Who were the winners and losers of the transfer window?

Date: 15th September 2014 at 1:31 pm
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costa joseAnother summer window has closed and yet again this one failed to disappoint.

A staggering £835 million was spent by the top flight clubs, over £200 million more than the last one, with millions of pounds transferred in the dying moments of the deadline.

The fight for the top four or to stay out of the relegation places is getting more precarious, not to mention the need to stay in line with Financial Fair Play rules, so clubs have to be smarter than ever with their money.

Top rated players came and went but which clubs did the best business?

Here are my winners and losers of the transfer window.

Chelsea – Winner

Last season manager Jose Mourinho stated that his Blues were not quite ready to compete for the league title.

Fast forward a year later and the additions of quality players like Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis should make Chelsea serious title contenders.

Focusing entirely on the areas that required strengthening the west London club managed to get most of their business done early on and even brought back fan favourite Didier Drogba.

Top additions were made and David Luiz was sold for £50 million. Well done Jose, well done indeed.

angel unitedManchester United – Winner

United fans have been crying out for some world class signings for a good few seasons and manager Louis van Gaal has gone some way to answering them.

Marquee signing Angel Di Maria set a new English transfer record and should finally provide some quality going forward from the middle of the park, not to mention the exciting loan deal of proven goal scorer Radamel Falcao.

The likes of Ander Herrera and Daley Blind in midfield are also top additions – and were very needed ones at that.

With a total spending of around £150 million, United have no doubt taken a risk with their six new acquisitions but if it pays off then the huge expense will all have been worth it.

Hull – Winner

The Tigers finished 16th last season, their highest league position, and manager Steve Bruce has shown his intent to climb the table with ten signings including a club record fee of £10 million for Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez, which will no doubt add some much needed talent up front.

At the very least the additions of Mohamed Diame from West Ham and the loan signings of Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa and Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez should keep them up for another season.

 Tottenham Hotspur– Loser

Spurs had a busy window last season but despite numerous acquisitions the Lilywhites failed to make an impact on the Premier League and once again missed out on Champions League football.

Unfortunately for new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have failed to sign all but one of their main targets forking out £10 million for defender Ben Davies but missing out on much needed forwards like Loic Remy and Wilfred Bony.

Reports are swirling that Pochettino is unhappy with his technical director Franco Baldini for failing to bring in a proven goal scorer and the north London club will now have to make do with Emmanuel Adebayor, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado to fire them into the top four. Good luck with that.

alexis guttedArsenal – Loser (obviously)

It was all going so well for manager Arsene Wenger with the £35 million signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.

But then days before the transfer window closed, main striker Oliver Giroud picked up an injury that will see him out of action for three months.

After having earlier twice rejected Mario Balotelli, who went to Liverpool, attentions turned to Danny Welbeck and sure enough he was signed for £16 million.

Welbeck is a promising young player but by no means the world class striker that the Gunners need.

Considering Arsenal always struggle to secure top four, they may regret having signed only one big name player this window when their rivals have undoubtedly strengthened.

Do you think Manchester United’s gamble will pay off? Can Arsenal rely on Danny Welbeck? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.

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