Transfer Window Review 2020
Best Signings of the Summer.
Here are my 3 most influential signings of the summer in no particular order:
Thomas Partey (Arsenal)
Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey finds himself in a fantastic position entering into the 2020 season as he becomes Arsenal’s key signing of the summer. Athletico Madrid managed to squeeze Arsenal out of £45M for the Ghanaian international.
The 27-year-old defensive midfielder will plug a gaping hole in Arsenal’s midfield and protect an already shaky looking defence, whilst also helping another new signing, Gabriel to settle down and find his feet. Arsenal has been crying out for a defensive-minded midfielder and I think Partey is the perfect signing for that.
James Rodriguez (Everton)
Everton has had one of the best transfer windows I have seen in a while and I think the signing of James Rodriguez is the best of the lot. The creative attacking threat he causes will only enhance the already deadly front three. James struggled to find his feet at Madrid after his phenomenal performance at the World Cup in 2014, and this move will benefit him immensely . I can see him easily competing with the likes of De Bruyne for top spot in assists this season.
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Ollie Watkins finishes my list for obvious reasons. Aston Villa looked fantastic at times last year but always seemed to struggle with finishing moves off,even the fantastic work of Grealish couldn’t help this. Watkins fixes this perfectly, his dynamic play style of poacher and target man is going to give Aston Villa a great 3-dimensional attacking style which a lot of teams will struggle to stop. We saw last week that his time playing in the Championship will only benefit him and he’s already stepped up after bagging 3 of Villa’s 7 over champions Liverpool.
Worst Signings of the Summer.
Here are my 3 least influential signings of the summer in no particular order:
Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham)
As much as this signing is only a loan and will not cost Spurs much, I feel it was a panic purchase and I don’t think he will show much if anything this season. He scored 18 goals in 33 for Benfica last year and looked fantastic at times. The tall and strong centre forward loves to use his body and quick footwork to create space and attack defenses. I just don’t think his limited playing time off the bench will allow him to work at his best as a back up in this team. I have loved watching him in the past few years and hope I am wrong about this prediction.
Ryan Fraser (Newcastle)
Ryan Fraser joined Newcastle this summer from newly relegated side Bournemouth. He had little to no impact for Bournemouth last year and I think we will see a similar story this year. He operated at his best when he got 14 assists and 7 goals in the 18/19 season and couldn’t get anywhere near those levels last season. He worked great alongside Wilson in a front three but I think he will be lost in a 4-4-2 as he won’t have the freedom to roam forward, as he can in a front three.
Ferran Torres (Manchester City)
Manchester City spent £21M this summer on the young Spanish winger. It seems to come in a reaction to the sale of Leroy Sane and I think he will find himself off the bench for a lot of this season, with more experienced wingers, Mahrez and Silva starting in front of him. It will be a good signing for City in the next few seasons, but purely because of City’s depth, I don’t think he will have a very big impact for them this season.
Winner of the Summer 2020 Transfer Window
My winner for this year’s transfer window is close with 3 front runners making many improvements as they all look to kick on from last season.
First is Chelsea. For obvious reasons, they find themselves in this list after picking up name after name this window and drastically improving their squad this year. But for me, I needed to see an immediate impact from their key players for them to win this so they find themselves in 3rd place.
The battle comes down to Everton and Aston Villa. Both clubs have made some incredible signings and it is tight between them. Both are currently unbeaten so far and their new signings have proven value for money this early on.
I think judging from the start for the season its a close call between the two sides however due to Aston Villa’s 7-2 demolition of last seasons champions Liverpool, the winner of the summer 2020 transfer window is…