Premier League Transfer Window Review, Part II: Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on August 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Part II of our Premier League transfer review, from Everton to Manchester United, complete with grades and a full list of ins and outs.

 After a busy transfer window, Premier League clubs mananged to spend £485m between them on players ranging from free transfers from lower-league clubs, to foreign youngsters worth tens of millions of pounds. Here you can find a complete review and run-down of the window, with full lists of all ins and outs from clubs, and a grade given to how much a team has improved (or declined) with their business this summer. This is Part II, which takes us from Everton to Manchester United.


Everton left all of their business until late in the window, after a summer of inactivity, and this could be the year that confirms their sad decline. It will be a tremendous struggle for David Moyes' team to finish in the top half this season, after yet another transfer window passes of a weakening of the team and squad. £10m for Mikel Arteta is not a bad deal in isolation - he had not shown his best form for some time, and it is a good price for a 29-year-old, but there is little hope that David Moyes will be permitted to reinvest much of the money. Everton now have very little creativity in their side, and even fewer players to put away the chances they will create - their frontline, in need of an overhaul for years now, will now consist of the entirely unproven Denis Stracqualursi, the injury-prone Louis Saha, and Victor Anichebe. Even a mild inury crisis could be devastating to Everton, and fans should expect to see Fellaini or Cahill lined up as emergency strikers more than once or twice this season.

Grade: F

In: Denis Stracqualursi(Tigre, season loan), Royston Drenthe (Real Madrid, season loan).

Out: James Vaughan(Norwich, undisclosed), Iain Turner (released), Shane Duffy(Scunthorpe, loan), Mikel Arteta(Arsenal, £10m), Jermaine Beckford (Leicester, £4m), Yakubu (Blackburn, undisclosed).


Martin Jol's first transfer window in charge of Fulham has been a success, with one name leaping out above all others - Bryan Ruiz is a hugely exciting signing, an extremely versatile and cultured forward, and a genuine coup for the West London outfit. In addition, Zdenek Grygera should add further experience and discipline to Fulham's backline, while their other signings have been inexpensive but promising. Some dead-wood has been trimmed, but the decision to let David Stockdale leave on loan is curious - with Mark Schwarzer getting on in years, this could've been the season for the English keeper to finally make the step up. Even so, this was good business for Fulham - a compact, well-balanced squad has been given a real boost by adding players of quality, and with a strikeforce of Ruiz, Zamora, Dempsey, Johnson, and Dembele, goals should not be a problem at the Cottage.

Grade: B

In: Csaba Somogyi(unattached), John Arne Riise(Roma, undisclosed), Marcel Gecov (Slovan Liberec, undisclosed), Pajtim Kasami(Palermo, undisclosed), Zdenek Grygera (Juventus, free), Orlando Sa (Porto, free), Bryan Ruiz (FC Twente, £10.6m).
Out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, £600,000), Diomansy Kamara (Eskisehirspor, free), Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), John Pantsil (Leicester, free), Zoltan Gera (West Brom, free), David Stockdale (Ipswich, season loan), Keanu Marsh-Brown(Dundee United, loan).


Liverpool were the most active club in the window, and the result has been a wholesale strengthening of the squad which Kenny Dalglish hopes can claim a Champions League qualification place this year. There's certainly a strong argument that Liverpool have paid far too much for some of their signings, particularly Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing, but the purse-strings are not as tight at Anfield as they once were. Jose Enrique is their most important signing by far, with left-back problems having been an issue for Liverpool for years, though Downing has impressed so far and Coates is undoubtedly an individual with huge potential. The problem is that they have not been able to sign anyone of the calibre of Luis Suarez, whose signing had promised so much - the sort of players that would definitively re-establish Liverpool as a Champions League side once again. That, the sale of Raul Meireles, and a baffling under-prioritisation of securing defensive cover are the downsides to an otherwise promising window for the Reds.

Grade: B

In: Jordan Henderson(Sunderland, £16m), Charlie Adam (Blackpool, £8.5 million),Alexander Doni (Roma, free),Stewart Downing (Aston Villa, £20m, Jose Enrique (Newcastle, £6m), Sebastian Coates(Nacional, undisclosed), Villyan Bijev (California Odyssey, undisclosed), Craig Bellamy (Manchester City, undisclosed).

Out: Paul Konchesky (Leicester, £1.5m), Peter Gulacsi (Hull, season loan), Milan Jovanovic (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Tom Ince(Blackpool, undisclosed), Daniel Ayala (Norwich, £800,000), Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Wolfsburg, undisclosed), Daniel Pacheco (Atletico Madrid, season loan), Alberto Aquilani (AC Milan, season loan), Emiliano Insua(Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), Joe Cole (Lille, loan), Christian Poulsen(Evian, undisclosed), Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Dusseldorf, loan), David Ngog (Bolton, undisclosed), Raul Meireles (Chelsea, £12m).

Manchester City

Compared to recent years, this was a relatively subdued transfer window for the Premier League's big spenders, yet they still managed to secure two potentially world-class players in Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri to add a new dimension to their talented squad (and, it is hoped, reduce a worrying over-dependency on Carlos Tevez.) Their squad now seems vast and strong, although compared to Manchester United and Chelsea, it does look potentially flimsy in defence - much like Liverpool, the lack of strengthening of City's backline is curious, with Gael Clichy being an experienced acquisition but hardly the most reliable of defenders, and Stefan Savic being untested and likely not ready to be a first-team player.

Grade: B

In: Gael Clichy (Arsenal, £7m), Stefan Savic (Partizan Belgrade, £6m), Sergio Aguero(Atletico Madrid, £38million),Costel Pantilimon (Timisoara, undisclosed), Samir Nasri (Arsenal, £25m), Owen Hargreaves(unattached).
Out: Patrick Vieira (retired), Javier Garrido (released), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), Ben Mee (Burnley, season loan), Shay Given (Aston Villa, £3.5m), Jo (Internacional, undisclosed), Kieran Trippier (Burnley, season loan), Michael Johnson(Leicester, season loan), Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham, season loan), Dedryck Boyata (Bolton, loan), Roque Santa Cruz (Real Betis, season loan), Vladimir Weiss (Espanyol, season loan), John Guidetti (Feyenoord, season loan), Ahmed Benali (Rochdale, season loan),Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR, undisclosed), Craig Bellamy (Liverpool, undisclosed).

Manchester United

After a transfer window that was dominated by the Wesley Sneijder saga, Manchester United ended the window not only without signing the Dutch playmaker, but without making a central midfield signing at all - making it 3 years since they last did so. It was a baffling decision for a team which had looked so weak in that area in recent seasons, but the necessity of replacing Edwin Van Der Sar and pipping Liverpool to the signing of Phil Jones meant that Sir Alex Ferguson was required to spend heavily this summer. The three signings were identified and secure early on, and that appears to have been rewarded with an excellent start to the season by the English pair (though De Gea appears to be having some teething troubles.) Yet only in Ashley Young have United strengthened their first XI - despite the sums involved, the rest of their business represents business for the future or squad-strengthening. They have undoubtedly bought wisely, but if , despite the emergency of Tom Cleverley and Anderson's fine start to the season, they remain weak in the centre and Manchester City capitalise, they could soon look to have made a very large mistake.

Grade: B-

In: Phil Jones (Blackburn, £17 million), Ashley Young (Aston Villa, £16m), David de Gea(Atletico Madrid, £17.8m).
Out: Edwin van der Sar (retired), Paul Scholes (retired), Owen Hargreaves (released), Bebe(Besiktas, season loan), Ritchie de Laet (Norwich, season loan), Nicky Ajose (Peterborough, undisclosed), Wes Brown (Sunderland, £1m), John O'Shea(Sunderland, £5m), Corry Evans (Hull, loan), Gabriel Obertan(Newcastle, undisclosed), Oliver Norwood (Scunthorpe, loan).

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