Winners and Losers of the 2023 Summer Transfer Window

Published on 1 September 2023 at 20:00

As we approach deadline day today, plenty of money has been spent across the world, especially in the Premier League. So, lets go through some of the winners and losers throughout the 2023 summer transfer window.


Caicedo broke the Premier League transfer record, signing for Chelsea for £115m (Image Credit: Nigel French/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images)




West Ham managed to qualify for the Europa League once again after winning the Conference League. Therefore, the Hammers needed a team to compete in Europe and in the Premier League in a busy schedule.


They would lose their key player Declan Rice to Arsenal. The England midfielder went to the Gunners for £110m. Therefore, West Ham used the money that they got from Rice brilliantly to improve the overall squad.


The Hammers would sign three quality midfielders in James Ward-Prowse (Southampton - £30m), Edson Alvarez (£32.50m) and Mohammed Kudus (£37m), improving the team massively.


West Ham have had an excellent start to the season, winning two and drawing one and with these new signings, the fans should be excited for what is to come from their team this season.


LOSERS: Wolves


Wolves could be bang in trouble this season, continuing their steady decline since the sacking of Nuno. The team in Birmingham haven't been able to improve their form since their impressive first season back in the Premier League and this season doesn't look too promising.


The club lost their captain Ruben Neves, who headed to Saudi Arabia for £47m. They are also losing another key midfielder in Matheus Nunes, who is heading to Manchester City for £53m. Defenders Nathan Collins also left the club for Brentford for £23m.


I don't think Wolves have replaced their key players well. Plus, to rub salt in the wounds, the club announced their struggles with the FFP regulations, leading to former manager Julen Lopetegui leaving the club.


Wolves now have Gary O'Neil as their manager, who will have a tough job of getting his team to stay away from the relegation battle, as even though they beat Everton, the Toffees have since made some signings to strengthen their team.


WINNERS: Aston Villa


Aston Villa had an incredible turnaround in form since sacking Steven Gerrard and bringing in Unai Emery. They went from a relegation battle to just missing out on Europa League football, instead qualifying for the Conference League.


Since then, the Villains have made some good signings to strengthen their squad further as they head outside of the United Kingdom for some European football.


Whilst not selling any of their key players, they brought in Moussa Diaby from Bayern Leverkusen for £47m. The French winger has electrifying pace and has already settled in the Premier League and makes Villa's attack even more scarier for the opposition with the direct pace.


The club also brought in another attack in Nicolo Zaniolo from Galatasaray on loan. The Italian midfielder will be a gamble as he is a very talented football player. However, he has suffered two ACL injuries, which could make him a risk.


Attack wasn't the only improvement as they brought in Youri Tielemans for free from Leicester and defender Pau Torres from Villareal for £28m. Therefore, I can see Villa having a great season, especially after bouncing back strongly from their 5-1 opening day defeat to Newcastle.


LOSERS: Luton Town


Luton shocked many by getting themselves promoted to the Premier League for the 2023/24 season. It was that much of a surprise, their first home fixture versus Burnley had to be cancelled due to their stadium not meeting the Premier Leagues requirements.


The Hatters haven't had a great start to the season, losing their opening two games to Brighton and Chelsea quite convincingly. Furthermore, I don't think that Luton have the squad to keep them up in the Premier League.


The Hatters signed Ryan Giles for £5m to start as their left back. They have also signed Tahith Chong for £4m and Ross Barkley on a free. However, I don't think that it is anywhere near enough signings for them to maintain their Premier League status for next season.


With deadline day today, I think that Luton will finish bottom of the league by some margin as they have nowhere near a good enough squad to take on the relentless league.


WINNERS: Brighton


Brighton have been known over the last couple of years to find big talents at cheap prices. Despite them moving on to different clubs, the Seagulls always find a way to replace their key players.


This was seen this transfer window, as Chelsea came in to get Moises Caicedo off the Seagulls. The London team paid a Premier League transfer record fee of £115m, meaning brilliant business by Brighton - who signed the Ecuadorian for £4.5m.


Furthermore, the Seagulls have already replaced Caicedo in signing defensive midfielder Carlos Baleba from LOSC Lille for £23m. Alongside Baleba, the Seagulls have signed Mohammed Dahoud and James Milner on a free from Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool to further strengthen their midfield.


Brighton's attack has also been further strengthened with the acquisition of Joao Pedro from Watford in a £30m deal. The Seagulls are also close to signing Ansu Fati from Barcelona, which has shocked many with the quality of signing. The Spanish winger will be signing on a loan deal to the seaside club. Fati chose Brighton over Tottenham, so that is a huge indication as to where the club is going to in the future.


LOSERS: Fulham 


Fulham had an excellent first season back in the Premier League, finishing 10th when many predicted for them to go straight back down again after the last time they got promoted to the Premier League.


However, I don't think Fulham will have such a good season this season as they have lost and potentially losing key players that have not been replaced. 


The Cottagers have already lost their main focal point Aleksander Mitrovic to Al-Hilal. The Serbian striker joined the Saudi team for £45m. However, the have only signed Raul Jimenez from Wolves for £5m, who has not been the same since his freak head injury.


A late move for Joao Palhinha could be made as Bayern Munich have made their interest clear. The Portuguese midfielder has been an integral part to the Cottagers midfield and has made it clear that he wants to join the German champions. If they were to lose Palhinha, Fulham would lose the spine to their team, which could heavily hamper them.


Who are your winners and losers of this summer's transfer window?


Nathan Hartley

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