What the transfer deadline gives you is a clear indication of which are the badly run football clubs!!!
Gary Neville tweeted the above 12 months ago and, ironically, his former club Manchester United were one of those left scrambling to try get deals completed at the last minute.
As always, there was Jim White on the TV, ‘Arry giving interviews from his car window, and the usual “He’s signed…actually, no he hasn’t” nonsense on Twitter throughout the day.
Below is a short assessment of the fortunes of some Premier League teams on Deadline Day.
It seems strange to be praising Liverpool for their transfer dealings after the shambles that was the last few years. However, all credit to Brendan Rodgers and the powers that be at Anfield who have made some very shrewd signings to strengthen the squad.
The ‘marquee’ pick up of Mamadou Sakho from Paris St. Germain gives them a physical presence at the back, something which should have been provided by a declining Martin Skrtel. With Kolo Toure performing well and Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori also signing on, Liverpool are now well stocked at centre half.
Also joining is Victor Moses on a season-long loan from Chelsea while Fabio Borini, who has struggled with injury and form over the past 12 months, heads to Sunderland in a similar deal.
First a negative – Roberto Martinez has now signed four players from the Wigan Athletic squad with which he was relegated.
Ok, with out of the way it’s time to praise the Toffees for adding three solid players to their squad. Irish international James McCarthy and Gareth Barry add depth to the middle of the park, especially important now that Marouane Fellaini has joined Manchester United.
Romelu Lukaku, the man many believe should have been spearheading the Chelsea attack this season, comes in on loan as a replacement for Victor Anichebe who has left for West Brom. Quite the upgrade.
After months of speculation that he would also join David Moyes at United, Leighton Baines remains at Goodison Park.
They only signed one player but what a player! The acquisition of Mesut Ozil for a club record fee is a massive coup and will erase all memories of the Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez fiascos we saw earlier in the summer. Still only 24, the German international’s pedigree is unquestionable due to his performances with both club and country.
In the last three seasons, Ozil has chipped in with a whopping 94 assists for both club and country, and is the perfect player to provide even more ammunition for Olivier Giroud who has had an excellent start to the campaign.
Having said all that, the signing of Ozil doesn’t address an area of real concern for Arsenal with question marks still hovering over the goalkeeper and back four. “If they score four, we’ll score five” Kevin Keegan-esque games could be on the cards, good news for the neutral.
What a day!
A deal for Ander Herrera looked nailed on until news emerged that those represeting United in negotiations with Athletic Bilbao were in fact “imposters”. Since then, a communications breakdown has been blamed for the deal not being sealed. Whatever the reason, United failed to land their man and the blame is being directed at new chief executive Ed Woodward.
As the clock ticked ever closer to the 11pm deadline, a surprise move for Real Madrid full back Fabio Coentrao also failed to materialise after the paperwork for the player’s loan wasn’t submitted in time.
A transfer window that promised so much with talk of Cesc Fabregas joining, a return to Old Traffoed for Cristiano Ronaldo, and, of course, the Thiago Alcantara saga, ended with signing an Everton midfielder (albeit a very good one).
The only activity around St. James’ Park were the tumbleweeds blowing down the road outside the stadium, making Newcastle the only Premier League team not to spend a penny on a permanent signing this summer.
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