United and Everton show benefits of early business


With just days to go until the transfer window closes, agents and managers are sure to be glued to their phones trying to get what could prove key deals over the line.

However, there are some who may feel satisfied with their business and there is a lot to be said for getting players in early.

Everton are certainly a side who did that as despite losing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, they have spent wisely, with Wayne Rooney ready to inspire their bid for a top-six finish (5/2).

Speaking of Lukaku and perhaps United are the ones who have done the best business of all. The Red Devils are another who went early and despite question over defender Victor Lindelof, Lukaku and Nemanja Matic’s arrivals could see them take the title (9/4).

Watford also appear healthy, with the early appointment of Marco Silva followed by the captures of Nathanial Chalobah and Andre Gray. After treading water at times last term, a top 10 finish at 16/5 with Mobilebet could be on the cards for the Hornets.

West Ham looked to have bought well but their signings are still to gel amidst question over Slaven Bilic’s future, while Bournemouth’s new boys are also yet to fire.

However, plenty of clubs have work to do, with the likes of Burnley and Swansea lacking in key areas and while Huddersfield’s heavy spending is paying off, Newcastle and Brighton’s (20/23 Relegation) conservative strategy could prove costly.

At the other end, Tottenham’s sluggish start only proves they need new faces, while across North London, Arsene Wenger’s frugality could again prove costly to Arsenal.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also expected to add in the next 48 hours, while Manchester City also might need more variety in central midfield.