Transfer Deadline Day: The Truth Part 1

The last two days have been intense, speculation flying everywhere from the arrival of Kakuta at Bolton to Kaka going to Spurs! Some was obviously complete and utter banter, but moves have happened. We are reviewing the business the Premier League clubs did yesterday to see who they bought, what people think and whether it improves the teams chances for the season. Have a read and let us know what you think!

Team: Aston Villa

Players in: Jermaine Jenas < Tottenham > Loan | Alan Hutton < Tottenham > Undisclosed

Players out: None on Deadline Day

What he said: Alan Hutton “As soon as I knew Villa were interested it was the only place I wanted to go. This is a massive club with great players.”

What they said: “Aston Villa announce world class Full Back signing. Oh no, hold on, false alarm, its Hutton dressed as Lahm.”

Window Verdict: There is no doubt that Villa need to strengthen during the window and strengthen they did. With a good nucleus of established players backed up by youngsters there was definite need to add more depth in experience. Hutton will come straight in at right back and should have no time adapting having played for Alex McLeish before. Hutton showed a lot of promise at Spurs but never quite cut the mustard. Rumours were that off the field the man from Glasgow was a bit of a nutter, hopefully something McLeish can control. Jenas has spent too much time on the bench at Spurs and had/has all the potential to be a good box-to-box midfielder and should be a good signing.

Improved the Team: Yes

Predicted League position: 7th – 8th

Missed out on: Joe Cole

Team: Arsenal

Players in: Per Mertesacker < Werder Bremen > Undisclosed | Yossi Benayoun < Chelsea > Loan | Mikel Arteta < Everton > £10m | Andre Santos < Fenerbahce > £6.2m

Players out: Nicklas Bendtner > Sunderland > Loan | Joel Campbell > Lorient > Loan | Henri Lansbury > West Ham > Loan

What he said: @YossiBenayoun15 “I sign with arsenal,very happy and excited about it,but now my head is only in the game against grecce on friday,thanks for the support.”

What they said: @JackWilshere “Best news of the day! Brilliant signing! Welcome to Arteta! Great day all round for #AFC this is why #ILoveAFC. Come on you gooners!!!!”

Window Verdict: Arsenal needed some faces in badly and Arsenal fans will breathe a sigh of relief that they actually got some bodies after leaving it so late. Per Mertesacker is a great bit of business and has arrived for good money considering he is the German captain. He is a more cost-effective option than Gary Cahill which no doubt pleased Wenger. Andre Santos is an accomplished attacking full back but how he will fit in to the Premier League is yet to be seen. We have seen Brazilian full backs come and fail here before, remember Gilberto at Spurs? Jury is out on that one. So on to Fabregas and Nasri’s replacements: Arteta and Benayoun. Arteta is a great player, but at 29-years old, possibly not the name that Arsenal fans wanted to see. His playing style is not a million miles off that of Fabregas so will slot in no problem. Everton fans think he is past his best and his injury record will be in question. One thing is for sure he is not as good as Fabregas. Benayoun is a reasonably astute bit of business. He has signed on loan so no doubt will depart for the MLS come next summer, but he has a point to prove in the Premier League. His pre-season form has been good at Chelsea and he would have felt he should be pushing to start there … AVB obviously had different ideas. Arsene did well to move a few on also, especially convincing someone to take self-professed super striker Nicklas Bendtner. Missed out on bringing in a defensive and a world-class creative midfielder but this will see them through to January.

Improved the Team: Yes

Predicted League position: 4th – 6th

Missed out on: Eden Hazard and Yann M’Vila

Team: Blackburn

Players in: Yakubu < Everton > Undisclosed | Scott Dann < Birmingham > Undisclosed | Jordan Slew < Sheffield United > Undisclosed

Players out: None on Deadline Day

What he said: Yakubu “I’ve met Steve Kean and he’s a great manager”.

What they said: @UnofficialSteve “Biggest transfer waste this year is Scott Dann to Blackburn what a waste. Relegation fodder.”

Window Verdict: Blackburn were looking as though they were in trouble before the end of the window and as we look back, it still seems that is the case. They badly needed a centre back and a striker, which they got, but you have to look at the quality. Scott Dann is no doubt a great talent and solid centre back. He will become one of the top players in the squad and could be formidable with Chris Samba at the back. Yakubu on the other hand is a panic, last minute, signing who has little about him. There is no doubt that once upon a time ‘the Yak’ was good, but his desire seems to let down this 1 in 3 striker. A bit of a journeyman having had as many clubs as Mike Newell, he spent last season on loan at Leicester where he managed 11 goals in 22 games. It all depends how much he wants it and as reports are rife he had earlier rejected Rovers but reconsidered as he couldn’t get another move, the guy has plenty to prove.

Improved the Team: Yes

Predicted League finish: 15th

Missed out on: John Fleck & Vedad Ibisevic

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  1. Sean Gray says:

    I am laughing at Arsenal fans, Arteta the best you can do? No where near as good as Fabregas and Benayoun is no where as good as Nasri which means you are a lot worse. No chance this year gooners.

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