looks a decent signing and I was surprised Villa let him go.
Simpson’s experience could be necessary at the back. Powell will hope to get some games and show what he’s capable of. Ulloa looks a surprisingly massive signing and has hit the ground running already in this league. Lawrence and Barmby are youngsters for the future. Hamer is a goalkeeper.
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) £4m
Adam Lallana (Southampton) £25m
Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen) £10m
Lazar Markovic (Benfica) £20m
Dejan Lovren (Southampton) £20m
Divock Origi (Lille) £10m
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Alberto Moreno (Sevilla) £12m
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) £16m
Liverpool have splashed the cash in hope that the accumulative of these players can make up for the loss of Suarez. Origi looks an exciting prospect for next season. Lambert will be happy, back at his boyhood club. Lallana looks as though he has the style that will fit right in at Liverpool. Can is a young, strong midfielder, Markovic is a young, pacy and skilful attacking midfielder.
Manquillo is another young, full back who looks to have slotting in well as does Moreno, who seems like a real star at left back. Lovren could be the key signing for me and the answer to Liverpool’s defensive issues. He looks comfortable on the ball and solid defensively. Balotelli has all the attributes to be a real star at Anfield, this is providing he has matured and focuses on football if not, it could all end in tears.
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) Free
Fernando (Porto) £12m
Willy Caballero (Malaga) £4.4m
Frank Lampard (New York City) Loan
Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club) Undisclosed
Eliaquim Mangala (Porto) £32m
It was an unusually low key window for City but what more does the best team in the league need? Well for starters their customary Arsenal player. Sagna was one of Arsenal’s best players last season and will be an asset. As well as the shock move of Lampard for a few months. Mangala is a strong, bruising defender and could be another huge asset at the back.
Zuculini is a young Argentinian midfielder, Cabellero is an Argentinian Goalkeeper. The move for Fernando surprised me due to the midfielders City have already but he has slotting in like he’s been at the club for years and already looks a top buy.
Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao) £29m
Luke Shaw (Southampton) £27m
Vanja Milinkovic (Vojovdina) Undisclosed
Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon) £15.97m
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid) £59.7m
Daley Blind (Ajax) £14m
Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Loan
After this transfer window, United will say the massive amounts spent was necessary and the end justifies the means. With that being said, Falcao on loan is a staggering move. He has undoubted talent and seems very suited to this league. Di Maria is another huge signing and he’s started well in my opinion. Blind looks a solid and versatile prospect. Rojo looked good in the World Cup and is another versatile prospect at the back.
Herrera’s move was almost forgotten but he’s a decent Spanish midfielder who’s good on the ball. Lastly Shaw at left back has raised eyes for the price tag and the pressure will be on to perform but he certainly has talent and the players around to help him blossom.
Ayoze Perez (Tenerife) Undisclosed
Jack Colback (Sunderland) Free
Siem de Jong (Ajax) £6m
Remy Cabella (Montpellier) £12m
Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco) £6m
Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord) £5m
Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk) Loan
Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) £3,5m
Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) £3.5m
Newcastle have made some slightly unknown with the potential to be gems, type of signings. Full back Janmaat has started well and looks a typical Dutch footballer. De Jong, another Dutchman, will hope to hit the ground running upfront. Riviere is a player I feel could really light up Newcastle, he has undoubted talent but needs to settle.
Colback’s move from Sunderland has put him under scrutiny and pressure, so it will be interesting to see how he performs. Cabella is a French attacking midfielder who has been capped for France and possesses huge potential. Ferreyra is an imposing Argentinian striker. Perez is a young Spanish striker. Lascelles is a young defender and Darlow is a goalkeeper.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Free
Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) £8m
Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) Undisclosed
Mauricio Isla (Juventus) Loan
Leroy Fer (Norwich City) £8m
Eduardo Vargas (Napoli) Loan
Jack Robinson (Liverpool) Undisclosed
Alex McCarthy (Reading) Undisclosed
Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) £6m
Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev) Loan
Typically, a lot of activity from Harry Redknapp and some very shrewd signings. Ferdinand will provide some top class experience at the back but is not the player of old and will do well for Caulker who I think could develop into a top class defender. Fer who I have been impressed with and Sandro, will provide steel and ability in midfield as well as experience. Along with Kranjcar who still has ability.
Mutch also impressed me last season and I will be interested to see his impact. McCarthy was one of the stand out keepers and a good move by Redknapp along with Chilean duo Isla who is a strong defender and forward Vargas who both had good World Cups. Robinson is a young full back.
Dusan Tadic (FC Twente) £10.9m
Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord) £9m
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea) Loan
Saphir Taider (Inter Milan) Loan
Fraser Forster (Celtic) £10m
Shane Long (Hull City) £12m
Florin Gardos (Steaua Bucharest) £6m
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Sadio Mane (Red Bull Salzburg) £10m
It has certainly been a hard summer for Southampton but Koeman has done his best. The deadline day signing of Alderweireld has the potential to be a very good one at the back along with keeper Forster and full back Bartrand making it a solid trio. Pelle and Tadic seemed to have already struck up a good partnership and both look decent buys.
At 27, Long is in his prime and I feel has the quality and experience to make an impact. Mane is a midfielder with a good goal scoring record. Gardos is a defensive midfielder who can also play at the back. As fast as Taider came in he was out again as rumours spread he wasn’t up to Koeman’s training regime.
Phil Bardsley (Sunderland) Free
Steve Sidwell (Fulham) Free
Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover) Free
Dionatan Teixeira (Banska Bystrica) Undisclosed
Bojan Krkic (Barcelona) £3m
Victor Moses (Chelsea) Loan
Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool) Loan
This is a mixed bunch of signings for Hughes but the free signing of Diouf has already paid dividends and seems a shrewd move. They will be happy to have Assaidi back on loan as he really blossomed under Hughes. Moses will hope to have the same effect and needs a good season.
Sidwell, whose move was as much as a surprise as Bardsley’s will provide some important experience, along with Bardsley in the squad. Teixeira is a centre back and last but certainly not least Bojan. I am still scratching my head trying to figure out how Hughes pulled this off but nevertheless, it’s a huge acquisition and if he settles could provide some real flair and quality.
Jordi Gomez (Wigan Athletic) Free
Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Costel Pantilimon (Manchester City) Free
Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea) Undisclosed
Jack Rodwell (Manchester City) £10m
Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes) Loan
Will Buckley (Brighton & Hove Albion) Undisclosed
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) Loan
Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan) Loan
After their dice with relegation, Poyet will hope these signings will help avoid that ride this time around. Rodwell has started well and will hope to kick start his Premier League career with regular games. Pantilimon is another who will hope to prove Man City wrong. Van Aanholt looks a decent signing and will also hope to get a run of games.
Vergini has not quite convinced me at the back and will probably battle with Coates who has also flattered to deceive. Gomez will be happy he’s back in the top flight and at 29 will look to hit the ground running. As will Argentinian midfielder Alvarez who could provide some flair. I’m not sure how much of an impact full back Jones or winger Buckley will have this season.
Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal) Free
Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon) Free
Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) Undisclosed
Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) Undisclosed
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) Swap Deal
Jefferson Montero (Morelia) Undisclosed
Federico Fernandez (Napoli) Undisclosed
James Demetriou (Nottingham Forest) Free
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Tottenham Hotspur) Free
Modou Barrow (Ostersunds FK) Undisclosed
Tom Carroll (Tottenham) Loan
Swansea’s start to the season suggests Gary Monk has made some impressive signings. Right off the bat, resigning Sigurdsson looks to be a key acquisition. Gomis is another key signing providing more pace and power upfront. Emnes done reasonably well on loan and will be inspired by earning a permanent deal. Fabianski has started his Swansea career well and looks comfortable and confident.
I will be interested to see if Carroll gets some games, he’s highly touted and should fit into Swansea’s style of play well. Fernandez is a strong Argentinian defender. Gallifuoco is a young Australian midfielder, Barrow and Demetriou are young strikers, Kingsley is a young full back and Montero is a Ecuadorian international winger.
Ben Davies (Swansea City) Swap Deal
Michel Vorm (Swansea City) £3.5m
Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon) £4m
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) £2.5m
Federico Fazio (Sevilla) £8m
Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier) Undisclosed
Pochettino has already demonstrated his shrewd eye for a bargain with his summer dealings. Vorm will provide a very competent back up to Lloris and will no doubt keep him on his toes. Dier already looks one of the finds of the season. Davies looked a very good full back last season and will hope to take his game to another level this term.
Yedlin is a young, explosive and exciting full back who has already been capped for USA and tipped for big things. Fazio is a huge Argentinian international defender and Stambouli is a French defensive midfielder.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Craig Gardner (Sunderland) Free
Joleon Lescott (Man City) Free
Chris Baird (Burnley) Free
Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover) Undisclosed
Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev) £10m
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool) Loan
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) Undisclosed
Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg) Undisclosed
Georgios Samaras (Celtic) Free
Silvestre Varela (Porto) Loan
Sebastien Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv) Undisclosed
West Brom have been very active this summer with some interesting if unknown signings. Starting at the back. Wisdom and Lescott, either side of their careers will provide defensive stability. As possibly will Baird, providing he gets games. Gardener could be a big signing who has experience, quality and will want to make an instant impact, as will Samaras back after a relatively successful five years in Scotland.
Pocognoli is a former Belgian full back as are Davidson who is a Australian and Gamboa who is a Costa Rican. Ideye is a Nigerian striker who big things is expected of. Varela is a pacy Portuguese winger and Blanco is an attacking midfielder from Argentina.
WEST HAM UNITED
Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield) Undisclosed
Cheikhou Kouyate (Anderlecht) £7m
Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) £2m
Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) Undisclosed
Enner Valencia (Pachuca) £12m
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) Loan
Diafra Sakho (Metz) Undisclosed
Alexandre Song (Barcelona) Loan
Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille) Undisclosed
I feel this is one of Allerdyce’s best transfer windows yet. Starting with Zarate, back after a impressive 14 game loan spell in England six years ago, by way of Italy and Argentina. Now in his prime at 27, he can provide flair and excitement. Song to me is a massive signing and could have come back to a top six team. Valencia had a break out World Cup for Ecuador and showed he knows where the goal is.
Jenkinson looked another good player, I was surprised Arsenal let him go, even on loan. Amalfitano had a decent loan spell at WBA and now has a bit of experience in this league. Senegalese duo Kouyate is a strong defender and Sakho is a striker. Creswell is a full back and Poyet is a young midfielder, the son of Sunderland boss Gus.