Now the transfer window has slammed shut and teams now know who they haveuntil January, we take a look at the ins and outs at all 20 Premier League sides. The North-East sides were the busiest/quietist – Sunderland bringing in 14, whilst Newcastle were content with Loic Remy, whilst keeping all of their star players. Crystal Palace also brought in 14, some will argue making so many signings could de-stabilise the club.
In: Yaya Sanogo (Free), Mesut Ozil (£42.4m), Mathieu Flamini (Free), Emiliano Viviano (Loan)
Out: Andrei Arshavin, Gervinho, Sebastian Squillaci, Andre Santos, M Chamakh (+9 Youth Players)
Arsenal had a poor summer. They were desperate for a Centre Back and a Striker, yet gave in to fan pressure at the last minute and panic bought Mesut Ozil – Yes, a world class player that will help, but not what they needed. With Laurent Kocienly often sent off, Thomas Vermaelen injury prone and the likes of Carl Jenkinson only young, they could struggle in that position, with Bacary Sagna filling in already. On the plus side they have finally got rid of some very poor buys like Santos and Chamakh, as well as some costly ageing players like Arshavin – clearing what was a mounting wage bill
Position Prediction: 5th
In: Leandro Bacuna (£3m), Nicklas Helenius (£5m), Libor Kozak (£7m), Antonio Luna (Undis), Jores Okore (£4m), Jed Steer (Undis.), Aleksander Tonev (£8m)
Out: Darren Bent (Loan), Barry Bannan (Undisc.), Stephen Ireland (Loan), Jean Makoun II (Undisc.), Stilyan Petrov (Retired) +9 Youth Players/Released
Villa have had a great summer – Christian Benteke signed a new deal and cracking youngsters such as Okore, Tonev and Helenius. With the vision and ethic of Paul Lambert this squad could do very well this season, especially with the constant flow of youth players coming through and being given a chance, on top of a front line that could include Benteke, Kozak, Helenius, Weimann and Agbonlahor.
Position Prediction: 7th
In: Gary Brayford (Undisc.), Steven Caulker (£8m), Andreas Cornelius (£7m), Gary Medel (£10m), Peter Odemwingie (£2.5m)
Out: Stephen McPhail, Heider Helguson, Nat Jarvis, Joe Ralls
Cardiff have begun the season well, and with such young talent as Caulker, Cornelius and Gary Medel coming in, they have given themselves the best possible chance of survival. However, should Chilean Medel and Dane Cornelius not adapt will the rest of their squad stand up to the demands of the toughest league in the World? Only time will tell.
Position Prediction: 17th
In: Cristian Cuevas (Undisc.), Christian Atsu (£3m), Samuel Eto’o (Undisc.), Andre Schurrle (£18m), Mark Schwarzer (Free), Marco Van Ginkel (£6m), Willian (£30m).
Out: Benayoun, Ferreira, Malouda, Turnball, (15 on loan, including Cuevas, Atsu, Lukaku, Lalkovic, Wallace, Marko Marin and Oriol Romeu)
Chelsea have had another good summer. Many have left on loan, Chelsea have more than 40 players of all ages out on loan all over the world. More often than not a waste of talent, they buy all these wonderkids and let them play elsewhere while they buy more players. Schurrle could turn out to be another Marko Marin – rarely used and shipped out to Sevilla. Willian seemed to be more about keeping him away from Tottenham – with Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle, Mata, Van Ginkel and many more why would they need him? Either way Mourinho’s Chelsea should be vying for the title – and look early favourites.
Position Prediction: 1st
In: Barry Bannan (Undisc.), Jose Campana (£2m), M Chamakh (Free), Dwight Gayle (£4.7m), Jack Hunt (Undisc.), Jimmy Kebe (Undisc.), Florian Marange (Free), Adrian Mariappa (Undisc.), Kevin Phillips (Free), Jason Puncheon (Loan), Jerome Thomas (Free), Elliot Grandin (Free), Cameron Jerome (Undisc.), Neil Alexander (Free), Stephen Dobbie (Free).
Out: Banton, Easter, Marrow, Moritz, Ramage.
Ian Holloway makes his return to the Premier Leauge, this time with Palace. With 14 signings, his new-look side look decent, holding their own against Spurs before eventually losing to a Soldado penalty. With so many changes and little proven quality, the upheaval at the club could prove to have a negative impact, with season regulars being pushed aside by loanee’s from mid-table clubs. We can see them going straight back down.
Position Prediction: 20th
In: Antolin Alcaraz (Free), Gareth Barry (Loan), Gerard Deulofeu (Loan), Arouna Kone (£3m), Romelu Lukaku (Loan), James McCarthy (£12m), Joel Robles (Loan)
Out: Anichebe (£6m), Fellaini (£27.5m), Hitzelsperger, Mucha, P Neville (Retired), Bidwell, McAleny.
Everton’s summer could have gone a lot worse! Leighton Baines has stayed put despite interest from former boss David Moyes at Man Utd, however Maroane Fellaini did join Moyes at Utd. They made some top signings, Deulofeu from Barcelona on loan is a great move, however Robles, Alcaraz and Kone from Roberto Martinez’ old club Wigan could be poor moves (Robles was at Wigan on loan from at Madrid, and was fairly average). They paid the premium for James McCarthy, with Dave Whelan knowing they had £27m lying around from Fellaini’s transfer and took as much as possible. Good player, typical British over-inflated price.
Position Prediction: 9th
In: Fernando Amorebieta (Free), Maarten Stekelenburg (Free), Darren Bent (Loan), Scott Parker (£5m), Sascha Riether (Undisc.) Adel Taraabt (Loan), Zverotic (Free)
Out: Baird, S Davies, Diarra, Petric, Schwarzer, Somogyi, Trotta, Bettenelli.
Fulham have done some good business, Stekelenburg and Scott Parker the two most impressive – but the overall depth and quality of the squad is average. In the opening fixtures key players such as Berbatov and Damian Duff have looked lethargic, especially the former, who was dreadful in the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle. They will struggle, the only shining light is a decent defence – Amorebieta, Riether, Hangelaand and the ever reliable Aaron Hughes forming a good back line.
Position Prediction: 15th
In: George Boyd (Undisc.), Curtis Davies (Undisc.), Ahmed Elmohamady (Undisc.), Maynor Figueroa (Free), Steve Harper (Free), Danny Graham (Loan), Gedo (Loan), Jake Livermore (Loan), Tom Huddlestone (Undisc.), Yannick Sagbo (Undisc.), Allan McGregor (Undisc.)
Out: Cairney, Stewart, Hobbs (All Loan), Dawson, Devitt, East, Cullen, Bradley, McKenna, Simpson, Olofinjana, Evans.
Hull have had a busy summer, bringing in 11 first team players, and offloading 12. Sagbo, Huddlestone and Figueroa are the only impressive players there, the rest being lower league or fringe players at other clubs. They may struggle to compete with sides and we think end up going straight back down.
Position Prediction: 19th
In: Luis Alberto (£6m), Iago Aspas (£7m), Mamadou Sakho (£18m), Tiago Ilori (Undisc.), Simon Mignolet (£9m), Victor Moses, Aly Cissokho (Both Loan), Kolo Toure (Free)
Out: Carroll, Downing, Carragher (Retired), Shelvey, Spearing. Reina, Assaidi, Adorjan, Borini, Coady, Robinson, Suso (All Loan)
Liverpool have really improved the quality and depth of their squad this summer. They have replaced Pepe Reina, who was becoming a liability with Mignolet – probably one of the best in the league. Despite the loss of Jamie Carragher, they have introduced defenders Sakho – highly rated but suspect in recent times, for £18m, along with Aly Cissokho and Tiago Ilori – a young Portuguese star. Luis Suarez stayed, but will not be able to play until late September due to his 10 game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic – so adding him to Sturridge and Aspas will be a boost. They have started well, but we think they will fade gradually but still end in the top 6.
Position Prediction: 6th
In: Fernandinho (£34m), Stevan Jovetic (£22m), Jesus Navas (£15.7m), Alvaro Negredo (£17m), Martin Demichelis (£4m)
Out: Razak, Rekik, Barry, Rusnak, Sinclair, Wabara (All Loan) – Bridge, Fillipo Mancini, McGivern, Santa Cruz, K Toure (Released) – Helan, Maicon, Denis Suarez, Tevez (Undisc.)
Man City under the new stewardship of Manuel Pellegrini – dubbed ‘The Mechanic’ – has started well. They have brought in some quality players, and rid the club of some of the deadwood. With a front four of Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic and Negredo, they could do some damage this season! They are still weak at the back, without Kompany they look average, losing to Cardiff 3-2. Joe Hart, usually ever-reliable has looked shakey recently, which is never a good sign. If these players settle, City could be a serious force in the domestic competitions and Europe, after 2 years of failing at the Group Stages.
Position Prediction: 2nd
In: Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m), Saidy Janko (Undisc.), Guillermo Varela (Undisc.)
Out: Vermijl, Johnstone, Tunnicliffe, N Powell (All Loan) – Brown, Cofie, Wootton, Scholes (Retired)
So, after over two decades in charge Sir Alex has retired! David Moyes has replaced the Scot, with ‘Fergie’ hand picking the Everton boss himself. The decision was met with a mixed response from fans, with some doubtful Moyes could attract big names. To an extent they have been proven right – the only senior player to come in was Fellaini at the last minute for an extortionate fee – possibly a panic buy to appease fans, which didn’t really work. Moyes wanted Lewandowski, Strootman, Ronaldo, Thiago Alcantara and several more, but all either moved on or stayed where they were. On the positive side they kept all their key players that won them the title last season, bar the retired Paul Scholes. We don’t think they will be competing for the title this season, with Chelsea and Man City vastly improving, but they will be up there in the top four.
Position Prediction: 3rd
In: Olivier Kemen (£600k), Loic Remy (Loan)
Out: Perch, Inman, Simpson, Harper – Abeid, Ferguson, Newton, Campbell, Tavernier (All Loan)
Newcastle had a strange summer. Firstly it looked like they wanted to strengthen with early comments from Alan Pardew, but once Mike Ashley brought in Joe Kinnear as Director of Football things went quiet. Rumoured bids went in for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Bafetimbi Gomis and many more but only a youth team player and Loic Remy, who nearly signed in January, came in – and even that was a loan! On the flip side they did not lose any key men – and if you ask fans if they would have taken that at the start of July they would take it and run. Ben Arfa, Krul, Santon, Coloccini, Cabaye and Cisse are key to any chance of a return to European Football, as long as they stay injury free – which was one of the main reasons last season was a write off.
Position Prediction: 10th
In: Johan Elmander (Loan), Leroy Fer (£7m), Javier Garrido (Undisc.), Gary Hooper (Undisc.), Nathan Redmond (£3m), Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (£8m), Martin Olsson (Undisc.), Carlo Nash (Free)
Out: Camp, Adeyemi, Jackson, Smith, Ward, Surman, Rudd, Holt, Steer, Butterfield, Barnett, Tierney, Martin, Vaughan
Norwich had a great summer – the likes of Fer, Van Wolfswinkel, Hooper and Redmond should and already have made a positive impact, Defensively they were weak last season, but the permanent signing of Garrido and the addition of Martin Olsson have aided this weakness. Chris Hughton has built a young attacking side, and they could do well.
Position Prediction: 11th
In: Dejan Lovren (£8m), Victor Wanyama (£12m), Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (£12.5m)
Out: Forren, Chaplow, Richardson, De Ridder, Seaborne, Butterfield, Dickson, Hammond – Mayuka, Puncheon (Both Loan)
Southampton spent £32.5m on three players this season, but all three are questionable. Wanyama looked a class above the rest at Celtic, but to be fair any half decent player will do as the standard in Scotland is around that of the Azerbaijani Premier League – Dreadful. Dejan Lovren has done well in France with Lyon, but is often outpaced and out-turned by the slowest of forwards – much like failed January transfer Vegard Forren, who did not play a single game and was sold back to Molde for £3.5m. Pablo Osvaldo is a well-known striker, and has done well in Italy with Roma and Espanyol. He came from Huracan and earned an Italian passport, and had short yet poor spells with Lecce, Fiorentina and Bologna. He is a big man, and since the beginning of the 2010/11 season he has scored 47 in 101 games, so a good record. It will be interesting to see how all three adapt, and gel with the rest of the team, with very good English players such as Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and James Ward-Prowse.
Position Prediction: 12th
In: Marc Muniesa (Free), Oussama Assaidi (Loan), Stephen Ireland (Loan), Marko Arnautovic (£2m), Eric Pieters (£3m)
Out: Cuvelier, Delap, Sidibe, Upson, Whitehead, Lund, Kightly, Shotton, Nash, Owen
Stoke have had a mixed summer – they have purchased some good players such as Stephen Ireland and Eric Pieters, but also some debatable players such as Marko Arnautovic, Marc Muniesa and Assaidi. We think they may struggle this season, but improve upon Tony Pulis’ efforts, Mark Hughes being the superior manager and doesn’t play such as physical game, and knocks the ball about on the ground, which shows with the players he has bought in.
In: Jozy Altidore (Undisc.) David Moberg Karlsson (Undisc.), Vito Mannone (Undisc.), Charis Mavrias (Undisc.), Duncan Watmore (Undisc.), Emaunele Giaccherini (£6m), El-Hadji Ba (Undisc.), Cabral (Free), Modibo Diakite (Undisc.), Valentin Roberge (Free), Andreas Dossena (Loan), Fabio Borini (Loan), Celustka, Ki Sueng Yueng (Loan)
Out: Bramble, Kilgallon, N’Daiye, Graham, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Mignolet, McClean
Despite a massive influx of players, Sunderland’s summer has been far from impressive. Bar Altidore, who is a decent signing, and Giaccherini from Juventus, the rest are average at best and unproven – Dossena and Borini have tried and failed, Borini at Liverpool and Chelsea. They lost to their own Under 21 team, which was rather embarrassing for Di Canio. Unless they gel quickly and re-group after a bad start, they could end a difficult run of games rock bottom. We have them down to be relegated.
Position Prediction: 18th
In: Alvaro Vasquez, Jonathon De Guzman (Both Loan), Jose Canas, Jernade Meade, Dwight Tiendelli (All Free), Wilfried Bony (£12m), Jonjo Shelvey (£5m), Jordi Amat (£2.5m)
Out: Agustien, Bartley, Cornell, Ki, Moore, Tate
With an impending European campaign after qualifying for the group stages, Swansea have strengthened well in all areas. Bony and Vasquez have come in to the Forward ranks, Shelvey, Canas and Amat have improved their midfield and a few more have also come in. Despite the bad start, once they mould into a unit they could be a useful side once again, but have to balance League and Cup competitions with the Europa League, as many have found it is difficult to do so, with Everton, Newcastle and a few more struggled to do so.
Position Prediction: 8th
In: Etienne Capoue (£9m), Nacer Chadli (£7m), Vlad Chiriches (Undisc.), Christian Eriksen (£12m), Erik Lamela (£30m), Roberto Soldado (£25.6m), Paulinho (£17m)
Out: Ekotto, Carroll, Falque, Hall, Khumalo, Livermore, Mason, Pritchard, Smith (All Loan) – Bale, Caulker, Parker, Huddlestone, Luongo, Gallas, Bentley, Dempsey.
Despite selling Gareth Bale for a world record sum, Spurs had an excellent summer. Daniel Levy played it perfectly, rather than his normal ‘Sell late, panic to replace’, he drew the transfer out, signed the likes of Paulinho, Lamela, Soldado and Eriksen then sold Bale – replacing before selling. They are now stronger than when Bale was there, with around 7 players costing approximately £110m – with all transfers considered a net spent of just £5m (£110m spent, £105m received). They should be competing for the top 4, otherwise these top European stars will want answers!
Position Prediction: 4th
In: M Amalfitano, Goran Popov, Sinclair, Vydra (All Loan) – Nicolas Anelka (Free), Stephan Sessegnon (£6m), Victor Anichebe (£5m), Lee Camp (Undisc.), Diego Lugano (Free)
Out: Allan, Jara, Odemwingie, Fortune, Thomas
Much like Sunderland, WBA have purchased some good players like Sessegnon, Sinclair and Anichebe, but at the same time some questionable ones, Amalfitano, Vydra and Anelka, for example. With Romelu Lukaku gone, will Anelka and Anichebe fill the void? Doubtful. We foresee a drop from last seasons’ form, and a low finish.
Position Prediction: 16th
In: Andy Carroll (£15m), Stewart Downing (£6m), Adrian (Free), Razvan Rat (Free), Mladen Petric (Free), Danny Whitehead (Undisc.)
Out: Cole, Hall, O’Neill
Finally, West Ham have made a few key signings. Carroll and Downing could go either way, but if the first few games are anything to go by Downing has been unimpressive and Carroll is still injured, having picked up another injury. Rat, Petric, Adrian and Whitehead are a mix of experience and international class. Petric is there on a short term deal to cover Carroll’s injury, having been released by Bolton. Either way a decent season beckons for the Londoners – mid-table seems their level.
Position Prediction: 13th