The pressure on Premier League clubs to ‘win’ the transfer window never lets up.
But no matter how many times fans have been stung by their beloved clubs who have ‘won’ the summer transfer window by going on an impressive spending spree and then failed to make it count over the 38-game season, we all still obsess over the need to spend.
‘Winning’ the transfer window often doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things, but there is an importance attached to clubs in the top flight investing properly – standing still often means falling behind with the money now involved in the game.
Ultimately, the transfer window is an incredibly fun time for everyone, because of the rampant unpredictability and the risks that come with investing in players.
Whether it be clubs battling out to secure the signature of one particular player, one club heading down the route of hidden gems, or a top side going after some of the biggest names in football, there’s never a dull moment in the summer between seasons.
And with the 2022/23 season officially underway, fans are now beginning to see the Premier League’s fresh faces take to the field in official competition for the first time.
Predicting who will fly and who will flop is always a difficult challenge, but that doesn’t stop us as fans from weighing in with our obviously expert opinions on what a good piece of business looks like.
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‘Good business’ varies in the minds of everyone. What is value for money or a shrewd purchase for one person is a disaster waiting to happen for the next. It’s no wonder, then, that Sky Sports’ fan-voted ‘transfer window XI’ has done the rounds so rampantly on Reddit.
Fans have voted for what they believe is the best piece of business in each position, in order to create an XI. The results are very intriguing, so let’s waste no more time and take a look.
Immediately, it’s clear to see that viewers are backing Tottenham to do well this season, with no less than four players out of 11 being Spurs signings.
Bernd Leno starts between the sticks, with fans clearly expecting him to do the business at Fulham. Sven Botman and Kalidou Koulibaly start in front of him in defence, meaning there is no place for Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez, or Aston Villa’s Diego Carlos.
But what is most surprising is the glaring omission of a certain Erling Haaland, who moved from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City in a deal worth £51 million. Considering just how insane transfer fees are these days, if £51m for a striker who bagged 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund doesn’t represent good business, then we’ve no idea what does.
As expected, the wonderful world of Reddit has weighed in with a number of brilliant responses to the graphic. Let’s check out some of the picks of the bunch.
There is also a severe lack of Arsenal players, with Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko notably missing out from the vote.
Both Jesus and Zinchenko have headed to the Emirates from City this summer and have been tipped to prove valuable additions to Mikel Arteta’s squad, and perhaps the missing pieces of the puzzle when it comes to returning to the top four.
Elsewhere, United’s capture of Christian Eriksen on a free transfer makes the cut, but there is no room for Jesse Lingard’s move to Nottingham Forest. Is his move being overlooked already? Quite possibly, but we have no clue just yet.
What we do know for sure is that this season is set to be endlessly exciting.
With all the money being spent and seemingly top signings being made up and down the table, we’re in for a number of tantalising twists and turns through a slog of a campaign, with teams also having to negotiate a winter break for the World Cup for the first time ever.