Premier League transfer grades: Alan Smith's verdict on the summer window

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Image: Alan Smith grades all 20 Premier League clubs on their summer's activity

It has been yet another hectic and action-packed transfer window - but which sides have done the best business and who has been left high and dry ahead of the new campaign? Former Arsenal and England striker Alan Smith is here to grade all 20 Premier League clubs on their summer's activity…

Arsenal - A+

Kieran Tierney in action for Celtic
Image: Tierney will strengthen Arsenal's defence

They brought in Kieran Tierney, which was their first port of call. And Nicolas Pepe is also an exciting addition. So Arsenal fans will quite rightly be very excited.

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Aston Villa - A

For Dean Smith, it is about getting the balance right, but he has bought some players with Premier League experience. They have spent heavily, but Tom Heaton is a great signing, he was excellent for Burnley last year, as are Matt Targett and Tyrone Mings.

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Bournemouth - B

Eddie Howe
Image: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has kept all of his star men

They have kept their crown jewels in Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and David Brooks, but it has been quite a conservative window, although Harry Wilson looks like an exciting addition.

Brighton - C+

Scoring goals has been a long-term problem, and can Neal Maupay step up from the Championship? However, they have kept Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, which is important. In many ways, though, it is not so much the team, but the manager you worry about - is Graham Potter going to be good enough to guide the players?

Burnley - C

Jay Rodriguez has not travelled to Spain for West Brom's pre-season tour
Image: Jay Rodriguez returns to Burnley

I thought they would have done more this summer, while Jay Rodriguez returns to his old haunt. If he can link up with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood in attack, it will give them a launching pad. But it does not seem to me that they will be a significantly better outfit after the window, although they will be pleased to get the Danny Drinkwater loan done.

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*Chelsea - N/A

When it was a tight game last season, Eden Hazard stepped up, so who is going to do that for them this season? Is Olivier Giroud going to step up?

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Crystal Palace - B

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Matt Le Tissier and Alan Smith believed Crystal Palace had to keep Wilfried Zaha to preserve their Premier League status.

If they had lost Wilfried Zaha, they would have been up against it as he is their talisman. You do wonder who is going to get their goals though. They lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but have brought in the experienced Gary Cahill at the back.

Everton - B+

They do need a striker, but can Moise Kean, who is only 19, fill that role? However, it has been a good window and they are definitely a stronger outfit for the additions of Kean, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Alex Iwobi and Djibril Sidibe.

Leicester - B

Youri Tielemans spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester City.
Image: Leicester have turned Tielemans's loan into a permanent deal

Youri Tielemans is an excellent signing, Ayoze Perez could be, depending on which Perez you get. But it is more what they do at the back to fill the void left by Harry Maguire's departure. They have bought OK, but equally have lost their commanding centre-back.

Liverpool - B-

They have such a high standard of player that it is difficult to add to it and if you cannot improve on the squad, then what is the point of buying for the sake of it? The fit-again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are like new signings.

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Man City - A-

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They have brought in a couple of defensive-minded players in Rodri - who is a replacement for Fernandinho - and Joao Cancelo, who is a very good player and can play both right and left-back, so Pep Guardiola has got what he wanted. And they won the league last season, so you will not add furiously to that. But those two are important additions and if they settle in, it will prove to have been a good window.

Man Utd - B

The addition of Maguire is important to add some authority to that defence if he can produce what he has done for Leicester and Wan-Bissaka is a very good young player. But with Romelu Lukaku going, the question is: should they have brought in another striker to replace him? So I do not think they have done all that they wanted.

Newcastle - B-

Joelinton has netted twice in pre-season since becoming Newcastle's record signing
Image: Can record signing Joelinton hit the ground running at Newcastle?

They have spent a fair bit of money, but where are the goals going to come from now that Perez and Salomon Rondon have left? So they will be hoping Joelinton hits the ground running.

Norwich - B

It looked at one time that they were going to have to solely depend on the team that got them promoted last season. But the additions of Josip Drmic, Patrick Roberts and Sam Byram should prove useful.

Sheffield United - A-

Phil Jagielka
Image: Phil Jagielka returns to Bramal Lane

They have spent a bit of money and got everybody they wanted, so it looks to be a decent window for them. They have clearly strengthened and it is good to get Phil Jagielka back with the Premier League experience he will bring to the dressing room.

Southampton - B-

Che Adams is a promising player, but they have not done too much business.

Tottenham - A-

Ryan Sessegnon during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Fulham FC at Selhurst Park on February 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.
Image: Spurs have signed Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon

Their fans were probably dreading this window thinking they would not have too much money to spend. But they added some interesting players in Tanguy Ndombele, who strengthens their midfield, and Ryan Sessegnon. And they have also kept hold the likes of Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld.

Watford - A-

The key for them was keeping hold of the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure, while getting Danny Welbeck on a free - if he stays fit, it is excellent business.

West Ham - A-

With Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez leaving, Sebastien Haller is the one and if he shows the form he did in Germany, I think he will transform the side. There is lots of talent in that squad, but it would make a huge difference if he could be a success. And if Haller is, then it will have been a great window.

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Image: Will Sebastien Haller show the form he did in Germany at West Ham?

Wolves - B+

They needed a bigger squad due to their Europa League commitments, but it has been a decent summer turning Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker's moves into permanent deals, while also bringing in Patrick Cutrone from Milan.

*Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo, so have not been given a grade.

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