Darren Bent adds some sprightly legs to the Fulham attack and Martin Jol added quietly but cleverly through the summer, exploiting the free transfer market like no one else in the Premier League. Jol’s signings won’t catapult Fulham into Champions League contention but they’ll ensure the chance of the Cottagers dropping into the Championship remains slim.
Hull missed out on Shane Long at the death but Steve Bruce’s twin signing from Tottenham, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, gives his midfield a Premier League look and he has made tidy additions throughout. Bruce has shown faith in Danny Graham but that he tried to nab Long suggests he feels he needs more potency in attack.
Verdict: Jury’s out
The Reds could be the ultimate winners of the window. Not only has Brendan Rodgers bolstered throughout the team, adding depth that was previously desperately lacking, but he retained Luis Suarez when in June it appeared a foregone conclusion the Uruguayan was leaving. Liverpool missed out on Willian but it was a rare blip in a fine summer.
City moved quickly and decisively in the transfer market, signing players even before appointing Manuel Pellegrini to replace Roberto Mancini. Martin Demichelis gives Pellegrini defensive cover and the quality at the Chilean’s disposal means City are among the favourites for the title – they vowed not to repeat last summer’s mistakes, and didn’t.
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