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Sneaky good: Early “stars” of the Premier League

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I have a “smell test” for players who leap off the pitch when taking the eyeball test during Premier League play.

If, upon moving to advanced statistics sites for performance reviews, these players are still shining, then there’s a good chance they are as important to their club as it seems at first blush

[ MORE: Stats of Premier League wkend ]

Of course guys like Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne, and Sergio Aguero are going to pass muster. But what about some guys a bit off the radar?

Are there names the numbers say we should be watching a bit more closely, so it’s not a surprise when guys like Idrissa Gana Gueye or Sam Clucas net surprising transfer fees or international acclaim?

It seems logical, and we’ve to a pair of sites which use different algorithms to rank Premier League players and saw who turned up high in both…

Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City
WhoScored: 37th
Squawka: 1st

Paul Clement‘s side sits 14th with only two goals scored, which is possible when your backstop doesn’t allow much to beat him. Fabianski was outstanding as Swans held Spurs scoreless this weekend.

Ben Davies, Tottenham Hotspur
WhoScored: 15th
Squawka: 16th

The 24-year-old defender is averaged 3.3 key passes per game, better than everyone in the league not named Mesut Ozil, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. They aren’t defenders.

Maya Yoshida, Southampton
WhoScored: 56th
Squawka: 14th

Playing behind Oriol Romeu — and without Virgil Van Dijk — Yoshida has a goal to go with his six clearances and 3.8 aerials won per game

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Crystal Palace
WhoScored: 22nd
Squawka: 26th

The on-loan Chelsea man was wanted by Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and a number of other locations, and has thrived despite only appearing in three matches and being on a troubled team. He’s averaged 4.7 dribbles a game and has been fouled 4.3 times per match.

Christopher Schindler and Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town
WhoScored: 10th (CS), 14th (AM)
Squawka: 24th (CS), 37th (AM)

It’s possible that Town has just been an analytics darling, as Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre also have good marks, but the Terriers have conceded just three times this season in front of Jonas Lossl. These two are a big part of the limited chances faced by the keeper, and Mooy has been holding it down for a continent the last two years.

Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City
WhoScored: 11th
Squawka: 4th

His goal this weekend shows his capacity in the final third, but Otamendi has been a steady part of the defense as Pep Guardiola sorted out mercurial youngster John Stones and dealt with the health of Vincent Kompany.

Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle United
WhoScored: 35th
Squawka: 49th

His numbers may be tilted by a pair of match-winning goals for high-flying Newcastle, but the big man had to get in the box to get them.

Top Premier League story lines – Week 4

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It’s back, friends, and the Premier League’s fourth week again finds a battle of giants on the docket.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

Liverpool visits Man City as the league’s five UEFA Champions League sides eyeball their table positioning as well as European group stage debuts next week.

Elsewhere, Europa League entrants Arsenal and Everton have home matches while Swansea City’s big name signings should debut versus Rafa Benitez‘s embattled Newcastle United.


Fireworks exploding in the distance
Manchester City – Liverpool (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) STREAM ] 

Temporary towers soar Saturday at the Etihad Stadium when Pep Guardiola‘s City and Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds bid for second place or better in the Premier League. Both attack-minded sides have seven points, and harbor dreams of a title.

Both sides were hopeful of landing Virgil Van Dijk or another center back stud before Deadline Day, and this match faces the prospect of goals upon goals. Philippe Coutinho is back training for the Reds, and Klopp will have to find the best fit for his attack once the Brazilian is ready to enter the fold.

City is off to Feyenoord to start its UEFA Champions League campaign on Wednesday, the same day Liverpool hosts ex-City men Nolito, Jesus Navas, and Sevilla.

The much anticipated Emirates Stadium reception for Arsene Wenger
Arsenal – Bournemouth (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) STREAM ] 

The Gunners have one win in three matches to start the season, could not land any late transfer targets, and sold neither Alexis Sanchez nor Mesut Ozil. The #WengerOut brigade is at full throat, and who knows what’s cooking from the North London faithful as oft-rumored Wenger replacement Eddie Howe and Bournemouth hit the scene in search of its first points of the season.

Bournemouth broke Arsenal’s four-match Hex in a 3-3 draw at the Vitality Stadium in January. Could this be the day it finds love at the Emirates?

Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Early separation day for Spurs, Toffees
Everton – Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, CNBC) STREAM ] 

On form, Spurs arguably deserve to be 3-0 but have followed up their strong performance at Newcastle with poor finishing days against Chelsea and Burnley. They also can’t afford to look past the Toffees and to their Wednesday’s UCL visit from Borussia Dortmund.

The Toffees have an extra day to prepare for Europa League, where they’ll look to the road and a Thursday trip to Atalanta. Everton received very little love from the Premier League schedule makers, and now face Spurs after a draw versus Man City and a loss to Chelsea leave it level with the visitors on four points.

Chelsea’s ex-Foxes return to the King Power Stadium
Leicester City – Chelsea (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) STREAM ] 

Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante will get an interesting reception at the building where they completed one of the biggest surprises in football history, as the Blues’ engine room duo hits Leicester City. Chelsea has two wins from three matches, and would like to keep its title defense aspirations pointed in the right direction.

Breathing room, new additions welcome in Wales
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN) STREAM ] 

The similar vibes between these two clubs begins and ends with acquiring desperately needed wins before the international break. That’s because Swans had big success toward the end of the transfer window in landing a loan of Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches in addition to buying Wilfried Bony and Sam Clucas. Newcastle’s big 3-0 home win versus West Ham was burnished with… zero additions on Deadline Day. Rafa Benitez has his work cut out for him.

Every Premier League summer transfer

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What a summer.

As usual, massive names were floated all summer as potential Premier League arrivals, returns, or departures.

Some of those materialized as predicted, with Alexandre Lacazette, Alvaro Morata (above), and Mohamed Salah coming to England.

[ MORE: Latest transfer news ] 

Others, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Thomas Lemar, did not move at all.

Then there were the intra-league moves that happened or didn’t. As of post time, there are no new homes for Alexis Sanchez, Riyad Mahrez, and Diego Costa.

So who did move? Below are all the deals for each club via PremierLeague.com.

AFC Bournemouth

In
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Free Details
Nathan Ake (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details

Out
Mark Travers (Weymouth) Loan Details
Ryan Allsop (Blackpool) Loan Details
Jordan Lee (Torquay United) Loan Details
Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) Loan Details
Sam Surridge (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) Loan Details
Harry Cornick (Luton Town) Undisclosed Details
Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) Loan Details
Jordan Green (Yeovil Town) Free Details
Max Gradel (Toulouse) Loan Details
Baily Cargill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Joe Quigley (Newport County) Loan Details
Mihai Dobre (Bury) Loan Details
Matt Worthington (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Adam Federici (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details

Arsenal

In
Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) Free Details
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) Undisclosed Details

Out
Takuma Asano (Stuttgart) Loan Details
Chris Willock (Benfica) Free Details
Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg) Undisclosed Details
Marc Bola (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Dan Crowley (Willem ll) Undisclosed Details
Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Emi Martinez (Getafe) Loan Details
Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) Loan Details
Gabriel Paulista (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Ismael Bennacer (Empoli) Undisclosed Details
Savvas Mourgos (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Jon Toral (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Nwakali (VVV-Venlo) Loan 
Details
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Perez (Deportivo de La Coruna) Loan Details
Joel Campbell (Real Betis) Loan Details

Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Josh Kerr (Celtic) Undisclosed Details
Mathew Ryan (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Normann (FK Bodo/Glimt) Undisclosed Details
Izzy Brown (Chelsea) Loan Details
Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient) Undisclosed Details
Ales Mateju (Viktoria Plzen) Undisclosed Details
Davy Propper (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Soufyan Ahannach (Almere City) Undisclosed Details
Jose Izquierdo (Club Brugge) Undisclosed Details
Ezequiel Schelotto (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Newcastle United) Loan Details

Out
Elvis Manu (Genclerbirligi SK) Free Details
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Christian Walton (Wigan) Loan Details
Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Oliver Norwood (Fulham) Loan Details
Ben White (Newport County) Loan Details
Tom Dallison (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Tyler Forbes (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Kazenga LuaLua (QPR) Loan Details
Archie Davies (Whitehawk) Loan Details
Mathias Normann (Molde) Loan Details
Rohan Ince (Bury) Loan Details

Burnley

In
Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Cork (Swansea) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Adam Legzdins (Birmingham City) Undisclosed Details
Chris Wood (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Nakhi Wells (Huddersfield Town) Undisclosed Details

Out
Michael Kightly (released) Details
Joey Barton (released) Details
George Green (released) Details
R J Pingling (released) Details
Christian Hill (released) Details
Taofiq Olmowewe (released) Details
Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) End of loan Details
Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Michael Keane (Everton) Rising to £30m Details
Ntumba Massanka (Wrexham) Loan Details
Bradley Jackson (Southport) Loan Details
Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Free Details
Paul Robinson (retired) Details
Connor King (Barnoldswick Town) Loan Details
Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Chris Long (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Alex Whitmore (Bury) Loan Details
Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Conor Mitchell (Chester FC) Loan Details
Andre Gray (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Luke Hendrie (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Anderson (Port Vale) Loan Details
Daniel Agyei (Walsall) Loan Details

Chelsea

In
Willy Caballero Free Details
Antonio Rudiger (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Kylian Hazard (Ujpest) Undisclosed Details
Davide Zappacosta (Torino) Undisclosed Details
Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) Undisclosed Details

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) Free Details
Alex Kiwomya (Doncaster Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Bertrand Traore (Olympique Lyonnais) Undisclosed Details
Fankaty Dabo (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) Loan Details
Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield) Loan Details
Todd Kane (Groningen) Loan Details
Charlie Colkett (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Ola Aina (Hull City) Loan Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Marco Van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven) Loan Details
Ike Ugbo (Barnsley) Loan Details
Mukhtar Ali (Vitesse) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) Loan Details
Mason Mount (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Izzy Brown (Brighton) Loan Details
Tomas Kalas (Fulham) Loan Details
Michael Hector (Hull City) Loan Details
Jamal Blackman (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Matt Miazga (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Waasland-Beveren) Loan Details
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) Undisclosed Details
Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow) Loan Details
Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa) Loan Details
Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) Loan Details

Crystal Palace

In
Manager: Frank De Boer Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Loan Details
Jairo Riedewald (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Man Utd) Loan Details
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) $31-34 million

Out
Steve Mandanda (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Inniss (Colchester United) Loan Details

Everton

In
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) £25m Details
Davy Klaassen (Ajax) €27m Details
Nathangelo Markelo (FC Volendam) Undisclosed Details
Henry Onyekuru (Eupen) Undisclosed Details
Sandro Ramirez (Malaga) Undisclosed Details
Michael Keane (Burnley) Rising to £30m Details
Boris Mathis (Metz) Free Details
Anton Donkor (Wolfsburg) Loan Details
Josh Bowler (QPR) Undisclosed Details
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Cuco Martina (Southampton) Free Details
Lewis Gibson (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details
Nikola Vlasic (Hajduk Split) Undisclosed Details

Out
Tom Cleverley (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Russell Griffiths (Motherwell) Free 
Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) Free
Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Brendan Galloway (Sunderland) Loan Details
Tyias Browning (Sunderland) Loan Details
Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Duffus (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) Loan Details
Joe Williams (Barnsley) Loan Details
Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Gareth Barry (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Conor Grant (Crewe Alexandra) Loan Details
Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) Loan Details

Huddersfield Town

In
Laurent Depoitre (Porto) Undisclosed Details
Aaron Mooy (Man City) £8m Details
Jonas Lossl (Mainz) Loan Details
Tom Ince (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Kasey Palmer (Chelsea) Loan Details
Danny Williams (Reading) Free Details
Steve Mounie (Montpellier) Undisclosed Details
Scott Malone (Fulham) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen) Undisclosed Details
Abdelhamid Sabiri (Nurnberg) Undicslosed Details
Florent Hadergjonaj (Ingolstadt) Loan Details
Robert Green (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details

Out
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Portsmouth) Loan Details
Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Fraser Horsfall (Gateshead) Loan Details
Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale) Loan Details
Jack Payne (Oxford United) Loan Details
Mark Hudson (Retired to coach) Details
Luke Coddington (Northampton) Undisclosed Details
Sean Scannell (Burton Albion) Loan Details
Jordan Williams (Bury) Loan Details
Jason Davidson (released) Details
Nakhi Wells (Burnley) Undisclosed Details

Leicester City

In
Sam Hughes (Chester) Undisclosed Details
Harry Maguire (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Vicente Iborra (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Undisclosed Details
George Thomas (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) Loan Details

Harry Maguire of Leicester City (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Out
Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart) Undisclosed Details
Bartosz Kapustka (Freiburg) Loan Details
Callum Elder (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Tom Lawrence (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Nampalys Mendy (Nice) Loan Details
Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details


Liverpool

In
Mohamed Salah (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Chelsea) Free Details
Andrew Robertson (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details

Out
Andre Wisdom (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Fulton (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Leiva (Lazio) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Stewart (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Pedro Chirivella (Willem II) Loan Details
Connor Randall (Hearts) Loan Details
Taiwo Awoniyi (Royal Excel Mouscron) Loan Details
Shamal George (Carlisle United) Loan Details
Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) Loan Details
Allan (Apollon Limassol) Details
Ryan Kent (Freiburg) Loan Details
Sam Hart (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) $31-34 million

Manchester City

In
Bernardo Silva (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Ederson (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed Details
Douglas Luiz (Vasco De Gama) Undisclosed Details
Danilo (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) Undisclosed Details

Out
Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) Free Details
Gael Clichy (released) Details
Jesus Navas (released) Details
Willy Caballero (released) Details
Bacary Sagna (released) Details
Enes Unal (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Angus Gunn (Norwich City) Loan Details
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) £8m Details
Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town) Loan
Angelino (NAC Breda) Loan
Ruben Sobrino (Alaves) Undisclosed
Joe Coveney (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed
Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona) Undisclosed
Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) Undisclosed
Nolito (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Joe Hart (West Ham United) Loan
Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Aleix Garcia (Girona) Loan Details
Douglas Luiz (Girona) Loan Details
Marlos Moreno (Girona) Loan Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester) Undisclosed Details
Fernando (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Brandon Barker (Hibernian) Loan
Samir Nasri (Antalyaspor) Undisclosed Details
Patrick Roberts (Celtic) Loan
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan Details
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

Manchester United

In
Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Unattached) Free Details

Lukaku  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Out
Josh Harrop (Preston North End) Free Details
Regan Poole (Northampton) Loan Details
Wayne Rooney (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury) Loan Details
Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed Details
Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Devonte Redmond (Scunthorpe United) Loan Details
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds) Loan Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Guillermo Varela (Penarol) Undisclosed Details
Matty Willock (Utrecht) Loan Details

Newcastle United

In
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Florian Lejeune (Eibar) Undisclosed Details
Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal) Free Details
Josef Yarney (Everton) Free Details
Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund) Loan Details
Joselu (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys) Undisclosed Details
Matz Sels (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Haris Vuckic (FC Twente) Undisclosed Details
Lubomir Satka (DAC 1904) Free Details
Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) Free Details
Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Heardman (Bury) Loan Details
Adam Armstrong (Bolton) Loan Details
Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe Spor Kulubu) Free Details
Sean Longstaff (Blackpool) Loan Details
Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Lewis Gibson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Emmanuel Riviere (Metz) Undisclosed Details
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) Loan Details
Siem De Jong (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Grant Hanley (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Brighton & Hove Albion) Loan Details
Achaf Lazaar (Benevento Calcio) Loan Details

Southampton

In
Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino Details
Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan) Undisclosed Details
Mario Lemina (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Jack Rose (Unattached) Free Details
Wesley Hoedt (Lazio) Undisclosed Details

Out
Manager: Claude Puel Details
Cuco Martina (released) Details
Lloyd Isgrove (released) Details
Harley Willard (released) Details
Martin Caceres (released) Details
Jason McCarthy (Barnsley) Undisclosed Details
Jay Rodriguez (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Harrison Reed (Norwich) Loan Details
Harry Lewis (Dundee United) Loan Details
Ryan Seager (MK Dons) Loan Details
Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Paulo Gazzaniga (Spurs) Undisclosed Details
Jordy Clasie (Club Brugge) Loan Details

Stoke City

In
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) Free Details
Josh Tymon (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Tre Pemberton (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) Loan Details
Eric Maxwell Choupo-Moting (Schalke) Undisclosed Details
Bruno Martins Indi (Porto) €7.7m Details
Jese (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan Details
Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur) £18m Details

Stoke’s Jese (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Out
Daniel Bachmann (released) Details
Shay Given (released) Details
Liam Edwards (released) Details
Harry Isted (released) Details
Joel Taylor (released) Details
George Waring (released) Details
Jonathan Walters (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) £1.25m Details
Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Burnley) £750,000 Details
Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Marc Muniesa (Girona) Loan Details
Joselu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Philipp Wollscheid (Metz) Free Details
Giannelli Imbula (Toulouse) Loan Details
Bojan Krkic (Alaves) Loan Details

Swansea City

In
Erwin Mulder (Heerenveen) Free Details
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) Loan Details
Roque Mesa (Las Palmas) £11m Details
Marc Walsh (Finn Harps) Details
Cian Harries (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Baker-Richardson (Leamington FC) Undisclosed Details
Sam Clucas (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Bainbridge (Unattached) Free Details
Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) Loan Details
Steven Benda (1860 Munich) Undisclosed Details
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Gerhard Tremmel (released) Details
Marvin Emnes (released) Details
Liam Shephard (released) Details
Josh Vickers (released) Details
Owain Jones (released) Details
Tom Dyson (released) Details
Tom Holland (released) Details
Alex Samuel (Stevenage) Undisclosed Details
Franck Tabanou (released) Details
Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Daniel James (Shrewsbury Town) Loan Details
Borja Baston (Malaga) Loan Details
Jordi Amat (Real Betis) Loan Details
Jack Cork (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Connor Roberts (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Modou Barrow (Reading) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Botti Biabi (Hamilton Academical) Loan Details
Mark Birighetti (NAC Breda) Undisclosed Details
Oli McBurnie (Barnsley) Loan Details
Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed Details

Tottenham Hotspur

In 
Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton) Undisclosed Details
Davinson Sanchez (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Juan Foyth (Estudiantes) Undisclosed Details
Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain) Undisclosed Details
Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) Loan Details
Luke Mcgee (Portsmouth) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details
Federico Fazio (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Clinton Njie (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Tom Glover (Central Coast Mariners) Loan Details
Anton Walkes (Atlanta United) Loan Details
Joshua Onomah (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City) £18m Details

Watford

In
Head coach: Marco Silva Details
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Will Hughes (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Daniel Bachmann (Stoke) Free Details
Kiko Femenia (Alaves) Free Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Richarlison (Fluminense) Undisclosed Details
Andre Gray (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Andre Carrillo (Benfica) Loan Details
Orestis Karnezis (Udinese) Loan Details
Marvin Zeegelaar (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Molla Wague (Udinese) Loan Details

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Dennon Lewis (Crawley Town) Loan Details
Mario Suarez (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng) Undisclosed Details
Obbi Oulare (Royal Antwerp) Loan Details
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) Undisclosed Details
Juan Carlos Paredes (Released) Details
Giedrius Arlauskis (Released) Details
Valon Behrami (Udinese) Undisclosed Details

West Bromwich Albion

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Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) Undisclosed Details
Yuning Zhang (Vitesse Arnhem) Undisclosed Details
Ben Pierce Details
Ahmed Hegazi (Al Ahly) Loan Details
Gareth Barry (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Oliver Burke (Red Bull Leipzig) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan Details

AFC Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, left, an dWest Bromwich Albion’s Jay Rodriguez (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

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Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) Free Details
Sebastien Pocognoli (Standard Liege) Free
Yuning Zhang (Werder Bremen) Loan Details
Shaun Donnellan (Walsall) Loan Details
Ethan Ross (Redditch United) Loan Details
Tyler Roberts (Walsall) Loan Details
Jonathan Leko (Bristol City) Loan Details
Kane Wilson (Exeter City) Loan Details
Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) Loan Details
Rekeem Harper (Blackburn Rovers) Details

West Ham United

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Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Free Details
Joe Hart (Manchester City) Loan Details
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) Undisclosed Details
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) £16m Details
Sead Haksabanovic (Halmstads) Undisclosed Details

Out 
Jonathan Calleri (Deportivo Maldonado) End of loan Details
Gokhan Tore (Besiktas) End of loan Details
Alvaro Arbeloa (released) Details
Sam Howes (released) Details
Sam Ford (released) Details
Kyle Knoyle (released) Details
Sam Westley (released) Details
Havard Nordtveit (Hoffenheim) Undisclosed Details
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan Details
Raphael Spiegel (released) Details
Stephen Hendrie (released) Details
Enner Valencia (Tigres UANL) Undisclosed Details
George Dobson (Sparta Rotterdam) Undisclosed Details
Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough) £5m Details
Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) £6.5m Details
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) Loan Details

PL Playback: Hot takes on all 20 teams

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Are you ready for some flaming hot takes on all 20 Premier League teams after the first three games of the season?

I can hear you screaming “heck yeah” from here.

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Inspired by a question I asked you all on Sunday given the upcoming two-week long (it feels like two years, but whatever) international break, I sum up the mood in three words on each team following their opening three games of the season.

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Get involved in the comments section below to sum up in three words how you feel about how your team has started the 2017-18 campaign.


ArsenalArsene Wenger Out

Self explanatory but somehow we keep arriving at this point. The dramatic opening day win against Leicester showed that there was spirit there, but the shock loss at Stoke was followed up by a demoralizing 4-0 thumping at Liverpool. Not long until we see the “Wenger Out” banners return just a few months into his new two-year deal. Not all his fault, but the situation regarding star players Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and many others having just 12 months left on their contracts is a huge distraction. Wenger’s tactics have also been a huge reason why Arsenal has lost two of their opening three games. Some things never change.

Bournemouth – Surprisingly lackluster attack

Just one goal in their opening three games says it all. Eddie Howe‘s side have lost all three games so far and although they showed plenty of attacking intent against Manchester City, they succumbed to a devastating last-minute winner from Raheem Sterling. Jermain Defoe doesn’t look fully-fit and the Cherries must stop conceding sloppy goals. Far from an ideal start as their attacking unit doesn’t look well-oiled at all.

Brighton & Hove Albion – Need new striker

Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed will get goals but probably not enough to keep Brighton in the Premier League. The Seagulls lost their first two games without really threatening Man City and Leicester but that was a real baptism of fire. They then drew 0-0 at Watford which isn’t a bad result, but the home side were down to 10-men early on. Brighton hit the woodwork twice in that game and they have yet to score in the PL. A new striker in the final days of the window is a must for Chris Hughton‘s well-organized side to give themselves a chance of staying up this season.

Burnley – Same old scrappers

Beating Chelsea on the opening day was a superb result and although they lost at home to West Brom the week after, the Clarets hung in there at Wembley and grabbed a late point against Totttenham in Week 3 thanks to new signing Chris Wood. Sean Dyche has sold Andre Gray and Michael Keane but has invested wisely and Burnley seem like they’re set for another season of midtable mediocrity. That will suit them very nicely.

Chelsea – Crisis almost over

With a horrible preseason, the Diego Costa situation hanging around, Eden Hazard injured and reports of Antonio Conte growing frustrated with a lack of new signings, losing in the FA Community Shield and then to Burnley on the opening day saw the reigning champs labelled a “crisis club” by many. They’ve rebounded magnificently since then with a gutsy win against Tottenham at Wembley and then they beat Everton convincingly to suggest Alvaro Morata can grab the goals they need to launch another title bid. A few more convincing wins and Chelsea will be everyone’s favorites to win the title again.

Crystal PalaceFrank De Boer

Reports state that the Dutchman could be fired after three games in charge. That says it all. De Boer, 47, has tried to usher in an attractive style of play which focuses on possession from the back. The only problem is, this is a squad assembled by a merchant of the direct game in Sam Allardyce and the players at FDB’s disposal don’t appear to be capable of carrying out his plans. With a nightmare run of games coming up in September and October, the pressure is already on Palace who seem set for another relegation scrap.

Everton – Close to exciting

One more striker away from really threatening the top four. Ronald Koeman will be working hard in the final days of the window after Everton have just two goals to their name through the opening three games and both have come from Wayne Rooney. The arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson and several others have significantly strengthened Everton’s starting XI but they are a top striker away from having a superb season in the PL and Europe.

Huddersfield Town – The new darlings

Seven points from their opening three games means everyone has a new favorite second club in the PL. Like Iceland at EURO 2016, Wichita State most years in the NCAA tournament or Bournemouth in previous PL seasons, everybody wants Huddersfield to do well except when they’re club is playing against them. David Wagner has created a wonderful team spirit among the players and fans and the John Smith’s Stadium is a fortress. A relegation battle is likely but the Terriers will have most people rooting for them.

Leicester City – Foxes sometimes quit

Craig Shakespeare has made some very good signings over the summer with center back Harry Maguire looking like an absolute steal. However, his arrival hasn’t solved Leicester’s defensive issues as they conceded four at Arsenal and two against Manchester United. Late mistakes in both of those games cost the Foxes points and suggests that they sometimes lose focus. Going forward the duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez seem back to their best. Midtable.

Liverpool – Full throttle football

What a start for Jurgen Klopp‘s side who breezed into the UEFA Champions League group stage, then celebrated by battering Arsenal 4-0 in the Premier League. Seven points to open up the season is a very good return but there have been signs that defensive issues remain. Klopp will likely be busy in the final days of the window but the fact Philippe Coutinho‘s potential departure won’t ruin their season says it all. Mane, Salah and Firmino have been sublime. Now, can they do it against the lesser teams in the PL?

Manchester City – Defensive flaws remain

Pep Guardiola‘s men have shown fighting spirit to grab a late point against Everton when down to 10-men and then seal a dramatic win at Bournemouth following their opening day win at Brighton. Still, defensive issues are a little concerning for City and Pep is finding it hard to keep both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus happy. That said, City looked better balanced than last season and goalkeeper Ederson already looks like a big upgrade. They’ve spent big but what happens if Vincent Kompany gets injured?

Manchester United – Horses roam free

A stunning start to the season from Jose Mourinho who has exclaimed he simply “let’s the horses run freely” late in games. 10 goals scored and none conceded with three wins from three has seen United put down a marker and the easier games keep on rolling after the break. United have big challenges ahead but Romelu Lukaku is scoring, Nemanja Matic is holding down the midfield and Paul Pogba is already looking influential in attack. The Red Devils are rampant.

Newcastle United – Hope springs eternal

After two defeats and zero goals to open the season there was plenty of doom and gloom around St James’ Park with talk continuing about Rafael Benitez potentially leaving as struggles in the transfer market continued. Cue a 3-0 win against West Ham as the Magpies pulverized the Hammers to instill fresh hope among the Geordie faithful that this is their year. Plenty of work to be done but Newcastle seem to have plenty of attacking weapons who can hurt opponents.

Southampton – Everything but goals

Saints have been in the top six of the PL in terms of shots attempted,average possession and passes but one thing remains tough for the South Coast club: scoring goals. Mauricio Pellegrino has brought back high-pressing to Saints but 0-0 draws against Swansea City and Huddersfield shows the same issues as last season remain. Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin will get Southampton goals but taking chances in key areas remains a big problem. Once it clicks, Saints should be set for another top 10 finish.

Stoke City – Solid and steady

An opening day defeat against Everton was a close run thing and then a 1-0 win against Arsenal kicked off their home campaign in style. Jese and Choupo-Moting seem like inspired acquisitions and Mark Hughes‘ men will be a lot more solid this season with Jack Butland fit and a new 3-4-3 formation getting the best out of their players. Expect another top 10 finish from the Potters.

Swansea City – Recovering from Sigurdsson

The Swans had a rough offseason with Gylfi Sigurdsson finally moving on for $63 million to Everton last week. Paul Clement will make some more key additions in the final days of the window with Wilfried Bony close to a Swans return and Sam Clucas already seeming like a great buy. A win away at Palace was vital and four points from seven isn’t a disaster all things considered. Important final few days of the transfer window ahead.

Tottenham Hotspur – Wembley jinx remains

What is going on for Spurs at Wembley? They dominated both Burnley and Chelsea both walked away from their first two PL games at Wembley with one point after late goals for their opponents in each game. The Wembley jinx remains and so does Harry Kane‘s as he’s never scoring in August. He has now gone 13 games without a goal in the month and Spurs will be hoping things settle down for their main man in September. Tottenham will be challenging for a top four spot but need a win at Wembley ASAP to get rid of their supposed hoodoo.

Watford – Signs of progress

Marco Silva has quietly gone about his rebuild of the Hornets and they are unbeaten after three games with an impressive draw against Liverpool kicking things off. Watford seem more dynamic in attack with Richarlison and Andre Gray and a little more organized too as Nathaniel Chalobah pulls the strings in midfield. Watford will be pushing for the top 10 this season.

West Bromwich Albion – Same old Pulis

Seven points from nine and Tony Pulis is at it again. His team are scoring goals from set piece situations and have only conceded once this season so far. The situation surrounding captain Jonny Evans with a potential move to Man City is worrying, but Jay Rodriguez adds a cutting-edge up top. Expect West Brom to get to 40 points early in the season and then it is all about mental focus to see what is possible.

West Ham United – Nightmare via experience

Slaven Bilic‘s future is reportedly up in the air after the Hammers spent big in the offseason but have lost all three games away from home. Without any games at the London Stadium due to the World Championships athletics, it was tough for West Ham to be on the road three times to open up the new season but they have conceded 10 goals and scored just twice through Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. With Marko Arnautovic sent off for a silly elbow in their second game, plus mistakes from Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart, experience is not proving valuable after a nightmare start for the Hammers.

Premier League Playback comes out every week as PST’s Lead Writer and Editor takes an alternative look at all the action from the weekend. Read the full archive, here

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham complete signing of Sanchez, Clucas joins Swansea

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Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.

The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.

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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.

It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.

Here’s some more transfer news from across England:

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