Well, did you enjoy that? We definitely did. This deadline day may have been lacking something without Harry Redknapp’s dramatic late swoops and potty mouth attitude, but we were definitely treated to an interesting final day in the Summer Transfer Window. It may not have been a record breaking day, but the swaps and changes will mean a huge deal to those of us who are plying our managerial minds in Fantasy Football.
Deadline Day Signings
- Clint Dempsey (TOT,9.3m)
The American want-away, Dempsey, turned down an outlet to Aston Villa on deadline day and we wondered whether he was ever going to get his dream move away from Fulham. Liverpool tabled an insultingly low bid for him that was instantly refused and it came to Andre Villas-Boas to snap him up for Tottenham. Dempsey’s record doesn’t need repeating and he’ll surely have more service at Spurs than he did from The Cottagers; but who will he replace in the team?
- Andy Carroll (WHM, 8.4m)
We said in our earlier article that Carroll might come good with a transfer, and it looks like we set an accurate prophecy. It only took 53 seconds for Carroll to win a battle in the air to set up a Kevin Nolan goal. West Ham catered their play to the big front man, which is what Liverpool refused to do. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him hitting double figures this season, and even less surprised if he makes his switch to London permanent.
- ‘Maicon’ Sisenando (MCI, 6.5m)
A surprising addition to Manchester City’s ranks is the Inter Milan right-back, Maicon. Inter needed the Brazilian off their wage bill, and we all know City don’t worry about such trivial matters! Whether he manages to break into the side is another matter; Kolarov and Zabaleta seem to have the edges of the pitch tied up, and we all know how good Clichy and Richards can be on their day.
- Dimitar Berbatov (FUL, 6.9m)
This surely must be the signing of the window in terms of value for money. It was painful to watch the prolific Bulgarian stagnate on the bench at Manchester United when we have seen exactly what he can do in front of goal. Berbatov was one of the most clinical strikers in the season before Welbeck and Hernandez edged him out of the United team, and he’ll have a strong desire to replicate his striking ability for Fulham.
- Scott Sinclair (MCI, 6.7m)
Sinclair impressed all of last season at Swansea, and we weren’t surprised to find him being snapped up in this summer’s window. There are few players in the league who could turn down an advance from the champions of the league, but we’re sceptical as to the opportunities that Sinclair will get at The Etihad. He won’t be challenging Nasri or Silva on the wings, and surely Toure and new signing Garcia will have the centre of the park wrapped up. If he’s hoping for squad rotation, he’ll be looking at Barry, Milner and Rodwell with an anxious expression.
- Moussa Dembele (TOT, 6.1m)
Yet another player to be drawn away from Fulham is the Belgian, Moussa Dembele. Although not quite the type of player they were looking to replace Luka Modric with, Tottenham will be happy with the strong, attacking midfielder who notched with great skill on his debut against Norwich. It looks like he’s staked his claim in the first team already.
- Steven Fletcher (SUN, 7.0m)
Anybody who can score goals on a regular basis for a struggling Wolverhampton side clearly has a talent in the final third. Steven Fletcher proved his stripes on his debut for Sunderland with an exquisitely curled first goal and an easier, but just as important, second. Scoring twice in the first half for his new club will alert a lot of people to his abilities, and he’ll surely be the first choice striker at the Stadium of Light.
- Julio Cesar (QPR, 5.0m)
Who do QPR think they are!? Signing the Inter Milan and Brazilian national team legend that is the shot stopping sensation, Julio Cesar? Why not? He may be seen to be getting on a little, but you can’t deny the quality that comes with the name. But be careful, as good a keeper as he is; Rangers’ leaky defence will leave him to deal with a fair few more shots than his opposite numbers across the country.
- Esteban Granero (QPR, 5.5m)
The second of QPR’s outrageous signings is Esteban Granero from Real Madrid. Asides from monstrous wage packets, we’re not quite sure how Mark Hughes is convincing these big players to join a team that was relegation fodder for much of its maiden season in the league. Needless to say, you don’t play for Real Madrid unless you’ve got some quality in there somewhere. Undoubtedly a start for every game, and his position in the middle of the park could see him feeding balls into the box on a regular basis.
- Javi Garcia (MCI, 5.5m)
Roberto Mancini will be happy with his replacement for Nigel De Jong, Benfica’s Javi Garcia. A defensive midfielder who can also play as centre back, Garcia’s introduction into the team will surely mean a more attacking role for Toure, who we know produces his best football in this position. Garcia is a class act, but he’s not known for his goalscoring or assists. By all means admire his skill, but he probably won’t be netting you a lot of points besides the clean sheets.
- Hugo Lloris (TOT, 6.0m)
The French international goalkeeper needs no introduction but it’s worth thinking about Brad Friedel. The American might be getting on a little, but he prevented an embarrassing loss for Spurs at the weekend and made a big statement to his new challenger between the sticks. Don’t take it for granted that Lloris is going to walk into the team.
There have been a lot of transfers made since we first looked at the new signings, and some of those pre-deadline day deals could be just as important as the late swoops. Adam Johnson‘s (7.0m) switch to Sunderland should mean solid game time, and we’ll be treated to seeing his tricky footwork on a regular basis. If you don’t get goals, you’ll undoubtedly see a plethora of assists. Michu is already a mini superstar in the league after Michael Laudrup brought him in for pennies from Spain, and at the moment you won’t find a midfielder with a better goalscoring record.
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