And don’t worry, Hull fans: we’ve been wrong about this before, namely when we said your club won the 2014/15 window and you were relegated eight months later...
*All fees are reported and approximate*
Given the club’s fondness for coffin-dodgers, Moyes deserves credit for trying to build a young team (only two of their eight signings are older than 22)
IN: Didier Ndong (£13.6m), Papy Djilobodji (£8m), Paddy McNair, Donald Love (£5.5m combined), Adnan Januzaj, Jason Denayer, Javier Manquillo (loan), Steven Pienaar (free)
OUT: Younes Kaboul (£3.5m), Emanuele Giaccherini (£2m), Liam Bridcutt (£2m), Santiago Vergini (£1.5m), Jordi Gomez (£500,000), Jeremain Lens, Sebastian Coates, Adam Matthews, Will Buckley (all loan), Steven Fletcher, Danny Graham, Wes Brown, Steve Harper, Valentin Roberge, Mikael Mandron (released)
It’s been a difficult summer for Sunderland. David Moyes is under pressure already following Sam Allardyce’s departure – Black Cats fans booed their team off the pitch in only his second game – and the Scotsman has resorted to taking risks in the transfer market.
Given the club’s fondness for coffin-dodgers, Moyes deserves credit for trying to build a young team (only two of their eight signings are older than 22). However, while Jason Denayer and Paddy McNair have a lot to offer, Javier Manquillo and Adnan Januzaj have a lot to prove, while a club-record fee could weigh heavily on Didier Ndong's shoulders after just 40-odd appearances in Ligue 1.
In the departures lounge, some big wage-earners have exited but very little has been recouped in transfer fees.
19. Swansea City
Spanish pair Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente badly need to come good for the Welsh outfit
IN: Borja Baston (£15.5m), Fernando Llorente (£5m), Alfie Mawson (£5m), Leroy Fer (£4.75m), Mike van der Hoorn (£2m), Mark Birighitti, George Byers (free)
OUT: Andre Ayew (£20.5m), Ashley Williams (£12m), Alberto Paloschi (£5m), Éder (£4m), Bafetimbi Gomis, Marvin Emnes, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Franck Tabanou (all loan), Raheem Hanley (released)
Swansea had a profitable summer, fetching handsome fees for Andre Ayew, who’d cost them nothing 12 months previously, and captain Ashley Williams. However, neither player has been adequately replaced, while four forwards have departed. Spanish pair Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente badly need to come good for the Welsh outfit.
18. Hull City
Will Keane and Dieumerci Mbokani’s goal returns must improve if they’re to cover Hull’s shortfall in attack
IN: Ryan Mason (£13m), David Marshall (£5m), James Weir (£5m), Will Keane (£1m), Dieumerci Mbokani, Markus Henriksen (loan)
OUT: Mohamed Diamé (£4.5m), Sone Aluko, Ryan Taylor (both released)
The knock-on effect of the Tigers’ chaotic pre-season was business being done late – so late that they had only 13 senior players fit for the curtain-raiser against Leicester. They won, but still.
Reinforcements eventually arrived in the window’s final two days; by that stage, beggars can’t be choosers. While David Marshall represents a solid acquisition in goal, there’s nobody to replace stopgap defender Jake Livermore, Ryan Mason is an unjustifiably expensive addition to the midfield, and Will Keane and Dieumerci Mbokani’s goal returns must improve if they’re to cover Hull’s shortfall in attack.
On the plus side, few players have departed.
17. Tottenham Hotspur
More worryingly, Spurs approach the 2016-17 campaign with no more depth than when they tired at the end of 2015-16
IN: Moussa Sissoko (£30m), Vincent Janssen (£17m), Victor Wanyama (£11m), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (£11m), Pau Lopez (loan)
OUT: Nacer Chadli (£13m), Ryan Mason (£13m), Alex Pritchard (£8m), DeAndre Yedlin (£5m), Grant Ward (£600,000), Dominic Ball (£150,000), Nabil Bentaleb, Clinton N’Jie, Federico Fazio, Luke McGee (all loan)
’Twas ever thus. Daniel Levy raked in impressively big sums while offering low ones himself, with a rumoured initial bid of £16m for £30m-rated Moussa Sissoko cheeky even by his standards.
And yet, in gazumping Everton, Tottenham’s chairman ended up paying over the odds for second-tier Newcastle’s Sissoko, whose all-action performances in the latter stages of Euro 2016 – following several seasons of mediocrity – must have had Mike Ashley skipping around St James’ Park in delight.
More worryingly, Spurs approach the 2016/17 campaign with no more depth than when they tired at the end of 2015/16. They needed reinforcements, not replacements, and four first-team outfield players coming in with five going out isn’t ideal, especially as several youngsters have also left.
It’s true, though, that the likes of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen should be considered upgrades on Ryan Mason and Clinton N’Jie. Essentially, Spurs are now stronger, yet thinner. Like graphene, basically.