Power Ranking the Premier League Clubs Based on Summer Transfers
The Premier League begins in about a month and Bleacher Report is taking a look at how the teams stack up in terms of their transfer activity.
The 2011/12 season had some really fantastic moments and a good number of those were thanks to the new signings in the league.
Teams in the league this year will be hoping their new signings this season can have the same type of impact.
Rumours about incoming and outgoing players are not taken into consideration and only official transfers are taken into account.
Here's how the teams are ranked based on their transfer activity.
20. Manchester City
Out: Owen Hargreaves, Gai Assulin, Stuart Taylor
Manchester City has yet to get out of the blocks in terms of signing players. The Premier League title holders could easily end up at the top of a ranking like this before the transfer window is over, though.
They haven't let go any players who would have been significant contributors to the side, but their lack of action is what puts them here.
19. Stoke City
In: Jamie Ness
Out: Andrew Davies, Tom Soares, Ricardo Fuller, Salif Diao, Louis Moult, Jonathan Woodgate
Stoke City has let go a lot of experienced players, but picked up a talented youngster in Jamie Ness. Scoring goals was a problem for the side last season and they need to sign a forward or two to rectify that.
The club did let go a lot of players, but only Jonathan Woodgate could be typified as a significant contributor.
In: Carlos Cuellar
Out: Craig Gordon, Trevor Carson, Jordan Cook, Oumare Tounkara, Cristian Riveros, George McCartney, Asamoah Gyan, Michael Liddle
Asamoah Gyan was probably never going to come back to the squad full-time after a loan spell in the UAE and he is the biggest loss for the squad.
They fared pretty decently without him, though, but could still do with another forward as Nicklas Bendtner is back at Arsenal after his loan.
Carlos Cuellar will add experience and depth in defense, but the Black Cats will need some more improvements should they want to finish in the top half of the table next season.
In: Fraser Fyvie
Out: Chris Kirkland, Mohamed Diame, Steve Gohouri, Hendry Thomas, Hugo Rodallega
Wigan still has Victor Moses and that goes some way to making up for the loss of Hugo Rodallega. Scottish youngster Fraser Fyvie will be a great addition to the midfield, but the club needs more.
The Latics fought off relegation last season, but will be expected to be in that fight again next season, so more signings, especially in defense, would help.
16. Newcastle United
In: Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana
Out: Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Tamas Kadar, Danny Guthrie, Fraser Forster, Leon Best, Steve Harper
Newcastle sent a lot of players out the door, but could have held on to one or two for depth. Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana may not play major roles in the squad.
They really need some solid players in all areas of the pitch if they want to build on, or at the very least repeat, their performance from last season.
In: Fabio Borini
Out: Fabio Aurelio, Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriquez
Brendan Rodgers' previous experience with Fabio Borini is a major reason why he joined the squad and fans will be waiting to see how their new player performs.
Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodrqruez are two players who could have been helpful in Brendan Rodgers new system but their age likely played a role in their departure.
The Reds could do with another signing or two, especially offensively, to have a really good season.
14. West Bromwich Albion
In: Ben Foster, Yassine El Ghanassy(loan)
Out: Joe Mattock, Somen Tchoyi, Nicky Shorey, Keith Andrews, Marton Fulop, Paul Scharner
Signing Ben Foster full-time was a big move for West Bromwich Albion. They also added talented and versatile Gent attacker, Yassine El Ghanassy.
Nicky Shorey, Some Tchoyi and Paul Scharner all played over 15 games for the club, but there is enough solidity that they may not be missed.
13. Norwich City
In: Steven Whittaker, Jacob Butterfield
Out: Zak Whitbread, Aaron Wilbraham, Josh Dawkin, Matt Ball, Adam Drury
Norwich City has held unto Grant Holt and that is big help for the club. The addition of Steven Whittaker should help the defensive line, as the player has tons of experience playing for Rangers.
In: Jay Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Nathaniel Clyne
Out: Rahdi Jaidi (retired), Lee Holmes, Bartosz Białkowski, David Connolly
Southampton added Jay Rodriguez to a squad that scored 89 goals in the Championship last season. Steven Davis brings a lot of experience to the squad.
11. Swansea City
In: Chico, Jonathan De Guzman (loan)
Out: Ferrie Bodie, Joe Walsh, Casey Thomas, Jordan Smith, Scott Donnelly
Michael Laudrup brought in two players from La Liga who he has previous experience with and both should be a real help to Swansea.
The Welsh club has not lost any of its top talents and could make a major bid for the top 10 should they keep things intact before the transfer window closes.
In: Steven Naismith
Out: Marcus Hahnemann, James McFadden, Femi Orenuga, Aristote Nsiala, Adam Forshaw, James Wallace, Joao Silva
Everton has kept hold of key players like Leighton Baines and Maroune Felliani and added to the forward line with Steven Naismith.
That has amounted to a really good transfer window so far for the Toffees.
In: Mladen Petric, Sascha Riether (loan), Hugo Rodallega
Out: Andrew Johnson, Danny Murphy, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Orlando Sa
Fulham still has Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey and even if the American were to go, the squad is already covered with an experienced player like Mladen Petric in the ranks as well as Hugo Rodallega.
Danny Murphy was an influential player for the squad, but they should have enough talent in that area to cope.
8. West Ham
In: Stephen Henderson, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Mohamed Diame, George McCartney, Modibo Maiga,
Out: John Carew, Abdoulaye Faye, Julien Faubert, Papa Diop, Frank Nouble, Robert Green, Freddie Sears, Pablo Barrera
Modibo Maiga is the key signing for the squad and Sam Allardyce will be hoping he can produce the same sort of skills that attracted all the attention last summer.
Jussi Jaaskelainen strengthens the goalkeeper position.
Overall, West Ham has done a good job.
7. Aston Villa
In: Brett Holman, Karim El Ahmadi, Matthew Lowton, Brad Guzan
Out: Emile Heskey, Carlos Cuellar
Aston Villa gets up this high in the list as they have strengthened virtually every area of the pitch with their signings and gotten rid of deadweights like Emile Heskey in the process.
New signing Karim El Ahmadi has already impressed in preseason.
6. Queens Park Rangers
In: Ryan Nelsen, Andy Johnson, Robert Green, Samba Diakite, Park Ji-Sung, Fabio (loan)
Out: Peter Ramage, Danny Shittu, Danny Gabbidon, Gary Borrowdale, Fitz Hall, Lee Cook, Rowan Vine, Patrick Agyemang, Paddy Kenny, Akos Buzsaky
Queens Park Rangers has let a lot of experienced players go so far this season, but a lot of these players were at the tail end of their career and unlikely to feature much for the team.
Their additions aren't exactly on the youthful side either, but the quality and experience of players like Park Ji-Sung and Andy Johnson will really help the squad.
5. Reading FC
In: Gareth McCleary, Danny Guthrie, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Nicky Shorey, Adrian Mariappa, Stuart Taylor, Chris Gunter
Out: Mathieu Manset, Joseph Mills(loan)
Reading has made some solid moves in the off-season. They acquired a lot of players and many of them have great experience in the EPL. These players may well be able to help Reading stay up next season.
The squads outgoing players will not be missed and there may still be one or two signings to help strengthen the club even further.
4. Manchester United
In: Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell
Out: Ritchie De Laet, Paul Pogba, Tomas Kuszczak, Michael Owen, Park Ji-Sung, Fabio (loan), Ezekiel Fryers
Manchester United could really do with one more signing in midfield to make their transfer window a really good one, but the talent they have picked up already speaks for itself.
The loss of Paul Pogba will sting and Park Ji-Sung was a valuable player off the bench, but virtually all the players that have left will not be missed.
In: Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud
Out: Carlos Vela, Manuel Almunia, Denilson (loan), Joel Campbell (loan)
Arsenal made some solid moves, but despite their age and the quality they bring, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have to prove themselves at the club.
The fact that the club has held unto Robin van Persie, and seem likely to keep him through the season, is a major reason why they are so high.
Arsenal should still look to sign players for the midfield and defense, but they are off to a really good start.
2. Tottenham Hotspur
In: Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ezekiel Fryers
Out: Ryan Nelsen, Vedran Corluka, Niko Krancjar, Steven Pienaar, Louis Saha
The additions that Tottenham have made so far really stand out in this transfer window. None of the players they have signed cost over six figures and the club could find themselves in the green regarding transfer activity if, or, more likely, when Luka Modric leaves.
Tottenham hasn't let go anyone who has played a significant part in the squad's future and even the eventual loss of Luka Modric doesn't lessen the club's good summer so far.
In: Marko Marin, Eden Hazard
Out: Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou,
Chelsea have made the signing of the summer so far with their capture of Eden Hazard. Marko Marin has also been added to the squad and these two players significantly increase the side's attacking potential.
They have let a good amount of experience go with the departure of Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou, but the buzz surrounding these two signings, and their expected impact, makes it worthwhile.