Yesterday was transfer deadline day. For some a great day, for others one that rivals Christmas and New Year for being anticlimatic. Particularly when you are still waiting around for your team to sign a bloody left back after several seasons of not having one. Not that I’m bitter or anything… Forgetting that momentarily, I thought today would be a good day to have a look back through some of the biggest moves of the day and give my opinion on them.
In Scotland it has to be said it was a rather dull day. I feel I need to talk about it, as a fan of a Scottish team, but there really isn’t much to say. Aberdeen sent Joe Shaughnessy out on loan to Falkirk, a move I presume was done to allow him to pay at CB for a while, a position I still think he could be very good in. It does come across as a bit strange considering how long Russell Anderson has just been ruled out for, but in McInnes we trust. Elsewhere, despite a weak start to the season Celtic spent most of the day sending players out the door, with only striker Stefan Scepovic coming the other way and on him I have to admit ignorace. Apart from that little of note happened and the window closed with barely a whimper.
South of the border, our lovely neighbours had a bit more going on. The biggest move obviously comes in the form of Radamel Falcao joining the Van Gaal… em… revolution? Alongside Angel Di Maria this looks on paper a cracking signing. However, looking at Man United’s start to the season, it is hard to claim it is what they needed. It’s arguable, before Costa slotted straight in, that United already had the best frontline in the league, with Van Persie, Rooney and Mata, and these two definitely add to that. But unless they click quickly, that backline could lose Man United too many games for it to make a difference.
Slipping out of Old Trafford and into the Emirates, a strange move considering Arsenal’s refusal to consider sending Vermaelen the other way, was Danny Welbeck. Now Welbeck has been much maligned, there is no denying that. However, I think he will do well at Arsenal. Say what you like about Giroud, but Arsenal always play better with an out and out striker in the team, Welbeck can be that. He’s quick, he’s kind of strong and he works hard. I don’t think he’s a 20 or 30 goal a season guy, but playing regularly in a team which has the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Sanchez providing balls for him, I think he will score goals.
The other side of Manchester saw a striker leave as well, with Alvaro Negredo returning to Spain, despite having been a bit of a revelation at the start of last season. With Aguero regularly struggling for fitness, this seems a strange move. Jovetic has had a good start to the season, which has presumably inspired this, but I am surprised to see Negredo go without a replacement. Joining him in moving abroad is Micah Richards, a player I always thought was naturally suited to be a great Premiership defender, mainly because he was big and quick. Hopefully, after a few years of bit part roles in an expensive Man City squad, his move to Fiorentina see’s him rejuvinate his career.
The rest of the supposed title challengers had a quiet day. With Liverpool and Chelsea having both wrapped up most of their signings long before and with only Remy coming into the Bridge in the days leading up to the close. Slightly further down, Sandro left White Hart Lane in order to join up with former manager Redknapp at QPR, but was quickly replaced with Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier. While Lewis Holtby was shipped out on loan to Hamburg. Again I must plead ignorance on Stambouli.
One team who can be very happy with their deadline day signings is Steve Bruce’s Hull. With one going out, George Boyd, and four coming in, it was a productive day. Hatem Ben Arfa made his way across from Newcastle and now has the chance to prove Alan Pardew wrong for freezing him out at St James’s Park. Elsewhere, Gaston Ramirez and Mohammed Diame came in on loan from Southampton and West Ham respectively and Abel Hernandez made a £10 million move from Palermo. It’s an impressive list of players, but you do have to wonder how they will all slot in on such late notice. If it all goes well it could be a very good season for the non-Tigers and at least for now their fans can enjoy the sense of anticipation.
Outside of this the day saw little that could be called truly exciting. James McArthur joined Wigan for seven million, a price that seems high for a Championship team to be shelling out, but he is the kind of player you could imagine slotting straight into a midfield and making a difference. While Harry Redknapp did what Harry Redknapp does and signed Niko Kranjcar for the seven hundredth time. The window slammed shut and Jim White hung up his tie for another year. It’s always hard to pick a ‘winner’ at this point, but if we are talking about the window as a whole it is hard to argue with Chelsea’s moves, especially seeing as they appear to have already clicked. Although Liverpool’s signing of pretty much the spine of a team could also be said to be up there. For the day itself, it is hard to look past Hull, who’s raft of signings could be inspired but could also fall apart easily. Either way it was yet another exhausting day for football fans across the country and I for one am still dreaming of left backs.