Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Transfer window slams shut
Now the transfer window has closed I look back at some of the last deals that went through and who have had a nightmare.
Arsenal finally spent some cash and on a world class player, Wenger did pull this out the bag, after a frustrating summer for the Gooners they now have a new hero, Mesut Ozil. This transfer came out of the blue for many reasons, one Arsenal spending such a large amount of cash. Secondly the fact Arsenal didn't really need a player in his position but if you get the chance to bring in class you do it. The £42m pound deal puts some much needed excitement at the Emirates. The deal has been compared to when Arsenal brought in Dennis Bergkamp he defiantly can have the same impact.
The other side of north London did the most business, Tottenham brought in 7 new faces for over £100 million. However they did lose Bale, but the squad itself has improved with some real talent Eriksen, Lamela and Saldado look exciting but how quickly will it take for the new faces gel? The expectation at Tottenham is higher than ever and top four with this squad is now a must.
Manchester United had a shocking summer transfer wise, has there ever been a summer where United went after so many players but got knocked back so much? The fact they have only made 1 real signing for Moyes this is difficult as he has to implement his impression at Old Trafford. He has a title winning team but they won it last year because simply the others did not strengthen or were just awful. Sir Alex's figure still looms over OT and with the lack of changes if things don't go well the doubters will be out with 'Ferguson would have done this' or 'Ferguson would have got him'. Fellaini is OK but it's nothing exciting or the creative spark United needed, Ozil would have been ideal. He admitted he went to Arsenal because of the manager, would he have gone United if Ferguson was still there?
Chelsea and Manchester City done their business early but some of the eye catching deals that went through were, Lukaku to Everton on loan, surprising Chelsea did let him go when I feel he is the best striker they have. James McCarthy also when to Goodison Park which was always going to happen with Martinez being there. Fulham managed to get Darren Bent & Adel Taarabt on loans one very creative player and one proven goal-scorer if they click it's a great move by them. Liverpool brought in Sakho from PSG which went under the radar somewhat, be a very good player, along with Victor Moses on loan his style of play will fit into the Rodgers way. Crystal Palace did a lot of business on the last day, Kebe, Hunt and Mariappa all came in to give them a fighting chance to stay up. Aston Villa brought in a £7m striker from Lazio, Kozak so it looks like a bit of competition for Benteke now. Sunderland brought in another Italian this time Andrea Dossena from Napoli on loan. Hughes' re-building at Stoke saw Stephen Ireland and Marko Arnautovic come in. This is a typical Hughes move going for somebody over 30 years-old on a massive wage and has done nothing for a while. West Brom broke their transfer record by bringing in Stephane Sessegnon who had fallen out of favour at the Stadium of Light. Plus they also got Victor Anichebe which is also a decent signing for them.
Totteham, Chelsea and Manchester City
Newcastle - Seems like Joe Kinnear didn't want to call any chairmen in Europe and bring in numbers to St James'