With the international week giving everyone a respite from the transfer window mayhem, we review the transfer window and present to you the top 7 transfers this transfer window!
1. Renato Sanches (Swansea) – Season Long Loan
Since promoted to the Premier League 7 seasons ago, the Swans have always played good passing football and finished in the middle part of the table. Last season was the exception where they were flirting with relegation for quite a while before ending off the season in 15th place. With them losing their talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson, it looks all doom and gloom at the Liberty Stadium despite a few signings made this season. When the name Renato Sanches popped up as a possible transfer target, he was linked with all sorts of big clubs who were willing to give this talented midfielder who shone at the Euro’16 a bit more playing time than he enjoyed at Bayern. It became almost a wonder when he ended up signing on a full season loan with Swansea. With hindsight, a lot of credit will go to boss Paul Clement’s extensive network with the Bayern team having worked there previously. For the Swans, this is a player that Bayern paid a record €35 million for just 2 seasons ago when the transfer fees were not so inflated and if he performs to his credentials, he has the potential to single-handedly keep the Swans in the Premier League for yet another season
2. Mahmadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) – £26 million
Sakho has already had a very successful loan spell at the Eagles since his public fallout with Klopp during their preseason tour and so it was long expected that he would rejoin the Eagles if Palace can agree a transfer fee with Liverpool. Despite signing promising Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald in the preseason, Palace has lost all their first 3 games so far and have shown how much they needed Sakho’s services. Despite being linked with other names such as Mangala and Kone during the final day transfer window, it was clear that Sakho was who they were after and Palace’s dependence on Sakho also made Liverpool confident that they will secure a deal which led negotiations between the clubs to end really close to the transfer deadline. If Sakho can reproduce his Midas touch from last season, he will be vital to helping Palace secure another season in the top flight and will be worth every penny!
3. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – £56 million
We are not sure what really transpired between boss Conte and Diego Costa in the last season, but with Chelsea failing to get rid of Diego Costa in this transfer window, they would have had the dilemma post this transfer window of having only 2 strikers – a misfiring Bashuayi and last season’s top scorer Costa that Conte would be unlikely to play. Cue their new club record signing Morata. He has already repaid part of his transfer fee in recent games by showing that he can both score and assist and if Chelsea is keen to end this season with any form of silverware, they will be very dependent on what kind of season Morata will have with them.
4. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – £76 million
Everyone says that Mourinho’s best season at a club is usually his second season and this season will be Mourinho’s second full season at the Red Devils. In order for him to fulfil his legacy, the one person instrumental to that will be his focal point of attack. Last season, Mourinho has already given the Red Devil fans a taste of what they can expect with Cup success but with an aging Ibrahimovic as his top striker, it wasn’t enough. With Lukaku who has been consistently banging in goals in the Premier League for the last few seasons, they have found themselves a willing worker that can help Mourinho accomplish his goals and if the start of the season is any indication of how the rest of the season will pan out, then Lukaku is already looking like the top transfer of the season for Man U.
5. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspurs) – £13.5 million
A bit of a surprise for everyone i guess? If you think so, think again. Last season’s Champions hopeful pushed Chelsea so close to the final few games only to falter at the last stage. They have managed to retain most of their talent this season with the exception of Kyle Walker, but they already have a very able deputy in Kieran Trippier and have further bolstered their ranks with the transfer deadline signing of Serge Aurier. It is therefore, in the area of attack where they need the most assistance. Whilst Harry Kane has been consistently delivering the goods for them in the past season, Spurs have failed terribly when they have wanted an impact player that can chip in when Kane fails to deliver the goods. Beyond the misfiring Vincent Janssen, predecessors like Clinton N’jie has also failed to do their part. As such, it is clear why Pochettino was willing to pay so much for 32 year old Llorente. If he does his part, which is to score when he’s asked to play, then Spurs might have a chance at performing better than last season.
6. Joselu (Newcastle) – £5 million
The Toon Army has been frustrated so far with their transfer dealings this window and have not really been able to add much to their squad despite Mike Ashley promising a war chest for Rafa Benitez to spend on. In their first 3 games so far, they have looked the most suspect in their attack and there were even rumours that they were prepared to sell last season’s top scorer Dwight Gayle back to a championship club. Joselu became their only attacker signing this window and has already scored once for the Toon Army. Whilst the big money signings for the top clubs might make the slight difference in their end of season positions, it is actually the astute signings at the bottom half of the table that helps the promoted clubs fend off relegation and continue to get their TV revenue by staying in the top division. Joselu will have heavy responsibilities for Newcastle if Gayle continue to fire blanks and it is a good chance for him to prove himself in the Premier League after an unsuccessful stint with Stoke City.
7. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) – £8 million
Last season’s Championship playoff winner looks the weakest on paper in the top flight and whilst they have broke their transfer record a couple of times and have started off the new season well , it is hard to see if they can keep up with their early season momentum. Amongst all their signings, it is actually Australian Aaron Mooy who has looked to be the most astute signing. He has already spent a successful loan season with the Terriers in the Championship last season and they must be thanking their lucky stars that they can secure him on a long term contract for cheap given how astronomical transfer fees have become. If the Terriers want to have any hope of staying in the top division, they will need to ensure that they can score enough goals and Mooy has looked to be the focal point of every good attacking move that the Terriers have created.
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