Deadline Day has passed and it’s time for Premier League clubs’ fans to focus on their transfer business. Many would be delighted, others doubtful, and others disappointed.
With new signings playing a key role in their good start to the season, Everton and Aston Villa are first and second in the Premier League table, respectively.
Meanwhile, the disappointing results of Manchester United at the beginning of the campaign have exposed the flaws that have not yet been addressed in their squad.
It was another busy time of coming and going across the globe amid the effects of Covid-19-but who had the best, and worst, window?
For yet another year, the chaos of the summer transfer window is over.
Given the effect on football clubs around the world of the coronavirus pandemic, it was yet another busy time of coming and going, with almost all of Europe’s top clubs adding to their rosters.
There have been several moves that were not supposed to materialize-most importantly one of the greatest players ever involved-but there has still been plenty of excitement for fans.
What clubs, players or managers have good windows, though? And who had a summer they’d like to forget about as soon as possible?
From multiple analyses from top sports news outlets, Sports24 breaks this down.
Biggest Spender: Chelsea
As Roman Abramovich threw his backing behind Frank Lampard, Chelsea put any doubts about how the pandemic would effect their window to bed as the biggest spenders of the summer window.
Germany’s superstars Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, Ajax schemer Hakim Ziyech, Leicester ‘s versatile full-back Ben Chilwell, Brazilian center-half Thiago Silva and Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy have come in, as Lampard is looking to reshape his squad at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues invested well over £ 200 million ($260 million) to do so, and while the fortunes of the pitch have yet to take a dramatic turn, the amount of talent now within the dressing room in West London means that success is definitely not too far away.
Lampard will probably rely on just how good they prove to be, with the iconic ex-midfielder entering his sophomore season in charge of elevated expectations on his shoulders.
Aston Villa and the 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool
Last summer, Aston Villa signed no fewer than 12 new players, but this time around they have taken a ‘less is better’ approach and their brilliant beginning of the season shows they were right to do so.
There was no sign of panic buying, instead of actually attacking the vulnerabilities in their squad in their recruitment. Following his arrival from Arsenal, Emiliano Martinez got an immediate improvement in goal, although it was a similar story with Matty Cash at the right-back.
However, it is farther ahead that their summer deals look most inspired. Last season, Villa was well short up front-Jack Grealish was their top scorer with eight goals in the Premier League-but Ollie Watkins already looks like the right man to lead the line, having adapted effortlessly to the division and hitting a perfect hat-trick in the Liverpool 7-2 demolition.
It also shattered any illusions that the £30 m ($39 m) Brentford signing will battle at the highest levels with new signing Ollie Watkins picking up his first Premier League hat-trick in that game.
Everton: Rightly Boosted, Big Beginning
With their 4-2 victory over Brighton, Everton made it four out of four wins and no one have doubts that their summer signings have played a crucial role in their bright start to the season.
With the arrivals of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, Allan from Napoli and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford, the midfield, previously a problem area under Carlo Ancelotti, has been transformed.
The trio did not arrive cheaply, but the early evidence shows it was well worth the investment. Doucoure has brought a box-to-box energy infusion, while Allan has provided defensive strength and ball-playing composure in equal measure. James has brought guile and ingenuity, scoring three goals and already providing two assists.
Suddenly, Everton looks like a balanced team, and their new additions are also helping to get the best out of Goodison Park’s players who are already in position. The free-scoring start to the season by Dominic Calvert-Lewin gained him an England call-up, though Richarlison was equally impressive. The hope will be that Robin Olsen’s late arrival on Roma loan will see Jordan Pickford up his game too.
Tottenham: Demolishing Man Utd, Ready for fight
Gareth Bale was, of course, the headline addition, sealing a stunning return on loan from Real Madrid to Spurs. And Spurs fans are entitled to feel confident about what will be possible when Bale is fit to start too, with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son beginning the season in such explosive form.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has added leadership and combativeness to Tottenham’s midfield, but perhaps the most notable are the signings of Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon. The pair are attacking wing-backs that are going to allow Mourinho to move between a four back and a three back.
Doherty and Reguilon, as well as Kane, Son, Bale and the rest, would try to provide ammunition for Carlos Vinicius. The Brazilian joined Spurs on loan with a £36 million option to purchase last season with an average goal every 101 minutes for Benfica and should ease the dependency of Mourinho on Kane in the central striking spot.
If there was one area that Tottenham always needed to reinforce heading into Deadline Day, it was the center of security, failing to carry Skriniar from Inter Milan to Milan.
Joe Rodon remains a priority, and although on Monday a deal could not be made for the Swansea defender, the window for EFL signings does not close until October 16. There is still time for Spurs to make an incredible business summer even better.
Biggest Loser: Manchester United
Since Sir Alex Ferguson ‘s retirement, Manchester United have been specialists in taking one step forward only to take two steps back, and they have once again been up to their old tricks over the summer window.
After the Red Devils secured Champions League qualification after a post-lockdown run of thrilling, attacking results and positive outcomes, all the talk was about how Jadon Sancho would lead to an influx of big-name Old Trafford arrivals.
What happened could not have been farther away from the facts.
The anger surrounding the transfer window of Manchester United hit new heights as Tottenham on the penultimate day of the window thrashed them 6-1. At that time, midfielder Donny van de Beek, a £37 m acquisition from Ajax who has yet to begin a Premier League game, was their only new signing.
On Deadline Day, more reinforcements arrived, with Alex Telles securing his transfer from Porto, joining Edinson Cavani, and young Amad Diallo from Atalanta and Facundo Pellistri, but despite their summer-long search, there was no deal for Jadon Sancho and supporters are entitled to wonder why it took Manchester United until the final hours of the window to get their business done.