Let the Premier League begins…
Another summer transfer window has come to an end just a few hours before the kick off of Premier League 2018/2019. The new regulation on the transfer policy in England has restricted football clubs to improve their squads significantly. However, even if the time has been declined, some football clubs have shown rapid and successful management to fill the gaps in their teams. Football World summarises the winners and the losers from this summer transfer window.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City
Indisputably, Liverpool is the most reinforced club of this transfer window. Alisson, Fabinho, Keita and Saquiri came to Anfield to increase the quality and the quantity of Klopp’s squad to be more competitive in the Premier League. The transfer of Alisson was the most exciting because Liverpool signed a world-class goalkeeper after many years to replace Karius and Mignolet (everyone remembers the Champions League final against Real Madrid). Furthermore, the club did not lose any of its ‘star’ players including Salah and Mane (they both linked several times with Real Madrid). For these reasons, Liverpool seems the most competitive club to fight with Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Manchester City broke all the records last year due to the unstoppable machine that Pep Guardiola created. In this transfer window, Manchester City signed Mahrez from Leicester City to strengthen the attacking wings and the depth on the bench. Guardiola has the last year’s squad plus a skilful attacking midfield who can give a pluralism in several formations that the Catalan coach is in favour to use. Thus, Manchester City remains the favourite to win for second time in a row the Premier League title.
Arsenal faces a new start this season after the departure of Arsene Wenger and the arrival of Unai Emery, and certainly, the club needs time to be adapted in this situation. The club showed quick reflexes and signed numerous players very early this summer including Leno, Papastathopoulos, Torreira and Lichtsteiner. However, the bet for Arsenal is how quickly these players will be adapted in the Premier League and if they have the mentality to lead Arsenal as higher as possible.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea
Manchester United is by far the loser of this transfer window. The transfer of Fred from Shakhtar and Dalot from Porto cannot be considered as ‘top class’ transfer to assist United to fight for the Premier League title. Jose Mourinho complained several times this summer about the inability of CEO to sign players that Jose asked for. Valencia and Ashley Young become 33 years old while Pogba has been linked with a move to Barcelona, the atmosphere in Old Trafford seems dramatic few hours before the kick off against Leicester. Jose Mourinho used one phrase in the preseason tournament in the USA which shows the current situation in Old Trafford.
“I’m not worried about playing Liverpool here or Real Madrid or Milan, I’m not worried if we lose badly. The preseason is very bad, the positive thing of the preseason is only for the young boys that have a fantastic opportunity to train with us. Everything is really bad.”
Chelsea after the departure of Antonio Conte and the failure to qualify on the Champions League signed Maurizio Sarri; a very talented manager with a controversial personality which may create problems in his career in England. The club sold Courtois to Real Madrid for £35m, and they signed Kepa from Athletic Bilbao with £80m, Jorginho from Napoli with £57m and Kovacic from Real Madrid as a one-year loan transfer. The best news for Chelsea is that Hazard remained to Stamford Bridge as well as Giroud, Morata and William. However, Sarri has an entirely different philosophy from Conte, he plays an attacking, and more attractive football and the point is how this attacking football can be successful in the Premier League. Sooner or later, the results will be revealed.
Tottenham is a unique phenomenon this summer. For the first time in the history of Premier League, one club did not sign any player in one transfer window (read here). Kane, Eriksen and Dele Alli remained in the club, but an improvement on the quality and the quantity of the squad could have peaked the club and why not to fight for the title.
The glory of Premier League…
On the whole, Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and every season seems more exciting than the previous. And if last year Manchester City won the title very easily, this year Liverpool looks well-prepared to question Guardiola’s team. The season is too long, but the drama will undoubtedly be outstanding.