EPL Transfer Window: All 20 Clubs Graded with our Futaa Score

EPL Transfer Window: All 20 Clubs Graded with our Futaa Score

10 Aug 2018, 12:20

With the transfer window slam shut and the new EPL season starting tonight, there's just enough time to analyse each club's British summer purchases to see where they stand ahead of a long campaign... We'll give all 20 clubs a Futaa ScoreHere goes!

Arsenal

BUYS: Stephan Lichtsteiner (free, Juventus), Bernd Leno (£19.3m, Bayer Leverkusen), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£17.7m, Borussia Dortmund), Lucas Torreira (£26m, Sampdoria), Mattéo Guendouzi (£7m, Lorient).

The Gunners have a new manager, a new spine to their team and a new sense of optimism amongst the fans. They might still be short of a top-class centre-back, but new boss Unai Emery identified his targets and he got them and a top 4 finish is achievable. Uruguayan defensive midfield general Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria could well reinvent the Gunners.

Top signing: Lucas Torreira
Futaa Score: 7.5

Bournemouth

BUYS: David Brooks (£11.5m, Sheffield United), Diego Rico (£10.7m, Leganes), Jefferson Lerma (£25m, Levante).

Bournemouth and Eddie Howe might look back on this window and feel as though they could have brought more bodies into an already small squad. Still, Lerma and Rico are quality operators purchased from La Liga and Lerma, in particular, will bring bite and technical quality to the Cherries midfield.

Top signing: Jefferson Lerma
Futaa Score: 7

Brighton & Hove Albion

BUYS: Percy Tau (£2.9m, Mamelodi Sundowns), Leon Balogun (free, Mainz), Florin Andone(£5.25m, Deportivo La Coruna), Jason Steele (free, Sunderland), Bernardo (£9m, RB Leipzig), Yves Bissouma (£15m, Lille), David Button (free, Fulham), Joseph Tomlinson (free, Yeovil), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£17m, AZ Alkmaar), Billy Arce (undisclosed, Independiente), Anders Dreyer (undisclosed, Esbjerg), Dan Burn (£5m, Wigan), Martín Montoya (£4m).

Brighton's flurry of activity saw them shell out a combination of big fees and more educated gambles on lower league players and scouted talents from around the world. The most impressive thing about Brighton's business is that it was conducted early and the club has acquired some European experience to their ranks.

Top signing: Martin Montoya
Futaa Score: 8

Burnley

BUYS: Ben Gibson (£15m, Middlesbrough), Joe Hart (£3.5m, Manchester City), Matej Vydra(£9m, Derby).

Sean Dyche has added defensive solidity to his squad with the signing of Ben Gibson, and created more competition for the goalkeeping gloves by bringing in Joe Hart from Manchester City. Not a spectacular, eye-catching window for Burnley but certainly a productive one. 

Top signing: Ben Gibson
Futaa Score: 7

Cardiff City

BUYS: Josh Murphy (£11m, Norwich), Greg Cunningham (£4m, Preston), Alex Smithies (£3m, QPR), Bobby Reid (£10m, Bristol City), Victor Camarasa (loan, Real Betis).

It's going to be an uphill battle for Cardiff to stay in the Premier League after a relatively uninspiring window which saw them add proven Championship players but not much else. It's up to Bobby Reid to score double figures for them because goal-scoring might well be a problem for the Bluebirds.

Top signing: Bobby Reid
Futaa Score: 5.5

Chelsea

BUYS: Jorginho (£57m, Napoli), Robert Green (free, Huddersfield), Kepa Arrizabalaga (£71.6m, Athletic Bilbao), Mateo Kovačić (loan, Real Madrid).

Speculation and uncertainty surrounded the Blues all summer but in the end, they offloaded the unsettled Thibaut Courtois and brought in young Bilbao keeper Kepa as his replacement. Jorginho, who joins with new boss Maurizio Sarri, will undoubtedly be the man around which the new manager's infamous 'Sarri-Ball' will be built. 

Top signing: Jorginho
Futaa Score: 8

Crystal Palace

BUYS: Vicente Guaita (free, Getafe), Cheikhou Kouyaté (£9.5m, West Ham), Max Meyer (free, Schalke), Jordan Ayew (loan, Swansea).

Palace has reinforced their midfield with two quality signings in the shape of Cheikhou Kouyaté and Max Meyer. Meyer in particular looks like the bargain of the century, it's up to the German now to rebuild his career and start to fulfil all of the promise he once showed. 

Top signing: Max Meyer
Futaa Score: 7.5

Everton

BUYS: Richarlison (£40m, Watford), Lucas Digne (£18m, Barcelona), Bernard (free, Shakhtar Donetsk), Yerry Mina (£28.5m, Barcelona), André Gomes (loan, Barcelona).

Everton boss Marco Silva pulled a rabbit out of the hat before the transfer deadline shut, adding genuine quality to the squad with a combination of shrewd loan buys and potentially risky/rewarding splashes of the cash. Time will tell if Silva's gambles turn to gold. 

Top signing: Yerry Mina
Futaa Score: 9

Fulham

BUYS: Jean-Michäel Seri (£25m, Nice), Maxime Le Marchand (£5m, Nice), Fabri (£5.4m, Besiktas), Aleksandar Mitrovic (£18m, Newcastle United), André Schürrle (loan, Borussia Dortmund), Alfie Mawson (£20m, Swansea), Calum Chambers (loan, Arsenal), Sergio Rico (loan, Sevilla), Joe Bryan (£6m, Bristol City), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (loan, Manchester United), André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£25m, Marseille).

Fulham has become the first promoted club to spend over £100m in a transfer window, and it's hard not to look at their business and arrive at the conclusion that they've 'won' the transfer window. They've added genuine quality, experience and goals to a side that may be looking to do better than just stay in the division. 

Top signing: Jean Seri
Futaa Score: 9.5

Huddersfield Town

BUYS: Adama Diakhaby (£9m, Monaco), Ben Hamer (free, Leicester), Terence Kongolo (£17.5m, Monaco), Ramadan Sobhi (£5.7m, Stoke City), Juninho Bacuna (£2.25m, Groningen), Erik Durm (free, Borussia Dortmund).

Huddersfield has added a sprinkling of European talent from Germany and France but we are unconvinced that these players will be a fit for the club. They should have enough in the tank to stay in the Premier League, but they won't improve much on last season's 16th finish. 

Top signing: Ramadan Sobhi
Futaa Score: 7

Leicester City

BUYS: Danny Ward (£12.5m, Leicester), Ricardo Pereira (£22m, Porto), Jonny Evans (£3.5m, West Brom), James Maddison(£20m, Norwich), Rachid Ghezzal (£12.6m, Monaco), Filip Benkovic (£13m, Dinamo Zagreb), Çaglar Söyüncü (£20m, Freiburg).

The Foxes have added good numbers, especially in defense, adding the experienced Johnny Evans and talented young fullback Ricardo Pereira from Porto. A deadline day swoop for Çaglar Söyüncü shows that the 2016 champions mean business. How they deal with the departure of star man Riyad Mahrez, however, is another matter.

Top signing: Çaglar Söyüncü
Futaa Score: 7

Liverpool  

BUYS: Naby Keïta (£52.75m, RB Leipzig), Fabinho (£43.7m, Monaco), Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m, Stoke), Alisson (£67m, Roma).

Liverpool acted quickly, getting all of their business done early which included the sale of Emre Can, freeing up funds and squad space for the impressive duo of Fabinho and Naby Keïta. They've also added Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson for an eye-watering fee of £67m and experienced campaigner Xherdan Shaqiri, who's still only 26. Expect Klopp's men to run Man City close for the title. 

Top signing: Naby Keïta
Futaa Score: 8

Manchester City

BUYS: Riyad Mahrez (£60m, Leicester), Philippe Sandler (£2.25m, PEC Zwolle), Daniel Arzani (undisclosed, Melbourne City).

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as the saying goes. Pep Guardiola has opted for continuity and to allow his already excellent squad to develop further together, adding Riyad Mahrez to provide even more attacking depth for the champions. they're justifiably the favourites to retain their crown. 

Top signing: Riyad Mahrez
Futaa Score: 7

Manchester United

BUYS: Fred (£47m, Shakhtar Donetsk), Diogo Dalot (£19m, Porto), Lee Grant (£1.5m, Stoke).

Manchester United boss José Mourinho has spent a lot of the British summer criticising his board and players, and what has resulted in a pretty dismal window for the Red Devils. Brazilian attacking midfielder Fred should add quality to the side but United missed out on numerous top targets, including Willian and Mateo Kovacic. On the plus side, they kept hold of Paul Pogba but they needed more to challenge for the title.

Top signing: Fred
Futaa Score: 3

Newcastle United

INS: Martin Dubravka (£4m, Sparta Prague), Ki Sung-Yeung (free, Swansea City), Kenedy(loan, Chelsea), Fabian Schär (£3.6m, Deportivo La Coruna), Yoshinori Muto (£9.5m, Mainz), Salomón Rondón (loan, West Brom).

Manager Rafa Benitez has done exceptionally well this window on a tight budget. The Magpies have made Brazilian Kenedy's deal permanent at the club, as well as adding proven goal-scoring prowess in the shape of Salomon Rondon. Ki adds experience and know-how in midfield. The Tyneside Club should be aiming for a top-half finish.

Top signing: Fabian Schär 
Futaa Score: 7.5

Southampton

BUYS: Stuart Armstrong (£7m, Celtic), Mohamed Elyounoussi (£16m, Basel), Angus Gunn (£10m, Manchester City), Jannik Vestergaard (£18m, Borussia Monchengladbach), Danny Ings (loan, Liverpool).

An unspectacular window has seen The Saints add some sensible puchases to their squad, which will have to cope with the sale of key creative player Dusan Tadic. Danny Ings on loan is a shrewd move and the Englishman is in the right surroundings to rebuild his career and get back amongst the goals. 

Top signing: Mohamed Elyounoussi
Futaa Score: 7

Tottenham Hotspur

New stadium costs have completely hampered Mauricio Pochettino's ability to spend money this summer, with Tottenham being the first club since 2003 to not sign a single player in a British transfer window. Yes they kept hold of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, but Spurs can't compete for the title this season as they enter a period of transition. 

Top signing: n/a
Futaa Score: 2

Watford

BUYS: Ben Foster (undisclosed, West Brom), Ken Sema (£2m, Ostersunds), Ben Wilmot (£1.5m, Stevenage), Gerard Deuloféu (£11.5m, Barcelona), Marc Navarro (£1.8m, Espanyol), Adam Masina (£4.5m, Bologna), Domingos Quina (West Ham, £1m).

Not a great window for Watford at all, who lost their star player Richarlison and have failed to use the money to properly reinvest in their squad. Last season Marco Silva guided The Hornets to a creditable 14th finish - Deuloféu will have to take on some of the goal-scoring burden otherwise they might get dragged into a relegation dogfight. 

Top signing: Gerard Deuloféu
Futaa Score: 5.5

West Ham

BUYS: Jack Wilshere (free, Arsenal), Ryan Fredericks (free, Fulham), Issa Diop (£22m, Toulouse), Lukasz Fabianski (£7m, Swansea), Andriy Yarmolenko (£17.5m, Borussia Dortmund), Fabian Balbuena (£4m, Corinthians), Felipe Anderson (£36m, Lazio), Lucas Pérez (£4m, Arsenal), Carlos Sánchez (£4m, Fiorentina).

West Ham, like Everton and Fulham, has made some eye-catching, ambitious and intelligent signings. New boss Manuel Pellegrini is not short of managerial pedigree, having succeeded in England and Spain before, and his latest project has attracted the likes of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Issa Diop. The Hammers will be confident that they can achieve a top 7 finish. 

Top signing: Jack Wilshere
Futaa Score: 8

Wolves

BUYS: Benik Afobe (£10m, Bournemouth), Willy Boly (£10m, Porto), Raul Jiménez (loan, Benfica), Rui Patrício (free, Sporting), Leo Bonatini (£3.6m, Al-Hilal), Ruben Vinagre (undisclosed, Monaco), Diogo Jota (£12.6m, Atletico Madrid), Joao Moutinho (£5m, Monaco), Jonny Castro Otto (loan, Atletico Madrid), Adama Traoré (£18m, Middlesbrough), Leander Dendoncker (loan, Anderlecht).

Wolves won the Championship last season in style, and they've kept that momentum going by making a host of impressive signings that announce their desire to stay in the Premier League. Nuno Espírito Santo has added a Portuguese flavour to this group of players, and crucially signed Diogo Jota on a permanent deal. The playmaker starred for Wolves in the Championship and it's expected that he can make the step up this time around. 

Top signing: Joao Moutinho
Futaa Score: 8

Read more: EPL Top 6 - Biggest Buys This Transfer Window

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