Winners and Losers

With the transfer window closed, Graeme Bailey looks back at the winners and losers in the Premier League.

With the transfer window closed, Graeme Bailey looks back at the winners and losers.

With the transfer window closed, Graeme Bailey looks back at the winners and losers in the Premier League. After three months of the window being open and another frantic last 24 hours, the transfer window in England slammed shut for the top-flight clubs on Friday. Some clubs did want they wanted, some clubs did what they needed, some did just enough and some failed miserably to get the men they wanted. Graeme Bailey takes a look at all 20 clubs and assesses how successful, or not, they were. Arsenal Arsene Wenger landed most of his top targets and, if offered Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski in June, he would have taken that, but by the same token not many Arsenal fans would have believed you if you had told them both Robin van Persie and Alex Song would be shown the door. Whilst they may have more creativity, as a whole they are weaker. Ins: Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (Cologne) Outs: Manuel Almunia (Watford), Kyle Bartley (Swansea), Gavin Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Robin van Persie (Man Utd), Alex Song (Barcelona), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Ju Young Park (Celta Vigo) RESULT = LOSERS Aston Villa Villa seemed to start off well with Karim El Ahmadi, Brett Holman and Ron Vlaar all arriving from the Dutch top-flight - but they failed to back that up, instead recruiting in the bargain basement in transfer terms of shopping in the Football League for players they hope, rather than know, will be good enough for the top-flight. Ins: Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Jordan Bowery (Chesterfield), Ashley Westwood (Crewe Alexandra), Christian Benteke (Genk), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough) Undisclosed Outs: James Collins (West Ham United), Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland), Emile Heskey (released), Jean Il Makoun (Rennes) RESULT = LOSERS Chelsea The European champions invested heavily early on, and at the moment Eden Hazard appears the Premier League's best new addition. With Brazilian ace Oscar also opting for Stamford Bridge, along with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marko Marin, Chelsea look stronger and more balanced, if not perhaps a striker light. Still Roberto Di Matteo will be happy with the additional tools at his disposal. Ins: Cesar Azpilicueta (Marseille), Eden Hazard (Lille), Thorgan Hazard (Lens), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic), Oscar (Internacional) Outs: Yossi Benayoun (West Ham United), Jose Bosingwa (QPR), Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Michael Essien (Real Madrid), Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Romelu Lukaku (West Brom), Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough) Loan Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem) RESULT = WINNERS Everton David Moyes is one of the happier managers in the Premier League having bolstered his squad very well without having to sell one of his star turns. Jack Rodwell went to Manchester City for big money, but he was not guaranteed a first-team slot - so him leaving meant they could bring in Kevin Mirallas, Bryan Oviedo and Goodison favourite Steven Pienaar - all in all, very good business. Ins: Matthew Kennedy (Kilmarnock), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Steven Naismith (Rangers), Bryan Oviedo (FC Copenhagen), Steven Pienaar (Tottenham Hotspur) Outs: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Marcus Hahnemann (released), James McFadden (released), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), James Wallace (Tranmere), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce), Joao Silva (Levski Sofia) RESULT = WINNERS Fulham The Cottagers you could make a case for either argument, but the fact they look weaker swayed us on this one. Yes Dimitar Berbatov could be exceptional but there is just no telling whether he will ever get back to his best. Whilst losing Clint Dempsey was always expected, seeing Moussa Dembele go has hurt Martin Jol's team and subsequently their hopes for the season. Ins Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United), Mladen Petric (Hamburg), Kieran Richardson (Sunderland), Sascha Riether (Cologne), Hugo Rodallega (Wigan Athletic), George Williams (MK Dons) Undisclosed Outs: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers), Bjorn Helge Riise (released), Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers), Danny Murphy (Blackburn Rovers), Marcel Gecov (KAA Gent), Clint Demspey (Tottenham) RESULT = LOSERS Liverpool New manager Brendan Rodgers did some of the rebuilding work he wanted, with the excellent Joe Allen and Fabio Borini coming in - but it was nowhere near what he wanted. Indeed Liverpool's squad is now looking very light on the ground and striking wise they have barely any options - making the decision to let Andy Carroll go to West Ham all the more bewildering. Not getting Clint Dempsey on deadline day could also prove very costly. Ins: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Fabio Borini (Roma), Oussama Assaidi (Heerenveen), Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid), Samed Yesil (Bayern Leverkusen) Outs: Charlie Adam (Stoke), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Fabio Aurelio (Gremio), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Andy Carroll (West Ham Utd), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Toni Silva (Barnsley), Nathan Eccleston (Blackpool), Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) RESULT = LOSERS Manchester City Manchester City, eventually did some business and good business at that - confirming five of their six new signings on deadline day. But it remains to be seen how many of their new arrivals will actually be part of Roberto Mancini's starting XI. They have also lost Adam Johnson and Nigel de Jong and whether their replacements are as good is also a bone of contention. Plus if you add in the fact they failed to land top targets Robin van Persie, Eden Hazard, Daniele de Rossi - then Roberto Mancini would clearly have been hoping for more from this summer. Ins: Maicon (Inter Milan), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City), Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina), Richard Wright (free), Javi Garcia (Benfica) Outs: Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham), Wayne Bridge (Brighton & Hove Albion), Omar Elabdellaoui (PSV Eindhoven), Owen Hargreaves (released), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Stuart Taylor (released), Vladimir Weiss (Pescara), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Stefan Savic (Fiorentina), Dedryck Boyata (Twente), Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga) RESULT = LOSERS Manchester United Not as busy as last year, but Sir Alex Ferguson had one of his most successful transfer windows - signing two of the best players he has done in his plus 20 years at Old Trafford. One of the Bundesliga's top performers in Shinji Kagawa arrived for little over £10million - before the club spent big on Arsenal captain Robin van Persie - a marquee signing as good as you could ever hope for. Ins: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Nick Powell (Crewe), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Alexander Buttner (Vitesse Arnhem) Outs: Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham), Ritchie De Laet (Leicester City), Fabio (Queens Park Rangers), Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton & Hove Albion), Michael Owen (released), Park Ji-Sung (Queens Park Rangers), Paul Pogba (Juventus) RESULT = WINNERS Newcastle United Newcastle failed to land their top targets, Vurnon Anita of Ajax aside, but we still regard their summer window as a success, why? Simple, because the likes of Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse all remained and they did not sell a single player they did not want to. Excellent work from the Magpies. Ins: Romain Amalfitano (Reims), Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City), Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart) Outs: Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers), Fraser Forster (Celtic), Danny Guthrie (Reading), Peter Lovenkrands (released), Alan Smith (released) RESULT = WINNERSNorwich City Again a tough call for Norwich, as they have done some good business - there is no doubting that. Robert Snodgrass will be a good signing, but did Norwich do what they wanted to do? Probably not. They looked for a big-name signing from abroad but failed to land any with the likes of Fernando Cavenaghi going elsewhere and Lucas Biglia staying put. Their failure to land Craig Mackail-Smith on deadline day could also prove costly. Ins: Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United), Michael Turner (Sunderland), Steven Whittaker (Rangers), Javier Garrido (Lazio), Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham), Alexander Tettey (Rennes), Harry Kane (Tottenham) Outs: Daniel Ayala (Nottingham Forest), Andrew Crofts (Brighton & Hove Albion), Zak Whitbread (released), Aaron Wilbraham (released) RESULT = LOSERS Queens Park Rangers QPR were the busiest team in the transfer window with no less than 12 new signings coming in. And there is little doubt that they have been significantly improved. The likes of Park Ji-sung, Jose Bosingwa and Andy Johnson are proven Premier League performers whilst Junior Hoilett is an outstanding prospect. New foreign additions Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar and Stephane Mbia are top calibre so no matter the rights and wrongs of the Hoops' strategy - they have done what they wanted. Ins: Samba Diakite (Nancy), Fabio (Manchester United), Robert Green (West Ham United), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn), Andrew Johnson (Fulham), Ryan Nelsen (Tottenham Hotspur), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United), Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Esteban Granero (Real Madrid), Sebastian Mbia (Marseille), Sam Magri (Portsmouth) Outs Patrick Agyemang (released), Jay Bothroyd (Sheffield Wednesday), Joey Barton (Marseille), Akos Buzsaky (Free), Daniel Gabbidon (released), Fitz Hall (released), Paddy Kenny (Leeds United), Heidar Helguson (Cardiff City), Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace), Daniel Shittu (released) RESULT = WINNERS Reading The Royals started their team building plans in pretty impressive fashion with Garath McCleary and their big capture of the summer in Pavel Pogrebnyak - who they beat Fulham to. Pogrebnyak's arrival seemed to herald some big investment from new owner Anton Zingarevich - but no more big names followed, instead a stream of solid if unspectacular names. Reading may have to go back in the January market given that they look to have come up short this summer. Ins Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Danny Guthrie (Newcastle), Adrian Mariappa (Watford), Garath McCleary (Nottingham Forest), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart), Nicky Shorey (West Bromwich Albion), Stuart Taylor (Manchester City) Outs Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday), Mikkel Anderson (Portsmouth) Loan RESULT = LOSERS Southampton The Saints have done some impressive recruitment indeed and it has been a nice mix from Nigel Adkins. From England Under-21 stars Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez, to experienced Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis. Highly-rated Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka looks exciting - but the real mouth-watering prospect is that of Uruguayan Gaston Ramirez, who arrived in a club record deal from Bologna. A real coup for Southampton and one who could light up the Premier League. Ins: Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), Steven Davis (Rangers), Paulo Gazzaniga (Gillingham), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley), Emmanuel Mayuka (BSC Young Boys), Gaston Ramirez (Bologna), Cody Cropper (Unattached), Maya Yoshida (VVV Venlo) Outs: Dan Harding (Nottingham Forest), Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest), Radhi Jaidi (Released), Bartosz Bialkowski (Notts County), Dean Hammond, (Brighton & Hove Albion) Loan RESULT = WINNERS Stoke City Another summer of building on what they had for Stoke and Tony Pulis looks to have delivered the goods again. He clearly wanted to overhaul his midfield, which always looked the weak point of his side. With Charlie Adam, Michael Kightly and Steven N'zonzi all signed up, Stoke have done well and they have not be forced to sell any of their first XI. Ins: Charlie Adam (Liverpool), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Michael Kightly (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jamie Ness (Rangers), Steven N'Zonzi (Blackburn Rovers) Outs: Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough), Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest), Andrew Davies (Bradford), Salif Diao (released), Ricardo Fuller (released) Louis Moult (released), Thomas Soares (released) RESULT = WINNERS Sunderland Up until late on and the 'Losers' tag was very much pinned to Sunderland's transfer file - but what a difference they made in the last week of the window. They landed their top summer targets in the shape of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher, and although it took well over £20million to do so - it looks money very well spent. Ideally they would have also brought in Clint Dempsey - but all in all, Martin O'Neill will be very happy with his summer's work. Ins: Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa), Steven Fletcher (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Louis Saha (Tottenham) Outs: Jordan Cook (released), Craig Gordon (released), Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain), George McCartney (West Ham United), Michael Turner (Norwich City), Marcus Angeleri (Estudiantes), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Kieran Richardson (Fulham) RESULT = WINNERS Swansea City Few teams had a better window than Swansea under new boss Michael Laudrup, yes they lost Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair - but they made up for it with some stonking new signings. Michu, Ki-Sung yeung, Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan De Guzman have arrived and represent outstanding additions to the squad. Throw in Kyle Bartley, Chico and Itay Shechter too then Laudrup did very well indeed. Ins: Chico (Genoa), Pablo Hernandez (Valencia), Jonathan De Guzman (Villarreal), Michu (Rayo Vallecano), Itay Shechter (Kaiserslautern), Ki-Sung yeung (Celtic), Jamie Proctor (Preston), Kyle Bartley (Arsenal) Undisclosed Outs: Joe Allen (Liverpool), Scott Sinclair (Manchester City), Stephen Dobbie (Brighton & Hove Albion) RESULT = WINNERS Tottenham Hotspur Spurs chief Daniel Levy will look back with satisfaction at the work he did during the window, especially late on. Six players arrived and all could very well be first-teamers for Andre Villas-Boas this year. Yes they lost Luka Modric and sold Rafael van der Vaart, but the capture of Fulham pair Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey looks very good business, together with finalising Emmanuel Adebayor's transfer on a permanent basis. Add in the impressive Jan Vertonghen and French captain Hugo Lloris, then Spurs were more than happy with what they did and they have every reason to be. Ins: Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City), Moussa Dembele (Fulham), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax), Clint Dempsey (Fulham) Hugo Lloris (Lyon) Outs: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ben Alnwick (Barnsley), Sebastien Bassong (Norwich), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev), Ryan Nelsen (Queens Park Rangers), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Danny Rose (Sunderland), Louis Saha (Sunderland), Bongani Khumalo (PAOK Salonika), Giovani Dos Santos (Real Mallorca), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg) RESULT = WINNERS West Bromwich Albion Some really interesting signings have been made by the Hawthorns hierarchy this summer and their scouting system has come up trumps. Argentina international Claudio Yacob is a hugely astute signing whilst in attack Romelu Lukaku and Markus Rosenberg add power, with Yassine El Ghanassy an interesting option out wide. Ben Foster signing on a permanent basis should also not be overlooked. West Brom get a big tick for their summer business. Ins: Yassine El Ghanassy (AA Gent), Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen), Claudio Yacob (Racing Club de Avellaneda), Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev) Outs: Keith Andrews (Bolton Wanderers), Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Marton Fulop (released), Paul Scharner (Hamburg), Nicky Shorey (Reading), Somen Tchoyi (released) RESULT = WINNERS West Ham United It was little surprise at the amount of work Sam Allardyce has done on his squad during this window and he used his contacts to bring in some tremendous buys. Alou Diarra and Mohamed Diame are top quality additions to their midfield along with wide-man Matt Jarvis, who arrived in a club record deal from Wolves. Sochaux's Modibo Maiga is a very good signing up-front - but there is no getting away from the loan capture of Andy Carroll - a superb piece of business by West Ham and one of the best during the window without doubt. Ins: James Collins (Aston Villa), Mohamed Diame (Wigan Athletic), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth), Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton Wanderers), George McCartney (Sunderland), Modibo Maiga (FC Sochaux), Raphael Spiegel (Zurich), Matt Jarvis (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andy Carroll (Liverpool) Outs: Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul), Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers), Ravel Morrison (Birmingham City), Frank Nouble (released), Freddie Sears (Colchester), Sam Baldock (Bristol City), Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) RESULT = WINNERS Wigan Athletic Wigan again have been busy doing most of their shopping in Spain and manager Roberto Martinez will have been pleased to get Arouna Kone, who is a good signing, and defender Ivan Ramis - but have Wigan done enough in terms of improving their squad, well we don't think so. They have lost Victor Moses, Hugo Rodallega and Mohamed Diame from last season's squad and the Latics will need to do some more work in January, that looks more than likely. Ins: Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen), Arouna Kone (Levante), Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal), Ivan Ramis (Real Mallorca) Outs: Mohamed Diame (West Ham United), Nouha Dicko (Blackpool), Steve Gohouri (released), Chris Kirkland (Sheffield Wednesday), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Hugo Rodallega (Fulham), Conor Sammon (Derby County) RESULT = LOSERS Do you agree or disagree with Graeme Bailey? Join him from 12pm for a live Transfer Chat on this summer's window. Click Here

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