Deadline Day, or #deadlineday as us cool kids over on Twitter call it, was another flurry of car window interviews, Jim Whyte and fax machines as clubs up and down the country battled to strenghten their squads at the last minute. Here’s the best and worst of the action:
Arsene Wenger had to do something in wake of the 8-2 defeat to Manchester United and the Arsenal boss has responded with a flurry of late deals. Mikel Arteta is a top quality addition and shouldn’t require a settling in period, and the same can be said for Yossi Benayoun. If both can remain fit, and it is an ‘if’, then the Gunners will have gone a long way to replacing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas. Brazilian left back Andre Santos and German Per Mertesacker will help shore up a leaky defence, while South Korean captain Park Chu-Young will provide a target up front. They’ve also gotten rid of Nicklas Bendtner for the season which can only be a good thing.
They needed some options up top and Tony Pulis has gotten the cheque book to bring in both Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome. Crouch was a spent force at Spurs but will no doubt be the subject of many a long throw in at the Brittania Stadium. Wilson Palacios will add a bit of tenacity to the midfield, not that it’s really needed admittedly.
Having already signed Joey Barton, QPR made an astute acquisition in his former Manchester City room mate Shaun Wright-Phillips. SWP may no longer be the wing wizard he once was but there is still a place for him in the Premier League. Throw Anton Ferdinand and the previously signed Luke Young and Armand Traore into the defensive mix and there is the bones of a good squad that could stay up.
They stuck to their guns and hung on to Luka Modric while also getting rid of deadwood such as Alan Hutton, Wilson Palacios, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley. Peter Crouch was also shipped out for a tidy £10 million meaning Daniel Levy has once again proved himself to be a shrewd operator.
The Cottagers saw off competition from Newcastle United to bag the signature of FC Twente forward Bryan Ruiz while also adding 23 year old Portuguese international Orlando Sa to their ranks on a three year deal.
Everton fans must loathe the tansfer window at this stage. Once again they have lost key players in the form of Mikel Arteta and Jermaine Beckford. While Beckford hardly set the world alight, it has been a long time since the Toffees had a decent compliment of strikers. The unpronounceable Denis Stracqualursi has come in on loan from Tigres of Argentina but it could take him time to adjust to his new surroundings, and loan signing Royston Drenthe is very much hit and miss.
Eight months down the road and still no adequate replacement for Andy Carroll.
Purely because they signed Yakubu.