Premier League transfer window grades


The summer transfer window has been absolutely bonkers and now it’s time to take stock of which Premier League clubs have done the best business.

That’s right, it’s time to dust off the old gradebook.

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Below we dish out a grade for every Premier League team based on their business this summer, as some teams have managed to navigate the ins and outs of the transfer market really well.

Others? Well, it has been a struggle for some but plenty of managers will be happy to have kept hold of their superstars (ahem, Harry Kane)… for now.

[ MORE: Full list of every PL deal this summer ]

With squads now set until January 1, all 20 Premier League teams have assembled their rosters and it’s going to be intriguing to see how they fare in the coming months.

Premier League summer transfer window grades

Arsenal: D

What a really bizarre transfer window for the Gunners. You can see what Mikel Arteta and Edu are trying to do, but spending close to $200 million on new players is a huge investment and puts a lot of pressure on the young shoulders of Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Albert Sambi Lokonga. Arsenal moved on a few big earners to balance the books but given their poor start to the season, this was a poor window. It seems like they just kept signing players that nobody else particularly wanted, and they paid big money to do so. Let’s see how this experiment goes…

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Aston Villa: B+

After losing star man and club captain Jack Grealish for $137 million to Manchester City over a release clause they never thought would be met, it could have been a disastrous summer for Villa. They’ve turned it around wonderfully and signed Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey to totally reshape their attack. Villa look stronger for it and Axel Tuanzebe also gives them extra cover at center back. Overall, a good window.

Brentford: B-

The new boys spent big on a couple of key additions, for them, and they continue to look closely at advanced stats when it comes to signing players. Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic looks like a great addition at center back, while Frank Onyeka has hit the ground running in midfield. Do they have enough experience to compete in the Premier League? So far, it looks like they’ll surprise plenty of PL teams this season. Keeping hold of Ivan Toney was key and he never really looked like leaving.

Burnley: C-

A late flurry of deals has seen the Clarets rescue their window a little, as Maxwell Cornet, Connor Roberts and Nathan Collins have all arrived. Sean Dyche has always gone for solid additions who can challenge for a starting spot and left back Cornet is a very exciting addition, while Roberts will also add extra cover. Burnley probably needed a little more business to be done in attack though.

Brighton and Hove Albion: C

The Seagulls have been pretty quiet in the window and they were keen to keep hold of striker Neal Maupay who was linked with Everton. Brighton have added Enock Mwepu and Marc Cucurella but Graham Potter probably would have surely wanted more of the Ben White cash to spend on players (read: forwards) who can help his first team now.

Chelsea: B+

Romelu Lukaku was the big offseason arrival and that was exactly what Chelsea needed to turn them into one of the favorites to win the Premier League this season. The $135 million they spent to re-sign Lukaku looks like a bit of a bargain already, and given how many players they’ve moved on for big money fees, the Blues continue to do incredible business in the transfer market. A summer of freshening up their squad and focusing on key players has left Thomas Tuchel’s side in a very strong position, and they clearly want to add a new center back (likely Jules Kounde) soon. Adding Saul Niguez on deadline day was huge too.

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Crystal Palace: C

The Eagles needed to do a lot of business and it feels like they haven’t done quite enough. Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi are good additions at center back and so too is Conor Gallagher on loan from Chelsea in midfield. Late in the window they moved for Odsonne Edouard, which is a good move, as their need for more firepower is clear for all to see. Patrick Vieira would have liked more depth in this squad but he has been able to add quality.

Everton: C

Some good bargain buys from Rafael Benitez as Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend came in. The Toffees will be delighted they kept hold of Richarlison, who was linked with a move to some European giants. Benitez has a very solid squad and has trimmed it nicely.

Leeds United: C

Daniel James was their big money arrival this summer and he is a very Marcelo Bielsa type of player. Aside from that, Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Harrison (now permanently) and Raphinha are all still around and that is a big win for Leeds. They could have probably done with some extra defenders given all of their injuries, but Junior Firpo in at left back will help with that.

Leicester City: B+

A very decent window for the Foxes. They didn’t lose any of their big players and Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand, Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare and Ademola Lookman (loan) have all arrived and their squad looks a lot stronger for it. Brendan Rodgers’ boys are ready to go far in Europe and push for the top four, once again.

Liverpool: C

Ibrahima Konate arrived early, and that was it. Liverpool locked down Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson to new long-term contracts and they sold plenty of fringe players this summer. A quiet summer, but Jurgen Klopp has key men back from injury.

Manchester City: C+

They signed Jack Grealish for a record Premier League fee, which was huge, but not bringing in a top striker will have hurt their pride. They chased Harry Kane, hard, but couldn’t get it anywhere near being over the line and a late deal for Cristiano Ronaldo never really seemed likely. A decent window, but City are still searching for a new striker and surely they will be doing all they can to bring Erling Haaland to the Etihad Stadium next summer.

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Manchester United: A

What. A. Window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and then somehow Cristiano Ronaldo, as United have more quality and experience and their squad is no doubt stronger than it was at the end of last season. Ronaldo’s arrival pushes their grade from a B+ to an A, and the only thing which could have improved the grade is a new holding midfielder or getting Paul Pogba to sign a new contract.

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Newcastle United: D-

Pretty underwhelming. Steve Bruce’s side brought in Joe Willock from Arsenal permanently following his amazing loan spell, and that was about it. Bruce will have wanted more than this. A lot more.

Norwich City: B+

A very good window for the Canaries as Billy Gilmour adds class in midfield after arriving from Chelsea on loan, while Josh Sargent, Dimitris Giannoulis, Milot Rashica and Pierre Lees-Melou add quality in attack. Norwich haven’t spent big. That isn’t how they roll. But they look better equipped to stay up this season.

Southampton: C+

They got good money for Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard who had just 11 months left on their contracts, but it was still a huge blow to lose both. Especially Ings. Saints have brought in plenty of young players and Tino Livramento looks like being a real bargain. Adam Armstrong looks like a handful and should score double figures too. A solid enough window and Ralph Hasenhuttl has a bigger squad to work with this season so there should be no second half slump.

Tottenham Hotspur: B

Of course the big news of the window was keeping Harry Kane. Daniel Levy stood firm and with three years left on his contract, Kane wasn’t going to leave for anything less than $225 million. Man City weren’t going to pay that. Nuno Espirito Santo has also added a few key defenders in Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal, while Bryan Gil is an exciting young prospect. Overall, a much better window than Spurs expected.

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Watford: C+

Some nice additions, especially in Juraj Kucka, Dennis Emmanuel, Moussa Sissoko and bringing back Cucho Hernandez from his loan spells. But will this be enough to give the Hornets a fighting chance to stay up? Watford have a bit more experience in their squad, but they probably needed some extra help in defense.

West Ham United: B

Very good finish to the window for David Moyes’ side as silky Croatian playmaker Nikola Vlasic and Czech holding mid Alex Kral arrived on deadline day with Kurt Zouma coming in at center back a few days earlier. West Ham went for quality over quantity with their summer signings. Keeping hold of Declan Rice was the main aim for West Ham this summer and their squad looks pretty strong heading into a busy Europa League campaign. Could they have signed another striker to back up Antonio?

Wolverhampton Wanderers: D

Not the best window for Wolves. Signed some good young players led by Francisco Trincao (loan) and brought in Jose Sa in goal to replace Rui Patricio who moved to AS Roma. With Raul Jimenez just coming back and Adama Traore linked with a move away, do they have enough options in attack to hurt teams?

England vs Ukraine: How to watch live, team news, updates


England host Ukraine in a UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier at Wembley with an extremely emotional atmosphere expected in London.

[ LIVE: EURO 2024 qualifying scores – England vs Ukraine ]

As the war rages on across Ukraine following the Russia invasion just over a year ago, the United Kingdom have been one of Ukraine’s key partners in the fight against Russian forces.

The English Football Association have given away close to 1,000 free tickets to Ukrainians (and their sponsor families from the UK) who were forced to flee their country and resettle with families in the UK. Over 4,200 Ukraine fans will be in the away end at Wembley amid a sea of blue and yellow and you can expect plenty of mutual respect and support from fans of both countries towards each other. This match is Ukraine’s first of 2023, as they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup after losing to Wales in a playoff last summer.

[ MORE: Full EURO 2024 qualifying schedule, standings ]

England beat Italy 2-1 in Naples on Thursday as Harry Kane became their all-time leading goalscorer with his 54th goal for the Three Lions and they held on after going 2-0 up as Luke Shaw’s red card with 10 minutes to go complicated matters. Gareth Southgate’s young side are developing but will they be able to finally win a major tournament?

They have to qualify for the Euros in Germany next summer first, but a first win away in Italy since 1961 was a great start to this qualifying campaign.

Here’s everything you need for England vs Ukraine.

How to watch England vs Ukraine live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 12pm ET, Sunday (March 26)
Updates: Via
Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London

Key storylines, in-form players

The last time this nations met England ran out 4-0 winners in the quarterfinals of EURO 2020. They will be the heavy favorites in this game but Ukraine should not be underestimate as the No. 26 ranked team in the world have the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Mykhailo Mudryk and Vitalii Mykolenko all playing in the Premier League.

England’s forwards ran riot in the first half against Italy with Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka sensational, plus Jude Bellingham’s driving runs from midfield give this Three Lions side an extra dimension. There is more creativity and cutting edge about this England side compared to recent years and it feels like they are ready to win something. There will be a ceremony before this game to honor Harry Kane becoming England’s all-time goalscorer as he passed Wayne Rooney with his goal in Italy on Thursday.

England team news, lineup options

Luke Shaw will be suspended for this game after his red card in Italy, so Kieran Trippier or Ben Chilwell will come in at left back. It is likely Jordan Henderson will come in for Kalvin Phillips in midfield, while Phil Foden could start over Jack Grealish out wide. Reece James and Conor Gallagher could also come into the team as Bellingham limped off towards the end of England’s win against Italy.

Ukraine team news, lineup options

Andriy Yarmolenko (three goals away from equalling Andriy Shevchenko as Ukraine’s all-time leading scorer) has been struggling with a hamstring injury so he may start on the bench, while Bournemouth’s Ilya Zabarnyi and Shakhtar’s Oleksandr Zubkov are both out. Yevhen Konoplyanka and Roman Yaremchuk offer real quality in attack, while Zinchenko is the heartbeat of this Ukraine side.

EURO 2024 qualification live! EURO qualifiers schedule, updates, standings


EURO 2024 qualifying is here, and you’re in the right spot for groups, fixtures, and results.

Italy outlasted England in penalty kicks to win EURO 2020 and is bidding to become the first repeat winner since Spain in 2008 and 2012.

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England is still seeking its first European Championship and will be favored to emerge from Group C with aforementioned Italy as well as Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta.

Netherlands and France are also in a spicy group that has dark horse Republic of Ireland and former champions Greece, as well as Gibraltar.

[ MORE: Live scores, updates, standings from EURO 2024 qualifying ]

A number of nations have guaranteed themselves no worse than a playoff spot due to their performances in the UEFA Nations League: Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Georgia, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia, Kazakhstan.

EURO 2024 qualifying schedule

Thursday, March 23

Kazakhstan 1-2 Slovenia
Slovakia 0-0 Luxembourg
Italy 1-2 England – Video, player ratings as Kane breaks Rooney record
Denmark 3-1 Finland
Portugal 4-0 Liechtenstein
San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland
North Macedonia 2-1 Malta
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Iceland

Friday, March 24

Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro
Gibraltar 0-3 Greece
Moldova 1-1 Faroe Islands
Serbia 2-0 Lithuania
Austria 4-1 Azerbaijan
Sweden 0-3 Belgium
Czech Republic 3-1 Poland
France 4-0 Netherlands

Saturday, March 25

Scotland 3-0 Cyprus
Israel 1-1 Kosovo
Armenia 1-2 Turkey
Belarus 0-5 Switzerland
Spain 3-0 Norway
Croatia 1-0 Wales
Andorra 0-2 Romania

Sunday, March 26

Kazakhstan vs Denmark — 9am ET
England vs Ukraine — Noon ET
Liechtenstein vs Iceland — Noon ET
Slovenia vs San Marino — Noon ET
Slovakia vs Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2:45pm ET
Northern Ireland vs Finland — 2:45pm ET
Luxembourg vs Portugal — 2:45pm ET
Malta vs Italy — 2:45pm ET

Monday, March 27

Montenegro vs Serbia — 2:45pm ET
Netherlands vs Gibraltar — 2:45pm ET
Poland vs Albania — 2:45pm ET
Austria vs Estonia — 2:45pm ET
Sweden vs Azerbaijan — 2:45pm ET
Moldova vs Czech Republic — 2:45pm ET
Hungary vs Bulgaria — 2:45pm ET
Republic of Ireland vs France — 2:45pm ET

Tuesday, March 28

Georgia vs Norway — Noon ET
Wales vs Latvia — 2:45pm ET
Romania vs Belarus — 2:45pm ET
Switzerland vs Israel — 2:45pm ET
Kosovo vs Andorra — 2:45pm ET
Turkey vs Croatia — 2:45pm ET
Scotland vs Spain — 2:45pm ET

EURO 2024 qualifying standings

Group A


Group B

Republic of Ireland

Group C

North Macedonia

Group D


Group E

Czech Republic
Faroe Islands

Group F


Group G


Group H

Northern Ireland
San Marino

Group I


Group J

Bosnia and Herzegovina

USMNT kicks off 2026 World Cup cycle with 7-1 win in Grenada


The USMNT scored early and often, as they cruised to a 7-1 victory over Grenada in CONCACAF Nations League action in St. George’s on Friday.

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The victory puts the USMNT (7 points) atop Group D with one game left to play, against El Salvador (5 points – 2nd place) on Monday.

The Yanks got on the board in the 4th minute, and it was a sensational cross from Christian Pulisic which found Ricardo Pepi atop the six-yard box. Pepi used the considerable pace on Pulisic’s cross to head the ball down and out of goalkeeper Jason Belfon’s reach.

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Brenden Aaronson made it 2-0 in the 21st minute, as the Leeds attacker received the ball atop the 18-yard box, turned into open space and cut inside before firing a right-footed finish hard and low to the near post.

Weston McKennie made it 3-0 just after the half-hour mark, as he smashed an off-balance, left-footed volley home after his initial header on Pulisic’s free kick was blocked. Two minutes after Myles Hippolyte fired a laser past Matt Turner (a minute after McKennie’s first goal), the recently acquired Leeds midfielder struck again to make it 4-1, applying the final touch after Auston Trusty headed the ball down after another free kick from Pulisic.

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The USMNT jumped on Grenada just as quickly when the second half began, with Pulisic putting his name on the scoresheet in the 49th minute. Luca de la Torre found Pulisic cutting in from the left wing, and the ball somehow found its way past Belfon for 5-1.

Four minutes later, De la Torre played a slightly trickier through ball to spring Pepi in behind the Grenadine defense, and Pepi made no mistake with his one-on-one chance against Belfon. Pepi, who is currently on loan to Groningen from Augsburg, waited for the goalkeeper to go down one way and coolly slotted the ball the other way.

Alejandro Zendejas, who recently elected to represent the USMNT internationally, became cap-tied to the USMNT when he came off the bench in the 64th minute. Eight minutes later, the 25-year-old winger got his first senior international goal.

Start of a new World Cup cycle = a clean slate

For all intents and purposes, the USMNT kicked off the 2026 World Cup cycle on Friday, with the first team reconvening for the first time since the 2022 tournament in Qatar. A new World Cup cycle means brand new opportunities for new players, and a fresh start for those who didn’t get the starts or appearances that they thought they should have.

The net will be cast far and wide as the rest of 2023 sees the USMNT (likely) head to the finals of the Nations League and then the Gold Cup, with a handful of players seemingly coming from out of nowhere to claim consistent call-ups ahead of Copa America 2024 (on U.S. soil once again). There will be even more opportunities than usual for fringe players to make a case, with the Yanks automatically qualifying for the 2026 tournament as hosts.

What’s next?

The USMNT will host El Salvador in a winner-take-all Group D finale on Monday (7:30 pm ET), at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. The group winner will qualify for the finals (four teams) of the 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League (June 15-18) as well as the 2023 Gold Cup (June 24-July 16); the group runners-up will also qualify for this summer’s Gold Cup.

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How to watch Grenada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8pm ET, Friday (March 24)
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium, St. George’s
TV in English: TNT
TV/streaming en Español: Universo/Peacock

[ LIVE: CONCACAF Nations League scores – Grenada vs USMNT ]

USMNT squad

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergino Dest (AC Milan), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juarez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the general manager (Brian McBride) and sporting director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

[ MORE: USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams ]

As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — Won 7-1 | Recap & highlights + Player ratings
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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