Thankfully (and not a minute too soon) the 2013 summer transfer window has closed. I, for one, wish that the window was only open for one week so that these endless sagas (looking at you Gareth Bale) would be thrown into the fire and hashed out quickly. At any rate, this transfer deadline day was full of surprises (like Arsenal spending money), so here is a look at my winners and losers in the Premier League transfer race.
1) Manchester City
- IN: Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Martin Demichelis
- OUT: Carlos Tevez, Kolo Toure, Gareth Barry, Maicon
- VERDICT: Manchester City were clinical in their transfer dealings under the reign of new boss Manuel Pellegrini. City were able to cut a lot of dead weight and replace those parts with some exceptionally talented footballers. With all of the attacking players that were brought in, the signing of Demichelis from Atletico Madrid may prove most vital with the rash of injuries City has at center back.
- IN: Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen,
- OUT: Gareth Bale, Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Scott Parker, Clint Dempsey, Benoit Assou-Ekotto
- VERDICT: With the pending transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid hanging over the club like smog this summer, Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy was able to make smart transfers with the boatload of money coming in from Madrid. The additions of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen were especially impressive. Spurs appear to building a serious title contender and it would be ironic if they found Champions League football in life after Bale.
- IN: Gerard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku, Arouna Kone, Joel Robles, Gareth Barry, James McCarthy
- OUT: Marouane Fellaini, Victor Anichebe
- VERDICT: New manager Roberto Martinez was hard at work in the transfer market to make sure that his Everton side amped up their firepower, and he did just that. Signing Lukaku, Kone and Deulofeu made a statement, especially after Martinez made the bold leap to say that Everton are challenging for a Champions League place. Another reason why the Toffees are #3: they didn’t lose both Fellaini AND Leighton Baines. While Fellaini is gone to Manchester United, Everton couldn’t afford to lose Baines as well. At times, keeping star players is just as important as signing them, so I give a lot of credit to Everton for doing so with Baines.
- IN: Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure, Aly Cissokho, Victor Moses, Mamadou Sakho, Simon Mignolet,
- OUT: Pepe Reina, Jonjo Shelvey, Stewart Downing, Jay Spearing, Andy Carroll, Fabio Borini
- VERDICT: If I would have combined last January’s signings with this summer’s transfers, Liverpool would be higher up on this list. Adding Aspas, Moses, Sakho and Mignolet to Daniel Sturridge, Coutinho and co. is very, very impressive. Liverpool also managed to keep Luis Suarez and Daniel Agger, both of which were serious transfer targets for Arsenal and Barcelona, respectively. If this team can stay healthy they will be serious contenders for a Champions League place.
- IN: Jozy Altidore, Emanuele Giaccherini, Andrea Dossena, Vito Mannone, Cabral, Mobido Diakite, Fabio Borini
- OUT: Simon Mignolet, Danny Graham, James McClean, Ahmed Elmohamady, Stephane Sessegnon
- VERDICT: Simply put, Sunderland were terrible last year. Paolo Di Canio has set out to make the Black Cats play a more attacking style of football this season, which is the reason that they signed likes of Altidore, Giaccherini and Borini. Look for Cabral to play a major role in midfield as he helps to distribute the ball to the new-look attack. While Sunderland currently sits in the relegation zone after 3 matches, they shouldn’t stay there for long after their new talent gels together.
1) Manchester United
- IN: Marouane Fellaini
- OUT: Bebe, Nick Powell
- VERDICT: David Moyes first summer transfer window at United was a dud. Bringing in Fellaini at the very last second helped to save face, but it is easy to see the midfield and defensive deficiencies at United. After low-balling Everton for the Fellaini-Baines combo pack, Moyes was only left with the ‘fro and a hell of a lot of questions from United supporters.
- IN: Loic Remy
- OUT: James Perch, Danny Simpson
- VERDICT: There is no club in the Premier League going through the kind of identity crisis that Newcastle is right now. Adding Joe Kinnear as Director of Football has thrown this club into a tailspin that they look unlikely to get out of. Manager Alan Pardew may have to pull another miracle in the January window, if he is still the manager by then.
3) Stoke City
- IN: Erik Pieters, Steven Ireland, Marco Arnautovic
- OUT: Ryan Shotton, Matthew Upson
- VERDICT: Most people are used to the long-ball, scrappy, defensive and unlovable version of this squad. The Potters added very little quality to change that perception even though Mark Hughes (questionable choice) was hired to do so. Good luck, Stoke fans.
- IN: Mesut Ozil, Emiliano Viviano
- OUT: Marouane Chamakh, Gervinho, Andrei Arshavin, Vito Mannone, Francis Coquelin
- VERDICT: Arsenal were supposed to be a big player in the transfer market this summer. Besides landing a huge fish in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on deadline day, they did absolutely nothing to increase the quality and depth of their ailing squad. Wenger may need to dig into his pockets again in January for a striker, defender or defensive midfielder.
5) West Ham
- IN: Andy Carroll, Razvan Rat, Stewart Downing
- OUT: N/A
- VERDICT: Officially signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool was West Ham’s big move of the summer, which is fine, but not flashy. They added minor depth with Rat and Downing, but still seem to be a middling team that will end up anywhere from 10th-15th at the end of the season. Kevin Nolan and Carroll will have to play lights-out to help the Hammers reach a top 10 place.