Jamie Clarke - Transfer Summary
Published: 01 Sep 2011 - 13:30:57
Thank god. It's over. For a whole three months, the transfer window is now closed - and this still doesn't stop teams from tapping up players ahead of January. Some teams did better business than others and some did little at all.
I am personally not a fan of the last day madness that unfolds on Sky Sports News and other outlets. It just gets a bit too much at times and the same stuff just gets repeated over and over. He is seen here, he is going there, he is going nowhere, talks have stalled, talks are back on and so on. There’s always a definitive outcome regardless and teams eventually get their man. Why leave it so late? Every year it’s the same. You would have thought these managers would have learnt by now. In reality, the window is never really shut as teams can still do business but just cant get the player until the next window. Why not plan ahead? There is a good three months until January so there is plenty of time to get the right players in. If anything, the January window is the better window out of the two. That’s the time when managers have had a fair amount of time to assess their squad of players and decide if changes should be made. There may be more panic buys and over the top valuations but if you’re a team fighting for relegation or, trying to get into the European places, then this is the time to add players.
In terms of some of the deals that went through during the window – and lets not forget it is a huge two-month transfer window - and not just one day on the 31st August, there were some shrewd and good signings throughout. A lot of money was spent indeed but this was essential for some clubs. Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United were the most intelligent sides during the transfer window by getting the majority of their signings completed before the first game of the season. Liverpool added and lost a player on deadline day but Raul Meireles will be their loss and Chelsea’s gain.
The final day ended up being one big exchange deal between Premier League clubs. One of my earlier blogs was about teams in the PL looking to sign English based players. This has pros and cons. The pros are that you get a proven and established player in the league that doesn’t need time to settle and the obvious cons are that prices are far higher. This was clear to see throughout the window and on deadline day as few players came from overseas. Even Arsene Wenger adopted this approach, well, for one player at least.
Some of the transfer fees were big this summer and I am not a fan of this as I believe very few deserve such valuations - but in the current transfer climate sides are having to pay these prices. It’s the norm now. The signings of Phil Jones for £20m, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson for a similar price shocked me. Both have had great starts at their respected clubs, though, and deserve their plaudits. Finally, signings of the summer are as follows:
Ashley Young – Has settled superbly, can score and assist goals.
Raul Meireles – Chelsea paid a mere £12m. Creative midfielder they needed.
Charlie Adam – has proved quickly he can cut it at a big club.
Peter Crouch – Stoke City’s throw-ins have just become more of a threat.
Per Mertesacker – rumoured to have just cost £10m. Commanding centre back.
Joey Barton – free transfer and one of the best performers last season.
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- As football grows more ludicrous by the minute and transfer fees continue to spiral out of control, there is never a dull minute in the most beautiful and controversial sport on the planet. Still young, at the tender age of just 22, I aim to write in depth analysis on the current issues in English football and with an admiration for other European leagues – I hope this can aid my writing with the increase of foreign managers and players in the top division. I have lived in Cambridge for my entire life with a brief stay in Southampton, whilst I completed my Sports Journalism degree at Solent University. As a kid, I was not forced to support my father’s team (as he did not have one) so I went for the glory route and picked up Manchester United as my favoured club. However, as I got older I began to figure out what football was all about and I decided to switch allegiances to yep, Ipswich Town. A club close to Cambridge, I saw this as the best choice. But you may still see me defending United as they are still a club I admire. Things I hate in football are: Chairmen who sack managers for no reason, players who demand huge wages when they quite clearly don't deserve them, players demanding transfers after signing long term deals, FIFA, deluded football fans (mostly Liverpool) and I am sure more will be added to the list. You can follow me on Twitter @jamiejourno
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