In the aftermath of the biggest spending cyclone in Premier League history, we’ve taken a hard look at the wreckage now the summer transfer window is finally closed.
The total amount spent by top-flight clubs stood at a record £1.175bn after Moussa Sissoko’s late move to Spurs, but it’s clear some have tucked in more than others – Manchester City account for almost £170m on their own.
Below are three sides who might end up a bit short as the campaign rolls along:
3rd worst – Hull
David Marshall is a good signing for £5m with first-choice keeper Allan McGregor injured, but Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason for more than twice that may not prove wise.
Hoovering up Manchester United rejects doesn’t always work, just ask former Cardiff boss and Mike Phelan’s fellow Old Trafford coaching alumnus Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so unproven Red Devils pair James Weir and Will Keane look risky acquisitions.
Loan striker Dieumerci Mbokani did okay at Norwich last term, scoring seven goals in 29 games, but the Tigers probably needed to stretch themselves a little further than their £16m reported spend during this summer.
2nd worst – Liverpool
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp can be generally happy with his squad, having shunted more 30 unwanted bodies out the door, 18 of them for good.
Six new boys were brought in at a cost of around £70m, including lightning forward Sadio Mane and versatile midfielder Georginio Wijnadlum, but with Liverpool making more than £10m profit on transfers, there are a couple of gaps in the first XI.
Left-back in particular is a huge concern that hasn’t been addressed, despite 26-year-old Germany international Jonas Hector being linked constantly.
Considering the business other top-four aspirant clubs managed, there must be a feeling Liverpool could have spent another £30m.
Worst – West Brom
There was talk of landing Leicester-bound Islam Slimani, Spanish international midfielder Ignacio Camacho, Everton and Republic of Ireland stalwart James McCarthy or even Sissoko at the Hawthorns as the last week of the window wore on, yet nothing so exciting occurred.
West Brom’s list of summer signings reads Nacer Chadli, Matt Phillips, Allan Nyom, Brendan Galloway and Hal-Robson Kanu.
It’s the joint-shortest and surely the worst.