Premiere League Transfer Grades with Two Foot Talk …
What’s going on ladies and gentlemen we have a special collaboration piece for you from all the members of Two Foot Talk. We have the boss Young Leg starting us off with the first five team (The teams are in no specific order) Enjoy!
Do I have your attention now? Alright good so I broke down 5 teams Chelsea, Spurs, Southampton, Fulham, and West Ham. I am excited to watch all these teams and most of them are for the transfers they brought in….Most of them at least.
Key players in: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho
Key players out: Thibaut Courtois, Kurt Zouma (Loan), Bakayoko (Loan), Batshuayi (Loan)
Chelsea are a top level team so as expected they make high level purchases, the only problem is they didn’t solve a major problem they faced last year. They have no true number 9 up front. They have Morata who even after a number change can’t hide from his performance last year, and Olivier Giroud an impulse buy from last winter. With these two as your striking options it isn’t bad but you pretty much have two back up strikers from other teams, who are trying to beat each other for the spot. It is not a bad experiment to do but I would say it has failed so far, I expect Sarri to either adjust his game plan accordingly or buy a striker in the winter. The positives, and why I added a plus to the C is because they sured up the midfield and added some much needed depth. Kovacic is a versatile central mid that can attack and defend, and Jorginho taking some of the pressure off Kante to cover every inch of space makes Chelsea’s midfield a force to be reckoned with. I hope Sarri’s tactics pan out I have high expectations for this team even without a striker.
Key players in: NONE (LITTERALLY 0)
Key players out: Still NONE
It just doesn’t make sense to me, growing up it was “You gotta spend money to make money”…. Well same with trophies Spurs. As a team who competed with all the top dogs in the league and even in Champions league you can tell that Spurs are very close to becoming some silverware holders, but after a season where you came in third, lost in the first round of knockouts from UCL, and came out with no cups as well…. That usually means you need to shake up the line up just a tad. Spurs have been hurting for a right wing for a couple seasons now, as well as some more depth in the midfield. They have a world champion in net and one of the most solid back lines in the league. So please go get your boy Harry Kane some help, this man who has scored bags of goals for you continues in his career to get so close to a trophy and they have it snatched away by a bigger team. If you want to keep the star power you currently have, then it is time to splash some cash on another piece. Levy I know you are reading this stop being cheap.
Key players in: Vestergaard, Elyounoussi, Angus Gunn, Stuart Armstrong, and Danny Ings (Loan)
Key players out: Dusan Tadic, Florin Gardos
Southampton had them selves a decent little transfer window. They did what they usually do which is get their scouts in the most bizarre leagues, and somehow scrape some talent out of it. They added some depth for almost the entire field enforcing the back line with the big man Vestergaard. Adding some pace and creativity to fill the hole Tadic left with Elyounoussi. Adding a cheap interesting goalkeeper to add some competition for the keepers with Gunn (Awesome name by the way Angus Gunn? Come on that is sweet). They even brought in Danny Ings a fan from his days watching football as a child, I think this gives Ings the chance to really impress and in a position Southampton were hurting for a bit last year after Austin’s injuries. Next was the midfield which they got the Celtic man Stuart Armstrong, so like I said lots of names that you may not know, but with Southamptons ability to squeeze out potential you never know who is going to pop up this season.
Key players in: Jean Seri, Mitrovic, Schurrle (Loan), Calum Chambers (Loan), Vietto (Loan) Sergio Rico (Loan) Fosu-Mensah (Loan), Anguissa
Key players out: David Button, Ryan Fredericks, Williams
Fulham went ahead and had them selves a hell of a transfer window. After coming out of the championship they had no problem throwing out money and showing everyone they mean business. The board should be hailed for the Seri signing, the guy was linked to Barca and chose Fulham… If that doesn’t tell you that Fulham has a plan I don’t know what will. They know Mitrovic both he and the team have a good understanding of each other, bringing in Schurrle was huge, loads of experience in the league. Chambers over from Arsenal on loan to reinforce the back line and give Chambers some regular football to impress. Sergio Rico to add some goalie competition, he has tons of experience in European competition from Sevilla. Then the young Manchester united man Fosu-Mensah now I am not sure how much of him we are going to see, but from what I have seen so far this is a great match. You can tell he is happy to finally be given an opportunity and I expect this season he will take full advantage. Next Anguissa to hold down the midfield, just like he did with Marsille as they made their run in the Europa league. I am not going to act like I know Fulham’s plan but after seeing all these moves make sure you keep them on the radar and don’t be surprised if they crack top ten.
Key players in: Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Yarmolenko, Fabianski, Sanchez, Lucas Perez, Jack Wilshere
Key players out: Kouyate, Burke, Fernandes
West Ham is another club that had a solid transfer window. After last year they realized that it is time to shake things up. They bring in a solid goalkeeper in Fabianski, I think his team let him down more than he did in front of the net. Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko to add to the attack with Chicharito the spear head. Not to mention adding some extra competition for Chicha with Lucas Perez. They also added to the back line with Diop coming over from France. He is a young center back who came to the big league to prove himself and I respect that and I expect a good year from him. I think the main pieces here are Felipe Anderson and Fabianski. Fabianski gives the back line a bit more confidence as a shot stopper rather than old head, sad, home sick Joe Hart did. As well as Anderson adding that little something special upfront I think you combine that with Chicharito and they could be a problem. They Could of used more defenders, but they did some purchases that were definitely experiments and we will see how it plays out for them as the season goes on.
Now take it over to Dave Knittel.
My source: Premier League Website Transaction page
Key players in: Riyad Mahrez, Philippe Sandler, Claudio Gomes
Key players out: Yaya Toure
One of the most dominant sides in Premier League history didn’t lose a single key player this offseason (Yaya was basically not involved last season) and was able to add one of the most talented wingers in the Premier League (Riyad Mahrez) as a depth option. For that fact alone, the club has had a good transfer window. Additionally, Sandler and Gomes look like youth signings for the future, but each comes with a superb pedigree, Gomes in particular. He is an 18-year-old defensive midfielder and captain of the French U-18 team. He may even get opportunities with the Man City first team this season, but it’s more likely both him and Sandler play for City in future seasons. The reigning champions have been relatively quiet this offseason but it’s tough to fault them when they have such a talented squad. The club likely needs a bit more midfield depth and some outside back depth if it’s going to compete deep in all 4 competitions its involved in this season.
Key players in: Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Alisson Becker, Daniel Sturridge (kinda)
Key players out: Emre Can, Danny Ward
Liverpool have made a Top 4 contending squad into a legitimate title contending squad. They are still missing one or two depth pieces at central defense, midfield and on the wing to be considered a title favorite though. The Reds only lost one serious contributor in Emre Can (Danny Ward was third choice goalkeeper and highly thought of but didn’t have any impact with the first team). Keita should replace Can’s contributions and will most likely be an upgrade. The club greatly improved their goalkeeper by signing Alisson from Roma. Fabinho is a fantastic defensive central midfielder and Shaqiri is a supremely talented attacker who cost very little due to his release clause with Stoke City. Daniel Sturridge returned from his loan at West Brom and if he can stay healthy while accepting a bench role, he will add a different dynamic to an already lethal Liverpool attack. Lastly, if one or more of the club’s highly valued young players (Joe Gomez, Dominic Solanke, Curtis Jones, or someone we haven’t heard of yet) can break through like Trent Alexander-Arnold last season, this squad should be in the title race until the end.
Key players in: Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer
Key players out: Yohan Cabaye, Damien Delaney, Chung-yong Lee
None of the Palace signings are stellar, while none of the players lost were crucial at this stage of their career. Vincente Guaita should challenge for the #1 goalkeeper position at Palace. Kouyate is a serviceable central midfielder with years of Premier League experience, so he should fit right in. Max Meyer is a risky signing by the club. He was one of the most talented youngsters in Germany a few years ago but went “scorched earth” during the end of his time at Schalke, which saw him basically blacklisted by the club. If he can find the promising form from a few years ago, he could be a shrewd signing. Delaney and Lee leaving the club was unsurprising. Both had served the club well for years but the time had come to move on. And the loss of Johan Cabaye looks worse on paper than it is in reality. Cabaye was useful for Palace but is hardly irreplaceable. Arguably, Crystal Palace’s best piece of business this window has been keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha. If Zaha remains with the Eagles throughout the season, they could finish in the top half of the table.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Key players in: Leon Balogun, Florin Andone, Jason Steele, Bernardo, David Button, Yves Bissouma, Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Key players out: Steve Sidwell, Connor Goldson, Uwe Huenemeier
The Seagulls have definitely strengthened their squad while not really losing any key players. The departed players highlighted here didn’t play a big role for the club last season and a handful of the players brought in should make an immediate impact. Club record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a 24-year-old attacker that will immediately bring creativity and versatility to the Brighton attack. Balogun and Bernardo should add depth along the back line, while Andone will provide an additional striking option. Yves Bissouma is an interesting addition being that he’s a 21-year-old central midfielder who has played the last 2 seasons in France’s Ligue 1. If the young midfielder can acclimate to England, he could be an intriguing player for Brighton & Hove this season. Lastly, the club acquired a couple backup goalkeepers in Steele and Button to push starting goalkeeper Maty Ryan.
Key players in: Jonas Lössl (kinda), Terence Kongolo (kinda), Juninho Bacuna, Adama Diakhaby, Erik Durm, Ramadan Sobhi
Key players out: Robert Green, Tom Ince
The Terriers have had a good transfer window they signed key contributors Jonas Lössl and Terence Kongolo who were on loan last season. Diakhaby and Sobhi are 22 and 21-years-old respectively with both possessing skillsets to operate as versatile attackers. Bacuna is a 20-year-old box to box midfielder who already has more than 80 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie. Erik Durm is a solid defender who can operate on either side of the defense and has a wealth of experience. The losses of Robert Green and Tom Ince shouldn’t impact the squad much. This season will still be a battle for the Terriers to avoid relegation, but they’ve done a decent job of making signings to give themselves a fighting chance.
Moving on to Tyler Bond….
August 10th is finally here! Time for the Prem. No more watching useless preseason games. No more watching the shitshow that is Major League Soccer. Buckle up folks it is going to be one hell of a season.
The gaffer, YL, of course doled out preview assignments for all 20 teams and you already know that the kid has Arsenal. I will also be looking at Bournemouth, Everton, Leicester, and Watford. This should be interesting.
Key players in: Lerma, Rico, Brooks
Key players out: Afobe, Grabban, Gradel
Starting off with Bournemouth, The Cherries. I think the Cherries are poised to be overachievers this season. I think the players have a manager in Eddie Howe that they are willing to work for. Not just for a portion of the season but rather 90 minutes every damn game. Obviously I wanted Howe to be named the next Arsenal manager but they went a different direction. Howe is quite possibly one of the next best managers in the Premier League and, in my opinion, the world. Not much has changed in the Bournemouth side from last year to this year as they only added one piece, but what a damn piece it is. Jefferson Lerma, a young Columbian who was linked with Crystal Palace but the Cherries were able to pick him right from under their noses. Lerma is a versatile player, he can play in the midfield or serve as an outside back when called upon. During the World Cup he did an excellent job getting forward but that often left the Columbian side exposed. He should be a good addition to a relatively unchanged Cherry side. Expect Bournemouth to play attacking football throughout the year and hopefully the ageless wonder, Jermain Defoe, as well as Callum Wilson can make the best of Charlie Daniels wicked service.
Key players in: Richarlison, Yerry Mina, Digne, Zouma (Loan) Andre Gomes (Loan), Bernard
Key players out: Klaassen, Ramiro Funes Mori, Wayne Rooney
The real question with Everton is….can they trust the manager? Quite frankly the answer is no. Roberto Martinez was sacked, Ronald Koeman was sacked, Sam Allardyce was sacked, and it is only a matter of time until Marco Silva is sacked. Unless the Everton board decide to give Silva, who was unjustly fired from Wolves, a chance to succeed and build this team. Like last year Everton’s board decided to pour money into the team. So far they have landed a pair of Brazilians; Bernard and Richarlison. These two have the potential to be game changers for this Everton side under Marco Silva who always has his team playing a beautiful style of football. Expect Jordan Pickford not to have a drop off after an outstanding world cup and I still believe that Everton’s backline, albiet old, is one of the most underrated units in the Premier League. Again all of this means shit if the Board do not allow or give Marco Silva an opportunity to prove his worth with this Everton squad. It is very likely that Everton struggle to start the year and then sack Silva and quite possibly lead Everton into a relegation battle.
Key players in: Maddison, Pereira, Ward, Evans, Ghezzal
Key players out: Riyad Mahrez, Musa, Ben Hamer
After a terrible start to last years campaign Leicester turned it around with the appointment of former Southampton manager Claude Puel. Puel guided the Foxes from the relegation zone to finish 9th in the Prem. One large piece of Leicester’s successful years in the Prem is out as Riyad Mahrez moved to Manchester City, an inevitable move, for a fee 60 million Euros (no I will a currency exchange, figure out that amount in $$$ yourself). The Foxes wasted no time utilizing that money to bring in the likes of Filip Benkovic, Johnny Evans, James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, and Danny Ward. The only thing that has not happened yet (writing on deadline day) is if Maguire is sold to Manchester United or not. The Foxes already cut ties with Robert Huth and Evans seems like a suitable replacement. The real concern is if they lose Maguire as well and that has to be part of the reason that the Foxes decided to go after three backs during the summer window. I am expecting Leicester to finish mid table this upcoming season but do not be surprised if they underachieve because of the loss of Mahrez who created numerous opportunities for goals. However Foxes’ fans should definitely bring some Vodka and some Charlie because Vardy’s party will continue to carry on and frankly he may be a dark horse for the Golden Boot. If Vardy manages to put up Golden Boot type numbers then the rest of the Prem should watch out, because they have a Danish legend’s son who, in his own rite, is a becoming a legend of his own.
Key players in: Deulofeu, Masina, Sema, Navarro,Foster
Key players out: Richarlison, Amrabat,
More like TWatford….jokes. Watford is by no means a bad side but I do not think that they will be able to stay in the Premier League after this year. Yes, they have the players, but I do not think they have the heart. Certainly not the heart that lead to one of the most dramatic goals in soccer history (best last minute goals in soccer on youtube, check it out) to gain a trip to Wembley during the 2013 Championship playoff. In my opinion heart is what it is going to come down to and I just don’t think that they have the heart this year. Yes they have the likes of Deulofeu, Gray, Hughes, and Pereyra but I honestly do not think that it will be enough. This will be a tough season for Watford and if they can manage to hang on I will be pleasantly surprised. Don’t expect much though.
Key players in: Lucas Torreira, Leno, Sokratis, Guendouzi, Lichtsteiner
Key players out: Lucas Perez, Santi Cazorla, Wilshere, Mertesacker
New manager. Same shit. Sad Arsenal fan checking in. The long awaited departure of Arsene Wenger FINALLY happened. The man that the Board found suitable to replace him is, unfortunately in my opinion, Unai Emery. I would love to give this man the opportunity to prove his worth for the club but I am not getting my hopes up…I’ve been let down too many times by the manager, owner, and board of the Gunners. As for the team itself I am pleasantly surprised as to how the transfer window shaped out. I would have loved to I don’t know actually sell Cazorla or Wilshere but uh yea I will take what I can get. Signing Leno was probably one of the best decisions and hopefully he becomes the starter over the aging Cech. Sokratis and Lichtsteiner were great signings as backs. The only thing I am concerned about is that fact that the impact defenders we signed are reaching or on the downslope of their careers. One reason that Sokratis was brought in was to possibly help the young Greek back Arsenal has in waiting, and hopefully that can be a smooth transition when the time comes. That being said anything is better than having Mustafi fumble around like a blind man in the back. Rumor is Monreal is on the transfer list so we will see by E.O.D. as to whether or not he will remain in the squad. Torreira and Guendouzi impressed during the preseason, especially Guendouzi and it would be a pleasant surprise to see the young Frenchman in the starting 11 for the season. All in all I think Arsenal are in for a good year, possibly a return to the Champions League, yes that means a top four finish. I know I said I wouldn’t get my hopes up but I have a pretty good feeling that with a pissed off Ozil with something to prove and the strike partnership of Lacazette and Aubameyang, the Gunners are poised to return to where they belong.
SO SET YOUR ALARM CLOCKS, FIND A BAR, AND GET TO KNOW YOUR BARTENDER BECAUSE THE PREM IS BACK! GET YOUR DRINKS IN! LET’S GET F***ING MENTAL!
If you can’t feel that energy from Bond or just don’t want to, do not worry we are moving on to G. Lorance.
Key players in: Fred, Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant
Key players out: Daley Blind, Sam Johnstone, Michael Carrick (Retired)
United honestly had a very mundane transfer window. Diogo Dalot was brought in from Porto to give some depth in the right wing position, however he picked up a knock in preseason and will not be available at the beginning of the the campaign. United also brought in Fred from FC Shakhtar Donetsk to help solidify the midfield. He is a solid signing who will hopefully be able to free up Paul Pogba so we can see his true potential. The only notable departure was Daily Blond back to Ajax, the versatile player wanted more playing time so he returned to his boyhood club.
Key players in: Adama Traore, Diogo Jota, Willy Boly, Moutinho, Raul Jimenez (Loan) Rui Patricio
Key players out: Afobe, Douglas, Marshal
The Wanderers arguably had the best transfer window of all the teams in the Premiere League this summer. Between all of the loans and transfers I’m going to highlight just a few. Rui Patricio from Sporting was a good signing; it gives them veteran leadership at the back and a solid pair of hands who’s played at the highest level. Joao Moutinho from Monaco for the small fee of of 5 million was an absolute steal and again, will help the young team being a leader from the middle of the park. The loan deal for Raul Jimenez will give them some solid offensive work and a reliable center forward when needed.
Key players in: Murphy, Reid, Smithies, Cunningham
Key players out: Lee Camp, Ben Wilson, Matty Kennedy
Cardiff didn’t make any real notable signings coming up to the premiere league. They took a lot of talent from the Championship division for what looks like them preparing to go back down next season. At the same time this plan could work out if they get relegated they get some championship talent a lot of good experience in the top league and moving forward to building a team for the future. (Trust The Process) It’s going to be a difficult task for them to stay up this year. Burnley FC’s biggest signing has to be Joe Hart. The ex Man City goalkeeper has had a rough go over the past two seasons but he is still Joe Hart so we will see what he can do between the sticks. I give BFC a C.
New Castle United
Key players in: Yoshi Muto, Federick Fernandez, Schar, Dubravka, Rondon, Ki
Key players out: Mitrovic, Merino, Mbemba, Sels, Gayle (Loan), Colback (Loan)
Newcastle United had a very low-key transfer market. However they brought in players to assure up vital positions in their starting XI. Although we saw Benitez asking for more money and not getting it, he may have found himself a couple pieces to work with. We will see how it pans out over the course of the campaign.
These are all the grades if you disagree you are wrong and that sucks for you but feel free to chat sh*t with us on twitter. Stay Wavy.