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The 4 failures of the Premier League transfer market

Several clubs have had a very eventful summer transfer window, yet there are a handful of clubs that did not show any authority in the transfer market and have underachieved massively.

1. Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have been massively restricted in the transfer window this summer, with the club investing in a new stadium, hence not being allowed to purchase any big-name players, yet they not managed to buy a single player during the whole window. One could argue that the team is already strong in plenty of positions, and the only change that could be made from one season to another is that regarding experience, but every side needs to strengthen its squad depth one way or another. This could also hint towards Mauricio Pochettino preferring the youth academy when it comes to back-up players rather than buying from other sides. Overall, Tottenham have had a miserable and dull window, and they are set to become the first Premier League side to fail to make a signing in the summer transfer window since 2003.

2. Manchester United

United are another top side that have performed dreadfully in the transfer window, after getting off to a great start through the signings of Fred and Diogo Dalot, with Lee Grant being signed in the following week. While these are all signings that will add more depth in the team, the club's main concerns are at centre back and at the right wing, and the club has failed massively in recruiting a player capable of fulfilling those positions. The clubs was linked to several centre backs, yet they did not manage to agree terms with either the sides or the players themselves. In order to mount a proper title challenge, the club needs some more shoring up in key positions, yet this was not done this summer.

3. Cardiff City

Cardiff might have bought some key players such as Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid, but there is a huge question whether these players are really of Premier League quality, especially with the side just coming up from the Championship. The pressure shall truly be on the current squad in order to perform and stay up in the top flight, even though they did not get that much back-up in terms of transfers.

4. Watford FC

Watford required some major changes after their mid-season collapse last season, yet they did not get that many new faces in the side. They managed to secure the signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona after he spent the last part of last season on loan at Vicarage Road, but apart from that they did not spend big, signing several players on the cheap that lack any form of Premier League experience. To add to this, they did lose Richarlison to Everton, after he impressed at the start of last season, but they managed to get a hefty price for him, despite his horrendous form at the end of the season. They did manage to get Ben Foster on a free from West Bromwich Albion, who will surely provide some much needed safe hands in goal.

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