Premier League summer transfer window: review part two

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Fans of the Magpies are expecting a far more comfortable season under new manager Steve McClaren. Summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons so far having been sent off against Arsenal last weekend and must show improved discipline in the future. Fellow arrival Georginio Wijnaldum has shown flashes of quality already and could prove to be a hit.

Centre-back Chancel Mbemba has been versatile early on, which is always a bonus for a manager, while Florian Thauvin is the clubs latest French addition but has thus far been unable to make much of an impact.

The forward issue still remains, though. McClaren hasn't signed a reliable goalscoring striker and might lie to rue not having bid for a player like Charlie Austin - an ideal player to spearhead Newcastle's attack

VERDICT: 6.5/10


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There was no real stand out player from Norwich's transfer window despite a number of new faces arrived at the club.

Robbie Brady cost them £7 million, which is a bit pricey, but thankfully the Irishman will bring versatility to the club. Alex Neil has strengthened the midfield by bringing in Graham Dorrans and Yousuff Mulumbu both of which will provide Premier League experience.

Andre Wisdom joined on loan from Liverpool, while Matt Jarvis is an interesting one, having been terrific for Wolves but somewhat slumped at West Ham.

The biggest concern for Norwich arguably will be goals, with new addition Cameron Jerome only managing double figures once in the Premier League and Bradley Johnson leaving for Derby. They haven't secured the services of the consistent goalscorer that they desperately need in England's top division.



The Saints lost two key men in Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer, departing for Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. The former has since been replaced by Jordy Clasie - a talented player but is yet to appear for the club due to injury. Meanwhile, Clyne’s replacement is the little known Cedric Soares, who at 24-years-old he seems to be a sensible signing.

Fraser Forster is set to miss much of the season and while question marks have been raised over Maarten Stekelenburg who, while not the keeper he was, can still do a job at the top. Virgil van Dijk represents a fantastic signing and has a big future, and next to Jose Fonte should reach the same performance levels in England that he did in Scotland.

The Saints also kept Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama despite interest from other clubs, which could prove new signings in their own right.

VERDICT: 5.5/10


Mark Hughes lost both Asmir Begovic and Steven N’Zonzi this summer but still enjoyed a sensational window. The arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri came as a real shock, with it unknown how a club of Stoke's stature quite managed to attract such a quality player. Also in the door is Marco van Ginkel, on loan from Chelsea.

Ibrahim Afellay joins Stokes’ growing ex-Barcelona contingent, and while his red card against West Brom was silly, one would imagine he’ll show his talent during the course of the season. The likes of Glen Johnson and Shay Given may not excite fans but they give Stoke more strength in depth.

VERDICT: 7.5/10


It’s been a poor start to the season for Sunderland and two of their summer additions - Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates. Indeed, defensively they look worryingly fragile. Adam Matthews is yet to appear, despite impressing for Celtic. Jeremain Lens and Yann M’Vila are both good players on their day, but their motives for being there are questionable, though money is the most likely answer.

Fabio Borini finally completed a permanent deal and will strive to deliver on his potential, something he couldn't do at Anfield. The loan signing of right-back DeAndre Yedlin is bizarre considering they already have plenty of options there. Overall Sunderland’s window felt like a somewhat confused affair.



Swansea continue to impress in the transfer market, through quality rather than quantity. There were not many major additions to speak of but they still did exceptionally well. Andre Ayew arrived for nothing - yes, nothing - and has already formed a formidable partnership with Frenchman Bafetimbi Gomis. Three goals in four games is a phenomenal start.

There’s not much to speak about apart from Ayew. Eder has arrived but has hardly featured and will probably serve as back-up to the free-scoring Gomis. Not much activity, then, but the signing of Ayew alone makes this a terrific window based purely on his start.

VERDICT: 7.5/10


As usual Daniel Levy left it to the last minute to try and get deals done, but this time he failed. Long-term target Saido Berahino remained at West Brom which has piled the pressure on Harry Kane to deliver the goals. Toby Alderweireld joined earlier in the summer, but Spurs continue to look shaky at the back.

Heung-Min Son was the clubs stand out signing but is still known very little by English fans. He has a respectable scoring record in the Bundesliga, though he may be pushed out wide rather than partnering Kane. Overall, they have left too much pressure on their young striker.



It’s been a QPR-esque transfer window for Watford. A staggering amount of new signings have been made which they'll hope means that they don’t go the same way as the London club. Stand outs from their 15 new signings include Victor Ibarbo, who will be expected to weigh in with goals, and Etienne Capoue who’s arrived from Spurs.

There are simply too many arrivals to discuss. What has to be said is that this is either going to work out very well or very badly. They have a lot of new men to integrate and not much time to do it. Watford’s season could rest on it. Risky business.



Would he stay or would he go? Saido Berahino dominated Albion’s summer and after all the talk he remains at The Hawthorns. If he comes back into the team it'll be a huge bonus; if he doesn't then they will be satisfied with Salomon Rondon, who scored 20 goals last season at Zenit St. Petersberg.

Defenders Jonny Evans and James Chester both cost £8 million - a lot of money for defenders of lesser quality - but they both have plenty of experience. Rickie Lambert will be a good option if they utilise him correctly, unlike Liverpool. Anders Lindegaard joined late on, a necessary signing given Ben Foster’s injury.

VERDICT: 6.5/10


This is a big period in West Ham’s history given their upcoming move to the Olympic Stadium. The top clubs seem to have missed out by overlooking Dimitri Payet who joined The Hammers for £10.7 million. The Frenchman produced seven goals and 21 assists in Ligue 1 last season and has shone so far.

Angelo Ogbonna has had a rough start to life in England, but has the experience to come through it. Alex Song once again comes in on loan from Barcelona and will bring balance to their midfield. Transfer deadline day saw them bring in Nikica Jelavic, who should weigh in with a few goals.

VERDICT: 7.5/10

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