Grade your team
With the transfer window shut we look at how each Premier League club have gone about their business. We've delivered and you can join us for a live debate on Friday.
By Alex Dunn - @skysportsaldunn & Adam Bate - @ghostgoal
Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:34am
It would be polite to describe the discontent at Arsenal as mere murmurs when a summer that began with Ivan Gazidis announcing an "escalation in financial firepower" saw August conclude with just Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini added to the books. But the club record signing of Mesut Ozil is a game-changing acquisition. Of course, questions remain over both the team's defensive strength and striker options but the mood has certainly improved at the Emirates - buying a world-class player will do that.
Grade: B Best buy: Mesut Ozil
Last season's survival appears to have strengthened Paul Lambert's resolve that young players are the way to go - the deadline-day signing of 24-year-old Libor Kozak from Lazio is the oldest of the seven arrivals at Villa Park this summer. The acquisition of Kozak, a tall striker, will provide cover for Christian Benteke and Villa supporters might well regard the achievement of keeping the Belgium international at the club as the chief cause for optimism. If a few of the new signings come off too - and the early signs from Okore and Luna are good - then this could prove an excellent window.
Grade: B Best buy: Jores Okore
While their fellow promoted clubs have concentrated on buying in bulk, Cardiff have put the emphasis on quality so the success, or lack of it, of each and every one of their new boys will be pivotal to their fortunes. Steven Caulker was an impressive purchase and Gary Medel will add bite to the midfield, although young Danish striker Andreas Cornelius represents more of a gamble. While the deadline-day arrival of Peter Odemwingie has less upside potential than Cornelius, with 30 Premier League goals in three seasons, Malky Mackay also has a proven Premier League forward.
Grade: A Best buy: Gary Medel
Chelsea's main business was done early in the transfer window and their attacking midfield options now look particularly impressive with Andre Schurrle and Willian joining a plethora of creative talent at the club. But the failure to pull off the signing of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, coupled with the decision to allow Romelu Lukaku to leave for Everton on loan means that questions remain over the balance of the squad Jose Mourinho has assembled.
Grade: B Best buy: Andre Schurrle
Bringing in bodies seems to have been the mantra of Ian Holloway this summer and you can't argue with the numbers - 15 new players have arrived at Selhurst Park and you don't need an in-depth knowledge of the laws of the game to know they can't all play. Only two of the new boys are defenders so Holloway seems to have made attacking options is priority. James Puncheon and Jimmy Kebe are certainly capable of producing moments of quality out wide and how Holloway rotates his squad to get the best out of them could prove key.
Grade: C Best buy: Jason Puncheon
For much of the transfer window, Roberto Martinez appeared set on recreating his Wigan team while living in fear of losing star men Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Ultimately, Fellaini did exit on deadline day and yet another Latics player arrived in James McCarthy, but having got a good price for the Belgian and making late loan swoops for Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry, Everton can look back on a strong summer of business.
Grade: A Best buy: Romelu Lukaku
Building for the future doesn't seem to have come into Martin Jol's thinking this summer with much of the budget being blown on Scott Parker and Darren Bent in addition to the permanent signings of Giorgios Karagounis and Sascha Riether. But what Fulham lack in youthful endeavour, they make up for in top-flight savvy and after key players left last summer, Jol will feel this has been a successful summer in which his squad has been improved rather than weakened.
Grade: B Best buy: Maarten Stekelenburg
With their 3-5-2 formation reaping dividends in the Championship, Hull's promotion owed as much to the knowhow of Steve Bruce as the talent in the squad so additions were always going to be needed. Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone represent a significant upgrade in midfield but while Danny Graham has arrived to spearhead the attack, Bruce will probably feel his team is a striker light.
Grade: C+ Best buy: Tom Huddlestone
It was a busy last week of the transfer window for Liverpool with the arrivals of Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori and Victor Moses adding to the feeling that Brendan Rodgers has had a significantly more successful summer than his first one at the Anfield helm. With Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet also enjoying impressive starts it has been a solid period of business for Liverpool, although keeping Steven Gerrard fit and Luis Suarez happy probably remain the most important priorities.
Grade: B Best buy: Iago Aspas
After adding the likes of Scott Sinclair, Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell in the 2012 window, the signings of Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic herald a new determination from Manchester City to progress to the next level. Most of the main squad issues were addressed but deadline day was less impressive from Manuel Pellegrini with the signing of 32-year-old Martin Demichelis an underwhelming addition given the question marks over his suitability for the Premier League.
Grade: B Best buy: Jesus Navas
A summer that began with Sir Alex Ferguson urging supporters to back their new manager has ended in anger and frustration at the inability of David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward to land their transfer targets. There were a few goose chases of the wild variety before United settled on Marouane Fellaini and while the vital area of central midfield has been strengthened as well as Wayne Rooney's ego assuaged, most supporters would have been hoping for more.
Grade: C- Best buy: Marouane Fellaini
"Some directors of football have never played the game. Every top club in the land has got one. We haven't, that's the difference. The manager can't do everything. I'm probably the only football manager to be a director of football. I've been a manager for 35 years. I've been Manager of the Year. I've won every award there is in football as a player. I think all those qualities put me head and shoulders above every other director of football." Sometimes a quote does the job for you in this game. Cheers Joe. On the plus side, Yohan Kebab hasn't been moved on.
Grade: D Best buy: Loic Remy
Norwich City fans haven't been this pleased with life since Jeremy Goss was wearing tight shorts and volleying European giants in the nether regions on a regular basis. Chris Hughton may have the demeanour of a docile social worker but he's proving quite the shark in the transfer market. Leroy Fer for £4million, anyone? Ricky van Wolfswinkel has hit the ground running and Nathan Redmond's zip appears to complement Robert Snodgrass' more learned promptings on the opposite flank. If Gary Hooper can bridge the admittedly huge gap between the Scottish Premier League and its English equivalent, it could be that the Canaries are flying (relatively) high by the time the window is wedged open again in January.
Grade: B+ Best buy: Ricky van Wolfswinkel
If eyebrows were raised by the hefty outlay Southampton paid for Victor Wanyama, it was nothing to match the spluttering of tea when the old yellow ticker confirmed Pablo Osvaldo's arrival on the South Coast. The Italian arrives in England replete with a reputation for being a hothead but a hothead who scored 27 goals in 55 games for Roma is probably worth a punt. It's a measure of Pochettino's powers of persuasion that a current Italy international was convinced to quit the Eternal City for a club still looking to prove its credentials as a top flight outfit. Of equal significance, albeit in a deal that went somewhat under the radar, is the acquisition of Croatian centre-half Dejan Lovren, who has caught the eye already with a series of dominating displays.
Grade: B Best buy: Pablo Osvaldo
A Barcelona defender, Stephen Ireland in the hole and an erratic striker with vast potential; Mark Hughes is certainly making changes at the Britannia Stadium. And yet, although money was spent on Marko Arnautovic and Erik Pieters, the Potters were relatively prudent in the transfer window. It is easy to see a couple of the new signings failing to make a significant impact but at these prices and with an experienced squad already in place it was probably worth the gamble. Perhaps the main concern will be that the team still lacks a reliable goalscorer.
Grade B- Best buy: Marc Muniesa
Where to begin? Paolo Di Canio has set about dismantling Sunderland's squad with a metaphorical hammer the size of Rome and a glint in his eye that suggests he won't be happy until the ghosts of O'Neill's underachievers are but a mere footnote. There are murmurs of discontent already. Latest additions Fabio Borini, Andrea Dossena and Ki Sung-Yeung all have points to prove upon arriving in the North East but in truth, given the multitudes of ins and outs at the Stadium of Light, it's almost impossible to predict who'll flourish and who'll flounder of Di Canio's new boys. Stick a finger in the air and look to the heavens is our measured approach.
Grade C- Best buy: Emanuele Giaccherini
Michael Laudrup making goo-goo eyes and showing a bit of leg to his suitors over the summer did the job in South Wales, as the club's board opened the coffers to smash their transfer record with the acquisition of Wilfried Bony. The much maligned Jonjo Shelvey should flourish outside the goldfish bowel of Anfield, but it could be the renewal of Jonathan de Guzman's services, on another season-long loan, that proves Laudrup's shrewdest piece of business. The Dane's knowledge of the Spanish market has again come to the fore, with several further additions from La Liga likely to unearth diamonds in the rough going off previous purchases.
Grade: B Best buy: Jonathan de Guzman
Just another quiet summer at the Lane as Tottenham break their transfer record three times and sell Gareth Bale for a world record fee. Say what you like about Daniel Levy but there's only one man we want negotiating our next (first) pay rise. There's no doubt Spurs have bought real quality but the old adage that you can only play 11 of them may return to bite Andre Villas-Boas on the backside. A wealth of options in midfield should not disguise a relative dearth in attack should Roberto Soldado pick up a serious injury. That said, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen could be a sight to behold in tandem. Erik Lamela has lovely feet and real potential but then he should do for the best part of £30million.
Grade: B Best buy: Paulinho
West Bromwich Albion
That Steve Clarke wanted Romelu Lukaku and ended up with Victor Anichebe is a concern but the Scot will point to the further additions of Stephane Sessegnon, Matej Vydra and Scott Sinclair to allay fears the club will struggle for goals this season. The jury is still out though given Anichebe, Sessegnon and Sinclair scored three less Premier League goals between them than Lukaku managed on his own. Peter Odemwingie's departure and Nicolas Anelka's uncertain future will do little to lighten the mood either.
Grade: C Best buy: Stephane Sessegnon
West Ham United
Given Andy Carroll's arrival earlier in the summer accounted for a huge slice of Sam Allardyce's budget it's no surprise deadline day proved to be quiet in East London. Stewart Downing's signing, on the back of Joe Cole last season, further strengthened West Ham's ties to Liverpool as a kind of backwards feeder club. Whilst the trio failed to hit the heights on Merseyside, if Allardyce can keep them fit there's no reason why they won't prove solid signings as West Ham look to avoid second season syndrome. Oh, and Carlton came back without having ever really been away.
Grade: C+ Best buy: Stewart Downing
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