The transfer window power rankings: Prem teams' business rated and slated
In: George Boyd (Hull), Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Matthew Gilks (Blackpool), Steven Reid (West Brom), Michael Kightly (Stoke), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Matt Taylor (West Ham), Stephen Ward (Wolves).
Out: Chris Baird (West Brom), David Edgar (Birmingham), Joseph Mills (Oldham), Luke O’Neill (Scunthorpe), Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth), Brian Stock, Keith Treacy, Micah Evans, Nick Liversedge (All released).
Manager Sean Dyche admitted he found the transfer market a more challenging place now that the Clarets had clambered into the top tier. And with the club keen on preserving their treasure chest of cash, big-money deals were never going to be on the agenda. George Boyd’s deadline day arrival from Hull proved the most extravagant (£3m), with Middlesbrough forward Jutkiewicz (£1.5m) filling in for the stricken Sam Vokes. A late loan move for Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah could turn out to be a useful piece of business as the Lancastrians bid to beat the drop.
19) West Brom
In: Craig Gardner (Sunderland), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Chris Baird (Burnley), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Georgios Samaras (Celtic), Silvestre Varela (Porto), Sebastien Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv).
Out: Billy Jones (Sunderland), Nicolas Anelka, Zoltan Gera, Diego Lugano, Liam Ridgewell (All released), Steven Reid (Burnley), George Thorne (Derby).
West Brom's summer acquisitions are probably best described as a mixed bag. You've got a hard-on-his-luck title winner (Lescott), a weathered relegation scrapper (Gardner), a loanee from the top four with a point to prove (Wisdom) a striker we know will be awful (Samaras), a big-money signing who could just be awesome (Ideye) and Chris Baird (Baird).
Still, the losses shouldn't sting too much - Liam Ridgewell and Billy Jones were the only two of the seven players to exit the Hawthorns this summer who started over half the Baggies' Premier League matches in 2013/14. West Brom's season could depend on how well those players new to English football adapt.
18) Aston Villa
In: Aly Cissokho (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham), Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Joe Cole (West Ham), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United).
Out: Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Jordan Bowery (Rotherham), Samir Carruthers (MK Dons), Marc Albrighton (Leicester), Joe Bennett (Brighton), Janoi Donacien (Tranmere), Gary Gardner (Brighton), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Daniel Johnson (Chesterfield), Antonio Luna (Verona), Jed Steer (Doncaster), Yacouba Sylla (Erciyesspor), Aleksandar Tonev (Celtic), Nathan Delfouneso (Released).
Randy Lerner’s search for a buyer meant summer signings at Villa Park were always going to be at a premium, but boss Paul Lambert appears to have been shrewd with the resources at his disposal. A season-long loan move for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley eventually went through, while two players who had already signed on the dotted line, Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson, have made an instant impression in Villa’s promising start to the campaign. Bagging Carlos Sanchez is considered “a great coup” with the Colombia international expected to add power to the centre of midfield.
In: Ben Davies, Michel Vorm (Both Swansea), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier).
Out: Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Jake Livermore, Michael Dawson (Both Hull), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders), Zeki Fryers (Crystal Palace), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg), Sandro (QPR).
There can be little doubt this was the most uneventful summer window in the North Londoners' recent history. No key departures, no arrivals over £10m, no failed last-minute moves for unsuitable players. Spurs have bought sensibly and methodically, trimming the flabbier areas of the squad where required.
That's not to say there haven't been things for fans to get worked up about - not least the departures of popular trio Michael Dawson, Sandro and Lewis Holtby (the latter only on loan, but the signs don't look good for his future in N17). If there's one thing Spurs lack, it's creative options, and for that reason Sigurdsson - already performing well back at Swansea - could be the one they most regret letting go. The fact they seemingly haven't improved anywhere near as much as the rest of last year's top seven (perhaps with the exception of Everton) will also be a concern.
If it wasn't already clear Mauricio Pochettino's brief at his new club was to get the best from last summer's 'Magnificent Seven', it certainly is now.
In: Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Will Buckley (Brighton), Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea), Jordi Gómez (Wigan), Billy Jones (West Brom), Costel Pantilimon (Manchester City), Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes), Sebastien Coates (Liverpool)
Out: Ignacio Scocco (Newell's Old Boys), Carlos Cuéllar (Norwich), Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Jack Colback (Newcastle), Craig Gardner (West Brom), Billy Knott (Bradford), John Egan (Gillingham), Kieren Westwood (Sheff Wed), Louis Laing (Nottingham Forest), Reece Noble (Durham City), Oscar Ustari (Newell's Old Boys), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Jordan Pickford (Bradford), Scott Harrison (Hartlepool), Andrea Dossena, Jordan Laidler, Alejandro Rodriguez Gorrin, Jordan Watson (All released).
Sunderland battled relegation last season and manager Gus Poyet has moved to make sure it doesn't happen again. The Black Cats' summer signings have mostly been low-key yet subtle improvements. Jack Rodwell will hope to get his once highly-promising career back on track while Will Buckley, Pat van Aanholt and Billy Jones in particular look useful purchases. Jack Colback's move to Newcastle left a bad taste but Jordi Gomez is a decent midfielder who's looked OK in his cameo appearances to date. No deal is hugely glamorous, but Poyet will hope the signings will be enough to push Sunderland up the table. If he can get fellow countryman Sebastien Coates back to the kind of form that made him one of the world's most coveted defenders at youth level several years ago it would be a fantastic one-year loan signing.