Who has won the transfer window? Which PL clubs have made the smartest signings?

Tactical spending

The transfer window is almost over and clubs are still frantically looking to close last-minute deals. However, even during a window dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, sides have still spent fantastically to boost their hopes of meeting and exceeding Premier League targets.

With a huge number of loan deals in comparison to permanent deals taking place, which teams have spent wisely and scored a bargain? Which teams have found a gem? And who has pulled off the signing of the summer?

Aston Villa

Aston Villa not only pulled off some fantastic signings this summer, but they also beat the Premier League champions 7-2 just weeks into the new season. Their new additions were in full flow, and Dean Smith will be delighted at how the club has backed him.

New striker Ollie Watkins secured a high-profile move from Brentford, and, until Sunday evening, had not yet scored. But he went on to bag a hat-trick against Liverpool.

Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez was integral to the Gunners’ FA Cup win, and looked to have a shot at the number one jersey at the Emirates.However, Bernd Leno was trusted by Mikel Arteta to return to first-choice duties, and Martinez moved quickly to secure first team football.

Aston Villa came calling, and the Argentine signed. He saved a penalty and kept a clean sheet on his debut, and has looked solid ever since.

A further highlight of Villa’s window has been the loan of Ross Barkley, who netted on his debut with a deflected effort against Liverpool. Bertrand Traore too scored on his debut in the League Cup against Bristol City, after arriving from France. Finally, Matty Cash has performed solidly at right-back since his move from Nottingham Forest.

Dean Smith now possesses all of the ingredients for a solid season, after narrowly avoiding relegation in 2019/20.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Emiliano Martinez of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on July 21, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)


Everton currently sit top of the Premier League table, after 4 wins from their opening 4 games. This has been largely down to the performance of their new signings. Carlo Ancelotti was determined for the Toffees to progress, on the back of his return to the Premier League.

The pick of the the latest batch of arrivals on Merseyside was James Rodriguez, who joined from Real Madrid. Largely on the periphery during his time on loan at Bayern Munich, Everton moved quickly to snap up the Colombian. And 3 goals and 2 assists already this season earns Ancelotti early justification for opting to reunite with the former Porto attacker.

Another player whom Ancelotti has of course linked back up with is Allan. The Brazilian joined from Napoli, and has been the perfect shield to his boss’ defensive line, putting in standout performances in each of the games he’s featured in.

Alongside Allan, Abdoulaye Doucouré joined from Watford. The Frenchman was easily the Hornets’ best player, and had long looked to be deserving of a place in the upper echelons of the Premier League. Whilst not standing out like the aforementioned pair, he has performed solidly in each of his outings in Everton’s colours.

Finally, amongst others, Ben Godfrey secured a Deadline Day move to Goodison Park from Norwich City. The former England under-21 international performed impressively in the Premier League last season. Despite his best efforts, the Canaries were eventually relegated, but Godfrey has quickly returned to the top-flight following his move to the north west.

Everton look a real threat once again, and that is all down to their fantastic additions.

MALLORCA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 19: James Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF looks on during the Liga match between RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid CF at Iberostar Estadi on October 19, 2019 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)


Having served a transfer ban during last year’s summer window, Chelsea were expected to spend big this time around.

And they certainly did not disappoint.

Frank Lampard’s first addition was completed well in advance of the opening of the window. Hakim Ziyech made the move from Ajax, though he is yet to feature, having suffered an injury in preseason.

The Blues’ 2nd early addition, on the other hand, has played.

Timo Werner was purchased from RB Leipzig, and missed the conclusion of his former club’s 2019/20 Champion’s League campaign. He has since put the controversy behind him, though, and started under Frank Lampard in every Premier League fixture thus far this season. The German is actually yet to net across his 4 league appearances, having been fielded on the left flank twice.

The Chelsea summer addition whom fans are no doubt expecting the most from, meanwhile, is Kai Havertz. The midfielder made a big-money move to Stamford Bridge, and has already scored a hat-trick. This, however, came against Barnsley in the League Cup, and the 21-year-old is yet to show his true potential in England’s top-flight.

Ben Chilwell has arguably been the most impressive of the Londoners’ latest signings to this point, despite the England international having only played one league game. Over the weekend, the former Leicester standout scored and recorded an assist against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea have also brought in Edouard Mendy, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva. Pressure will now be on Frank Lampard to get the best from his new additions.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Kai Havertz of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea at American Express Community Stadium on September 14, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/Pool via Getty Images

See also: Kai Havertz latest of Chelsea’s new additions to highlight Lampard influence on decision to sign for Blues

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This article was edited by Tom Canton.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Everton FC 4 7 12
2 Aston Villa FC 3 9 9
3 Leicester City FC 4 5 9
4 Arsenal FC 4 3 9
5 Liverpool FC 4 0 9
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 7 7
7 Chelsea FC 4 4 7
8 Leeds United 4 1 7
9 Newcastle United FC 4 1 7
10 West Ham United FC 4 4 6
11 Southampton FC 4 -1 6
12 Crystal Palace FC 4 -2 6
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 -3 6
14 Manchester City FC 3 -1 4
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4 -2 3
16 Manchester United FC 3 -6 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 4 -8 1
18 Burnley FC 3 -5 0
19 Sheffield United FC 4 -5 0
20 Fulham FC 4 -8 0
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 6
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 6
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 3
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 3
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 3
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 3
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 3
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 3
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 3
Costa, Helder Leeds United 2
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 2
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 2

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