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Premier League transfer window review

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Oscar scored a stunner against Juventus (©GettyImages)
Oscar scored a stunner against Juventus (©GettyImages).

Exactly three weeks after the transfer window swung shut it now seems like a good time to take a step back and assess the early impressions of the Premier League's latest recruits.

The new season may be just four games old, but already those who conducted shrewd pieces of business are reaping the rewards.

The likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, who were both particularly active in the window, will be delighted with their shiny new purchases, while the plight of Liverpool was laid bare with Brendan Rodgers' team selection for Thursday's Europa League tie.

The new Reds boss has a wafer thin squad, and, with a huge fixture against Manchester United on Sunday, was forced to dip into the youth and reserve ranks to flesh out his side.

So, beginning with table-toppers Chelsea, GMF looks back and grades the new signings' contributions so far…

Chelsea - key signings: Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses

Roberto Di Matteo's side have started the season in fine form. The Didier Drogba sized hole atop their formation has been plugged by Fernando Torres - but the Blues still look light up front - and may dip their toe back into the market in January.

In midfield though, their new signings have started brilliantly. Oscar's virtuoso performance in the Champions League included an early Goal of the Season contender. The Brazilian looks a superb prospect. The ranks of the "playmakers" in the Premier League is swelling, and Oscar looks like another fine creative midfielder.

Chelsea were greedy in the summer though, and gorged on a bevy of attacking talents. And the most high profile, Eden Hazard, has been the stand-out performer of the season so far.

It's not surprising the Belgian won the most penalties in Ligue 1 last season. He's tricky, quick and direct and has already won a couple for the Blues this year.

Finally, a brief Victor Moses cameo against QPR looked encouraging. Overall, Chelsea have done the best business.

Arsenal - key signings: Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski

Cazorla has fans at the Emirates Stadium giddy with excitement. The Spaniard is another playmaker, and a very fine one at that.

His link up play with fellow new boy Lukas Podolski has been exceptional, not least in the 6-1 drumming of Southampton last weekend.

Olivier Giroud is still looking for his first goal in a Gunners shirt, but has shown in fits and starts the sort of quality movement that should guarantee him goals this year.

Considering they lost their top scorer, the fact that title talk is even being whispered around the Arsenal camp is testament to a job well done in the transfer window.

Manchester United - key signings: Robin Van Persie, Shinji Kagawa

Arsenal's loss is Manchester United's gain, and Robin Van Persie has enjoyed a dream start to his Old Trafford career, with four goals in two league starts, including a match-winning hat-trick against Southampton.

The former-Arsenal captain could prove one of the buys of the season, and £24m for the Premier League's top scorer is not bad business.

Japan international Shinji Kagawa has also settled well, and the Manchester United midfielder has already opened his account.

But compared to Eden Hazard and Santi Cazorla, his impact has been a little less eye catching so far. Still, Sir Alex Ferguson will be pleased with the rapidity with which his new purchases have settled in.

Liverpool - key signings: Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin, Fabio Borini

A difficult transfer window for Liverpool saw Andy Carroll leave Anfield on deadline day. With little time to find a replacement, the Reds have left themselves reliant on new signing Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez.

Borini is yet to really get firing at Anfield, but the £15m Italy international has been stationed out on the left wing so far. A more central berth is his favoured position, and he deserves a chance there.

In the middle of midfield Joe Allen has won praise. A careful distributor, Allen will be key to Brendan Rodgers' side as the season wears on. But so far, the Reds have endured a difficult start, and the likes of Sahin and Allen have not had much opportunity to stamp their authority on matches.

Tottenham Hotspur - key signings: Mousa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Emmanuel Adebayor, Clint Dempsey, Hugo Lloris

Dembele has undoubtedly been the star of the show at White Hart Lane, earning comparisons with Yaya Toure for his early performances.

That's perhaps a little premature, but the Belgian international is a classy player, and looks a capable replacement for Luka Modric.

Clint Dempsey, Hugo Lloris and Emmanuel Adebayor are yet to receive many minutes, as Andre Villas-Boas eases his new signings into the Spurs lineup.

Former-Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson has slotted straight into the team, but one pass against Reading aside, the Icelandic international has been a little underwhelming so far.

So a mixed bag for Villas-Boas so far, but with Dempsey and Adebayor still to come, Tottenham may yet emerge as one of the transfer window's big winners.

Manchester City - key signings: Javi Garcia, Maicon, Jack Rodwell

It looks like Roberto Mancini rates Javi Garcia very highly. The £16m midfielder went straight into the team to face Stoke and scored, and featured at the Bernabeu this week.

A tidy ball player, the Spaniard looks like a solid addition to the City midfield.

In contrast, Jack Rodwell is more of a work in progress for Mancini. A mistake against Southampton on his debut spoiled an otherwise impressive performance, but the England international can't seem to stay healthy enough to get out on the pitch with any regularity.

Right back Maicon has taken Micah Richards' place, and the England man can count himself a little unlucky there.

Early impressions of Maicon are clouded by his display against Real Madrid, where he struggled in the first half. But it must be remembered that he faced Cristiano Ronaldo, and tests to that degree will not be very week.

Other business

Swansea new boy Michu has been excellent so far this season, and leads the Premier League Golden Boot race with four goals, alongside Robin Van Persie.

The former-Rayo Vallecano forward was reportedly a target for Liverpool in the summer, but Michael Laudrup's side clinched his signature, and his early form goes a long way to explaining their current position high up in the Premier League table.

Notable mentions must also go to Steven Fletcher of Sunderland, who has three goals for his new side already, and Dimitar Berbatov at Fulham, who has demonstrated just how good a player he is when given the opportunity.

Who has impressed you the most so far? Join the debate by leaving your choice in the comment box below...

Topics:
Arsenal
Robin Van Persie
Emmanuel Adebayor
Fabio Borini
Didier Drogba
Dimitar Berbatov
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Joe Allen
Chelsea
Premier League
Fernando Torres
Steven Fletcher
Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo
Roberto Di Matteo
Micah Richards
Luka Modric
Victor Moses
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Luis Suarez
Liverpool
Clint Dempsey
Jack Rodwell
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