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Did your team get what they needed this transfer deadline day?

01 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Did your team get what they needed this transfer deadline day?

Football's most ludicrious day is over… for 2015, anyway. Here’s how we ranked the business of all 20 Premier League clubs this summer

20. Sunderland

Key ins: Fabio Borini (Liverpool – £10m), Jermain Lens (Dynamo Kiev – £8.5m), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham – £3m), Adam Matthews (Celtic – £2m), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool – £2m), Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan – loan), Ola Toivonen (Rennes – loan),  DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham – loan)

Key outs: Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace – £9m), Anthony Reveillere (released), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna – loan)

One that got away? Too many to name considering Dick Advocaat’s stinging criticism of the club’s transfer policy earlier in the season.

Verdict: Jermain Lens has impressed, while the club will be counting on Borini to reproduce the form he showed while on loan two seasons ago. Judging from the Italian’s performances at Liverpool last year, that is far from certain.

The rest of the Black Cats’ business is underwhelming, as it has been for many years now.

19. ArsenalArsenal

Key ins: Petr Cech (Chelsea – £10m)

Key outs: Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray – £1.8m), Abou Diaby (released), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma – loan), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham – loan)

One that got away? Karim Benzema would have turned the Gunners from pretenders into contenders.

Verdict: The arrival of Petr Cech should have started a productive window for Arsene Wenger’s side, who were a ball-winning midfielder and top-class striker away from a genuine Premier League title challenge.

The signings never materialised, however, and the North London club remain what they have been for so long: an easy-on-the-eye team who will comfortably finish inside the top four. But it could have been so much more.

18. Norwich City

Key ins: Robbie Brady (Hull – £7m), Graham Dorrans (West Brom – £3m), Youssuf Mulumbu (West Brom – free), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool – loan), Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev – loan)

Key outs: Luciano Becchio, Javier Garrido, Mark Bunn (all released), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Real Betis – loan)

One that got away? Wolves’ striker Benik Afobe would have offered pace, power and a genuine goal threat.

Verdict: Brady is talented, but a series of fringe players from previous Premier League strugglers are unlikely to be significant additions for manager Alex Neil, who appears to be keeping faith with the majority of the players who got them promoted from the Championship last season. It is a gamble.

17. Watford

Key ins: Abdoulaye Doucoure (Rennes – £7m), Etienne Capoue (Tottenham – £6m), Jose Jurado (Spartak Moscow – £6m), Matej Vydra (Udinese – £6m), Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar – £4.6m), Valon Behrami (Hamburg – £3m), Jose Holebas (Roma -£1.8m), Obbi Oulare (Club Brugge – undisclosed), Miguel Britos (Napoli – free), Allan Nyom (Udinese – free), Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen – free), Alessandro Diamanti (Guangzhou Evergrande – loan)

Key outs: Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday – £3m), Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday, £300k), Matej Vydra (Reading – loan)

One that got away? The club’s unusual scattergun transfer policy makes it hard to tell.

Verdict: The Hornets’ signings combine a slew of unproven Premier League players with ones who were previously not good enough for the division when playing for other clubs.

That hardly bodes well for the season. Neither does no wins from their first four matches.

16. Southampton

Key ins: Virgil van Dijk (Celtic – £11.5m), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord – £8m), Juanmi (Malaga – £5m), Oriol Romeu (Chelsea – £5m), Cedric Soares (Sporting CP – £4.7m), Cuco Martina (FC Twente – £1m), Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham – loan), Steven Caulker (QPR – loan)

Key outs: Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd – £25m), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool – £12.5m), Artur Boruc (Bournemouth – free), Dani Osvaldo (Porto – released)

One that got away? Toby Alderweireld, who joined Tottenham.

Verdict: It is improbable that manager Ronald Koeman can continuously lose his best players while keeping his team competitive and the loss of Schneiderlin has been predictably damaging.

However, holding on to Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane following interest from Tottenham and Manchester United is as much of a boost as any of the players brought in, who must adapt quickly to life in the English top flight. That will not be easy.

15. Leicester City

Key ins: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz – £7.5m), Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta – £5.6m), N’Golo Kante (Caen – £5.6m), Gokhan Inler (Napoli – £5m), Robert Huth (Stoke – £3.7m), Christian Fuchs (Schalke – free)

Key outs: David Nugent (Middlesbrough – £4m), Chris Wood (Leeds – £2.5m), Matthew Upson (MK Dons – free), Esteban Cambiasso (Olympiacos – free)

One that got away? Cambiasso remains a big loss.

Verdict: Huth is an experienced and reliable Premier League centre-back, while Okazaki looks a lively addition up front.

The team are still buoyant following last year’s great escape and should avoid any serious danger this time around. Cambiasso’s know-how will be a miss if they start to struggle, though.

14. Newcastle United

Key ins: Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV – 14.5m), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht – £13m), Florian Thauvin (Marseille – £12m), Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht – £8.5m), Ivan Toney (Northampton – £700k)

Key outs: Davide Santon (Inter Milan – £2.8m), Ryan Taylor (Hull – free), Jonas Gutierrez (released)

One that got away? Charlie Austin would have scored more goals – and received less cards – than Mitrovic.

Verdict: While owner Mike Ashley has finally spent some money, it is largely been on emerging and unproven talent when the side needed experience and solidarity. It could go either way.

13. Aston Villa

Key ins: Jordan Ayew (Lorient – £10m), Idrissa Gueye (Lille – £9m), Jordan Veretout (Nantes – £8m), Adama Traore (Barcelona – £7.1m), Jordan Amavi (Nice – £7m), Rudy Gestede (Blackburn – £6m), Scott Sinclair (Man City – £2.5m), Joleon Lescott (West Brom – £2m), Matija Sarkic (Anderlecht – undisclosed), Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba – £500k), Micah Richards (Man City – free)

Key outs: Christian Benteke (Liverpool – £32.5m), Fabian Delph (Man City – £8m), Andreas Weimann (Derby – £2m), Ron Vlaar (released), Shay Given (Stoke – free)

One that got away? Emmanuel Adebayor would have been a superb replacement for Benteke considering how Sherwood got the best out of him at Spurs.

Verdict: That owner Randy Lerner has properly invested in the team for the first time since the Martin O’Neill days should be praised.

Many of the players are largely unproven in the Premier League, however. Can they be more influential than the outgoing Benteke, Delph, Vlaar and Tom Cleverley? There is no guarantee.

12. Chelsea

Key ins: Pedro (Barcelona – £21.4m), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg – £17.7m), Asmir Begovic (Stoke – £8m), Kenedy (Fluminese – £6m). Papy Djilobodji (Nantes – £4m), Michael Hector (Reading – £4m), Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco – loan)

Key outs: Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid – £11m), Petr Cech (Arsenal – £10m), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact – released)

One that got away? John Stones – Roman Ambramovich does not seem like a man who accepts not getting what he wants.

Verdict: Missing out on the Everton defender will have irked Jose Mourinho, who is clearly unimpressed with his club’s transfer business.

The Portuguese is right to be, too. Pedro aside, the new arrivals are arguably no better than the players they have replaced.

11. Tottenham HotspurSpurs

Key ins: Son-Heung Min (Bayer Leverkusen – £22m), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid – £11.5m), Clinton N’Jie (Lyon – £12m), Kevin Wimmer (Cologne – £4.3m), Kieran Trippier (Burnley – £3.5m)

Key outs: Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande – £9.8m), Roberto Soldado (Villarreal – £7m), Benjamin Stambouli (PSG – £6m), Etienne Capoue (Watford – £5.7m), Younes Kaboul (Sunderland – £3m), Vlad Chiriches (Napoli – undisclosed)

One that got away? Saido Berahino would have been able to play alongside and instead of Harry Kane, while Yohan Cabaye would have been the perfect addition in central midfield.

Verdict: Daniel Levy has done well to secure impressive fees for players who were clearly not good enough.

But while Son and Alderweireld are fine additions, not bringing in a central midfielder or striker to support Harry Kane is unfathomable.

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