After an exciting deadline day, which included some shock moves, David Rusk returns to Pundit Arena with an article evaluating his top ten deadline day transfers from the summer window.
10. Mohamed Diame (West Ham United to Hull City)
A lot of things have been said about Hull City’s dreary performances. The fact that they simply do not score enough goals has led to manager Steve Bruce investing heavily on the final day of the transfer window.
His signing of Mohamed Diame, perhaps one of the most underrated hard workers in the Premier League, could prove to be a significant signing. Also, a fee of £3.5 million could prove to be a bargain in a season where money no longer seems to matter to the vast majority of top flight teams.
Diame has showed his quality wherever he has played; he was a central figure in West Ham’s season last year, making 35 appearances and scoring four goals in the process. Unfortunately for Diame he had felt unwanted at Upton Park this season, with a host of clubs quarreling for his signature. Luckily for Hull, they got the man so many teams wanted.
9. Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers to Crystal Palace – Loan)
We can all agree that we are delighted to see another Irish star back in the Premier League. Crystal Palace and new manager Neil Warnock have decided that Doyle’s next destination will be at Selhurst Park.
It cannot be described as a poor signing, no matter what anybody says. Kevin Doyle may not be the same striker as the one who was once heavily linked with Arsenal, but this writer has full faith that he will score a few goals on his return to the Premier League.
Realistically this is his last chance. He has proved a frustrating character for the Molineux faithful, having failed to score over 10 league goals in a season, during his 158 appearances for his old club. Yet, Doyle could fit perfectly into the Crystal Palace team. His hard work and determination is exactly what every Premier League player needs in a league where football is played at a ferocious pace.
Hopefully, we see him banging in the goals for both club and country.
8. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic to Crystal Palace)
James McArthur is a fabulous player and has proven himself to be a big game player for Wigan throughout his career. His high work rate and superb vision will prove vital to Crystal Palace.
He will have pressure on his shoulders however as he is Crystal Palace’s record signing, with Neil Warnock forking out £7 million to secure his services. McArthur seems to have come a long way since his days with James McCarthy at Hamilton.
At the age of 26 he should prove to be a key player for Palace this year. Gordon Strachan will also be pleased with his transfer, and McArthur will surely add to his 15 appearances for his national side this year.
Similar to Diame, there was a lot of interest in the Scottish international, with Leicester City chasing him before their surprise capture of former Inter Milan superstar Esteban Cambiasso. This highlights the quality McArthur possesses.
7. Abel Hernandez (Palermo to Hull City)
Hernandez could prove to be a really good signing for Hull, who had a tremendous deadline day. They broke their club record to sign the Uruguayan international for a reported £9.5 million. He has never played in the Premier League so there is always the worry he may flop, but with his lightning pace and composed finishing, Hernandez has the capability to be a real star this season.
Last year Hernandez enjoyed a terrific season in Serie A. He featured in 28 games, scoring 14 goals in the process. He also maintained that one-two ratio for his national team, scoring 7 goals in 14 games for Uruguay. These statistics make very positive reading for the Hull City faithful.
Let’s pray that he is not another Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.
6. Daley Blind (Ajax to Manchester United)
Blind finally arrived at Manchester United on deadline day. It was a move that everyone expected to happen. Blind seemed destined to be a Manchester United player since the group stages of the World Cup.
His high energy, versatility, set piece play, and ability to defend and attack must make every United fan happy. Undoubtedly, United paid an inflated price for the Dutch international, yet he could be worth every penny of the £13.8 million they paid for his capture.
Blind proved himself to be a quality player last season. He made 29 appearances for Ajax, scoring once in the process. He also featured 14 times for the Netherlands last season, his only goal came against Brazil during their 3-0 victory.
Despite all the positives, Blind is still unproven in the Premier League. However, he should settle well in England due to Van Gaal and Van Persie both working at United.
5. Sadio Mane (Red Bull Salzburg to Southampton)
The signing of Sadio Mane from Senegal is an intriguing one. Mane has proven himself as a superstar in the Austrian league. In the 2013-2014 season, Red Bull Salzburg won the domestic double. Throughout this period Mane was everpresent, making 50 appearances in all competitions, and scoring 23 goals in the process. This included 5 in 13 in European competitions.
Mane signed for Southampton for a fee believed to be in the region of £11 million, and has also received the number 10 jersey. If you want to witness a combination of power, energy and flair, then I believe Mane is one of the players to follow this year. Southamptons fans are excited, and rightly so.
4. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur to QPR)
Everyone was surprised to see Sandro on the bench for Tottenham this season; the tough tackler has been a regular for Spurs when fit in seasons gone by. However, since the arrival of new manager Mauricio Pochettino, the Brazilian has found himself well down the pecking order.
Harry Redknapp viewed this as a perfect opportunity to get a top class midfielder for his safety battle. Sandro will be comfortable on the ball, tough in the tackle, and more than likely will score a goal from an outrageous distance. For £6 million this could prove to be an astute purchase.
3. Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid to Southampton – Loan)
The Belgian international featured in the Champions League final last season, as well as playing 12 times in the league scoring a vital goal against Malaga to ensure that Atletico remained in the title race.
The fact that Southampton have managed to capture a La Liga winner, and a player who featured in Europe’s premier fixture portrays the amount of money that Premier League teams have at their disposal.
Alderweireld should prove to be a massive hit with Southampton followers. Not only is he a strong tackler, he is also confident on the ball and is part of ridiculous Belgium back four that includes Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertongen and Thomas Vermaelen. Expect a big, big season from a player that this writer rates very highly.
2. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United to Arsenal)
Isn’t it usually Arsenal who sell their promising players to rival clubs? On this occasion Arsene Wenger has made a really clever signing. Welbeck probably would not have signed for Arsenal had Giroud not picked up an injury that has ruled him out until the New Year.
However, Wenger has used this opportunity to snatch Welbeck out of Tottenham’s grasp. One can’t help but think that Welbeck is enjoying the move after having a pop at Manchester United already. Welbeck said he ‘envisaged’ player for Arsenal during his time at Manchester United. Luckily for Danny, Roy Keane no longer plays for Manchester United and his legs may be safe. For now…
What Arsenal have acquired is a talented, determined, young English prospect. Now Arsenal’s squad possesses an abundance of home grown talent, including, Jack Wilshire, Aaron Ramsey, Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin. With other teams investing in foreign talent, Arsenal have stayed local, to an extent. This must be refreshing for Roy Hodgson.
Expect a big season from Welbeck this year as he has a point to prove, and do not be surprised if he replicates Daniel Sturridge’s performances at Liverpool.
1. Radamel Falcao, AS Monaco to Manchester United. (Loan)
Before you say they don’t need him, or where will he fit in? Let us ask you a simple question; how much would you give to have Falcao play for the club you support?
Ramadel Falcao has been regarded as a terrifying force for any opposition he has faced in his career. His record is scarily good and has scored at a frightening rate for every club in his career. At Porto he played 87 games, in which he scored 72 goals. Then he moved to Atletico Madrid, where he played 91 games, scoring 70 goals.
Next it was Monaco for Radamel, where he enjoyed lots of money and sun due to an injury plagued season; however he still managed double digits, scoring 13 times in just 22 appearances. In total he has played 305 times, and he has scored 200 goals in the process.
His statistics are amazing, his pace is electrifying, his enthusiasm is exceptional, and his finishing can only described as orgasmic. Remember his chip against Barcelona for Atletico? One would struggle to find a player that would have been as audacious as Falcao on that occasion.
If this writer was a Manchester United fan, he would be like a kid at Christmas. Falcao, Di Maria, Mata, Rooney, Van Persie? Jamie Redknapp described them as the English Galacticos. Dwight Yorke claimed they could win the league with this new look team. Ambitious, I know.
More funds have been promised in January, the big question still remains though; what league position will United find themselves in at that time?
Only one thing is guaranteed and that’s that Falcao will have scored a number of goals by that stage.
David Rusk, Pundit Arena.