Premier League summer 2023 transfer window review
As we come to the end of another international break and the return to domestic fooball, lets take a look at a few Premier League teams and how they have performed so far. Reviewing how their transfers over the summer window have had a postive (or negative) effect, as each team have now played their first 8 games.
Ange Postecoglou was appointed Spurs manager at the beginning of July, but headlines about Harry Kane filled the newspapers during the summer, with the striker entering the final year of his contract. Kane's exit to Bayern Munich, at the start of a new Premier League season was not ideal preparation for Postecoglou. However the Australian stated the team will "move on" without Kane.
Spurs made several transfer signings before Kane's transfer saga was over though. James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Dejan Kulusevski and Guglielmo Vicario were some of the more interesting signings. All four have played a part in all eight Premier League games so far, with James Maddison getting many plaudits, scoring two and grabbing five assists.
Postecoglou has got Tottenham playing well, with the loss of Kane seeming to have little impact, with Son Heung-min taking on goal scoring duties, hitting six this season. Spurs currently sit top of the league after 8 games, yet are 4th favourite for the title at odds of 10/1. For a wager, platforms like fastpayoutcasino.org provide a list of bookmakers that allow you to cash out early.
Arsenal spent big this summer. Declan Rice finally signed for a record £105 million, and was joined by Kai Havertz (£65m) and Jurrien Timber (£38m). David Raya signed right at the end of the window on a loan deal to help with financial fair play rules. Although many thought this unwise to upset the number one goalie Aaron Ramsdale. Granit Xhaka was the one main first team outgoing and much was made on how he would be replaced.
Jurrien Timber's start to the season was unfortunate, with the defender suffering a serious injury in his first Premier League game. He had been impressive in pre season, so was a blow to the Gunners. However after eight games Arsenal are unbeaten and stand 2nd in the league, level on points with the leaders Spurs (Spurs top on goal difference). Declan Rice has played every game and has helped immensely in protecting the defence. Kai Havertz has played a part in every game, and David Raya has looked to become first choice, after playing the last 4 games. One criticsm maybe Arsenal's lack of goals from open play, given Arsenal tally of 16 goals include 5 penalties.
Man Utd had a big change in between the posts with long time goalkeeper David de Gea departing on a free and Dean Henderson being sold to Crystal Palace. David de Gea's release surprised many with the Spaniard making 415 apperances over 12 years, and at 32 years of age not considered 'old' for a keeper. Replacements were duly signed in the form of Andre Onana from Inter Milan and Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce. Upfront Rasmus Hojlund came in for a reportedly £72 million from Atalanta, and Mason Mount was another signing from the Chelsea transfer circus. Senior players to leave were Fred, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, with no takers for Donny van de Beek or Harry Maguire.
Man United have started this season in miserable fashion. Nine points from their first seven games means this is Man Utd's worst start in any of their 31 seasons in the Premier League. Man Utd did win their 8th game against Brentford, but currently sit in 10th position, having already lost 4 games. Rasmus Højlund has yet to find the net in the Premier League, but has scored 3 in Europe.
Unfortunately, Utd have lost both those games and sit bottom of their Champions League group. Andre Onana was at fault in the game against Galatasaray with a careless pass leading to a penalty. It hasnt been an easy start for Onana, as this was another blunder after gifting Bayern Munich in the previous Champions League against Bayern. Leroy Sane's low shot from the edge of the box should of been dealt with comfortably, but he fumbled the ball into the net.