Winners and Losers from the Premier League transfer window

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Another summer of wheelings and dealings is over after the transfer window slammed shut for Premier League clubs on Thursday.

An eyewatering £1.41 billion was spent in England’s top tier throughout the summer, just short of the record £1.43bn set in 2017.

The most expensive signings saw Harry Maguire move from Leicester to Manchester United for £80m, with Arsenal’s £72m deal for Nicolas Pepe from Lille a close second.

Aston Villa boast the most new faces, bringing in a staggering 13 players, while due to their transfer ban Chelsea made the least, able to sign only Mateo Kovacic.

But who were the biggest winners and losers from this transfer window? Let’s take a look.

Winner: Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino should be happy with Spurs’ transfer dealings

The Spurs boss has had to rattle Daniel Levy’s cage a little more than he would have liked over the course of the summer, but in the end, he’ll be delighted with what’s been done.

The Champions League finalists have continued to build with Pochettino’s No.1 and No.2 midfield targets, in Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, while Ryan Sessegnon is also through the door.

They lost Kieran Trippier and perhaps didn’t replace him – although Kyle Walker-Peters has a huge opportunity now, likewise, when fit, Juan Foyth – and could still lose Christian Eriksen – although Pochettino has been planning without the Dane anyway.

Paulo Dybala’s arrival would have been a dream, but in the end it was a step too far.

However, the evolution at the new White Hart Lane continues, and Pochettino will be quietly confident of getting closer to Liverpool and Manchester City .

Loser: Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha looks set for another season at Selhurst Park

Amid interest from Arsenal , the Crystal Palace star made clear his desire to move up and test himself in the Champions League.

Then the Gunners went and signed his Ivory Coast pal Nicolas Pepe instead.

Everton came in and Zaha still thought that that was an opportunity to step up a level, handing in a transfer request.

Alas, still he remains at Selhurst Park, seemingly believing he has outgrown the Eagles – with Roy Hodgson vowing he won’t be sold abroad before the end of the month.

Winner: David Luiz

David Luiz will be delighted with his move

You realise on the eve of the season that you’re going to be fourth choice at your current club, get wind that an arguably bigger club (not one that wins more, mind) wants to make you first choice, and within a 48-hour spell have seen a deal done…winner in anyone’s book.

Loser: Ed Woodward

Ed Woodward is not the most popular man at Old Trafford

Just search on social media for #WoodwardOut.

Despite the signings of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James, Woodward has sold Romelu Lukaku without replacing him, and let Ander Herrera depart without replacing him either.

Still the club operates without a technical director. Still, Woodward remains.

Winner: Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison certainly has something to prove at Sheffield United

This is the last chance.

The last chance to see whether one of the most talented young players to ever graduate from the Manchester United academy can finally unlock the potential of a player previous teammates have described as a genius.

It’s over five years since Morrison played in the Premier League, and he has been to Lazio and Mexico, also Sweden, since.

If Chris Wilder can keep him focused and fit, he will likely be the Blades best hope of staying up; operating at the point of their midfield, with his talent and technique, he could be a masterstroke. It’s all down to Ravel.

Loser: Burnley

Sean Dyche may struggle with his Burnley side this season

A number of ‘ Burnley ’ signings, players who will fit Sean Dyche’s system and way of doing things: Jay Rodriguez, Erik Pieters, Danny Drinkwater.

But they’ve kind of just attempted to stand still the Clarets here, and, if anything, have merely just ended up going backwards.

Losing Tom Heaton, even for £8million at 33, is a blow; he made a world of difference to their defence last term.

They had the opportunity to really add a bit more quality this summer, ahead of a fourth successive Premier League campaign. They’ve opted not to, and look like they’ll be facing a relegation battle because of it.

Winner: Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans have reason to feel positive ahead of the upcoming season

“Doing a Fulham ” was the declaration as the Villains splashed the cash, bringing in 13 senior players.

What else where they meant to do? Many of the players who led them to promotion last term were either on loan, overpaid and heading for the end of their contract, or simply not going to be good enough.

What Villa have done, building a completely new side effectively, is all they could do.

And the fact that they weren’t buying 4/5 players on deadline day is testament to the effort and planning from Dean Smith and those above.

They’ve given themselves a real shot of survival; having only got up through the playoffs and from how things looked after the final whistle blew at Wembley in May, they’d certainly have taken that.

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Loser: Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala finds himself in limbo at Juventus

First he was denied a move to Manchester United, then Tottenham , and now Paulo Dybala will probably find himself regularly on the bench again for Juventus .

For a player of his talents, he is simply wasted if he is not playing 90 minutes every week.

“Image rights” seems to be the new “paperwork didn’t go through in time”, with Dybala seemingly currently almost impossible to sign due to the complicated terms which are owned by a third party company.

It could, therefore, be a while until he is able to escape Juventus, which is a great shame for all involved.



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