Monday 22 January 2018

Here are the best and worst summer signings after the close of the transfer window

Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay
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Kevin Palmer

The transfer window has slammed shut, with most of the headline deals completed long before the 6pm deadline on Tuesday.

Here is your guide to the best and worst deals of the summer after more than €1billion was splashed on a host of potentially risky signings.


Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

This Chelsea reject has returned to the Premier League after a £54m move to Manchester City from Wolfsburg and the Belgian has a huge reputation to live up to.

Kevin de Bruyne remains a Wolfsburg player for the time being at least

He proved his worth as a dynamic performer in the Bundesliga last season and now he has to prove Chelsea were wrong to get rid of him.

VERDICT: De Bruyne is a classy performer, even if he is dramatically overpriced.


Memphis Depay (Manchester United)

United boss Louis van Gaal needs to ensure he plays Depay in his favoured position and get the best out of him from set-piece situations, where he proved he can be a deadly operator during his spells with his PSV Eindhoven.

Memphis Depay could become an Old Trafford hit after his first two goals in Manchester United's 3-1 victory over Club Brugge

He has already rewarded Van Gaal with crucial goals in the Champions League play-off game and he will need to deliver consistently in a United forward line that lacks depth after a series of aborted transfer moves.

VERDICT: Depay will be a fine purchase for United.


Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

Hands up if you knew a whole lot about this teenager before Manchester United decided to spend £36m to sign him from Monaco on transfer deadline day?

Anyone who suggested they were an expert on Martial may not pass a lie detector test as this kid was not on anyone’s radar until he was propelled towards superstardom by United.

New Manchester United signing Anthony Martial

Too much too soon for a talented if raw youngster?

VERDICT: This move can only be seen as a gamble as Martial is unproven at the highest level. He will want time to settle, but he won’t get that luxury at United.


Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

It is a sign of the evolution of Palace under Pardew that a player of Cabaye’s quality decided to make the move to Selhurst Park this summer.

This French international is a class act and he would have been a fine addition for any top six team and he has already settled into an Eagles side that have collected nine points from their first four matches.

Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye almost joined Arsenal in August 2013.

VERDICT: A strong contender for signing of the summer.


Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United)

This elegant 25-year-old may not be moulded in the same ilk as Roy Keane, but he has the potential to be equally important to United and he could emerge as a leader of the team if he can add a few more goals to his repertoire.

Morgan Schneiderlin scores his first Manchester United Goal against Club America

Plenty of players have been plucked from Southampton in the last few years, but this Frenchman may be the best of their exports.

VERDICT: A class act who will serve United well.


Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and his Anfield transfer committee made the transfer mistake of 2014 when they signed off on a £16m deal to sign Italian striker Mario Balotelli and it remain to be seen whether similar questions will be asked of Firmino.

Very much an unproven performer in the rugged Premier League, this Brazilian will face a fight to get into the Liverpool team unless he finds his feet quickly. At £29m, Rodgers has a right to expect instant success from one of his numerous summer buys.

VERDICT: A risky buy, but not as risky as Man Utd’s punt on Anthony Martial.


James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis got an early glimpse of the controversy that tends to circulate around McClean when his new signing bowed his head during the playing of the British national anthem in a pre-season game, yet he will be content with his new winger if he does his talking on the pitch.

James McClean playing for West Bromwich Albion against Swindon Town

Republic of Ireland star McClean should fit into the Pulis model at West Brom, but he has reached a stage of his career where he needs to confirm he can perform consistently in the Premier League.

VERDICT: McClean needs to make the most of this chance to shine at his latest Premier League club.


Petr Cech (Arsenal)

His opening Premier League performance for Arsenal in their shock 2-0 home defeat against West Ham last weekend did not suggest this four-time title winner is still as good as he once was, but Cech should still have plenty to offer at the age of 33.

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Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech warms up before the start of the English Premier League football match

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been hugely impressed the calming influence his big summer signing has shown around his players and a proven winner of his ilk can only help the Gunners as they look to get a first win of the season on the board at Crystal Palace today.

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