Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

EPL: Manchester United vs Leicester City

EPL: Manchester United vs Leicester City

Tottenham have become the first team in Premier League history not to make a summer signing since the transfer window's inception in 2003.

Throughout Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester City on the opening night of the Premier League, the club's academy graduates were pivotal in ensuring Jose Mourinho's side got off to a winning start.

And City defender Kyle Walker epitomised the squad's hunger for more silverware by cutting short his post-World Cup holiday to return to training ahead of the Community Shield.

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.

Despite slashing a club record £60 million on signing Riyad Mahrez, City have enjoyed a quieter window after spending over £200 million last summer on assembling a squad that smashed a host of Premier League records in romping towards the title.

The Reds were one of the most exciting teams to watch in world football last season, thrilling fans with their own unique brand of expansive, high-octane football.

"It's not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent", Klopp added.

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Cardiff have spent around £28.5m net this summer, boosting their squad with six arrivals, and Warnock, speaking before Saturday's game against Bournemouth, said: "We're not throwing money away or doing things we can't sustain".

"Sterling was fit after three or four days - he is not a big guy".

Behind the seats, each player looks to have there only personal draw to keep their belongings while they are out performing on the pitch.

Chelsea's lack of forward planning was also evident in a late rush for a replacement for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who left for Real Madrid Wednesday.

United is further hamstrung with a host of key players, including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, who were involved in the later stages of the World Cup, limiting their preseason preparations.

In contrast to the changes in west London, Tottenham in the north of the English capital has yet to add a single signing ahead of its first season in a new 62,000-seater stadium.

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