Rating the Summer Transfer Window of every Premier League manager: From Carlo Ancelotti to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 October 2020, 09:22

The Premier League transfer window has now closed and won’t resurface until January, aside from moves between the top-flight and EFL clubs.

While there are many managers in the Promised Land of the Premier League who will be very satisfied with their business over the course of the last 10 weeks, others will be furious at a splattering of missed targets and false leads.

Below we rate out of 10 the summer windows of each of the 20 gaffers...

Carlo Ancelotti

In Carlo Ancelotti, Everton have one of the most successful managers on the planet. His sprinkle of stardust was evident during the summer as he enabled the Toffees to secure the signings of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure who have completely transformed the club’s midfield/attack; adding quality, bite, balance and tenacity. 

Centre-back Ben Godfrey bolsters the backline, and Swedish shot-stopper Robin Olsen adds some much needed competition for an out-of-sorts Jordan Pickford.

It’s early days but the signs are incredibly positive with free-scoring Everton top of the tree with four wins out of four.

Window Rating: 9/10

Dean Smith

Dean Smith infamously spent £145m on 12 new players upon Aston Villa’s return to the Premier League in 2019, with only Man Utd spending more (£148m). Fast-forward a year and Smith has again been trusted with a large sum of cash, although this time the scattergun approach has been replaced by a more crafty and methodical mindset.

"I said at the end of last season that I saw an improvement from the majority of our players and now we've added quality to that core of the team,” said Smith. “Overall, I'm really pleased with where we're at."

Smith has identified key areas of weakness and got his men; most prominently in between the sticks (Emiliano Martinez: £20 from Arsenal) and up front (Ollie Watkins: £28m from Brentford). Ross Barkley has come in on loan, with Matty Cash (£16m) bolstering the defence and Bertrand Traore (£17m) the attack. At the time of writing Villa are 2nd in the table with nine points from three games. Oh and they thrashed Liverpool 7-2.

Window Rating: 9/10

Brendan Rodgers

If people thought the departure of Ben Chilwell would leave a gaping hole in the Leicester City defence they have been proved very wrong, so far. Brendan Rodgers looks to have found a real gem in assist-king Timothy Castagne, much to the delight of Fantasy Football players. Saint Etienne centre-back Wesley Fofana adds strength in depth to the backline, and Cengiz Under will be one to keep an eye on going forward.

Fans would however, have liked to see the club sign a high-quality back-up to Jamie Vardy. Overall, a decent window, yet there’s a feeling the Foxes could have done more given the big moves made by many of their arrivals.

Transfer Window: 7/10

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Carlo Ancelotti has enjoyed a cracking start to the season

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta’s coaching capabilities have been rightly and widely praised. He’s already lifted two trophies at Arsenal, and beaten the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers over the last few months. 

He managed to persuade Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay - which was pivotal - Willian was a quality acquisition, Gabriel Magalhaes has impressed and Dani Ceballos was signed permanently, yet there was still a sense that Arsenal were missing something.

Well, the missing piece came on the final day as Arsenal captured defensive midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid for £45m. Full credit to Arteta for that one.

Window Rating: 8/10

Jurgen Klopp

How do you improve on a 99-point campaign?

Well, Jurgen Klopp made two notable additions in forward Diogo Jota (£45m) and the exceptional Thiago Alcantara (£20m). The former will provide the front three with competition, while Thiago will add quality and class to the midfield. Back-up at left-back also came in the form of Kostas Tsimikas.

However, the manner of Liverpool’s incredible 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa, suddenly highlighted the need to sign a replacement for back-up keeper Adrian, considering that Allison is out for four to six weeks, while another centre-back was mentioned. Yet, neither materialised.

Window Rating: 8/10

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho’s trademark smirk was back for all to see after Tottenham destroyed former club Man Utd 6-1 on Sunday. The Portuguese coach will also be beaming at how the window has gone. 

The loan capture of Gareth Bale steals the headlines, but Mourinho has added pace and width through the additions of full-backs Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty, plus a bolt to the defence in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Big things are also expected of striker Carlos Vinicius.

Mourinho’s magic is starting to reap the rewards. Exciting times ahead in North London.

Window Rating: 9/10

Frank Lampard

When it comes to cash splashed, it's unsurprisingly Frank Lampard who led the way. The assortment of attacking talents at his disposal is quite remarkable with Timo Werner (£47m), Hakim Ziyech (£36m), and Kai Havertz (£72m) all in, while defensively the English coach has snapped up Thiago Silva (free), Ben Chilwell (£45m), and keeper Edouard Mendy (£22m). 

It’s been a dream for Lampard, who is in an incredibly privileged position. The task now is moulding together a team capable of winning the title, otherwise Chelsea will find someone who will.

Window Rating: 9/10

Marcelo Bielsa

What a return to the Premier League it’s been for Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s fearless and ferocious side have lit up the league so far and there’s undoubtedly more to come following a busy window.

£26m striker Rodrigo made his mark with the equaliser against Man City, Man City’s Jack Harrison penned another loan deal - his third at the club - and Helder Costa, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente have been added to the backline. Brazilian winger Raphinha was also snapped up on Deadline Day.

Promising youngsters Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh, Charlie Allen, Dani Van Den Heuvel, Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville, and Illan Meslier means the future could be very bright at Elland Road, especially with Bielsa at the helm.

Window Rating: 8/10

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce will be extremely satisfied with how £20m man Callum Wilson has exploded out of the blocks, Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser were snapped up on frees, and in Jamal Lewis they have a highly-rated young full-back.

There are concerns about the defence, especially if the Toon suffer injuries, but going forward the club suddenly look far more of a threat.

Window Rating: 7/10

David Moyes 

Since David Moyes mastered zoom West Ham have been on absolute fire; thrashing Wolves 4-0, then Leicester 3-0. Two shock results which have suddenly raised spirits and expectations. 

However, those brace of wins don’t fully mask what has been a thoroughly underwhelming window during which Tomas Soucek (loan to permanent) and Vladimir Coufal were the only additions. 

A move for James Tarkowski never materialised, and neither of Chelsea’s centre-backs Antonio Rudiger or Fikayo Tomori traded capital clubs.

And let’s not forget the whole furore which surrounded Grady Diangana’s departure to West Brom, while the club failed to get rid of many of their wage-eating underperformers.

Window Rating: 4/10

Ralph Hasenhuttl

It’s been a solid, not spectacular window for The Saints. Despite the rumours, star man Danny Ings never looked like leaving, and while former skipper Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is a loss, the fact he wanted to leave means that he won’t be missed by too many fans.

Kyle Walker-Peters’ loan move was made permanent, while a familiar face in Theo Walcott has returned, on loan. The other two new boys are Mohammed Salisu and Ibrahima Diallo, with whom Ralph Hasenhuttl will look to embed in his team at some point.

Window Rating: 7/10

Roy Hodgson

It may be a cliche now, but keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha was always the priority, unless a big offer came in, which it didn’t.

Roy Hodgson snapped up one of the Championship’s brightest stars in Eberechi Eze for £19.5m, while Michy Batshuayi has returned for a second loan spell, and Nathan Ferguson came over for free.

Eze is the stand-out, but with all Palace’s injury problems, fans would no doubt have liked to see a fresh face or two in defence.

Window Rating: 7/10

Nuno Santo 

It’s been a summer of change of Wolves who saw two stars depart in Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty, but Raul Jiminez and Adama Traore have stayed, crucially.

Nelson Semedo has been lured from Barcelona, and Rayan Ait-Nouri has popped over the channel from French side Angers. There were also moves for Marcal, Vitinha, Ki-Jana Hoever and a whopping £35m was spent on youngster Fabio Silva from Porto.

At the moment, Wolves don’t look quite as strong as they did last season, however there’s hope that in the long run the new faces make them a stronger all-round unit. Fans will have full trust in boss Nuno Santo.

Window Rating: 7/10

Pep Guardiola

Waves of panic crashed over Man City following their shock 5-2 defeat at home to Leicester City.

However, Pep Guardiola has since invested heavily in centre-back Ruben Dias (£62m) from Benfica, who they hope holds the key to their defence woes. £41m had already been spent on Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, while Ferran Torres will look to add even more excitement going forward. 

Yet, it still seems a little underwhelming over at the Etihad, especially given how far they were behind Liverpool last time out.

With Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus out, there were rumours of a striker but in the end nothing happened on that front. This could ultimately prove costly. Man City fans will hope next summer is the time when Lionel Messi arrives...

Window Rating: 6/10

Graham Potter

Brighton have been great to watch this season, although fans will hope that Graham Potter can make his side more solid in a bid to iron out the early defensive vulnerability, and get some points on the board.

Brighton were starved of the spotlight during the summer window, with Adam Lallana and Joel Veltman the most notable arrivals.

It was by no means a blockbuster window but in Potter, who has gone about his business quietly, the Seagulls have an excellent coach.

Window Rating: 6/10

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The fact that #GlazerOutWoodwardOut is trending the day after Deadline Day says it all.

A window which promised so much ended in a frazzled panic for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. There was no Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele or Ismaila Sarr - although the latter could still happen - instead Edinson Cavani came in on a free, while Alex Telles will look to cement his place at left-back.

Odion Ighalo has stayed on loan although chances will be few and far between, while £40m man Donny van de Beek has been used sparingly so far. On the plus side, there has at least been one eye on the future through the acquisition of Facundo Pellistri, while Amad Diallo will join in January.

But Man Utd, who look extremely vulnerable in the heart of defence, have done themselves absolutely no favours here.

Window Rating: 5/10

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Slaven Bilic

On one hand Slaven Bilic managed to cement the signings of Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana; two cracking permanent signings who have impressed in the Premier League after their promotion-winning Championship campaign. 

Callum Robinson has also arrived, although they look short of quality in terms of forwards. Only time will tell if West Brom have the defensive quality to exceed in the top-flight.

Window Rating: 6/10

Sean Dyche

It’s difficult to not feel sorry for Sean Dyche who made no secret of his concerns at the backend of last season, with the Burnley boss unable to even fill his bench.

Now, in October, his mood is unlikely to have improved at all. Midfielder Dale Stephens and keeper Will Norris have been the only arrivals, but crucially James Tarkowski stayed, Ashley Barnes is back and Ben Mee is expected to return after the international break.

However, in terms of incomings it was crushingly quiet for the Clarets. Fortunately, they have a managerial maestro at the helm, who will look to squeeze every ounce of talent and energy from what he has at his disposal.

Window Rating: 4/10

Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder has plucked out his fair share of hidden gems in the past, and he’ll be hoping he’s unmasked a few this time around.

Only time will tell whether Rhian Brewster is the answer to the club’s lack of goals, but a hefty price fee for an untested player means the pressure is on from the off.

There have been defensive reinforcements through Ethan Ampadu, Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe - but there’s no escaping the hammer blow of losing Jack O'Connell to injury - while Aaron Ramsdale replaced Dean Henderson in goal.

Wilder still has the chance to raid the EFL for some treasures though.

Window Rating: 6/10

Scott Parker

Owner Tony Khan publicly promised new signings while berating the current crop of players - much to the fury of Scott Parker

In truth, the defence has looked extremely vulnerable, although the same could be said for most top-flight defences on evidence so far. Yet, in Fulham’s case they haven’t countered this problem with goals at the other end.

Late arrivals include Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea, defender Tosin Adarabioyo from Man City and Joachim Andersen from Lyon, but whether Parker has the quality and experience at his disposal to survive in the Premier League is open to debate.

Window Rating: 5/10

Next Premier League Manager To Leave Odds

Scott Parker

Team: Fulham


Slaven Bilic

Team: West Bromwich Albion


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Team: Manchester United


Frank Lampard

Team: Chelsea


Sean Dyche

Team: Burnley


Chris Wilder

Team: Sheffield United


David Moyes

Team: West Ham United


Roy Hodgson

Team: Crystal Palace


Steve Bruce

Team: Newcastle United


Pep Guardiola

Team: Manchester City


Graham Potter

Team: Brighton & Hove Albion


Jose Mourinho

Team: Tottenham Hotspur


Nuno Santo

Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers


Brendan Rodgers

Team: Leicester City


Ralph Hasenhuttl

Team: Southampton


Dean Smith

Team: Aston Villa


Marcelo Bielsa

Team: Leeds United


Mikel Arteta

Team: Arsenal


Carlo Ancelotti

Team: Everton


Jurgen Klopp

Team: Liverpool


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