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2017 Summer Transfer Window: The Winners and the Losers

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It’s over... The summer transfer window has closed. Let’s have a look at how each EPL team did.

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August is gone, and so is the 2017 EPL summer transfer window. As usual, late drama transpired (Ross Barkley allegedly changing his mind in the middle of his Chelsea medical?!) and mind-boggling fees were paid (is any fullback worth upwards of £50M?).

Now that it’s all over, let’s review the action and see how each club did.

ARSENAL

What they needed:

Left back, striker, central midfielder

Who they got:

  1. Sead Kolasinac (Schalke, free),
  2. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon, £45 Million)

Who they got rid of (18 total):

  1. Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus, £11M),
  2. Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham, loan),
  3. Gabriel Paulista (Valencia, undisclosed),
  4. Kieran Gibbs (West Brom, £7M),
  5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool, £35M),
  6. Lucas Perez, (Deportivo, loan),
  7. Joel Campbell (Real Betis, loan)

Analysis:

Arsenal got a very good price for Oxlade-Chamberlain. And with Kolasinac and Lacazette, Arsenal checked the boxes on their left back and striker requirements. Further, they were able to retain Mesut Ozil despite expectations that he would leave, so their immediate need for a central midfielder is alleviated. However, in an embarrassing blow to Arsene Wenger, Thomas Lemar refused Arsenal’s interest because he reportedly didn’t want to play for a Europa League club. Arsenal consequently refused to sell Alexis Sanchez despite his intense desire to leave.

BOURNEMOUTH

What they needed:

Center back

Who they got:

  1. Jermain Defoe, (Sunderland, free)
  2. Nathan Ake (Chelsea, £19M)
  3. Asmir Begovic (Chelsea £9M)
  4. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn, compensation fee)

Who they got rid of (12 total):

  1. Adam Federici (Nottingham Forest, loan),
  2. Marc Wilson (Sunderland, undisclosed)

Analysis:

Bournemouth exploited Nathan Ake’s impatience at Chelsea and brought the center back in for a club-record transfer fee, making last year’s loan arrangement permanent. While shopping at the Chelsea store, Bournemouth also grabbed a new starting goalkeeper. And picking up a striker of Defoe’s pedigree for free was an excellent bit of business.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

What they needed:

Goalkeeper, striker

Who they got:

  1. Mathew Ryan (Valencia, £5M),
  2. Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt, £3.8M),
  3. Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt, £2.5M),
  4. Izzy Brown (Chelsea, loan),
  5. Mathias Normann (FK Bodo/Glimt, undisclosed),
  6. Davy Propper (PSV Eindhoven, undisclosed),
  7. Soufyan Ahannach (Almere City, undisclosed),
  8. Jose Izquierdo (Club Brugge, undisclosed),
  9. Ezequiel Schelotto (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed),
  10. Tim Krul (Newcastle, loan)

Who they got rid of (13 total):

David Stockdale (Birmingham, free)

Analysis:

With David Stockdale staying behind in the Championship, Brighton needed a GK. Their initial answer was Maty Ryan, but he’s been shaky through the first three games, so Brighton brought in Tim Krul on loan late in the transfer window. Although they also reinforced with an assortment of midfielders and wingers, they failed to fill their need for a big-name striker.

BURNLEY

What they needed:

Striker

Who they got:

  1. Jack Cork (Swansea, £7.7M)
  2. Jon Walters (Stoke, £1.9M)
  3. Phil Bardsley (Stoke, undisclosed)
  4. Chris Wood (Leeds, £15M)
  5. Charlie Taylor (Leeds, compensation)
  6. Adam Legzdins (Birmingham, undisclosed)
  7. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield, undisclosed)

Who they got rid of (16 total):

  1. Michael Keane (Everton, £30M)
  2. Joey Barton (released)
  3. Michael Kightly (Southend, free)
  4. George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday, free)
  5. Andre Gray (Watford, £18.5M)

Analysis:

Michael Keane was outstanding for Burnley, but the club got a fair price for him, and James Tarkowski has done well stepping up to claim his place. Chris Wood was the Championship’s leading scorer last year, and the club will hope he fits the bill as a goal-producing striker after Andre Gray and others failed to perform consistently last season. Having just joined the club in the January window, the clown show that is Joey Barton was promptly released in May after incurring a prolonged FA ban for betting on games.

CHELSEA

What they needed:

Striker, central defender, central midfielder

Who they got:

  1. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco, £40M)
  2. Antonio Rudiger (Roma, £29M)
  3. Willy Caballero (Manchester City, free)
  4. Ethan Ampadu (Exeter, compensation)
  5. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid, £67)
  6. Davide Zappacosta (Torino, £23M)
  7. Danny Drinkwater (Leicester, £35M)

Who they got rid of (33 total):

  1. John Terry (Aston Villa, free)
  2. Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, £19M)
  3. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus, £17.3M)
  4. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth, £9M)
  5. Bertrand Traore (Lyon, £8.8M)
  6. Christian Atsu (Newcastle, £6.8M)
  7. Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford, £4.8M)
  8. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace, loan)
  9. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool, compensation)
  10. Tammy Abraham (Swansea, loan)
  11. Kurt Zouma (Stoke, loan)
  12. Izzy Brown (Brighton, loan)
  13. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United, £40M)
  14. Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield, loan)
  15. Kyle Jameson (West Brom, undisclosed)
  16. Loic Remy (Las Palmas, undisclosed)

Analysis:

Striker: check (Morata). Center back: check (Rudiger). Central midfielder: check (Bakayoko and Drinkwater). Chelsea seems to have filled all their transfer window needs. The Matic sale is perplexing though—it significantly strengthened a rival.

CRYSTAL PALACE

What they needed:

Center back

Who they got:

  1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea, loan)
  2. Jairo Riedewald (Ajax, undisclosed)
  3. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United, loan)
  4. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool, £26M)

Who they got rid of (10 total):

  1. Steve Mandanda (Marseille, £6.8M)
  2. Fraizer Campbell (Hull, free)
  3. Joe Ledley (released)
  4. Mathieu Flamini (released)

Analysis:

Palace desperately needed to permanently secure the services of Mamadou Sakho, and they did. Bringing in RLC and TFM on loan were also smart moves; both have slotted directly into the S11.

EVERTON

What they needed:

Striker

Who they got:

  1. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea, £45M)
  2. Jordan Pickford (Sunderland, £30M)
  3. Michael Keane (Burnley, £30M)
  4. Davy Klaassen (Ajax, £23.5M)
  5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, free)
  6. Sandro Ramirez (Malaga, £5.2M)
  7. Cuco Martina (Southampton, free)
  8. Nikola Vlasic (Hajduk Split, £8M)
  9. Henry Onyekuru (Eupen, £7M)

Who they got rid of (19 total):

  1. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United, £75M)
  2. Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £10M)
  3. Tom Cleverley (Watford, £7.9M)
  4. Brendan Galloway (Sunderland, loan)
  5. Arouna Kone (Sivasspor, free)
  6. Gareth Barry (West Brom, undisclosed)

Analysis:

Replacing a 20+ goal striker like Lukaku is not easy, and it appears that Everton have decided not to put that responsibility all on one man (unless you think Rooney or Sandro are up to the task?). They’ve chosen instead to spread the Lukaku money around, bringing in not only attackers like Sigurdsson, Sandro, and Klaasen, but also tightening up their defense with quality upgrades like Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford. And snagging Rooney on a free has worked out pretty well so far, right? Overall, the team is probably stronger after the transfer window than it was before it, despite the loss of the big Belgian.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

What they needed:

Aaron Mooy, defensive fortification

Who they got:

  1. Steve Mounie (Montpellier, £11M)
  2. Aaron Mooy (Manchester City, £10M)
  3. Tom Ince (Derby, £7M)
  4. Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen, £3.5M)
  5. Laurent Depoitre (Porto, £3.4M)
  6. Scott Malone (Fulham, £3.2M)
  7. Elias Kachunga (Ingolstadt, £1.1M)
  8. Danny Williams (Reading, free)
  9. Jonas Lossl (Mainz, loan)
  10. Kasey Palmer (Chelsea, loan)
  11. Abdelhamid Sabiri (Nurnberg, undisclosed)
  12. Florent Hadergjonaj (Ingolstadt, loan)
  13. Rob Green (unattached, free)

Who they got rid of (11 total):

None notable

Analysis:

Aaron Mooy was absolutely central to Huddlesfield’s promotion campaign last year, and the club moved quickly to make his loan permanent. The on-loan Lossl has been nothing short of a revelation, and Mounie will likely score at least one goal for every £M the club spent on him. All-in-all, the club strengthened itself in all areas, and did so in fiscally-responsible fashion.

LEICESTER CITY

What they needed:

Center back

Who they got:

  1. Harry Maguire (Hull, £17M)
  2. Vicente Iborra (Sevilla, £12.75M)
  3. Eldin Jakupovic (Hull, £2.25M)
  4. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, £25M)
  5. George Thomas (Coventry, undisclosed)
  6. Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen, loan)

Who they got rid of (8 total):

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea, £30M+)

Analysis:

Robert Huth and Wes Morgan are both 33 years old, so bringing in depth at the CB position was crucial. Harry Maguire was purchased from Hull and has partnered with Morgan for every minute of every game so far. Dragovic will also compete for pitch time in the center of defense. And if Leicester overpaid for Iheanacho, they made amends with the £30M+ sale of Drinkwater to Chelsea. And importantly, Leicester was able to hold onto key players Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and Kasper Schmeichel.

LIVERPOOL

What they needed:

Center back, left back

Who they got:

  1. Mohamed Salah (Roma, £34.3M)
  2. Dominic Solanke (Chelsea, compensation)
  3. Andy Robertson (Hull, £8M)
  4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, £35M)
  5. Naby Keita (July 2018, RB Leipzig, £48M)

Who they got rid of (13 total):

  1. Lucas Leiva (Lazio, £5M)
  2. Andre Wisdom (Derby, £1.95M)
  3. Divock Origi (Wolfsburg, loan)
  4. Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace, £26M)

Analysis:

Salah has been sensational, and the talent crisis at LB seems to have abated, with Alberto Moreno, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andy Robertson all offering Jurgen Klopp viable options at that position. The sale of Sakho, whom Klopp never seemed to rate, was good business, but paying £35M to bring the Ox into an already-crowded attack seems excessive, especially since Pool succeeded in retaining Philippe Coutinho. Notable, though, is the agreement for Naby Keita, which will take effect next season. His acquisition, and Ox’s, could be preparation for Coutinho’s seemingly inevitable exit. Klopp did fail to bring in Virgil van Dijk though, or any other center back, so that glaring deficit remains.

MANCHESTER CITY

What they needed:

Fullbacks, Goalkeeper

Who they got:

  1. Kyle Walker (Tottenham, £50M)
  2. Bernardo Silva (Monaco, £43M)
  3. Ederson (Benfica, £35M)
  4. Douglas Luiz (Vasco Da Gama, £10M)
  5. Danilo (Real Madrid, £27M)
  6. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco, £54M)
  7. Olarenwaju Kayode (Austria Vienna, undisclosed)

Who they got rid of (32 total):

  1. Joe Hart (West Ham, loan)
  2. Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham, free)
  3. Gael Clichy (Istanbul Basaksehir, free)
  4. Jesus Navas (Sevilla, free)
  5. Willy Caballero (Chelsea, free)
  6. Bacary Sagna (released)
  7. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, £10M)
  8. Nolito (Sevilla, £7.9M)
  9. Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma, undisclosed)
  10. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester, £25M)
  11. Fernando (Galatasaray, undisclosed)
  12. Samir Nasri (Antalyaspor, undisclosed)
  13. Jason Denayer (Galatasaray, loan)
  14. Wilfried Bony (Swansea, £12M)

Analysis:

Pep Guardiola used the transfer window to clean house, dropping many first-team players who were either aging or did not fit into his vision for the squad. Primary among those targeted for replacement were fullbacks such as Zabaleta, Clichy, Sagna, and Kolarov. To replace them, Pep splashed serious cash on Walker, Mendy and Danilo. Indeed, Walker was the most expensive fullback in history until Mendy surpassed him just days later. Pep also spent big to bring in Ederson as a replacement for the unconvincing Claudio Bravo, but so far it is unclear if the Brazilian will be any improvement. Bernardo Silva was another high-quality, big-ticket acquisition for the club.

MANCHESTER UNITED

What they needed:

Striker

Who they got:

  1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £75M)
  2. Victor Lindelof (Benfica, £30.75M)
  3. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea, £40M)
  4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free)

Who they got rid of (11 total):

  1. Wayne Rooney (Everton, free)
  2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (released)
  3. Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad, £9.8M)
  4. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds, loan)
  5. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace, loan)

Analysis:

Jose Mourinho got his work done early, leaving the frantic last-minute deadline drama for others to sweat through. And a nice bit of business he did, bringing in one of the EPLs most prolific goal-scorers to replace the injured and aging Ibrahimovic who was released at the end of his one-year contract. Even more crucial though could be the acquisition of Matic, which should stabilize the midfield and allow the attackers to press forward while the Serb minds the shop defensively. Wait, what’s this you say? Ibra is on YouTube doing spinning tae-kwon-do kicks on a heavy bag, and Jose has signed him to a MU contract again? Yep—it’s true, and having Ibra’s talent and experience for the run-in will be the frosting on MU’s very nice transfer window cake.

NEWCASTLE

What they needed:

Striker; overall strengthening

Who they got:

  1. Jacob Murphy (Norwich, £12M)
  2. Florian Lejeune (Eibar, £8.7M)
  3. Christian Atsu (Chelsea, £6.8M)
  4. Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal, free)
  5. Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, £4.5M)
  6. Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund, loan)
  7. Joselu (Stoke, £5M)

Who they got rid of (15 total):

Tim Krul (Brighton, loan)

Analysis:

Rafa Benitez will be happy to have added 6’ 3” striker Joselu to the roster, but his displeasure with the owner’s tight purse strings is no secret. Newcastle added names in all areas, but the manager and fans wanted the club to show genuine intent in the summer window. It didn’t happen.

SOUTHAMPTON

What they needed:

Center back, striker

Who they got:

  1. Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan, £5M)
  2. Mario Lemina (Juventus, £15.6M)
  3. Wesley Hoedt (Lazio, £15M)

Who they got rid of (12 total):

  1. Jay Rodriguez (West Brom, £11.6M)
  2. Cuco Martina (Everton, free)
  3. Paulo Gazzaniga (Tottenham, undisclosed)
  4. Jordy Clasie (Club Brugge, loan)

Analysis:

With Jose Fonte gone and VVD wanting away, Southampton needed reinforcements in the center back position. And with Hoedt and Bednarek, they got them. Ultimately VVD didn’t go, but the depth at that position will still be welcome as he eases back into the S11 after returning from injury and training in isolation. Lemina was a quality pickup who was immediately installed into the starting lineup in the center of midfield.

STOKE CITY

What they needed:

Central midfielders

Who they got:

  1. Darren Fletcher (West Brom, free)
  2. Josh Tymon (Hull, undisclosed)
  3. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea, loan)
  4. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Schalke, free)
  5. Bruno Martins Indi (Porto, £7M)
  6. Jese Rodriguez (Paris St Germain, loan)
  7. Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham, £18M)

Who they got rid of (12 total):

  1. Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa, £2M)
  2. Shay Given (released)
  3. Jon Walters (Burnley, £1.9M)
  4. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham, undisclosed)
  5. Phil Bardsley (Burnley, undisclosed)
  6. Marc Muniesa (Girona, loan)
  7. Joselu (Newcastle, £5M)
  8. Philipp Wollscheid (Metz, free)

Analysis:

Stoke lacked quality in the center of midfield, so the experience of Darren Fletcher will help. Strangely, although defense was not an area of particular weakness, Stoke chose to bring in a slew of new backs, including an £18M deal for Wimmer.

SWANSEA CITY

What they needed:

Right back, creative midfielder

Who they got:

  1. Roque Mesa (Las Palmas, £11M)
  2. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea, loan)
  3. Cian Harries (Coventry, undisclosed)
  4. Erwin Mulder (Heerenveen, free)
  5. Sam Clucas (Hull, £16.5M)
  6. Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich, loan)
  7. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City, £12M)

Who they got rid of (23 total):

  1. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton, £45M)
  2. Jack Cork (Burnley, £7.5M)
  3. Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray, £2M)
  4. Jordi Amat (Real Betis, loan)
  5. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham, undisclosed)

Analysis:

The loss of talisman Sigurdsson will be tough to absorb, but Paul Clement fought for a good price and then was able to use his contacts at Bayern Munich to secure Sanches on loan. With a fee rumored to be just £6M, this could prove to be the single best deal of the transfer window, as the Portuguese star of Euro 2016 is considered to be one of the most promising young players in Europe. Abraham and Bony should add needed firepower up top, but Clement did not address the lack of depth and quality at right back.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

What they needed:

Depth

Who they got:

  1. Davinson Sanchez (Ajax, £42M)
  2. Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton, undisclosed)
  3. Juan Foyth (Estudiantes, undisclosed)
  4. Serge Aurier (Paris St Germain, £23M)
  5. Fernando Llorente (Swansea, undisclosed)

Who they got rid of (10 total):

  1. Kyle Walker (Manchester City, £50M)
  2. Kevin Wimmer (Stoke, £18M)

Analysis:

Would you take Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier in exchange for Kyle Walker and Kevin Wimmer? I would, and Mauricio Pochettino did. The Spurs gaffer even came out £5M ahead on those deals. Llorente will provide coverage for Kane, and Gazzaniga for Lloris. But to contend for EPL and CL titles, Poch needs even more depth and quality than he got.

WATFORD

What they needed:

Right back

Who they got:

  1. Will Hughes (Derby, £7.7M)
  2. Tom Cleverley (Everton, £7.9M)
  3. Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea, £4.85M)
  4. Kiko Femenia (Alaves, free)
  5. Sam Howes (West Ham, undisclosed)
  6. Daniel Bachmann (Stoke, free)
  7. Richarlison (Fluminense, £13M)
  8. Andre Gray (Burnley, £18.5M)
  9. Andre Carrillo (Benfica, loan)
  10. Orestis Karnezis (Udinese, loan)
  11. Marvin Zeegelaar (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed)
  12. Molla Wague (Udinese, loan)

Who they got rid of (7 total):

None notable

Analysis:

Watford needed a right back and they got one: Kiko Femenia has been excellent for Alaves. Overall, Watford strengthened in all areas, but the standout deal may be the signing of Chalobah for just £5M.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

What they needed:

Striker

Who they got:

  1. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton, £11.6M)
  2. Zhang Yuning (Vitesse, undisclosed)
  3. Ahmed Hegazi (Al Ahly, loan)
  4. Gareth Barry (Everton, undisclosed)
  5. Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig, undisclosed)
  6. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal, £7M)
  7. Grzegorz Krychowiak (PSG, loan)
  8. Kyle Jameson (Chelsea, undisclosed)

Who they got rid of (12 total):

  1. Darren Fletcher (Stoke, free)
  2. Craig Gardner (Birmingham, £1.5M)
  3. Sebastien Pocognoli (Standard Liege, free)
  4. Callum McManaman (Sunderland, undisclosed)

Analysis:

Tony Pulis turned to Jay Rodriguez to fill his need for a striker. Pulis was also able to hold on to Johnny Evans despite serious interest from Manchester City. Hegazi has been outstanding while Evans has been out, and Pulis also added upgrades such as Gibbs, Barry, and Krychowiak.

WEST HAM UNITED

What they needed:

Striker

Who they got:

  1. Joe Hart (Manchester City, loan)
  2. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, free)
  3. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke, £20M)
  4. Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen, £16M)
  5. Sead Haksabanovic (Halmstads BK, undisclosed)

Who they got rid of:

  1. Enner Valencia (Tigres, undisclosed)
  2. Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough, £5M)
  3. Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray, £4M)
  4. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa, loan)

Analysis:

Andy Carroll is quality. Unfortunately, he is crocked most of the time. Therefore, Slaven Bilic needed an alternative, and he snapped up a good one. Little Pea is not only a proven EPL performer, but he also offers a contrasting style of play to Carroll, providing Bilic with different tactical options at the striker position. Arnautovic is another quality addition to the attack.

WINNERS

  1. Manchester United: Jose knew what he needed and finished his business before the deadline craziness set in. The Matic deal will prove to be genius.
  2. Manchester City: A total revamp of the defense with top-quality players. Pep surely overspent, but MC can afford it.
  3. Huddersfield: Aggressive addition of talent all over the pitch, including nailing down their talisman Mooy. This is the kind intent Newcastle should have shown, but didn’t.
  4. Leicester: Kept Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and Kasper Schmeichel despite significant outside interest. Also brought in much-needed competition for their aging center backs.
  5. West Brom: Kept Johnny Evans and added defensive midfielder Krychowiak — opponents will have an even harder time scoring on the Baggies now. And Rodriguez is a genuine talent at striker.

Honorable Mentions:

Liverpool, Swansea, Everton

LOSERS

  1. Newcastle: Tepid transfer window for a club whose supporters expect so much more... and for a manager who needs so much more. Benitez could end up walking away in frustration.
  2. Arsenal: Only two players added, and snubbed by their main target. Also strengthened a competitor by selling the Ox to Liverpool—not wise when the pressure to return to the Champions League is so intense. Yes, they kept Sanchez, but until they start spending like the big boys, getting back to the CL will be a struggle, and an EPL title is pretty much out of the question.
  3. Brighton: Tim Krul was a good catch, but without a quality striker they will struggle to avoid relegation.
  4. West Ham: This team is a shambles and needed an overhaul. Chicharito and Arnautovic are really all they got. Incredibly, co-owner David Sullivan has revealed that the club could have signed Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak this summer, but passed because Bilic was “happy with his squad.”

What were your impressions of this window? Which clubs do you think did the best and the worst? Who overspent? Which player was the best bargain? Which players are on your fantasy radar? Tell us in the comments below.