After the craziness of the transfer deadline day, serenity returns to proceedings at last. No more player tantrums and agents looking for improved contracts for his client, well until January at least. The squads are set and the manager must make the most of what he has at his disposal.
Roberto Mancini’s cries of more signings were finally pampered on deadline day but one suspects he would have wanted more, clearly ‘satisfaction’ seems a concept alien to the Italian’s nature. Chelsea’s philanthropic owner won his court case too late perhaps and hence, surprisingly refused to indulge in the final few hours although his cravings were already being satisfied by the arrival of one maverick Belgian sensation. Nevertheless, you can hardly keep a good man down, not for long anyways. Roman will be back and stronger in January as the Falcao show in the UEFA Super Cup made sure that the Chelsea owner took note.
Manchester United spent around 45 million in the summer transfer market, but once again Ferguson managed to troll the United support by not buying that coveted central midfielder; Fergie, it seems, is adamant at playing that Doughnut formation with the gaping hole in the middle. Nevertheless, Robin Van Persie’s acquisition from Arsenal already looks quite a coup even at the rather steep figure of 24million.
Liverpool under their new manager bought astutely after the mind bogglingly laughable deals of last summer, but surely adding another striker should have been a priority for the Merseyside club. Neighbors and cross town rivals Everton once again made most of every pound from their transfer kitty as only David Moyes could.
All said and done and after all that hoopla and commotion, one can’t help be impressed by the transfer dealings under Michael Laudrup at Swansea City. Some absolute steals and bargain buys by the legendary former Barcelona man and things look rosy for the Welsh club even after the departure of Rodgers.
Talking of Swansea and steals, TheHardTackle looks to pick out some of the deals that made most sense economically and could prove to be real transfer coups in time to come. Here are our top 5 value for money deals done by Premier League Managers:
Michu (Swansea) from Rayo Vallecano
Miguel Pérez Cuesta, formally known as Michu in football circles, has already made his mark and although stats reveal little, yet the Spaniard’s four goal haul in three games has caught everyone’s attention. However, for La Liga followers it has hardly been a surprise as Michu netted seventeen times for the newly promoted Vallecano which included a brace against giants Real Madrid. At 26, Michu is presumably at the peak of his powers and hence it was a real shock to the system when Swansea City announced his arrival for a miserly sum of 2 million.
Early indications could prove to false alarms at the end but at that price, the smart money is on the Swans and the Spaniard. Well, all that can be said for now is that Michu has taken to life in the Premier league like a Swan to water.
Junior Hoilett (QPR) from Blackburn Rovers
Price: Free transfer
Mark Hughes and QPR were highly active in the window and after they managed to grab their hands on some prominent names like Granero from Real Madrid and Mbia from Marseille, one wonders if their real transfer coup could yet be Junior Hoilett on a free from relegated Rovers. The highly rated Canadian was on the radar of some big clubs, both in England and Germany, and at one stage said to have almost signed for Borussia Monchengladbach. However, the deal never materialized and QPR swiftly acted upon the chance to sign the winger.
At 23 years of age and with Premier league experience under his belt, Hoilett looks a great prospect with pace and trickery to continuously bamboozle his marker and provide great service into the box. In fact, clubs in the upper echelon of the English could have and probably should have made a punt for the mercurial winger wizard.
Claudio Yacob (West Brom) from Racing Santander
Price: Free transfer
Bit of an unknown commodity this fella coming from Argentine football, but surely his tenacity will show through and fans up and around the country will take notice. Playing as the defensive shield to the Baggies side, Yacob has impressed in his brief stint and was voted Man of the Match against Liverpool in a game which the home side won 3-0. Another impressive display followed against Everton and the West Brom fans like what they have seen so far from their new midfield destroyer in chief. A free transfer makes this coup even more attractive.
Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) from Fulham
Liverpool wanted him, Arsenal showed their interest while Aston Villa presented a formal bid for the American international. However, Dempsey is now officially a Spurs player as Andre Villas Boas pulled a Harry Redknapp by hijacking the deal in the dying moments of the transfer window. Dempsey is a seasoned Premier league player, one with class and composure and most importantly goals to his game. The American has easily been the Cottager’s most potent threat and hence it was hardly a surprise when Fulham fans voted him their player of the year for the second year in a row.
Tottenham don’t really have proven goal scorers in their team with the possible exception of Adebayor who himself scores in patches. With the departure of Rafael Van Der Vaart, White Hart Lane faithful will look upon their new recruit to chip in and carry the burden. The last American import was an instant success and the Spurs fans would hope they strike gold once again with Clint Dempesy
Arouna Koné (Wigan Athletic) from Sevilla
Kone has attracted interest for some time now but strangely the move never happened. Roberto Martinez has shown his brilliance in unearthing hidden talents from his native Spain previously and the Ivory Coast international has finally landed in England and is already off the mark.
Kone is already a veteran at 28, and with bags of experience playing for the likes of PSV, Sevilla and Levante. Last season though, was exceptionally fruitful for the Ivorian both individually (15 goals) and collectively, as Levante finished sixth and qualified for the Europa League. Kone was so bang in form that he had to be rested for the final three games of the season because he was “scoring too many goals”; if he reached 18 he would have to return to Sevilla automatically according to the contact. However, Levante got their 3 million and Wigan got their man.