6 Top Premier League transfers for 2019
Memories are important. They're how we pass down knowledge so that the next generation can be better than the last. Sir Isaac Newton said we stand on the shoulders of giants. With legacy in mind, we follow the ritual of cataloguing each year's accomplishments and failures. We can be proud of our success but will learn more from our errors.
Transfer windows make it easier to gauge a club's business every year. Not much happens in the shorter winter window, although Miguel Almiron joined Newcastle from Major League Soccer's Atlanta United in January 2019. The deal between Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund to move Christian Pulisic in the summer was also consummated mid-season. Chelsea were busier than most, as needs must. Alvaro Morata departed in January with Gonzalo Higuain arriving.
Elsewhere, Youri Tielemans came to Leicester from Monaco on loan, a deal later made permanent, and Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz secured his dream move to Real Madrid.
With more time, the summer is always hectic. In all, Premier League clubs spent £1.41 billion. Arsenal made a club-record deal for Nicolas Pepe while Aston Villa shocked everyone with a £144 million net spend. Tottenham Hotspur splashed a reasonable amount of money on Giovani Lo Celso [on loan], Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele. Liverpool and Chelsea remained quiet, the Reds by choice.
Manchester United reinforced their defence, acquiring Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Leicester City and Crystal Palace respectively. Italian sensation Moise Keane surprised everyone by joining Everton. Crystal Palace, Brighton and Wolves spent significantly too.
But which were the most important transfers. In part, that depends on which side you support. But, from a neutral perspective, here are six 2019 Premier League signings that stand out.