This year’s summer transfer window in the Barclays Premier League has turned out to be the most expensive of all-time. Overall, teams spent $1.3 billion(£870 million) which is a 4% increase from last season. After the Premier League inked a new TV deal with BBC and Sky Sports last season, it’s clear that all that money from that acquisition was put to good use.
Almost everyone in the Premier League went out and looked to bolster their squads and some teams did much better than others. Here are the winners and losers of the 2015 EPL summer transfer window.
- Allan Rodrigues de Souza (£500k, Internacional)
- Christian Benteke (£32.5m, Aston Villa)
- Bobby Adekanye (free, Barcelona)
- Nathaniel Clyne (£10m, Southampton)
- Roberto Firmino (£29m, Hoffenheim)
- James Milner (free, Manchester City)
- Danny Ings (free, Burnley)
- Adam Bogdan (free, Bolton Wanderers)
- Joe Gomez (£3.5m, Charlton Athletic)
Over the last couple of seasons, Liverpool have had a string of bad luck when it comes to signing big name players. Diego Costa, Willian and Henrik Mkhitaryan are skilled attacking players that come to mind. However, this transfer window was the exact opposite and Liverpool were the busiest team this time around. They essentially added five solid first team players in Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Joe Gomez.
The Reds might not have played well in their last game, but once this team gets more time on the pitch together they will become a very dangerous team. Liverpool managed to snatch Robert Firmino away from Manchester United but the real coup may be Joe Gomez. The 18-year-old has started every game for Liverpool this season and has been impressive to say the least. If he keeps this up, it won’t be long before he receives his first England call-up.
- Regan Poole (undisclosed fee, Newport)
- Anthony Martial (£36m, AS Monaco)
- Sergio Romero (free, Sampdoria)
- Morgan Schneiderlin (£24m, Southampton)
- Bastian Schweinsteiger (£14.5m, Bayern Munich)
- Matteo Darmian (£14.3m, Torino)
- Memphis Depay (£25m, PSV Eindhoven)
Manchester United had a lot of personnel issues going into this summer, but soon enough Ed Woodward and Louis Van Gaal went on a spending spree. Memphis Depay will need some time to adapt to the Premier League but he eventually will be a star. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin have already solidified the midfield from a defensive perspective. Matteo Darmian has been one of United’s best players at right-back this season. Even Sergio Romero looked good as their goalkeeper before last weekend.
United still lack any real depth at the striker position and they somehow failed to sign Pedro, who somehow ended up at Chelsea. With Chicharito and Adnan Januzaj both gone, the Red Devils needed another striker desperately. Enter Anthony Martial, a 19-year-old French starlet who is drawing some early Thierry Henry comparisons.
The Red Devils may have overpaid, but the teenager has a lot of raw talent and should be an exciting player going forward. The biggest win for United was the fact that they managed to keep David De Gea despite the transfer debacle with Real Madrid. As long as the Red Devils have De Gea in the net, they can compete with almost any team in the world.
- Kevin De Bruyne (£54m, VfL Wolfsburg)
- Aleix Garcia (£2.1m, Villarreal)
- Nicolas Otamendi (£31.7m, Valencia)
- Patrick Roberts (£10.5m, Fulham)
- Fabian Delph (£8m, Aston Villa)
- Raheem Sterling (£49m, Liverpool)
- David Faupala (undisclosed fee, Lens)
Before August 20th, Manchester City had not done nearly enough to end up as one of the winners of the transfer window. They finally managed to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, along with two more English players in Patrick Roberts and Fabian Delph. Other than that, it seemed like City were going to have plenty of depth issues with how old their team is.
However, City splashed the cash as they always do and brought in two world-class players to the side. Nicolas Otamendi will strengthen City’s defense immensely, and now they won’t have to play Martin Demichelis at the back anymore.
Kevin De Bruyne was signed from VFL Wolfsburg for a club-record fee and he has the chance to be a special player for the club. A midfield with De Bruyne, David Silva and Yaya Toure looks really scary on paper. If De Bruyne can figure things out quickly in the Premier League, then City have a chance to put a stranglehold on the Premier League title.
Honorable Mention Winners: West Ham, Crystal Palace, Swansea City
- Petr Cech (£10m, Chelsea)
That is not a typo. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have always been cheap with their money and that is not going to change any time soon. Wenger takes care of the team’s money as if he were a shareholder of Arsenal and that’s understandable. To their credit, they finally solved their goalkeeping issues by bringing in Petr Cech. It isn’t like the Gunners didn’t try to bring in more superstars, but they just went after the wrong ones.
Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski were never going to leave Bayern Munich. Muller might love Bayern Munich more than he loves himself and Lewandowski has a better chance to win a Champions League title in Munich.
Arsenal already have the pieces to win a Premier League title but with their long history of injury issues, it never hurts to add depth to the squad. Another transfer window has passed and once again Arsenal did little to nothing to help their team.
- Heung-Min Son (£21.9m, Bayer Leverkusen)
- Clinton N’Jie (£14m, Lyon)
- Toby Alderweireld (£11.5m, Atletico Madrid)
- Kevin Wimmer (£4.3m, FC Koln)
- Kieran Trippier (£3.5m, Burnley)
Tottenham Hotspur just have a knack for not spending their money poorly. At first it looked like the team was committed to improving a defense that has always had issues. They signed Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier who are all coming off great seasons. Yet, Spurs still haven’t won a game this season and they’ve already blown a 2-0 lead at home against Stoke City.
The mistake that Spurs always seem to make is buying young attacking players with great potential but lack any real experience. Clinton N’Jie isn’t a bad signing, but he’s 22 and his only real strength is his pace. Time will tell if he has the finishing ability to have success in Premier League.
Spurs best signing is Son Heung-Min, he’s a player with a lot of technical skill, plus he’s a tremendous dribbler and passer. He’ll either end up like his fellow South Korean Ki Sung-Yueng, who has flourished at Swansea City, or he’ll end up like former Manchester United flop Shinji Kagawa. Regardlss of how well Son does, Spurs failed to add any real substance to their team during the transfer window.
- Aaron Lennon (£4.5m, Tottenham Hotspur)
- Ramiro Funes Mori (£9.5m, River Plate)
- Leandro Rodriguez (£500k, River Plate)
- Mason Holgate (undisclosed fee, Barnsley)
- David Henen (£200k, Olympiakos)
- Gerard Deulofeu (£4.2m, Barcelona)
- Tom Cleverley (free, Manchester United)
Everton manager Robert Martinez is putting all of his faith in the team he currently has. Martinez believes that the team he currently has is just as good as the team that finished fifth just two seasons ago. The Spanish manager is going to rely heavily on Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku. Those two players have carried the team so far, and they’ve played well, but it is a lot to ask for these young players to perform for the entire season.
Tom Cleverley was injured in their game last week, Aaron Lennon was once a promising player but is now a one-trick pony and Gerard Deulofeu is a Barcelona reject who hasn’t shown much at all.
The only good thing that happened for Everton this transfer window is that John Stones is staying at the club despite his transfer request. Everton are still more than capable of finishing in the top half of the table, but a top-6 finish will be a challenge for the Toffees.
Honorable Mention: Norwich City, Newcastle United, Sunderland