PREMIER LEAGUE SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW 2015
It was the richest ever English transfer window with a mammoth £870m spent on players. Though the deadline day wasn’t as dramatic as past years, this summer window has defiantly produced more than its fair share of shock buys, surprises and controversy.
Below is my team by team guide of who bought who.
Tyrone Mings – Ipswich Town, £8m
Glenn Murray – Crystal Palace, £4m
Lee Tomlin – Middlesbrough, £3.5m
Max Gradel – St Etienne, Undisclosed
Sylvain Distin – Everton, Free
Artur Boruc – Southampton, Free
Adam Federici – Reading, Free
Joshua King – Blackburn Rovers, Tribunal
Christian Atsu – Chelsea, Loan
Filippo Costa – Chievo, Loan
Joe Bennett – Aston Villa, Loan
Tomas Andrade – River Plate, Loan
Naturally Bournemouth really need to make a statement by bringing in players that will help them stay in the league. Gradel has already showed some quality. Boruc and Distin will provide some much-needed experience at the back.
Mings at £8m could be a gamble but he certainly has potential as does Atsu. Glen Murray could be a shrewd move though. He has experience in this league and certainly knows where the goal is.
Petr Cech – Chelsea, £10m
This is an extremely weird one. Not that Cech isn’t’ a superb signing. He was much-needed and certainly could be key to Arsenal’s success this season. But when you hear every team in the league has signed at least 5 players apart from Arsenal, who signed 1 and are the only team in history not sign an outfield player in the summer window. With that being said, they do have a good squad but this will put Wenger under even more pressure.
Jordan Ayew – Lorient, £10m
Idrissa Gueye – Lille, £9m
Jordan Veretout – Nantes, £8m
Adama Traore – Barcelona, £7.1m
Jordan Amavi – Nice, £7m
Scott Sinclair – Man City, £2.5m
Jose Angel Crespo – Cordoba, £500,000
Joleon Lescott – West Brom, Undisclosed
Rudy Gestede – Blackburn, Undisclosed
Matija Sarkic – Anderlecht, Undisclosed
Micah Richards – Man City, Free
Mark Bunn – Norwich, Free
Tiago Ilori – Liverpool, Loan
I think Sherwood has taken heed of me predicting them to go down and made some impressive signings in this window. Defensively he has made signings such as Richard’s and Amavi who has already made an impact as well as Lescott and Illori who I was surprised Liverpool let go.
Higher up the pitch Sinclair looks a new man, Traore looks really exciting and Gueye, Ayew and Gestede look a really promising trio.
Pedro – Barcelona, £21.4m
Baba Rahman – FC Augsburg, £17.7m
Asmir Begovic – Stoke, £8m
Kenedy – Fluminense, £6.3m
Nathan – Atletico Paranaense, £4.5m
Papy Djilobodji – Nantes, £2.7m
Danilo Pantic – Partizan Belgrade, £1.25m
Michael Hector – Reading, Undisclosed
Radamel Falcao – AS Monaco, Loan
This was a very mixed window from Mourinho. Pedro is a player I have long admired and in only two games he has already demonstrated his class. Falcao will hope to find his scoring touch again and his recent goal could be the spring-board.
Kenedy and Nathan look two really promising Brazilians for the future. At 27 Defender Djilobodji must be expected to play some part soon, where as Rahman and Hector are two young promising defenders for the future but could well feature sooner rather than later.
Yohan Cabaye – PSG, £13m
Connor Wickham – Sunderland, £9m
Alex McCarthy – QPR, £3.5m
Bakary Sako – Wolves, Free
Patrick Bamford – Chelsea, Loan
Just the five players for Pardew in this window but very decent in my opinion. I’m sure all was surprised at the Cabaye signing and I am sure he will prove to be a great move. Sako has already made an impact and looks as though he will only get better as he adapts.
McCarthy showed in his one season how good a keeper he is. For me there are question marks over both Wickham and Bamford. Both will want to make an impact for different reasons but that will depend on how well they fit into Palace’s system.
Ramiro Funes Mori – River Plate, £9.5m
Gerard Deulofeu – Barcelona, £4.25m
David Henen – Olympiakos, £0.2m
Tom Cleverley – Manchester United, Free
Mason Holgate – Barnsley, Undisclosed
Aaron Lennon – Tottenham, Undisclosed
Personally I am not overly convinced by Martinez’ purchases. Obviously Deulofeu is the pick of the bunch and if Everton can get him on song he will be a great asset. Cleverley never quite made the grade at Man Utd but did well at Villa and will hope to continue that.
Lennon, although has pace and experience, I am not sure if his heart and desire is still there. Hopefully he will prove me wrong. For me Mori, Henen and Holgate are unknown quantities who could surprise but I cant help thinking Martinez needed more.
Shinji Okazaki – Mainz, £7.5m
Yohan Benalouane – Atalanta, £5.6m
N’Golo Kante – Caen, £5.6m
Gokhan Inler – Napoli, £5m
Robert Huth – Stoke, £3m
Nathan Dyer – Swansea City, Loan
Christian Fuchs – Schalke, Free
Cant even explain how happy I am for the “tinkerman” that Leicester have started well and his summer signings have impressed also. Okazaki looks a really decent striker who will cause problems but Inler for £5 is a shrewd signing and is well suited to English football.
Dyer’s loan move could just give him the spark he needs to revive his career and he’s still young enough to. Huth is an important signing added some defensive steel at the back along with Benalouane.
Christian Benteke – Aston Villa, £32.5m
Roberto Firmino – Hoffenheim, £29m
Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton, £12.5m
Joe Gomez – Charlton, £3.5m
Allan – Internacional, £0.5m
James Milner – Manchester City, Free
Danny Ings – Burnley, Tribunal
Adam Bogdan – Bolton, Free
Taiwo Awoniyi – Imperial Academy, Undisclosed
Although it was a decent window, I still cant help thinking Rodgers was a key signing away from making it a great window. For me Clyne is great buy and will be for a long time. Bentake could be a very good signing but can he fit Liverpool’s style or vice versa?
I have seen enough of Firminho to believe he will be a success when he eventually adapts. Gomez was a surprise but he looks as though he could be a steal. Milner was a no brainer for a free, not sure about vice captain though. I would love Ings to get a chance as I feel he could blossom.
Kevin De Bruyne – Wolfsburg, £54.5m
Raheem Sterling – Liverpool, £49m
Nicolas Otamendi – Valencia, £33m
Patrick Roberts – Fulham, £12m
Fabian Delph – Aston Villa, £8m
Enes Unal – Bursaspor, £2m
David Faupala – Lens, Free
A statement of intent is what I see when I look at these signings. So much so that I cant see anyone stopping City from winning the league. Bold statement yes but Although LFC fans may hate, Sterling’s introduction has giving City a new dimension making them look irresistible in attack with interchangeable and constant moment.
If that wasn’t scary enough, they went and got De Bruyne, probably one of the most consistent players in all leagues last season. Making them look even more formidable. Then you add the small matter of £33m defender Otamendi and Delph who was Villa’s player of last season. Enough said.
Anthony Martial – Monaco, £36m
Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven, £27.9m
Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton, £25m
Matteo Darmian – Torino, £12.7m
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich, £6.5m
Regan Poole – Newport County, Undisclosed
Sergio Romero – Sampdoria, Free
Van Gaal flexed United’s proverbial muscles in the transfer market and produced some interesting signings. Although Memphis has not started that well I believe he will eventually be a success. Darmian looks a solid player at right back and Schneiderlin will prove to be a key acquisition in midfield.
For all of Schweinsteiger’s class and experience. At this stage of his career coming off an injury ravaged season, I’m not sure how much of an impact he will make in the Premier League. This brings me to the £36m teenager. It looks very panic buy (esq) but only time if indeed it was or just a shrewd move by Van Gaal.
Georginio Wijnaldum – PSV, £14.5m
Florian Thauvin – Marseille, £13m
Aleksandar Mitrovic – Anderlecht, £13m
Chancel Mbemba – Anderlecht, £8.5m
Ivan Toney – Northampton, £250,000
Steve McClaren or the Newcastle faithful cannot accuse Mike Ashley of not putting his hand in his pocket. Wijnaldum for me is the pick of the bunch and will impress. Thauvin also has the ability to get the fans off their feet but I feel he will need more time to adapt.
The jury is out for me on Mitrovic. I feel he has the touch of the Cantona’s and Suarez’s about him. Someone who is always liable to step out of line and get into trouble. Only problem is, he does not quite have the same top class ability as Cantona and Suarez.
Robbie Brady – Hull, £7m
Graham Dorrans – West Brom, £3m
Youssuf Mulumbu – West Brom, Free
Andre Wisdom – Liverpool, Loan
Dieumerci Mbokani – Dynamo Kiev, Loan
Matt Jarvis – West Ham, Loan
Jake Kean – Blackburn, Free
The Premier League’s new boys has opted for some much-needed experience for their inevitable relegation battle. I feel Brady is a very good signing and looking forward to seeing him provide some spark going forward. Along with Jarvis.
Dorrans and Mulimbu will also add valuable experience and Premier League ability. Wisdom is young but I believe he will also add something. Either way you look at these signings and will still question whether it will be enough to keep Norwich in the league.
Virgil van Dijk – Celtic, £11.5m
Jordy Clasie – Feyenoord, £8m
Juanmi – Malaga, £5m
Oriol Romeu – Chelsea, £5m
Cedric Soares – Sporting CP, £4.7m
Cuco Martina – FC Twente, £1m
Maarten Stekelenburg – Fulham, Loan
Steven Caulker – QPR, Loan
In recent years Southampton have been very accustomed to comings and goings and maybe that’s why they did such good business in this window. I feel Van Dijk is a great signing and surprised more clubs weren’t after him. Romeu could be a key addition in midfield along with Stekelenburg in-goal.
I have already seen signs that Soares looks a decent buy and Juanmi could be that unknown, surprise package. I will also be very interested to see if Caulker can make some kind of impact. Clasie and Martina are unknown quantities for me.
Xherdan Shaqiri – Inter Milan, £12m
Joselu – Hannover 96, £5.75m
Phillipp Wollscheid – Bayer Leverkusen, £2.75m
Jakob Haugaard – FC Midtyjlland, £0.6m
Glen Johnson – Liverpool, Free
Shay Given – Aston Villa, Free
Sergio Molina – Real Madrid, Free
Marko van Ginkel – Chelsea, Loan
Moha El Ouriachi – Barcelona, Undisclosed
Ibrahim Afellay – Barcelona, Free
Mark Waddington – Blackpool, Tribunal
Dom Telford – Blackpool, Tribunal
I am still scratching my head trying to figure out just how Mark Hughes pulled off this genius of a window. How he convinced Shaqiri to leave Inter for Stoke will go down in folklore but it’s stuff that dreams are made off, especially If you add Afellay on a free.
Hughes also added the valuable experience of Johnson and Given at the back plus German center back Wollscheid who was on loan last year. Joselu is a Spanish youth international striker, and to top it off they have two unknown surprises packages. El Ouriachi a young winger from Barca and Molina a young defensive midfield from Real Madrid no less. wow.
Jeremain Lens – Dynamo Kiev, £12.5m
Fabio Borini – Liverpool, £9.75m
DeAndre Yedlin – Tottenham, Loan
Ola Toivonen – Rennes, Loan
Yann M’Vila – Rubin Kazan, Loan
Younes Kaboul – Tottenham, £3m
Adam Matthews – Celtic, £2.2m
Sebastian Coates – Liverpool, £2m
Santiago Vergini – Estudiantes, £2m
Knowing what all the other clubs have done this window I am not fully convinced by Sunderland’s business. Don’t get me wrong, I feel Toivonen could be a surprise package and M’Vila could be a top signing for the season. Also Borini has something to prove and is back at a familiar ground.
The jury is out on Coates and Vergini both can be good on their day but can equally be terrible on another. Lens has potential to be a very good signing but that could go either way that goes for Kaboul also. Yedlin on loan from Spurs could be a bright spark and Matthews is a Welsh capped right back.
Eder – Braga, £5.2m
Franck Tabanou – St Etienne, £3.5m
Kristoffer Nordfelt – Heerenveen, £0.6m
Oliver McBurnie – Bradford City, £0.25m
Andre Ayew – Marseille, Free
Josh Vickers – Arsenal, Free
Gerhard Tremmel – Swansea, Re-signed
On another day I would say I am not totally convinced by Swansea’s window but the way Gary Monk has handled his team since he took over I am in no position to question. Although I am not too familiar with most of his acquisitions.
Ayew has already showed enough to suggest he could be bargain of the window and Tremmel did so well last term Swansea was forced to retain his services. From the rest, tall striker Eder will be the most interesting. He had a very impressive scoring record at Braga.
Heung-Min Son – Bayer Leverkusen, £18m
Clinton N’Jie – Lyon, £12m
Toby Alderweireld – Atletico Madrid, £11.5m
Kevin Wimmer – Cologne, £4.3m
Kieran Trippier – Burnley, £3.5m
Personally I wouldn’t expect the Spurs’ fans to be overly impressed with this window. Especially from of a team pushing for a Champions League place. However I will say I have long been an admirer of Son and believe he could make a huge impact in England
Along with that Trippier has seemed to slot in easily and Alderweireld is starting to find his feet and will only improve. N’jie is a young striker from Cameroon and Wimmer center back, both unknown packages. Question is has Spurs under performed this window?
Etienne Capoue – Tottenham, £6m
Jose Jurado – Spartak Moscow, £6m
Matej Vydra – Udinese, £6m
Steven Berghuis – AZ Alkmaar, £4.6m
Valon Behrami – Hamburg, £3m
Jose Holebas – Roma, £1.8m
Adlene Guediora Crystal Palace, Undisclosed
Obbi Oulare – Club Brugge, Undisclosed
Miguel Britos – Napoli, Free
Allan Nyom – Udinese, Free
Sebastian Prodl – Werder Bremen, Free
Giedrius Arlauskis – Steaua Bucharest, Free
Nathan Ake – Chelsea, Loan
Alessandro Diamanti – Guangzhou Evergrande, Loan
Victor Ibarbo – Roma, Loan
If Man City made a statement of intent for a team going for the title, then Watford has made one for a team trying to stay in the league. Question will be how can they embed 13 players into the team. Colombian striker Ibarbo looks one of the stand out acquisitions along with the experienced Italian international Diamanti.
Behrami is another who could be key with valuable experience. Along with the likes of Guediora and Capoue who both have something to prove. After two loan spells Vydra is a permanent signing and did will last season. Other players to look out for are Jurado, Holebas and Prodl.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Salomon Rondon – Zenit St Petersburg, £12m
Jonny Evans – Man Utd, £8m
James Chester – Hull, £8m
Rickie Lambert – Liverpool, £3m
James McClean – Wigan, £1.5m
Anders Lindegaard – Manchester United, Free
Serge Gnabry – Arsenal, Loan
This has the potential to be an extremely productive window from Pulis. I feel Rondon is a real star and will hit the ground running. Defenders Chester and surprisingly Evans could prove to be very shrewd signings to support Pulis’ system.
He has added a young live wire in Gnabry who Arsenal rate highly and Lindegard, a keeper from Man Utd who has been capped for Denmark. Add to that, the experience of Ricky Lambert upfront and the potential of Mclean in midfield, it looks a very interesting summer window by WBA.
WEST HAM UNITED
Dimitri Payet – Marseille, £10.7m
Angelo Ogbonna – Juventus, £7.9m
Michail Antonio – Nottingham Forest, £7m
Pedro Obiang – Sampdoria, £4.3m
Nikica Jelavic – Hull City, £2m (rising to £3m)
Alex Song – Barcelona, Loan
Victor Moses – Chelsea, Loan
Carl Jenkinson – Arsenal, Loan
Manuel Lanzini – Al Jazira, Loan
Darren Randolph – Birmingham City, Free
New manager Bilic has wasted no time building his team and with the start they have already had you must say this bunch can only make them better. Payet looks a real player and could really be a star at Upton Park. That is rivaled by Argentine Lanzini after only one game.
They have retained the services of Song, although his fitness has been questioned. But with likes of Obiang bolstering the midfield, Ogbonna bolstering the defence, Jelavic bolstering the attack also Moses & Antonio bolstering the wings then it looks as though Bilic is looking to do some real big things.