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Transfer Windows Ranked: Spurs, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City & Arsenal

Out of last year's top six, who's had the best window thus far and who still needs what?


6: Tottenham Hotspur

It has been a pretty horrific transfer window for Spurs so far.

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They have lost Kyle Walker, who has been the best right back in England for the past two seasons, whilst Danny Rose on the other flank has had an extraordinary outburst against the way the club operates, with serious question marks now over his future.

Not only that, Spurs have so far failed to make a single signing, and have a weaker squad than they ended last season with.

However, they arguably still have one of the strongest first XIs in the league and manager Mauricio Pochettino has promised they will now move in the market. Spurs fans will still rightly be frustrated that they go into the season under strength.

What they still need?

– A new right back to replace Walker

– Strength in depth

RealSport Window Rating: 3/10

5: Chelsea

It’s bizarre that the two sides who finished in the top two of the Premier League last season are the ones who have had the worst transfer window so far.

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They say you must add when you’re at your strongest, and Chelsea have failed to improve on their squad since the end of last season, like Spurs. They have, however, signed three players, totalling well over £100million, although there are still question marks.

Alvaro Morata is a downgrade on the surely departing Diego Costa and selling Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah whilst loaning Ruben Loftus-Cheek and then only bringing in Tiemoue Bakayoko means they are desperately short in central midfield.

They look stronger at centre back, but will want more depth and improvement in the wing back positions.

Overall, despite their three big money signings, Chelsea’s squad is not good enough, or deep enough to compete in the Premier League, Champions League as well as the domestic cups. There are also doubts over Antonio Conte’s future.

What they still need:

– Better wing backs

– More depth in central midfield

RealSport Window Rating: 5/10

4: Liverpool

The signing of Mohamed Salah looks a shrewd one and he adds to an already frightening attack, as does young Englishman Dominic Solanke. Andrew Robertson is a good left back, meaning Liverpool can now move James Milner back into midfield. 

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However, there are still huge doubts over Jurgen Klopp’s defence. Playing a system that can leave the Reds open in defence, as well as his insistence on playing out from the back, requires much better central defenders than the ones he has at his disposal.

The German made a point the other day at how you couldn’t name five better centre backs than the ones he currently has. That simply isn’t true. The Virgil van Dijk transfer saga has gone on all summer and if they could finally secure his signature, they would be in a much better position to challenge for the title.

The two first team goalkeepers, Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, still have huge doubts about them as well. Signing Naby Keita would be the best bit of business any side does this summer, however that looks increasingly unlikely. Keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho is crucial to their chances.

What they still need:

– A top class centre back

– A solid and consistent goalkeeper

– Keep hold of Coutinho

RealSport Window Rating: 6/10

3: Arsenal

They finally have the striker they’ve been searching for since Robin van Persie left. Alexandre Lacazette is an extremely sharp striker who is clinical in the box. The Frenchman has wonderful movement, which will no doubt please Mesut Ozil, and is good in the buildup phase as well.

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Sead Kolasinac is already popular amongst fans after his equaliser against Chelsea in the Community Shield and looks to be exactly what Arsenal needed for the left-hand side if they are to stick with the 3-4-2-1. However, they could still do with another combative midfielder who is good on the ball to bring added depth and strength due to the fitness worries over Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.

They also look rather light in central defence, especially if Arsene Wenger uses the three at back system for the duration of the season. Adding another first choice centre back should leave the Gunners with a squad that can at the very least break back into the top four.

What they still need:

– A new centre back

– Another central midfielder that can play with just one partner

RealSport Window Rating: 7/10

2: Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is reportedly still keen to add some quality and depth, however United look primed and ready for a title push.

Nemanja Matic is an excellent acquisition and should give Paul Pogba more of a free role. Victor Lindelof has had a shaky start during pre-season, but is still a top level centre-half who will be afforded the time.

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Romelu Lukaku is often criticised for being a flat track bully, scoring against the smaller sides, though that is exactly what United needed last season, and his goals should see them drop a fewer points against the smaller teams this season.

With Luke Shaw’s injury issues, and Mourinho’s doubts over the player, United could certainly do with a new left back. They have also targeted Ivan Perisic all summer as an attacking wide forward, with Mourinho also admitting his desire to sign Gareth Bale.

However, United are well stocked in the attacking roles behind the striker, so this signing isn’t crucial, though they could perhaps do with just one more out wide to add competition and quality.

What they still need:

– A new left back

– A wide forward

RealSport Window Rating: 8/10

1: Manchester City

Pep Guardiola had a pretty poor first season at Manchester City by all accounts. However, the Citizens have been ruthless thus far and have strengthened in the areas in which they were weak last season.

Ederson looks to be an exceptional keeper and the signings of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mandy and Danilo greatly improves the side in what was their weakest areas. Adding Bernardo Silva to an already frightening attack is excellent business.

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There is little doubt Guardiola now has the strongest first XI in the Premier League, as well as fantastic depth. Their attack is phenomenal and they now look far stronger at the back.

Not only that, they completed all their business early before the season started, allowing the new signings time to settle in and adjust, which every manager wants.

They could perhaps do with a long term replacement for Yaya Toure, who can play as the six and pass the ball vertically, in between the lines to the attacking third.

However, if Ilkay Gundogan can return to full fitness, they already have one of the best in the world for this position, and that’s not including Fernandinho, who brings exceptional qualities himself.

What they still need:

– A long term replacement for Yaya Toure if there are doubts over Ilkay Gundogan’s fitness and Fernandinho’s suitability to Guardiola’s requirements.

-Another centre-back

RealSport Window Rating: 9/10

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    1. Tottenham Hotspur
    2. Chelsea
    3. Manchester City
    4. Manchester United
    5. Liverpool
    6. Arsenal
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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

Transfer Windows Ranked: Spurs, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City & Arsenal

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