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Premier League Transfers (M-W)

Man City have been the main protagonists in the Transfer Market this summer and here we assess the best buys from all of the M-W Premier League teams.

Man City's David Silva


 

 

Man City

City have dipped into the coffers once again this summer with the additions of Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng, Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva. Toure was a fairly important member of the Barcelona squad as he played 36 of their 76 games in the past two seasons and the team held a 9% higher PPG when he played, while Silva helped Valencia average 18% more points in the 42 appearances he made in the same time. Although Boateng was a key part of the impressive German side this summer his stats for Hamburg are actually fairly unimpressive as he played 23 of their 34 games last season with a 17% lower PPG than when he was missing. Overall for City to match Arsenal’s total of 75 points last season they’d need to improve by 12% - a feat that seems well within their grasp considering their signings.

 

Man Utd

Rio Ferdinand missed the majority of last season for United before also suffering an injury that ruled him out of the World Cup. The England captain played just 12 games last term with United earning 2.33 points per game with him – a rate that would have given them 89 points over the course of the season and with it the title. Moreover, United picked up 2.25 PPG against top-half teams with Ferdinand last seasons as opposed to just 1.71 without him.

However, it’s been quiet at Old Trafford this summer with the only signings remaining those done before the end of last season Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling, whilst no first team players have exited.

 

Newcastle

They’ve kept in place the squad that won the Championship last season and taken a punt with the additions of Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell, neither of whom have played much football in the past two seasons.

 

Spurs

There have been no major signings or departures from White Hart Lane to date and while they should have Jermaine Jenas fit this season he’s made little difference to the team in past years.

 

Stoke

The Potters have sold a couple of reserve players to Championship sides but have otherwise not entered into any business this summer.

 

Sunderland

Steve Bruce has been reunited with Titus Bramble and he’ll be hoping the former Ipswich defender can become as integral to the Sunderland defence as he was at Wigan where he missed only seven games in the past two seasons during which Wigan earned just three points.

 

West Brom

Like the majority of clubs West Brom have largely kept their money in their pockets to date as they’ve only signed Steven Reid and Boaz Myhill, although neither is likely to be a key player this season, while keeping their promotion squad together.

 

West Ham

The Hammers struggled with injuries last season as two of their more important players from the previous term Herita Ilunga and Luis Boa Morte missed the majority of the season. Ilunga missed 25 games last season and over the past two seasons when he’s played West Ham have averaged 1.21 PPG, which if they’d managed in the 25 he missed last season would have given them an extra eight points and comfortable survival. Meanwhile Boa Morte didn’t make his first appearance till the final game of the season and has played only 13 times in the past two terms, with a PPG of 1.23. Had they achieved this mark throughout last season West Ham would have finished 11th.

Their entire squad may be up for sale but so far none have gone while Thomas Hitzlsperger, Frederic Piquionne, and Tal Ben Haim have all arrived. However, neither Piquionne nor Ben Haim had much impact last season during Portsmouth’s relegation.

 

Wigan

The Latics have lost Titus Bramble to Sunderland and are yet to make any signings to replace him and given they conceded twice at home in drawing against Hull in their penultimate game and eight at Chelsea in their final match last season when Bramble was missing they could prove vulnerable this term.

 

Wolves

Mick McCarthy will be hoping that Michael Kightly can play a more active part for Wolves this season having made just two appearances last term after being a key part of their promotion year. In 2008/09 Kightly played 35 of Wolves’ 46 matches with a 38% increase in PPG when he played. Had he been able to play last season and they’d been able to replicate that improvement Wolves would have attained 52 points putting them one place above fellow promoted team Birmingham City.

Helping the Wanderers efforts this season will be Burnley’s leading scorer last season Steven Fletcher and the Hull pair of Steven Mouyokolo and Stephen Hunt. While the Tigers had better results without Mouyokolo, Hunt was undoubtedly their best player as he made 27 appearances with a PPG of 0.89 which had they replicated throughout the season would have earned them another four points – although this would not have been enough to survive.






 

 
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