What is the truth behind these transfers? Are they panic buys or well thought out? Players that are season makers or season breakers? Jeff takes up the gaunlet again as the next four teams come to the plate.
Players out: None on Deadline Day
What they said: @ MrMeedolson: “Gael Kakuta is going to realise his potential at Bolton. He’ll be kept an eye on for the until January! Gd luck Gael! Blossom like Sturridge.”
What he said: Owen Coyle “David will be a great addition to our squad…He is quick, can score goals and he knows what the Premier League is all about.”
Deadline Day Verdict: The deadline day activity by Owen Coyle wasn’t too bad for Bolton fans and the striker they desperately needed arrived, or did he?? Daniel Sturridge made a huge impact last year and with both him and Elmander departing they needed to fill the gap with a 20 goal-a-season man to supplement Kevin Davies. Whether Ngog has got 20+ goals in him we will have to wait and see, but his record at Liverpool was 9 goals in 61 games, albeit most as a sub. Gael Kakuta is a promising talent that is highly-rated at Chelsea, he was out on loan at Fulham last year but did not impose himself the way he should have done. Kakuta will be desperate to show what he has this time and the attacking player could turn out to be a great signing if he realises his potential, but Kakuta has a lot to prove like Ngog. The silver lining for the side will be that Gary Cahill did not leave after a transfer to Spurs could not be finalised and this is great news for the club.
Improved league chances: Yes
League finish: 8th or 9th
Missed out on: Shaun Wright-Phillips
Players in: Raul Meireles < Liverpool > Undisclosed
What he said: @JuanMata10 “Welcome to @chelseafc Raul Meireles!! And good luck @YossiBenayoun15, suerte amigo!”
What they said: @SMcQ_UK “Can’t say I’m overly enamoured by the arrival of Raul Meireles at The Bridge. Still, he’s a Chelsea player now so I’m a 100% behind him.”
Deadline Day Verdict: No Luka Modric despite the constant belief of Chelsea fans over the last few days that a deal would happen and until Redknapp said ‘1,000,000% he is not leaving’, their hopes were still alive. The arrival of Raul Meireles will come as a surprise; Meireles seemed destined to be another European player to not quite cut it in the Premier League after falling out of favour at Liverpool. But he is a solid player who has reminded us of what he can do recently with some cameos for Liverpool and could be an inspired signing by AVB who didn’t get the chance to fully work with him at FC Porto. Chelsea are crying out for more creativity in the centre, although not the end of the world, the non-arrival of this type of player will spell the end of their title chances to many. No surprises on the players that have left the club as they will gain much needed experience to continue their development. Chelsea have signed well and have a big squad, so all still to play for, but the Chelsea faithful seemed unexcited by Meireles when it should have been Modric or even Ribery (a late rumour that was never going to happen) but it is this type of big name the fans craved. Meireles a panic buy? Time will tell.
Improved league chances: No
League finish: 3rd
Missed out on: Luka Modric
What he said: Denis Stracqualursi: “I know that Everton has a big history in England and is an important club. I am very excited to be here.
What they said: “Denis who? Are you having a laugh??”
Deadline Day Verdict: For a club on the verge of financial meltdown no one expected any players to be arriving at Goodison and with the squad shorter than Jimmy Krankie in high heels, not many departures were expected either. Sven wanted any striker who can hit 20+ goals and Beckford fitted the bill, for £3m, it is good business for the still unproven striker who was signed for free. His replacement is the unknown Denis Stracqualursi who signed on loan from Tigre, a scout recommendation if ever I saw one. Denis says he is “here to get in the box and score goals”, so he could be what the team need. With the departure of Mikel Arteta, balls won’t be coming through the middle as much for the Toffees, wing play will be essential and this is where other signing Royston Drenthe will come in. Drenthe has arrived on loan from Real Madrid and is a player that has not only resembled Predator in his time, but a player that has bags of potential. After not quite cutting it at Real he has moved around on loan and one of the main problems is where the guy plays – he is really a wing back, but that system went out with Hoddle in 1999. He will operate on the left side of midfield for Everton and the pace of the Premier League may well bring the best out of him. Everton could be struggling, but they kept hold of their key men in Jags, Felliani and Baines and whilst Moyes continues to work his magic they always have a chance. Tough season ahead and a lot will depend on Denis Who?
Improved league chances: Yes
League finish: 10th
Missed out on: Everyone and no one!
Orlando Sa < unattached > Fulham | Muamer Tankovic < IFK Norrkoping > Undisclosed
Players out: Keanu Marsh-Brown > Dundee United > Loan
What he said: Bryan Ruiz “I’m really happy to be joining Fulham Football Club and playing under Martin Jol who is a manager I admire from his time managing in Holland for Ajax. I chose to come to Fulham because it feels more personal than other clubs I have visited.”
What MJ said: “Bryan Ruiz was always our intended target. He is a player who continues to attract interest from other top clubs so naturally I’m very happy, on this final day of the transfer window that he has decided to join Fulham.”
Deadline Day Verdict: Fulham needed to improve and managed to add some real class on deadline day in the form of Bryan Ruiz. The in-demand striker has been attracting interest from all over Europe and was subject to a late bid from Newcastle, but for me was always going to Fulham to link up with Jol. Another player MJ knows from Holland is defender Zdenek Grygera, the Czech centre back’s best days are possibly behind him, but he is versatile and will do a job as a squad player and has plenty of experience having played for Ajax and Juventus. Orlando Sa is a random one, a free agent looking for a club but has some pedigree after playing 2 matches for FC Porto and hitting 7 goals in 7 games for Portugal U21. Jol needed firepower and there is no doubt the former Eredivisie top scorer will be the feather in Jol’s cap.
Improved League finish: Yes
League finish: 11th
Missed out on: Alan Hutton
Let us know what you think of your teams signings – has it made you better or are you hacked off the players you wanted didn’t arrive? It’s going to be a long hard season and now the dust has settled does your team have what it takes?