02 September 2013
With the transfer window closing this evening, there is certainly plenty to digest.
* Arsenal are probably the biggest winner today with the signing of Mesut Ozil. He ticks all the boxes that Arsenal needed in midfield. Not only is he a creator, he isn't afraid to actually shoot the ball from distance. He has a national team partner with Podolski in midfield that he will work very well off of once he returns from injury. Furthermore, it strengthens an already good midfield. While Arsenal didn't pick up a second forward, Ozil can play up top in an emergency if Arsene Wenger is in a bind.
* The big surprise winners out of today were Everton. While it didn't look until real late in the day they were going to do any business, they were able to pick up two reliable players in Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku. They should make immediate impacts on the pitch this season. Roberto Martinez was also able to pick up a forward that is beginning to show signs of his potential in James McCarthy. While Everton overspent for McCarthy, they were able to milk Manchester United into overpaying for Marouane Fellaini.
* Other than Newcastle United not picking anyone up, I can't think of another team who had a worse day than Manchester United. After imposters got in the way of the Ander Herrera deal being made, they grossly overspent for Fellaini. Even more so, they could have had Fellaini just last week for less if they triggered his release clause. Their persistence to pick up Baines in a package deal with Fellaini backfired in the worst possible way. To add to Manchester United's miserable day, their deal to pick up Coentrao failed because of how late they left it. While the paperwork made it to the leagues involved, it did not make it through the system FIFA uses to confirm deals in time. Good luck appealing that after Real Madrid gets second thoughts.
* I seriously want to know what Jose Mourinho is smoking, and the legality of such substance. After deciding that Arsenal were a rival and Liverpool weren't (see Victor Moses's loan deal), Chelsea then decide to allow the best forward for Jose Mourinho's system to move out on another loan. Through the first three matches, Lukaku was showing why I thought he could already be a difference maker for Chelsea this season. All Chelsea did today was make other clubs better at their own expense. They are lucky Mata didn't go to PSG.
* The most under rated signing today came from Cardiff City in their signing of Peter Odemwingie. While he can be a petulant little bugger at times, he can score goals. Between picking up Kevin Theophile-Catherine yesterday and Peter Odemwingie today, Cardiff City have given themselves a much better chance at a second season in the Premier League.
* West Bromwich Albion may have done just enough picking up Victor Anichebe, Morgan Amalfitano and Stephane Sessegnon to survive this season. While I'm unimpressed by Sessegnon, I think Anichebe and Amalfitano will be assets that keep them up this year.
* Manchester City could have easily had the worst 2 days of the window. Demichelis has never been an average player, and allowing Gareth Barry to leave only makes them weaker.
* While Crystal Palace made many moves today; I am unimpressed by any of them.
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