Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Top 10 Transfers

Today at 6pm the transfer window was firmly shut. Teams are now stuck with their current players until January, and must be up to the challenges that come their way until then, unless of course they get someone in on loan...

As always the last day was a dramatic affair with rumours flying and breaking news every five minutes, if you were watching Sky Sorts News' over dramatic 'Deadline Day' show that is.

Here are my top 10 Summer Transfers:

10. Antolin Alcaraz
(Club Brugge - Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed Fee
With Wigan's shocking defence last season, conceding more goals than any other team outside the bottom three, it was no surprise that Martinez looked for a defender. Alcaraz signed on the dotted line before the World Cup where he impressed for his native Paraguay. Though he hasn't had the best of starts with Wigan, suffering large defeats to both Blackpool and Chelsea, I'm sure that once he fully settles in he will impress like he did in South Africa

9.Asamoah Gyan
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(Rennes - Sunderland) £13m
One of two deadline day signing in my top 10, Sunderland captured Ghana's Asamoah Gyan minutes before the window closed. Gyan was a key play for Ghana in their World Cup run that led them to the quarter finals, scoring 3 out of Ghana's 4 goals, including this goal in extra time that knocked the USA out . Gyan looks to be a great replacement for Kenwyne Jones who left Sunderland to join Stoke earlier in the summer. Sunderland fans will be hoping that he can bring both his scoring boots and dancing boots from the World Cup to the Stadium of Light

(Flamengo - Roma) Undisclosed Fee
This transfer appeared to have slipped under the radar a little but could be one of the biggest transfers in Serie A. Adriano used to be one of the most feared strikers in Europe whilst at Inter and Parma, though troubles in his personal life in the 06/07 season led to his downfall as he fell into the party lifestyle and later suffered from depression. Since going back to play in Brazil he appears to have found his goalscoring touch again, and if he is as determined as he says he is then I see no reason why he can't recapture his from and fitness from a few years ago and start terrorizing defences again.

(Real Madrid - FC Schalke)
Free Transfer

It seems almost impossible to imagine Raul wearing any other clubs shirt than the famous white of Real Madrid. But after being deemed as surplus to requirements at Madrid after the influx of wealth and new galacticos he made the move to Germany to join Schalke. Schalke will be hoping that Raul can help them in both the domestic and the Champions league after an impressive 2nd place finish last season. Raul got off to a goalscoring start in pre-season with this delightful chip.

6. Joe Cole

(Chelsea - Liverpool) Free Transfer
Though he hasn't gotten off to the best of starts with Liverpool, getting sent off against Arsenal and missing a penalty against Trabzonspor, I'm sure he will do well whilst at Anfield. Cole will bring an attacking spark that will aid the likes of Torres and help the club get back into the top 4 of the Premier League. He looks like he will get more playing time at Liverpool than he did at Chelsea which will be a boost for him and also increase his chances of becoming an England regular again.

5. Robinho
(Manchester City - AC Milan) Undisclosed Fee
The second deadline day transfer is Robinho, who is quite used to deadline day drama after moving to Manchester City hours before the end of the transfer window in 2008. Though the fee hasn't been announced it is obvious that Manchester City have made a loss on the £32.5m paid two years ago. With fellow Brazilian's Ronaldinho and Pato already at AC Milan Robinho won't be short of familiar faces and will add another attacking option to Leonardo. Along with Ibrahimovic AC Milan fans will be hoping that they can beat rivals Inter to the Serie A title. 

4. Javier Hernandez
(Guadalajara - Manchester United) Undisclosed Fee
When Manchester United unveiled their new signing, nicknamed 'little pea' (Chicharito) I wasn't sure what to expect. After seeing Hernandez in the World Cup it seems that Ferguson has again found a young and talented footballer. With Wayne Rooney having a poor run of form since his ankle injury last season Hernandez may have to play a more important role than expected in his first season in Manchester. As always United will be looking to challenge for all competitions they are in and Hernandez and his goals could be a key influence in that.

3. Mesut Ozil
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(Werder Bremen - Real Madrid) £16.6m
One of the stars of the World Cup and only 21 years old, Ozil had a whole bunch of clubs from around Europe chasing his signature. In the end he followed fellow German international Khedira and signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid. It will be interesting to see how often he plays for Madrid and where he plays with so many attacking options at Mourinho's disposal.

2. Craig Bellamy
(Manchester City - Cardiff) Season long loan
A 'hot topic' already on my blog and a slightly controversial transfer, but one of the biggest surprises this summer. Many people thought that Bellamy may leave the blue side of Manchester but not even Cardiff fans wildest dreams would have imagined he would return to his home town. The buzz of Bellamy playing for Cardiff alone has given the team a boost, let alone Bellamy's quality and talent. Dave Jones and Cardiff have been very clever this transfer window getting a few Premier League players such as Jason Koumas from Wigan and Andy Keogh from Wolves in to help propel them into the Premier League in an attempt to rid them of their debt. With the signings of Bellamy and co. it is no wonder that Cardiff are one of the bookies favourites for Promotion to the Premier League.

1. David Villa 
(Valencia - Barcelona) £34.2m
David VillaImage by Steffe via Flickr
Since Pep Guardiola has been in charge of Barcelona there is almost nothing that they haven't won. Now add one of the most prolific and lethal finishers in football to their attack that already includes Lionel Messi and you have a team that would rival most fantasy dream teams. If Villa stays fit then I can't see past Barcelona for both the Champions League and the La Liga titles. Having scored on his league debut this weekend it looks like the ex-Valencia man will have no problems playing for the Catalan club. Villa was on fire during the World Cup finishing as joint top scorer with 5 goals and Spain wouldn't have gotten to the final had it not been for Villa's goalscoring expertise.
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