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Manchester City lead Premier League transfer grades after brilliant summer

As the transfer window shuts, the ESPN FC panel take a look back at Arsenal and Manchester United's inability to secure a marquee signing, Chelsea's new additions, Kevin De Bruyne joining Manchester City to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's attack and much more

With the summer transfer window finally done and dusted, ESPN FC grades all 20 Premier League clubs based on how they fared in their dealings.

Manchester City - A+

Winners of the window and, consequently, now strong favourites to be winners of the title. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke recently of how City "reacted" to his team winning the league in the way the London side itself did last season, but it was more than that.

This was more than a reaction. It was precise and rational business,...

 By Peter Thorne

Slaven Bilic helps West Ham break 52-year Anfield hoodoo

Liverpool's three-match winning streak came to an abrupt halt when West Ham convincingly defeated them 3-0 at Anfield.
ESPNFC's Shaka Hislop reflects on his former club West Ham's first win at Anfield since 1963, leaving Brendan Rodgers with much to ponder.
Slaven Bilic gave his verdict after guiding West Ham United to a 3-0 win over Liverpool, their first league win at Anfield since 1963.

It was a victory for which West Ham had waited 52 years and 42 league games.

To a neutral, the Hammers' postmatch hyperbole might seem too much, but to a fan, the club's 3-0 away win at Liverpool is the end of a nightmare, ending an embarrassing run of results that defied all logic. As one middle-aged supporter tweeted later, "I have waited all my life for this result - quite literally!"

The odd thing about the Hammers' long, barren run at Anfield was the illogical but growing sense that greater...

 By Michael Cox

Liverpool nightmare as West Ham stun Anfield with Coutinho sent off

ESPNFC's Shaka Hislop reflects on his former club West Ham's first win at Anfield since 1963, leaving Brendan Rodgers with much to ponder.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts on West Ham's stunning 3-0 victory at Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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1. A nightmare for Liverpool

When examining a shock result, you must decide whether it was the favourites playing particularly badly or the underdogs excelling. It's always a blend of both, of course, but here it was primarily the former.

West Ham defended perfectly well, but they offered little attacking threat, and their two goals came almost out of nothing.

The opener...

 By Peter Thorne

Kevin Nolan exit and West Ham's dodgy start has fans concerned

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says Diafra Sakho could play at Liverpool following the striker's arrest for alleged witness intimidation.

West Ham's poor start to the season and Kevin Nolan's surprise departure by mutual consent has raised the alarm bells among the club's support.

Nolan, 33, has left the club just days before the end of the transfer window and while it's not the case of him leaving that is the issue, it's more down to the timing and nature of the announcement.

The captain still had a year left on a five-year contract and this decision has raised concerns over what is happening behind the scenes at the club.

The sad...

 By Peter Thorne

West Ham slump at Upton Park to increase concern over Bilic tactics

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson netted a hat-trick in his side's first ever Premier League victory.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic feels his side were not attacking the game with the same intensity that Bournemouth were.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop discusses the end-to-end Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth, where it was the Cherries who took all three points via a Callum Wilson hat trick.

East London may have been baking in a sweltering heat on Saturday, but there will be a chilly feel around the West Ham directors' box following Bournemouth's stunning 4-3 win at Upton Park.

Bournemouth's first Premier League victory may provide some good headlines for the sports pages but it sounded a dire warning to West Ham manager Slaven Bilic who looked on aghast at what unfolded in front of him. The Hammers were utterly inept against Eddie Howe's bright side and the coaching staff have a lot...

 By Peter Thorne

West Ham goalkeeping situation a conundrum for Bilic

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaks of his goalkeeper getting sent off towards the end of their match against Leicester City, saying he's sure that the foul was unintentional

West Ham go into Saturday's home game against Bournemouth with something of a crisis at both ends of the pitch.

With the Hammers' search for a striker still filling the transfer rumour pages in print and online, the club now find themselves in the unenviable situation of having a goalkeeper emergency following Adrian's dismissal in the 2-1 defeat by Leicester City last weekend.

It was really no surprise that West Ham failed in their bid to get Adrian's red card overturned. The appeal seemed to...