Another transfer window is over, and it’s fair to say it lacked some of the drama expected of Deadline Day.
The big clubs just don’t splash the cash like they used to, but there were still some key moves that could have a big effect on how the season pans out.
Dimitri Payet was the headline departee from the Premier League, joining Marseille in a £25million deal. After such a poor start to the season, it remains to be seen how the Frenchman’s exit will affect the Hammers, but in the immediate aftermath, it seems to have united the squad more than ever.
Slaven Bilic’s side are now just 11/8 to finish higher than Southampton, having gained Jose Fonte from them. The main thing for the Saints was to keep hold of Virgil van Dijk – which they did, probably because he’s injured – but they have brought in attacking midfielder Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli.
Of course, the biggest question was how the transfer window could affect the title race. The answer – not all that much. Chelsea sold Oscar for £60million, yet he wasn’t really in Antonio Conte’s plans anyway. The same can be said of Jon Obi Mikel, minus the ludicrous price tag.
It’s important that the Blues held onto Nathan Ake after Bournemouth made a last-ditch £18million bid to take him back to his former loan club.
All that means it’s as you were, with Chelsea massive 1/4 favourites to win the league.
For Manchester United, it was also about shifting the dead wood, with Memphis Depay heading for Lyon after his ill-fated spell at Old Trafford. They’re now at evens to finish in the top four, but 4/5 to end up outside it.
Manchester City are 5/4 to finish outside the top four, but the eventual arrival of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus could change that and give them more firepower.
Everton are massively up against it when it comes to grabbing that last Champions League place, and that’s reflected in their odds of 50/1. They should do well, though, especially with new boys Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman.
Tottenham were one of several teams to make no additions despite late links with several strikers, including Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez. Mauricio Pochettino may be giving that some serious thought now after his team failed to score against Sunderland on Tuesday.
And speaking of Sunderland, they have been one of the busier teams. David Moyes has been reconstructing his old Everton side up at the Stadium of Light, with Joleon Lescott, Darron Gibson, and Bryan Oviedo all coming in. They still look haphazard, though, and it was Lamine Koné who saved them against Spurs. The bookies can’t see them staying up regardless of their new additions, and they’re 1/7 to go down.
Hull are in a similarly woeful position at 1/6 for the drop, odds only made more likely by Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore leaving for West Ham and West Brom respectively.
Crystal Palace have boosted their chances of survival, signing two decent Premier League defenders in Mamadou Sakho and Patrick van Aanholt. The Eagles are at 2/1 to finish in the bottom three, boosted by their 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Arsenal have hiked to 18/1 to win the title, but again, that’s more because of results on Tuesday when they lost to Watford at home. Cohen Bramall’s signing from non-league Hednesford Town was probably their most interesting bit of business.