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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