The soccer transfer window was shut on Wednesday night and no more movement of players amongst teams will take place until January.
In the English Premier League, all squads are now in place and clubs must now play with the players they have and wait until January to make any additional moves.
The transfers could mean a title for a club or a top four finish that means Champions League qualification. They could also mean surviving relegation.
The total monies that exchanged hands during the transfer window exceeded £1 billion this summer, which set a new record of extravagance by Premier League clubs. Nevertheless, the places in the league will be determined by those clubs that made better signings than by those who spent more money.
Manchester United and Manchester City were the two largest spenders during the transfer window. The two are also in the top three of the table following the first three matches.
The new signings for both clubs have made clear impacts during the early stages of the campaign. It appears United has made the biggest signings of this transfer window. The Red Devils signed Paul Pogba from Juventus and Zlatan Ibrahamovic from PSG.
Both players already have seemed to re-instill a winning mentality on the club with a last minute win against Hull City a good example.
City has now been tailored exactly to Pep Guardiola’s liking. The new manager of the Citizens sent Joe Hart the club’s goalkeeper on his way loaning him to Torino and bringing in players that fit into his way of playing on the pitch.
Chelsea has kept pace at the top of the early Premier League table. Although, not all the signings they had hoped for came to fruition, the Blues did sign Frenchman N’Golo Kante but the club will have to rely on its players prior to Antonio Conte signing as the new manager.
Chelsea did sign Marcos Alonso on the last day, but he did not play that well the last time he was in the Premier League for both Sunderland and Bolton.
David Luiz was also signed on Wednesday. He returns from PSG after two years with the French champions. He is not the defensive stalwart wanted by Conte, but he knows how to play in the Premier League.
Most observers felt that both Arsenal and Tottenham did not make enough top-tier moves during the transfer window and that could hurt their chances of remaining in the Champions League both in this year’s competition and in qualifying for next year.