Premier League New Signings Round-up: Summer 2014

The transfer window is shut after a record amount of spending this summer and there are many new faces to get our heads around. In this post I’ll be looking at all the Premier League arrivals this summer and for each club provide a few sentences on my favourites (who I’ll highlight in bold) and my view of their business as a whole. I haven’t included loans and academy recruitment, and have mainly just focused on signings rather than departures. I apologise for any inaccuracies!

Arsenal

Total spending: £82m, Total sales: £25.7m, Net spend: £56.3m

10 July 2014 Alexis Sánchez, signed from Barcelona for £35m
17 July 2014 Mathieu Debuchy, signed from Newcastle United for £12m
27 July 2014 David Ospina, signed from Nice for £3m
28 July 2014 Calum Chambers, signed from Southampton for £16m
2 September 2014 Danny Welbeck, signed from Manchester United for £16m

Arsene was under a lot of pressure from supporters on deadline day to sign another striker with a long-term injury to Giroud. His answer to the pleas was Danny Welbeck who I believe will have a better goal scoring record than at United but not bordering into prolific. Chambers is my Arsenal signing of the window. He’s breaking into the first team at just 19 and will hopefully enjoy a long successful career at Arsenal and for England if his development continues. Alexis hasn’t really got going yet but I believe he will as the season progresses.

Aston Villa

Total spending: £7.3m, Total sales: £1m, Net spend: £6.3m

5 June 2014 Philippe Senderos, a Free Agent
10 June 2014 Joe Cole, a Free Agent
11 July 2014 Kieran Richardson, signed from Fulham for £600k
8 August 2014 Aly Cissokho, signed from Valencia for £2m
15 August 2014 Carlos Sánchez, signed from Elche for £4.7m

Aston Villa have performed a lot better than I expected so far, making many reconsider their predicted relegation. I’d have to pick Cissokho as the best signing since I’m most familiar with his ability. While I wasn’t too impressed with his performances at Liverpool last year, he is more than adequate for Villa who I believe did very well to sign a first choice left-back for just £2m.

Burnley

Total spending: £7.2m, Total sales: £0, Net spend: £7.2m

27 June 2014 Michael Kightly, signed from Stoke City for £1.5m
2 July 2014 Matt Gilks, a Free Agent
4 July 2014 Marvin Sordell, signed from Bolton Wanderers for £500k
4 July 2014 Matthew Taylor, a Free Agent
7 July 2014 Steven Reid, a Free Agent
15 July 2014 Lukas Jutkiewicz, signed from Middlesbrough for £1.5m
15 August 2014 Stephen Ward, signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £700k
1 September 2014 George Boyd, signed from Hull City for £3m

It’s widely known that Burnley got into the Premier League on a very tight and impressive budget, with Dyche deserving a lot of credit. While they have spent a total of £7.2m this window, it has been spread across eight new senior signings. Lukas Jutkiewicz has impressed me the most so far, and I can see him continuing the trend of Burnley’s top recruitment of strikers.

Chelsea

Total spending: £88.3m, Total sales: £75.2m, Net spend: £13.1m

13 June 2014 Cesc Fàbregas, signed from Barcelona for £30m
15 July 2014 Diego Costa, signed from Atlético Madrid for £32m
16 July 2014 Filipe Luís, signed from Atlético Madrid for £15.8m
25 July 2014 Didier Drogba, a Free Agent
31 August 2014 Loïc Rémy, signed from Queens Park Rangers for £10.5m

Chelsea have had one of the best transfer windows for me, with the departures of Lukaku and Luiz leaving for much higher fees than I expected. It’s extremely difficult to choose between the new signings but I’ll go with Diego Costa who has had an incredible start, so far proving that he’s more than a one season wonder. If I am to be critical then I consider £15.8m for a 29-year-old left-back not to be great value for money, but with a net spend of just £13.1m, I don’t think there will be too much worry.

Crystal Palace

Total spending: £10.9m, Total sales: £1.4m, Net spend: £9.5m

24 July 2014 Fraizer Campbell, signed from Cardiff for £900k
1 August 2014 Brede Hangeland, a Free Agent
14 August 2014 Martin Kelly, signed from Liverpool for £1.5m
1 September 2014 Zeki Fryers, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £1.5m
1 September 2014 James McArthur, signed from Wigan Athletic for £7m

I was very sad to see Kelly leave Liverpool but he was too low in selection choice and a move away for regular football is best for his career. At £1.5m Palace have a great defender who can play full-back or in the centre. Hopefully his injury problems have ended as he’ll continue to improve. Deadline day signing McArthur should be thrown straight into midfield but I think Wigan fans will be pleased with the money they received for him.

Everton

Total spending: £34m, Total sales: £1.5m, Net spend: £32.5m

8 July 2014 Gareth Barry, signed from Manchester City for £2m
28 July 2014 Muhamed Bešić, signed from Ferencváros for £4m
30 July 2014 Romelu Lukaku, signed from Chelsea for £28m 
26 August 2014 Samuel Eto’o, a Free Agent

I think that Everton realised they needed to continue strengthening if they wanted to keep up with the Top 6, and paying £28m for Lukaku certainly shows their ambition. Romelu had a fine season at Everton last year and at only 21 there is still much more to come from the Belgian. While Gareth Barry is towards the latter end of his career, I think his signing was also a smart one from Martinez for just a small sum of £2m.

Hull City

Total spending: £40m, Total sales: £15m, Net spend: £25m

25 June 2014 Jake Livermore, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £8m
30 June 2014 Robert Snodgrass, signed from Norwich City for £7m
7 July 2014 Tom Ince, a Free Agent
29 July 2014 Harry Maguire, signed from Sheffield United for £2.5m
29 July 2014 Andrew Robertson, signed from Dundee United for £2.85m
26 August 2014 Michael Dawson, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £6m
1 September 2014 Abel Hernández, signed from Palermo for £10m
1 September 2014 Mohamed Diamé, signed from West Ham United for £3.5m

Hull’s business has been hit and miss for me. The signings of Ince on a free and Diame for £3.5m are absolute steals, but it is larger fees for players that I don’t feel warrant it that overall make it difficult to judge. They did make a good profit on Shane Long, but with a £25m net spend there will be increased pressure for results. I’m excited to see Abel Hernández in the Premier League but I doubt he’ll ever develop into the top poacher that he became on my Football Manager 2011 save!

Leicester City

Total spending: £11m, Total sales: £0, Net spend: £11m

1 July 2014 Marc Albrighton, a Free Agent
1 July 2014 Matthew Upson, a Free Agent
1 July 2014 Ben Hamer, a Free Agent
22 July 2014 Leonardo Ulloa, signed from Brighton for £8m
28 August 2014 Esteban Cambiasso, a Free Agent
30 August 2014 Danny Simpson, signed from Queens Park Rangers for £2m
31 August 2014 Tom Lawrence, signed from Manchester United for £1m

It has been an interesting summer for the Foxes. It’s apparent that the manager doesn’t want to disrupt the team that broke so many club records last season, but also recognising more quality is needed to help avoid relegation. While many of the new players are squad fillers, Ulloa stands out by offering a much-needed aerial threat that has been lacking at the club since the departure of Steve Howard in 2012. I’m delighted with the arrival of Cambiasso but he may struggle breaking into the team with Dean Hammond enjoying a great start!

Liverpool

Total spending: £117m, Total sales: £73m, Net spend: £44m

2 June 2014 Rickie Lambert, signed from Southampton for £4m
1 July 2014 Adam Lallana, signed from Southampton for £25m
3 July 2014 Emre Can, signed from Bayer Leverkusen for £10m
15 July 2014 Lazar Marković, signed from Benfica for £20m
27 July 2014 Dejan Lovren, signed from Southampton for £20m
29 July 2014 Divock Origi, signed from Lille for £10m
16 August 2014 Alberto Moreno, signed from Sevilla for £12m
25 August 2014 Mario Balotelli, signed from AC Milan for £16m

With the big money sale of Suarez and the added revenue of the Champions League, I always knew that it would be a busy summer and Brendan Rodgers didn’t disappoint. A few signings like Lallana and Lovren do look overpriced, but they are all necessary additions, and are more than forgiven with perhaps the best valued signing of the summer in Balotelli – providing he behaves! – and the young Spanish left-back Moreno who looked brilliant against Spurs last weekend.

Manchester City

Total spending: £51.5m, Total sales: £27.5m, Net spend: £24m

13 June 2014 Bacary Sagna, a Free Agent
26 June 2014 Fernando, signed from Porto for £12m
8 July 2014 Willy Caballero, signed from Málaga for £6m
8 August 2014 Bruno Zuculini, signed from Racing Club for £1.5m
11 August 2014 Eliaquim Mangala, signed from Porto for £32m

It’s always difficult to find areas to improve in a title-winning team, but it didn’t stop Pellegrini from splashing £51.5m on new faces this window. The signings of Sagna and Fernando stick out as good business for me, with the former Porto midfielder allowing Yaya Toure to roam further forward, thanks to the defensive responsibility he provides. Mangala on the other hand leaves me speechless. Another quality centre back to partner Kompany has been viewed as a possibility, but £32m spent on such a small problem is silly with Nastasic and Demichelis already available. The exit of Negredo on deadline day also came as a surprise.

Manchester United

Total spending: £145.5m, Total sales: £32.3m, Net spend: £113.2m

26 June 2014 Ander Herrera, signed from Athletic Bilbao for £29m
27 June 2014 Luke Shaw, signed from Southampton for £27m
20 August 2014 Marcos Rojo, signed from Sporting CP for £16m
26 August 2014  Ángel Di María, signed from Real Madrid for £59.7m
1 September 2014 Daley Blind, signed from Ajax for £13.8m

The transfer policy of United this season – in fact since Sir Alex Ferguson retired – has changed dramatically. They’ve never been afraid to spend money to attract the required quality but it’s always seemed sensible and measured. The additions of Herrera and Di Maria are great for the reputation of the Premier League, and I’m delighted to be able to watch the former Real player every week on Match of the Day, but the money spent is incredible. I’d understand it more if they were positions in desperate need of strengthening but not as a mere upgrade. The one player I can really look at and consider reasonable is Blind. He’ll be familiar with Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 and his versatility should see him feature heavily throughout the season.

Newcastle

Total spending: £37.6m, Total sales: £12m, Net spend: £25.6m

6 June 2014 Ayoze Pérez, signed from Tenerife for 1.6m
9 June 2014 Jack Colback, a Free Agent
2 July 2014 Siem de Jong, signed from Ajax for £6m
13 July 2014 Remy Cabella, signed from Montpellier for £12m
16 July 2014 Emmanuel Rivière, signed from Monaco for £6m
17 July 2014 Daryl Janmaat, signed from Feyenoord for £5m
9 August 2014 Karl Darlow, signed from Nottingham Forest for £3.5m
9 August 2014 Jamaal Lascelles, signed from Nottingham Forest for £3.5m

It has very much been one in one out for Newcastle, with some players perhaps not an improvement. The French winger Remy Cabella is the player everyone has been most excited about – and rightly so if he replicates his performances from Montpellier – but I’ve gone for Jack Colback as my favourite signing. Any first team player brought in on a free transfer is excellent business providing they’re on reasonable wages, I just hope Sunderland fans will forgive him!

Queens Park Rangers

Total spending: £35.5m, Total sales: £16.5m, Net spend: £19m

17 July 2014 Rio Ferdinand, a Free Agent
22 July 2014 Steven Caulker, signed from Cardiff City for £8.5m
5 August 2014 Jordon Mutch, signed from Cardiff City for £6m
20 August 2014 Leroy Fer, signed from Norwich City for £8m
28 August 2014 Jack Robinson, signed from Liverpool for £1m
29 August 2014 Alex McCarthy, signed from Reading for £6m
1 September 2014 Sandro, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £6m

It feels like every deadline day is 24 hours dedicated to Harry Redknapp and the club he’s managing. However he was a bit more quiet than usual, just bringing in the two players Sandro and Kranjcar. I can’t argue with the signings QPR have made however, but what’s interesting for me is how almost half of the players recruited are from sides that got relegated last season. Anyway, I’ve chosen Mutch as my favourite signing – he was a key figure of Cardiff last year, scoring seven league goals from midfield, and at £6m I think that it’s a good deal for both parties.

Southampton

Total spending: £57.9m, Total sales: £92.6m, Net spend: -£34.7m

8 July 2014 Dušan Tadić, signed from Twente for £10.9m
12 July 2014 Graziano Pellè, signed from Feyenoord for £9m
10 August 2014 Fraser Forster, signed from Celtic for £10m
14 August 2014 Shane Long, signed from Hull City for £12m
14 August 2014 Florin Gardoș, signed from Steaua București for £6m
1 September 2014 Sadio Mané, signed from Red Bull Salzburg for £10m

The £34.7m profit is hugely impressive and I think Ronald Koeman will be a contender for Manager of the Season if they build on their solid start as he’s had to almost assemble a team from scratch. A few signings have been overpaid for, but I imagine that other clubs are well aware of the big money exits, and will have wanted to squeeze as much as they can from the Saints. The attacking midfielder Dušan Tadić is my favourite arrival of them all, looking a real threat in his appearances so far.

Stoke City

Total spending: £3m, Total sales: £3m, Net spend: £0

22 May 2014 Phil Bardsley, a Free Agent
9 June 2014 Steve Sidwell, a Free Agent
11 June 2014 Mame Biram Diouf, a Free Agent
22 July 2014 Bojan Krkić, signed from Barcelona for £3m

It has been a relatively quiet transfer window for Stoke this summer but Mark Hughes has made every signing count. My favourite has to be Bojan who they signed for a small fee of £3m, and could be a huge coup if he reaches the potential that has been talked about for years. Remarkably he had his best season in his debut season with Barcelona, scoring ten league goals in 31 games whilst just 17. A move to Stoke seven years later shows it didn’t carry on so brightly, however at 24 there is still a lot left to see of the Spaniard.

Sunderland

Total spending: £14m, Total sales: £2.1m, Net spend: £11.9m

16 June 2014 Costel Pantilimon, a Free Agent
1 July 2014 Billy Jones, a Free Agent
1 July 2014 Jordi Gomez, a Free Agent
25 July 2014 Patrick van Aanholt, signed from Chelsea for £1.5m
5 August 2014 Jack Rodwell, signed from Manchester City for £10m
14 August 2014 Will Buckley, signed from Brighton for £2.5m

I’m a huge fan of Gus Poyet, and the reunion with his former Brighton player Will Buckley is the pick of his transfers for me. The skilful winger has been playing in the Championship for quite some seasons now, but has already looked sharp in his début for the club, not looking out of place. Sunderland’s overall transfer business has been very admirable, with the right-back Billy Jones a great signing on a free, as well as the biggest money signing, Jack Rodwell, potentially being a great investment if he recovers from the injuries that made his spell as a Manchester City player difficult.

Swansea

Total spending: £13.35m, Total sales: £7.1m, Net spend: £6.25m

29 May 2014 Łukasz Fabiański, a Free Agent
27 June 2014 Bafétimbi Gomis, a Free Agent
30 June 2014 Stephen Kingsley, signed from Falkirk for £850k
2 July 2014 Marvin Emnes, signed from Middlesbrough for £1.5m
23 July 2014 Gylfi Sigurðsson, signed from Tottenham Hotspur P/Ex for Ben Davies
24 July 2014 Jefferson Montero, signed from Monarcas Morelia for £4m
20 August 2014 Federico Fernández, signed from Napoli for £7m

Swansea, along with Stoke, were my two dark horses for the season, and I’m pleased to see the two having a promising start. New signing Sigurðsson has looked incredible so far, notching four assists in his first three games for the Swans. He’ll be a contender for signing of the season if he keeps it up, and was not a piece of business that I think worked out favourably for Spurs – although they do have a good depth of attacking talent. Like Sunderland I’ve also been really impressed with Garry Monk’s transfer business with a net spend of just £6.25m, and I hope they do well enough for the board to stick with him.

Tottenham Hotspur

Total spending: £22.95m, Total sales: £26.7m, Net spend: -£3.75m

23 July 2014 Ben Davies, signed from Swansea City P/Ex for Gylfi Sigurdsson
23 July 2014 Michel Vorm, signed from Swansea City for £3.5m
2 August 2014 Eric Dier, signed from Sporting CP for £4m
13 August 2014 DeAndre Yedlin, signed from Seattle Sounders for £2.75m
27 August 2014 Federico Fazio, signed from Sevilla for £8m
1 September 2014 Benjamin Stambouli, signed from Montpellier for £4.7m

The young defender Eric Dier appears to have become an instant favourite with the impact that he’s made, thanks to a key winner against West Ham. The signing of Vorm for just £3.5m also looks a great deal although I don’t think he’ll be content with watching Lloris every week from the bench. Tottenham join Southampton as the only two clubs to have made a profit this window, but I think that a top striker would have been ideal if Spurs want to jump from a Top 6 finish to Champions League qualification.

West Brom

Total spending: £15.1m, Total sales: £2m, Net spend: £13.1m

1 July 2014 Craig Gardner, a Free Agent
1 July 2014 Joleon Lescott, a Free Agent
7 July 2014 Chris Baird, a Free Agent
12 July 2014 Sébastien Pocognoli, signed from Hannover 96 for £1.5m
18 July 2014 Brown Ideye, signed from Dynamo Kyiv for £10m
5 August 2014 Cristian Gamboa, signed from Rosenborg for £2m
22 August 2014 Giorgos Samaras, a Free Agent
30 August 2014 Sebastian Blanco, signed from Metalist Kharkiv for £1.6m

So far it has been all the doom and gloom that I expected from West Brom, with the club waiting for their first victory. The signings brought in all look pretty mediocre I’m sorry to say, with Craig Gardner the best of a poor choice. The big money signing, Brown Ideye, will need to settle in quickly as it looks like their survival hopes will rest on him this season. If he does enjoy a solid season then the club could experience a high finish, being a similar situation to Lukaku with his 17 goals in 35 games during a loan spell in the 2012/13 season.

West Ham

Total spending: £28.6m, Total sales: £3.5m, Net spend: £25.1m

28 May 2014 Mauro Zárate, a Free Agent
18 June 2014 Cheikhou Kouyaté, signed from Anderlecht for £7m
3 July 2014 Aaron Cresswell, signed from Ipswich Town for £4.1m
17 July 2014 Enner Valencia, signed from Pachuca for £12m
14 August 2014 Diafra Sakho, signed from Metz for £4.5m
1 September 2014 Morgan Amalfitano, signed from Marseille for £1m

Aaron Cresswell may not be the flashiest signing the Hammers have brought in, but for me he’s my favourite. He’s been excelling in the Championship for a few seasons now with Ipswich, and I’m pleased to see the 24-year-old left back get his chance – just a shame he won’t be in a Leicester shirt! Enner Valencia is also worth looking out for as well after his three World Cup goals for Ecuador but I think the £12m transfer fee is too risky.

Conclusion

I recommend checking out this blog for a more detailed look at the best signings themselves this window, which helped me through some tough decisions for this post. Hopefully this will be useful to look back to as a nice summary of the new signings and the spending for each club, and I’ll do something similar for the winter transfer window if this proves popular. I apologise about the music in the videos, they were the best I could find honestly!

Thanks for reading!

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