With Premier League clubs spending more than £480 million this summer, transfer deadline day was always going to be interesting.
Robin van Persie had already made his big-money move from Arsenal to Manchester Utd by the time silly season was in full flow.
Rumours were rife with literally every midfielder that has ever lived being linked to Stoke City.
David Villa’s switch to Manchester City wasn’t even close to reality, but the champions did finally splash the cash with Scott Sinclair, Maicon and Javi Garcia joining Eastlands.
Tottenham foolishly let Rafa van der Vaart leave without replacement Joao Moutinho signing on.
QPR brought yet another player to Loftus Road, but did some great business shipping Joey Barton out of the club, and out of the country so kudos to you Tony Fernandes.
With all the wheeling and dealing, here are my five winners and losers from one of the most exciting days of the football calendar.
Richard Wright, who hasn’t been relevant since Shrek first hit the big screen and Shaggy was pleading his innocence, signed for champions Manchester City.
Huddersfield Town pocketed an initial £8 million from Blackburn Rovers for striker Jordan Rhodes.
Rhodes is a top talent, but the Terriers have had Rovers over their knee with this incredible move.
Martin Jol needed another striker, and got Dimitar Berbatov for just £4 million. In anyone’s books, that’s a great bit of business.
Berbatov is a classy player, and will undoubtedly be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Adam Johnson showed his qualities at Manchester City, but never on a regular basis. At Sunderland he will be the main man, and cement his rightful place in England’s midfield.
Newcastle Utd might not have swelled the ranks, but Alan Pardew goes into September with messrs Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, Tiote, Coloccini and Krul still at St James’ Park.
Having those six in the squad makes Newcastle a threat to the top four.
Juventus were determined to sign one of Arsene Wenger’s international strikers. Unfortunately for the Old Lady of Italian football, they ended up with Nicklas Bendtner, not Robin van Persie.
Arsenal, for doing nothing at all when it is painfully obvious they are lacking all over the pitch.
Scott Sinclair left Chelsea to play regular football. At Swansea, his wish was granted. So what did he do? Take Adam Johnson’s seat on the Manchester City bench.
Kenny Dalglish might be an Anfield memory, but he was the man that laboured Liverpool with Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll. Liverpool flopped, and the Scot was gone. Brendan Rodgers took no time dismantling his predecessor’s mistakes.
Liverpool, for A: not replacing the aforementioned before suitable replacements were secured, B: not buying Clint Dempsey for the few pence Fulham wanted, and C: not being able to dump Jordan Henderson too.
On the plus side, Raheem Sterling is guaranteed more minutes, which can only be a good thing.
Published: September 10, 2012
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