Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Just A Window Shopper

The January transfer window, a mosaic of interlinked transfers that can excite and depress any football fan, was broken yesterday. 

Forget that, as Richard Keys may describe it, Chelsea and Liverpool basically smashed it on their own last night.

Roman Abramovich pulled out his novelty sized, oil funded cheque book to prize Fernando Torres away from Liverpool for a record breaking £50,000,000

Liverpool allowed their number nine to leave after capturing both Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll  for a combined £57.7 million. 

Pocket money. But what to make of this monetary madness?

I feel that Chelsea will by far be the happier out of the two big spenders. They have bought a player who on his day can be the best striker in the world. They also managed to snap up a deal for Brazilian defender David Luiz. Not a bad days work by Mr Abramovich and the gang, apart from the £71 million price tag...


But fear not Liverpool, you have bought two potentially great forwards. Though there is a lot more uncertainty about Kenny Dalglish's signings. 

When he was given the managerial position at Liverpool, there were some fears he may not be up to speed with current football. 

No signs of that! He clearly knows the rule for buying a slightly above average England player. Think of a suitable price tag for a player of his ability, then double it purely because he was born in England. Simples. 

But apart from the hefty price tag, Carroll could well shine at Liverpool, he is still young and will (hopefully) improve and enjoy the best years of his career in front of the Kop. Though 'Pool fans will be hoping there are no more off-field antics with him and that once he is fully fit, he can remain that way. 

Luis Suarez is Liverpool's other big deadline day transfer. In comparison he is more of a finished article than Carroll, he is 24, played in the World Cup and has been involved in the Uruguayan national side since 2007. 

A proven goalscorer in the Eredvisie, which isn't always the sign of a great striker, just look at Afonso Alves, Ryan Babel and to a certain extent Salomon Kalou. But a better sign is his goalscoring on the international stage which is around 1 goal every 3 games. 

It will be fascinating to see how all three of these players perform for their new clubs, both in the short and long term. 

As exciting as it is, it seems just as stupid that these teams splashed out so much money. 

Whilst the average football fan is feeling the pinch of the recession, the teams they support are running around spending money like a spoilt American girl with daddies credit card. 

Anyway, to the fans of Liverpool and Chelsea, enjoy the buzz of your new big signings. Thinking up new songs, get their names printed on the back of your shirts and all that, just don't do anything you might regret, like this plum.