So it’s that time of year again. The football season is underway and the transfer window for the Premier League has slammed shut. This post will look at some of the best, the worst and most interesting moves over the period.
1. Santi Cazorla (Malaga – Arsenal):
This guy, after three impressive games for his new club, looks like he has the potential to join the ever growing list of Arsenal midfield-maestros such as Brady, Parlour, Veira and Fabregas. The usual Spanish flair runs through every aspect of his game and a central midfield mixing the little Spaniard with his countryman Mikel Arteta is likely to cause problems for even the best of teams.
2. Eden Hazard (Lille – Chelsea):
This young winger looks to have many tricks up his sleeve. He has something many of the English wingers (Walcott, Downing and Lennon to name but a few) struggle with: both pace and the ability to strike a ball cleanly. He made an explosive start in his Chelsea debut being involved in both goals with an assist and the invitation of a foul to create the penalty for Chelsea’s second, in a two nil win against Wigan. This boy is destined for great things and a long spell at Chelsea I’m sure.
3. Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United – Norwich):
I’ve been a fan of Snodgrass for a few years now. His combinations with Beckford when they were both playing for Leeds meant the team tore League One apart. He has a sweet left foot and vision that was always worthy of a place in the Premiership. A good piece of business done by the Canaries there.
4. Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace – Southampton):
The fullback position is one I always watch out for (unsurprisingly at it’s my own position). Mr Clyne has impressed me in every bit of game time I’ve seen him in. He’s shown an incredible ability in tackling, the first impression I got of this was the superb tackle in Southampton’s opener against Man City; the tackle unfortunately resulted in an injury to Sergio Ageuro, but was still executed to perfection. He seems up for the huge challenge of stepping up to the Premier League and I hope his performances continue.
5. Matt Jarvis (Wolves – West Ham):
Matt Jarvis is an interesting player. He’s a bit of a risky inclusion in the ‘good’ section of this post as he has yet to prove himself as a decent signing for the Hammers. However, his pace, skill and above all, incredible crossing ability make him a formidable force. This danger for opposing sides is only exacerbated after the acquisition of Andy Carroll as a dominating force in the penalty area. West Ham United are a Premier League worthy team and I hope this lad will help them to retain that status.
1. Jack Rodwell (Everton – Manchester City):
Mr Rodwell looked to have a bright future ahead of him for both club and country. A promising start to his Everton career caught the eyes of many, unfortunately however, this included a super-rich Manchester City, who were still awaiting their first capture of the transfer window. This move was debatable at first, but after a few costly mistakes in his early appearances for City, it is likely that he will slip into obscurity, much like a young Scott Parker. Both players arguably ruined their career by moving into the top teams too early on and not getting the game time a growing player needs. Unfortunate, but the best teams want the best players for the future as well as today.
2. Scott Sinclair (Swansea – Manchester City):
This one makes no sense to me. Scott can’t expect to break into a team already containing Tevez, Nasri, Aguero and Co, and City have recently sold Adam Johnson; a player with greater natural ability than Sinclair. Yes, it can be argued that Johnson doesn’t do his part when tracking back to defend, but a true manager (which I’m sure Mancini is) should be able to drum this into his men at the training ground. Natural ability is less flexible however, you’re only born with what you’ve got and unfortunately, Sinclair doesn’t look to be at table-topping level yet. Shaun Wright-Phillips Take II? I hope not, but probably.
3. Robert Green (West Ham United – QPR):
Dear oh dear. I thought Green’s sudden decline in ability was due to a confidence knock after his awful mistake for England in the 2010 World Cup against U.S.A. However, at the end of last season, he seemed to think he was better than West Ham, who have now readily replaced him with a better keeper in Jaaskelianen. QPR signed him and after a less-than-impressive debut, they’ve speedily called in one of the best keepers in the world, Julio Cesar. Enjoy the bench Robert, you kinda deserve it.
THE ONES TO LOOK OUT FOR
1. Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid – Liverpool):
After thinking Sahin was coming to my team, Arsenal, I watched a few YouTube videos on him. The player has class on the ball and has superb ability in defensive duties. The loanee from Real Madrid was unfortunately let down by his team mates to an in form Arsenal side on his debut, but I’ve got a feeling he’ll grow to be a force to be reckoned with, and one Liverpool may hope to keep hold of beyond his temporary loan.
2. Olivier Giroud (Montpellier – Arsenal):
If I hadn’t done a bit of scouting before Giroud made his way to Arsenal, it’s likely I would have placed him in the ‘bad’ section of this post. However, his finishing ability and goalscoring record in France speak for themselves. After a slow start, Olivier has worried a few fans, but hopefully his natural ability will shine through once he’s adapted to life in the Premiership. Let’s hope he doesn’t turn into another Chamakh, eh?
3. Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea – West Ham United):
Yossi played for Arsenal last season and I for one had lingering hopes of an extended stay at the Emirates. However, his age is likely to have put off Wenger as his performances were usually extremely solid. For this reason, it’ll be interesting to see Benayoun back at Upton Park, hopefully adding some creativity into Allardyce’s squad.
4. Adam Johnson (Manchester City – Sunderland):
Exciting is the word I would use to describe this move. I’ve always admired Johnson’s footwork and confidence to take players on, and a prolonged stretch in a first team is exactly what the lad needed. Hopefully this transfer will bring out the best in him and give the English national team an incredible asset for the future.
Thanks for reading, if you’ve got any comments, disagreements or general points you want to let me know of, just post below!