It was another transfer window and deadline day of drama in England with teams racing around to do business as well as having to deal with internal politics that have become synonymous with this time of year. Players wanting to leave, transfer requests and declaring themselves unavailable to train and play.
Football fans love the drama and the window provides huge talking points year on year but how have teams fared this time around? Who did good business and who failed to do what was required?
One of the main points of interest was seeing how Arsenal would do transfer wise. They managed to hold onto the want away Alexis Sanchez against the odds but they let Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain join rivals Liverpool for £40m. Recruiting only long term target Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac seems to have left The Gunners short and Wenger is under increasing pressure.
Elsewhere towards the top, Chelsea, the defending champions recruited pretty well. Morata was the stand out signing but Conte wanted more and that has been evident for a while. They also had Ross Barkley pull out of a deal to sign at the very last minute but did manage to get Danny Drinkwater over the line. Manchester United did their business early with Matic and Lukaku already looking the part and their rivals Man City, once again splashed the cash on the likes of Walker, Silva and Mendy, amongst others.
Other teams added well but one question to really answer is whether it’s the deals that didn’t happen which will have a greater effect. West Ham have started the season in poor form and Bilic is under mounting pressure, they failed to close a deal for Sporting’s William Carvalho. Want away players such as Coutinho, Sanchez and Van Dijk all remain at their respective clubs too. Could they cause issues in the dressing room this season? Man City were trying to recruit Alexis but failed in their efforts, could that be a blow for them this campaign or do they already have enough quality?
Liverpool have looked frail at the back for a long time and they sold Sakho to Palace on deadline day but failed to address their defensive issues. Everton lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but they desperately needed a direct replacement for him, someone to lead the line and score 20+ goals over the course of the season. They failed to get someone of that ilk in and that could be the difference between pushing the top 4 and vying for the Europa League.
So you could say that the deals that do happen are just as important as the ones that don’t. No team will get all the transfer business they want done complete but now managers in the English Premier League will have to go with what they’ve got for the next four months before the window opens again. Between now and then, some managers will be out of a job, so clubs could rue their transfer business in the not too distant future.