With the summer transfer window now shut, it’s time to let football do the talking as the Premier League gets ready to kick-off all over again.
Clubs from the top flight were desperately scrambling around for some last-minute signings on Thursday before the 5pm deadline, while others were trying to offload players to cut down their squads.
But what club spend their money wisely, and who had a nightmare of a summer? Here is a look at at the winners and loser from the 2018 summer transfer window. How did your team do?
After Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final at the end of last season, the club acted quickly to back up their achievements and realise this could now be their time to pounce.
The big-name signings of Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri will all bring plenty of quality going forward as they look to compete with Manchester City in the Premier League, despite finishing a whole 25 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side.
Jurgen Klopp has addressed Liverpool’s biggest issue by bringing in a world-class proven goalkeeper in Brazil international Alisson, while adding steel to the midfield in signing Keita and Fabinho. The arrival of Shaqiri adds even more squad depth.
With the deadly Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino up front at Anfield, an impact substitute of Shaqiri is really not a bad one to have.
With the attacking talent they have at their disposal, mixed with their steel and work-rate in midfield and defence, they are likely to run City closest this upcoming campaign.
Usually for most newly-promoted Premier League teams, the summer is all about making signings that will keep you up in the top flight. But for Fulham, they have much bigger thoughts running through their minds.
Slavisa Jokanovic has brought in plenty of quality to the team, including the likes of Jean Michael Seri, who was previously close to joining Barcelona, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andre Schurrle.
But it’s not just going forward where they have impressively bolstered their ranks. In defence, the Craven Cottage outfit have acquired the services of England hopeful Alfie Mawson, Maxime Le Marchand and Calum Chambers – on loan from Arsenal for the season.
Fulham have smartly addressed all areas of the pitch and aren’t lacking strength in depth.
Before the window opened, many fans would have been hoping just to remain in the Premier League but now with the window shut, they will be looking onwards and upwards.
TWolves eased into the Premier League last season, finishing nine points clear of Cardiff in second. And their mindset going into their first top flight campaign since 2011-12, will be to see how high they can finish.
They have captured some high quality pedigree and talent, such as Joao Moutinho, goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Jonny Castro Otto.
And on deadline day, Wolves also added Leander Dendoncker on loan ahead of a £12m permanent deal next summer.
With Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm, the Molineux outfit could well have a season to remember due to their strength in depth and real quality on the pitch.
Wolves play with flair and skill and could really cause Premier League defences a host of problems during the 2018-19 campaign. Watch out for them.
Everton enjoyed an extremely late flurry in the transfer window, signing Bernard on a free, and capturing Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes (loan) from Barcelona on deadline day.
After a slow start to their summer business, the Toffees gathered momentum by bringing in Watford winger Richarlison and Barcelona’s Lucas Digne earlier in the summer.
They have strengthened at centre back, perhaps where they needed it most after shipping in a massive 58 goals last season.
And they have added class going forward, bringing in a playmaker in Gomes, flair in Bernard and pace in Richarlison.
Everton may have had high hopes going into last season following a busy summer in 2017 but now under Marco Silva’s fresh leadership, they will be looking to close the gap on the top six.
The Hammers have had a very busy and efficient summer and their fans are rightly excited about the new season following the disappointment of last term.
Manuel Pellegrini took over from David Moyes and has acted very quickly to get what he wanted, bringing in a number of stellar names, such as Felipe Anderson for £40m and Jack Wilshere, who joined from Arsenal on a free.
The Chilean has also added fellow forward-thinking players Andriy Yarmolenko and Lucas Perez, who both have the quality to hurt defences in England.
West Ham have also addressed their back line by bringing in Ryan Fredericks from Fulham, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena. And the arrival of the experienced Lukasz Fabianski in goal will help shore up proceedings at the back.
After fending off relegation last season, they will be eyeing a place within the top 10. However, with so many signings made, it may take time for them to gel.
Tottenham remarkably made no signings during the summer transfer window.
Perhaps financial constraints have started to creep in at Tottenham now with their new stadium close to completion ahead of the return of the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side finished third last season and would have been hoping to push on domestically as they enter their new era at the new ground.
And with their Premier League rivals all strengthening, Tottenham may struggle to keep up with the pace as they look to secure another top four finish.
One silver lining for Pochettino and Spurs is that they managed to keep hold of their star players, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele.
Jose Mourinho struggles to raise a smile at the best of times but his mood is set to get far worse following what has been a tough and frustrating summer for him.
United started off strongly in the window, bringing in Brazil international Fred for £52m and Diogo Dalot for £17.4m but since then, no more acquisitions were made.
After finishing 19 points behind City last season, Mourinho would have been desperate to close the gap this summer but perhaps it may be widening even further now.
United failed to make another signing and missed out on their priority target, a centre back. All summer, they had been heavily chasing the likes of Toby Alderweireld and as the deadline drew agonisingly closer, a number of names were linked with them.
Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Jerome Boateng, Kurt Zouma and Diego Godin were all late targets for United as they desperately scrambled around in the transfer market. But their efforts came to nothing and after a difficult pre-season, they could be in for a long season.
It’s the same old story at St James’ Park. Once again, Rafa Benitez has urged owner Mike Ashley to free up the cash during the transfer window and once again, the latter didn’t grant the Spaniard his wishes.
Newcastle finished in an impressive 10th place last season in the Premier League but Benitez was still eager to bring in fresh faces as they look to maintain their status in the top flight.
They have brought in six players – Yoshinori Muto, Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka (signed permanently after successful loan spell), Ki Sung-yueng and loanees Kenedy and Salomon Rondon.
However, Benitez will have been hoping for more. To stay in the Premier League in the long run, Newcastle need plenty of quality and they currently still lack that.
They need their owner to back Benitez, otherwise he could soon be off…