Transfer Deadline Day: The Truth Part 3

Craig Bellamy: Point to prove?

Team: Liverpool

Players in: Craig Bellamy < Manchester City > Undisclosed | Villyan Bijev < California Odyssey > Undisclosed

Players out: Villyan Bijev > Fortuna Dusseldorf > Loan | Joe Cole > Lille > Loan | David Ngog > Bolton > Undisclosed | Christian Poulsen > Liverpool > Undisclosed | Raul Meireles > Chelsea > Undisclosed

What he said: Craig Bellamy “For me, the players they’ve signed this summer, there has been a lot of British which takes me back to when I started watching Liverpool. It looks so familiar to me and to be part of it is such a huge honour.”

What they said: Steven Gerrard “I’m delighted that Craig is back – I didn’t want him to leave in the first place… That pace and the fiery character he’s got will help us in our push for success this season.”

Deadline day verdict: There were a lot of rumours that despite splashing a lot of cash, Liverpool’s summer spending was not over and it turned out the rumours were true with the arrival of Bellamy in what was a shrewd move by Dalglish. Bellamy not only adds another dimension to the Liverpool attack, he has a point to prove and has the bit back between his teeth after spending last season at Cardiff. Bellamy’s explosive pace will no doubt balance out Liverpool’s attack with the potential for both he and Suarez to work around big target man Andy Carroll in a 4-3-3 formation. The players going out are no big loss to the club, Bellamy can effectively replace Ngog, although different types of player they have improved this area in my opinion. Meireles to Chelsea is a strange one, he seemed to fall out of favour with Kenny who prefers British players and with the arrival of Adam and Henderson, the emergence of Spearing, plus the improvement of Lucas, there didn’t seem much space for the Portuguese midfielder at the club. Shipping out fellow midfielders Christian Poulsen and Joe Cole was a good move by Kenny to trim the fat of what was a squad in transition.

Improved league chances: Yes

Predicted league finish: 5th

Missed out on: Gary Cahill

 

Easy riding down the wing at Loftus Road?

Team: QPR

Players in: Shaun Wright-Phillips < Manchester City > Undisclosed | Anton Ferdinand < Sunderland > Undisclosed | Jason Puncheon < Southampton > Loan | Tommaso Trani < Ac Milan > Free

Players out: Antonio German > Released | Elvijs Putnins > Boreham Wood > Loan

What he said: SWP “After speaking to the manager and seeing what direction the club was going, I just really wanted to be a part of helping that to happen. With a few signings, and with squad we have got, we are heading in the right direction.”

What they said: @JLQPR “Just watching the interviews…still find it hard to believe we have signed…SWP! #QPR”

Deadline day verdict: It exploded down at Loftus Road on deadline day, real challenge Anneka stuff with people running in to reception to go and sign their contracts to beat the deadline day clock. Tony Fernandes’ takeover completely changed the face of QPR from a club that was wheeling and dealing free transfers, to a club that could show a bit of financial clout and get the targets they wanted. Before deadline Armand Traore, Joey Barton and Luke Young all checked in and there is no doubt the signing of Shaun Wright-Phillips is a huge coup for the club. For me the jury is out on Ferdinand and also Puncheon but there is no doubt QPR are shaping up.

Improved league chances: Yes

Predicted league finish: 16th

Missed out on: Sebastian Bassong

 

 

WAGS box just got a little better at The Britannia

Team: Stoke      

Players in: Peter Crouch [Tottenham - Stoke] £10m Cameron Jerome [Birmingham - Stoke] Undisclosed Wilson Palacios [Tottenham - Stoke] Undisclosed

Players out: None

What he said: Peter Crouch “Saying he rang me a couple of times is an understatement (Woodgate), he was calling me every hour and was also keen to get Wilson [Palacios] up here, and he only had glowing references for the fans, the facilities and the manager, so that was a plus point too.”

What they said: Tony Pulis “There has been a real buzz of excitement around the city about where the club is going since we reached the FA Cup final and then started our Europa League adventure. These signings certainly add to that great sense of anticipation.”

Deadline day verdict: Stoke were also very busy on deadline day as Tony Pulis wishes came true to get two strikers and a midfielder in at the club. He has recruited some good quality; Palacios has been unlucky after his form dipped following his well publicised family problems and never really surpassed the performance levels he achieved during his first season at Spurs. If he can regain his form he will fit right in to a battling Stoke side. Crouch and Jerome are also good experienced signings, Crouch will fit in perfectly to Stoke’s system, although the Stoke fans will soon learn he is not as good as he should be in the air for someone his size. Jerome has a little bit to prove, a striker that is a better version that Carlton Cole can cause damage in this division if he gets the supply and gets his head on. Stoke could be a team to watch and after other experience coming in during the window they are no mugs.

Improved league chances: Yes

Predicted league finish: 8th

Missed out on: Scott Parker

 

 

Parker: Gurning champion 2006

Team: Spurs

Players in: Scott Parker

Players out: Peter Crouch [Tottenham - Stoke] £10m David Bentley [Tottenham - West Ham] Loan Jermaine Jenas (Loan) Alan Hutton (Undisclosed) Wilson Palacios [Tottenham - Stoke] Undisclosed

What he said: Scott Parker “I’m obviously delighted to be back in the Premier League, I’ve had four fantastic years at West Ham. I met many good people, many friends and the fans were fantastic to me there but I just felt it was time to move on. It was time for me to try and stay in the Premier League. I felt at this stage in my career I needed to be playing Premier League football.”

What ‘Arry said: “It is great to have both of last year’s footballers of the year here at Tottenham in Gareth Bale, who was the PFA Player of the Year, and now Scott Parker. Scott is exactly what we need. He is a good character and an excellent professional with a great attitude. He will be fantastic for us both on and off the pitch.”

Deadline day verdict: Spurs didn’t quite pull out the surprise signings people/SkySports speculated that they would on deadline day. The protracted move for Parker came to fruition and was finally completed adding some much needed steel and drive to a lacklustre midfield. There is no doubt that, for this season at least, Parker will prove a good signing for Spurs from a leadership and performance perspective. But Spurs missed out on Gary Cahill, a decision they will come to regret, and also possibly not bringing in another top striker will affect their chances this year until the January transfer window comes around. No Kaka at Spurs but Daniel Levy struck some good deals for players going out who were surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.

Improved league chances: No

League finish: 6th

Missed out on: Gary Cahill

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