Winners and Losers: Summer Transfer Window 2018

As ever, the summer has brought with it the usual twists and turns of the transfer window that keep us fans on the edge of our seats.

With the shortened window, clubs were even more pushed than usual to identify their targets before the opening round of Premier League fixtures and it was clear to see who was organised and who left it a little late, or even those that didn’t get going at all.

It’s always a precarious business to predict which new signings will make waves at their new clubs and which ones will flop but there have no doubt been some big successes from this summer and others who would much rather forget it.

So here’s our list of the winners and losers from this summer’s business after a hectic few months…

Winners – Ageing English goalkeepers

It’s fair to say that Rob Green and Lee Grant wouldn’t have been high up on Chelsea and Manchester United fans’ wishlists this summer.

38-year-old former England international Green was snapped up on a free by the Blues after spending one year at Huddersfield where he failed to make an appearance.

35-year-old Grant moved from relegated Stoke City to Manchester United for a reported fee of £1.5million after making three appearances for the Potters last season.

Not only have the two heavyweight clubs upped their home grown quota with these signings, they’ve also offered them a lovely contract in the twilight of their playing careers where there’s next to no chance they’ll feature in a match of any importance.

There’s never been a better time to be an old English goalie.

Phil Jones

Manchester United’s pursuit of a central defender this summer wasn’t exactly a secret, with a variety of top-class centre-backs from all across Europe¬†linked with a move to Old Trafford.

However, the hunt proved fruitless and it appears Mourinho will have to make do with what he’s already got.

While this is bad news for most people connected with the club, there’s good news for Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who look set to continue featuring in the United back four.

Maybe Jones will finally live up to the great promise he showed back in his early days at United and fans will laugh at the suggestion they needed another centre-back this summer.

It’s certainly unlikely but he has another chance to prove doubters wrong this season.

Fulham and Wolves

Andre Schurrle for Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt

It’s always a big step up from the Championship to the top flight and one way to give yourself the best possible chance is to buy quality.

Fulham and Wolves have both certainly done that this summer, with big-name stars such as Jean-Michael Seri, Andre Schurrle, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker and Rui Patricio joining the promoted clubs.

Cardiff have also made some good acquisitions from the Championship but it’s hard not to be impressed with the talent that’s arrived at Craven Cottage and Molineux.

If their spending can assure their continued Premier League status come May then every penny will have been more than worth it.

Losers – Daniel Levy

It seemed like things really were changing for Tottenham.

The only London club playing Champions League football this season, moving into an exciting new stadium and playing attractive football with some great English talent under one of the best coaches around – what’s not to like?

However, Daniel Levy’s failure to bring a single new player into the Tottenham squad this summer is quite something.

Of course, the financial strain of a new stadium is understandable, but they are the first club not to sign anyone since the transfer window began in 2003.

Levy will be an unpopular figure among Spurs fans and should things go pear-shaped this season and if Mauricio Pochettino is poached by another club, many will point the finger squarely at the chairman.

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish looks dejected after play-off final defeat

The 22-year-old is evidently a class apart in the Aston Villa team and it seemed like the time was right for him to make the step up to a big six club.

With Villa’s playoff final defeat, it seemed the natural move with the youngster’s ability deserving of Premier League football.

It appeared almost inevitable that he would go to the top flight at one point, but it also never seemed close and now the midfielder is consigned to another year in England’s second division.

Villa may not get as big an offer next year if a club comes in for him and it seems a shame for such a talent not to be tested at the very top.

Loris Karius

Liverpool's Loris Karius walks past Champions league trophy

No one can imagine the pain that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has gone through this summer.

The 25-year-old had a solid season for the Reds last year, right up until the biggest game of his life when he made a pair of fatal errors in the Champions League final.

The German was heavily criticised for his role in the defeat, even by his own fans, and it seemed certain that Liverpool would have to buy an upgrade.

When Jurgen Klopp asserted that Karius would remain his no.1, people were understandably bemused, but everyone also wanted to see him put his horrors behind him and establish himself as the top goalkeeper he has shown himself to be on occasion.

It must have then been galling to see Klopp suddenly splash out what was then a world record fee for a goalkeeper which relegates Karius to no.2 with little chance for redemption.

The Hollywood scriptwriter in all of us wants him to make amends for Liverpool but sadly he will find it difficult to replace Alisson between the sticks.