The Premiership - Preview - Part One
Football : Which Premiership team has done the best business so far?
The short answer so far appears to be Everton. With 10 players brought in and a typically Koeman-esque move by creating a new spine, they look like they really mean business. Michael Keane might be the pick of the signings given his age and assured performances for club and country so far. Rooney will have an impact by being played more often, and will add a much needed boost in terms of ambition. In Jordan Pickford they have acquired one of the best young keepers in the game. Having signed Ademola Lookman last season, Everton suddenly have a youthful streak backed up by some high class experience.
By comparison most clubs have been quiet in terms of turnover, but there have obviously been some big signings in there too.
Romelu Lukaku has joined best mate Paul Pogba at Manchester United, and he will probably be there for a number of years, and naturally will score a lot of goals. Where his service comes from in Mourinho's fairly blunt system remains to be seen, but a potential front 3 of Rashford, Lukaku and Martial looks pacey and powerful on paper.
Arsenal have added proven goal scoring class in Alexandre Lacazette, who fits the Arsenal mould and will no doubt perform better than the inconsistent Olivier Giroud. Much depends on how Arsenal adapt to playing Thursday-Sunday for the first time in donkeys years, something most clubs challenging for the top four have struggled with.
Chelsea and Liverpool have been quiet, although both have made one big signing in Antonio Rudiger and Mohamed Salah respectively. Also keep an eye on Dominic Solanke who Liverpool nicked on a free transfer from Chelsea. He had a good U20 World cup for England and looks the part already. Even more competition for Daniel Sturridge?
Manchester City have not yet started their customary transfer rampage although Bernardo Silva might end up being one of the best signings of the Summer, he had a great campaign with Monaco last year.
City will likely complete a deal for Kyle Walker from Spurs, who appear to be saving the pennies and working largely with what they have got. How they cope with not playing at White Hart lane, where they were unbeaten last year, will likely be the main factor in Tottenham's chances of challenging for the title again this year.
Keep an eye on Bournemouth, some very astute signings in Begovich, Ake and the ever reliable Jermain Defoe.
Next week well have a look at the teams coming up and have a word with J.T McCoy to see where he is putting his hard earned in terms of top 4 and relegation.