Transfer window verdict: how every Premier League club fared

Few clubs can have spent nearly £150m in one transfer window yet left its fanbase feeling utterly demoralised. Arsenal have strengthened in the areas they felt they needed but just how much the incoming players will raise the overall standard of the first XI remains to be seen. Why spend £24m on Aaron Ramsdale when you already have Bernd Leno? The farcical situation with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who took to Instagram to try to force a move away from the club before deciding to stay, did not help either. Marcus Christenson

Losing Jack Grealish was always going to hurt but Villa moved decisively to try to grow nonetheless. Danny Ings and Emi Buendía have already begun scoring but making even an early overall assessment has been difficult owing to injuries and illness throughout the team. Leon Bailey should thrive once fit, Ashley Young’s experience and versatility will be useful and Axel Tuanzebe strengthens defensive cover. Villa may still prove light in central midfield. Paul Doyle

A typically smart window. Brentford got their business done early, with the Norway defender Kristoffer Ajer the standout arrival. The record signing has slotted into Thomas Frank’s backline, while Frank Onyeka has further strengthened their spine. They always have one eye on the future and three England youth internationals, including Daniel Oyegoke, who turned down a new contract at Arsenal in favour of a move across London, represent eye-catching pickups. Ben Fisher

The late acquisitions of Marc Cucurella for £15m from Getafe and Abdallah Sima – who will join Stoke on loan after joining from Slavia Prague – completed a largely positive window for Graham Potter that saw him lose Ben White to Arsenal but keep hold of Yves Bissouma. Enock Mwepu’s arrival from Red Bull Salzburg has already added cover in midfield, although they decided against bringing in a direct replacement for White. Ed Aarons

A fruitful and, by recent standards, busy window for Sean Dyche has seen his defensive options improved considerably by the arrivals of Nathan Collins, Wayne Hennessey and fellow Wales international Connor Roberts. The successful pursuit of long-term target Maxwel Cornet from Lyon has also increased depth at left-back and on either wing, while the return of Aaron Lennon has addressed another key issue. Andy Hunter

The European champions fixed their main weakness, sharpening their attack by signing Romelu Lukaku from Internazionale for £97.5m. They are ready for a title challenge following Lukaku’s arrival, while Thomas Tuchel was pleased to bolster his midfield with the late loan signing of Saúl Ñíguez. In the end there was only one major disappointment – the failure to sign the Sevilla defender Jules Koundé. Jacob Steinberg

Patrick Vieira’s determination to add more firepower to his squad saw Palace push through a move for Odsonne Édouard from Celtic on deadline day – the culmination of a summer of change at Selhurst Park. Joachim Andersen and Marc Guéhi have already made their mark in central defence, while Will Hughes should add considerable guile in midfield and Michael Olise has yet to feature as he recovers from a back injury. EA

Years of over-spending for little reward caught up with the club this summer and Rafael Benítez’s first window was a frugal, challenging one as a consequence. The supply to, and cover for, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was improved with the bargain £1.7m arrival of Demarai Gray, free signing Andros Townsend and Salomón Rondón. But attempts to strengthen at right-back – a long-time priority – and on the left wing were thwarted. AH

Marcelo Bielsa has upgraded the left side of his already highly-efficient team with not only the exciting acquisitions of Daniel James and Junior Firpo but the decision to turn Jack Harrison’s loan from Manchester City into a permanent transfer. Although concerns linger regarding both a lack of attacking cover for Patrick Bamford and an arguable over-dependence on Kalvin Phillips’s central midfield anchoring abilities, this remains an improving side. Louise Taylor

Brendan Rodgers has addressed all the areas where his squad was weak. Ademola Lookman could prove to be the right-winger Leicester have long needed. Patson Daka has the potential to be Jamie Vardy’s successor. Boubakary Soumaré strengthens midfield and Ryan Bertrand is a sure thing at full-back. The injury to Wesley Fofana made buying Jannik Vestergaard esssential but central defence still looks a fragile area. PD

The club moved swiftly to address the biggest problem of last season with the £36m signing of RB Leipzig central defender Ibrahima Konaté. Since then, however, it has been all quiet on incomings with Liverpool trimming their squad and focusing on contract extensions for key players. Harvey Elliott’s development has helped with midfield options but the squad looks light of attacking cover. AH

The squad is weaker than last season. Granted £22m has been spent on buying last season’s loanee hit Joe Willock but with Santiago Muñóz academy bound, there have been no other senior signings. Although £200,000 a week has been trimmed from the wage bill through the departures of – among others – Andy Carroll and Christian Atsu, it has left alarming gaps in defence, attack and, most notably, central midfield. LT

Contrary to popular belief, Norwich have not been shy to invest this summer, spending more than £50m. But how effective their loan stars are – Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp was hugely influential last season – might prove the difference between staying up or going down, with Billy Gilmour and Brandon Williams among those hoping for a similar breakout season under Daniel Farke. Emi Buendía is a big loss though and whether they have sufficient quality in both boxes remains to be seen. BF

With record goalscorer Sergio Agüero having left at the end of last season, City wanted a goalscorer of the highest rank to replace him but did not even make as much as an offer for Harry Kane after being told he was not for sale. Cristiano Ronaldo then joined Manchester United leaving Pep Guardiola with Jack Grealish as his only main addition. Recouping £25m for Angeliño and Jack Harrison represents decent business and it will be interesting to see how Tommy Doyle fares on loan at Hamburg. MC

Few could have predicted a window like this from United but Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be delighted with the additions of Jadon Sancho, Raphaël Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. The latter may have stolen all the headlines but the Varane capture could prove to be the best in the league this summer. Dan James was sacrificed when Ronaldo came in and quite why the defence and attack was reinforced when it was the midfield that needed it most remains a mystery. MC

The early signs are that their shift back towards signing hungry players for modest fees is working. Tino Livramento is the pick of the bunch, Saints beating off competition from top-flight rivals to land the 18-year-old from Chelsea, who inserted a buyback clause. Adam Armstrong provides a welcome attacking spark but the main concern lies at the other end – only relegated West Brom conceded more goals last season – and so they could do with Brazilian defender Lyanco being a hit. BF

It was all about keeping Harry Kane and the mission was accomplished, however messy the process. But is the first XI any stronger when compared to last season? The accent on youthful potential is heavy and much will depend on the adaptation of Emerson Royal and Cristian Romero, together with the development of Oliver Skipp. Can Dele Alli sustain a revival? The lack of specialist back-up to Kane is a worry.

Another summer of change at Vicarage Road. Thirteen arrivals – some typically left-field – and the departure of club captain Troy Deeney represents the start of a new era. Watford have replenished their midfield and attack – Moussa Sissoko feels a reasonable coup – but that Ismaïla Sarr remains is a big boost for Xisco Muñoz. Only Sarr reached double figures for goals in the Championship last season and they will need Emmanuel Dennis to build on his debut goal. BF

They left it late but ended the window in highly encouraging fashion. David Moyes will not be worried about missing out on Jesse Lingard. Alphonse Areola adds competition in goal, Kurt Zouma has strengthened the defence, Alex Kral brings depth in midfield and Nikola Vlasic offers creativity. The only concern is a lack of support for Michail Antonio up front. JS

Bruno Lage has not been given all the tools he wanted to do the refurbishing job entrusted to him. The collapse of deals on deadline day leaves Wolves without much depth in central midfield or central defence. On the plus side, they retained Rúben Neves and Adama Traoré, Francisco Trincão looks a promising addition on the wing and Hwang Hee-chan could prove to be the extra striker they needed. PD

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