Football fans around the globe can rejoice as the Premier League kicks off for its 27th season this evening. A typically hectic transfer window has seen some big names exchange Spanish, French, German and Italian football for a spell in the world’s most competitive league. It can often be difficult keeping track of the numerous new faces, but worry not. In time for the first game week, we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide that highlights the most important transfers each team has made this window.
Bournemouth have had an excellent window thus far securing the transfers of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and centre back Nathan Ake. However, the signing of Jermain Defoe is surely the standout. A proven goal scorer with bundles of experience in the top flight will surely come good for the Cherries. This is combined with the fact that Defoe arrives having cost not a single penny.
Anyone following the Premier League will have been aware of the problems faced over the years in the gunners’ attack. £52.7m signing Alexandre Lacazette looks to quash any fears and arrives with a clinical reputation in front of a goal with 28 goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last season. We fully expect him to continue this deadly rate under Arsene Wenger.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Albion have been eager to bolster their squad as they look to secure a permanent spot in the Premier League for seasons to come. In doing this, they’ve broken their transfer record to sign £5m German playmaker Pascal Gross from Ingolstadt. A solid signing for a team that will have to work hard keep their head above water.
Burnley seem to have been focused more on selling rather than buying. Michael Keane had a hugely successful season in the middle of the Claret’s defence in 2016-17 but has since been sold to Everton. Andre Gray’s recent £18m switch to Watford may signal troublesome times for Burnley. Jack Cork has been bought in from Swansea for some midfield stability but this may not be enough for a Burnley team lacking in stand-out names.
After a fiery clash between manager Antonio Conte and the short-tempered Diego Costa, it would seem the striker will not be appearing in a Chelsea shirt again. Enter Alvaro Morata. A proven goal scorer in the Champions League and surrounded by a hugely talented Chelsea attack, he will surely be a hit for the blues.
Having recently secured the loan signing of Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United, Palace will hope their defence is an improvement from last season’s shaky showing. Ruben Loftus-Cheek arrives in search of first team football from Chelsea and shows all the characteristics of a composed, commanding centre-midfielder. Expect him to show his talent this season.
Everton have undergone a transformation over the summer making no less than 8 signings in a hope of pushing into a top 4 spot. Wayne Rooney makes his long-awaited return and £30m Michael Keane looks to strengthen the back four. Our standout pick, however, is Sandro; a pacey, tricky player with a tonne of potential who will link up well with fellow new signing Davy Klassen.
Another team fresh from the Championship looking to claw their way into a safe midtable position is Huddersfield. Having broken their transfer window four times in less than a fortnight, you’d expect them provide stiff competition to do so this season. The permanent signing of Aaron Mooy, who was integral to central midfield while on loan last season, will likely hold an important role for the Terriers this season.
The dizzying heights of the 15-16 title win may only seem like a distant memory at this point, but Leicester City may provide a few surprises this season. Despite hanging onto Riyad Mahrez over the summer, Leicester are still in need of increased attacking power. £25m signing Kelechi Iheanacho may prove himself to be a bargain, leaving City with an impressive record in front of goal.
A quieter window then maybe some reds fans will have hoped for has, nonetheless, bought in a couple of necessary additions. Having struggled for Chelsea, Mohammed Salah will start his Liverpool career off the back of an imposing pre-season. Liverpool now boast a frightening attack and, if they can sign an experienced centre back, may show themselves to be title contenders this season.
Often criticised by fans across England for their excessive spending in the transfer market, City come into this season with a seriously impressive squad. Kyle Walker’s £50m switch from Tottenham and Danilo’s move from Real Madrid provides much needed cover in the wing back positions. However, we recommend Bernardo Silva as the signing to keep an eye on. Silva showed his worth against Europe’s best in the last year’s Champions League and you can expect more of the same in the Premier League.
Whilst £75m Romelu Lukaku may steal the headlines for Manchester United this season, it might be a midfielder that proves the most valuable. The addition of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea may not exactly be a spotlight signing, but what he adds to the squad is vital. He will sit back, allowing a freer role for Paul Pogba to venture forward and support the attackers, something he was often unable to do last season.
Newly promoted Newcastle United haven’t been as busy in the transfer window as Rafael Benetiz would have hoped but have made some strong additions nonetheless. Most notably, Jacob Murphy from Norwich who impressed with the England Under 21 side at the European Championships this summer.
Southampton have broken their transfer fee record this season with the signing of Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina. The midfielder cost the Saints £16m but with significant experience in Europe including an appearance in the Champions League Final, Lemina will add some new creativity and talent to the Southampton team.
Stoke have lost one of their best players to West Ham in Marko Arnautovic this transfer window but have improved their midfield stability with the signing of West Brom’s Darren Fletcher. Fletcher proved crucial to Albion’s midfield last season and it is certain he will play an important role at Stoke this year.
Swansea’s transfers rumour this summer have often focused on the future of Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson. However, the Swan’s signing of Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea provides much needed competition to Spaniard Fernando LLorente. Abraham scored 23 goals in the championship last season.
Much to the dismay of every Spurs fan, Tottenham are yet to make a single transfer. However, with plenty of time still left, this may soon change. Boasting a youthful squad who are only going to improve, time is on Tottenham’s side. If they can add depth to their starting 11, you can expect Tottenham to, once again, challenge for the title.
Watford have been very active this summer by signing young midfielders Nathaniel Chabolah from Chelsea and Will Hughes from Derby providing a much needed creative boost. The Hornets also confirmed the signing of Andre Grey from Burnley yesterday for £18million. His partnership with Troy Deeney may be one to consider this season.
West Brom may have lost their skipper to Stoke but they have signed a long-term target of the Baggies in Jay Rodriguez. Rodriguez signed from Southampton for £12million and is going to bring a touch of creativity and clinical finishing to the West Brom side.
West Ham are looking for a successful second season at the London City Stadium after a disappointing start to their tenancy in 16-17. The signing of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez for £16million may finally provide the Hammers with a consistent goal-scorer.