Monday, 27 June 2011

Top 10 Transfers: The Review

At the beginning of the 10/11 season I blogged on my Top 10 Transfers of the summer, which I'm sure you all read and thoroughly enjoyed...

This is my review, with some transfers doing very well, whereas other transfers I picked didn't work out so well, but then again, I'm only human.

10. Antolin Alcaraz
(Club Brugge - Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed Fee
A little unsure about this one. Wigan did indeed stay up... but I didn't hear many rave reviews about his performances and Wigan's defence was never described as water tight during the season. But as the aim of the season for Wigan was probably survival I'm going to give myself an undeserved pat on the back for this one...

9.Asamoah Gyan
(Rennes - Sunderland) £13m
He didn't set the Premier League alight, but with 11 goals in 33 appearances it's not too bad a return, without using a calculator I believe it to be 1 goal every 3 games. He faced competition from Welbeck and Bent (for the most part of the season) as well as having some minor injury problems, but with the clubs record fee fans will be hoping he can improve next season.

(Flamengo - Roma) Undisclosed Fee

The less said about this one the better. Couldn't have been more wrong when I said he "could be one of the biggest transfers in Serie A"... He only spent seven months in the Italian capital, making a measly five appearances and failing horribly to find the back of the net before moving back to Brazil to join Corinthians.

(Real Madrid - FC Schalke) Free Transfer
The old man didn't do too badly for the German club, scoring 19 goals in 51 games in all competitions. Apart from the fact he took part in 51 games at the age of 33 in one season, his displays in the Champions League, helping Schalke reach the semi-finals. In Schalke's European adventure Raul was crucial, scoring 5 goals in 12 games, and in doing so became the all time top score in Champions League history.  

6. Joe Cole
(Chelsea - Liverpool) Free Transfer
Moving on...

5. Robinho
(Manchester City - AC Milan) Undisclosed Fee
Was one of the players that helped AC Milan win the Serie A title for the first time in 7 years. Scoring 14 goals and assisting many more with fellow forwards Pato and Ibrahimovic, a strike force that had Serie A defenders quivering in their boots. 

4. Javier Hernandez
(Guadalajara - Manchester United) Undisclosed Fee
Bargain. And potential signing of the summer. The 'little pea' made a big impact scoring 20 goals in his first season and managing to score in every competition he played in. He adapted surprisingly quickly and produced the goods when Rooney or Berbatov were failing to find the net. By the end of the season the Mexican was ahead of Berbatov in the selection process by quite a distance. 

3. Mesut Ozil
(Werder Bremen - Real Madrid) £16.6m
Only 6 goals in 36 appearances doesn't paint the whole picture for the German genius. Ozil managed an astonishing 25 assists in his debut season for the Spanish giants, more than any other player in Europe's major competitions last season. Considering that he was competing against the likes of Kaka, Ronaldo and Di Maria it is all the more impressive. 

2. Craig Bellamy
(Manchester City - Cardiff) Season long loan
One of the most shocking transfers last summer appears to have failed in its main aim. To guide Cardiff to the 'Holy Grail' that is the Premier League. The only thing more painful for Cardiff fans apart from the fact that local boy Bellamy couldn't guide them to promotion, is that their bitterest rivals Swansea beat them to it... Oh well. Chin up Cardiff. 

1. David Villa
(Valencia - Barcelona) £34.2m
Not one to boast but I did say that with the addition of Villa, I couldn't see past Barca for the Champions League or La Liga titles. Just call me Mystic Meg. He was mostly in the shadows of little Lionel Messi during the season but Villa did seem to score in the big games, grabbing himself a brace in the 5-0 demolition of rivals Real Madrid and he also hammered the final nail into the coffin for Manchester United as he scored Barca's third in the Champions League final at Wembley. 

Overall I don't think I did too badly, apart from the disasters that were Joe Cole and Adriano... Now all you'll have to do is wait for the 2011/2012 top ten transfers edition to come out! It promises to be bigger, better, fast, stronger and more expensive than ever!