Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Top 10 Transfers: Review

It's that time of year again where I look over my Top 10 Transfer predictions and either gloat about my 'Mystic Meg' abilities or make feeble excuses as to why signing failed to work out.

10. Vicente (Brighton)
Vicente was an effective player for Brighton, when fit, which proved to be the downside to his season. Injuries meant that he only played 17 league appearances this season, many from the bench. Despite injures he managed to score three goals and set up numerous others. A disappointing season by his standards, and a disappointing prediction by my equally high standards...

9. Vorm (Swansea)
Arguably one of the keepers of the season in the Premier League and vital in Swansea's success in their maiden Premier League season. Throughout the season he showed off his cat like abilities with great agility and reactions. With his fine performances and key penalty saves, hence his nickname the 'penalty killer' in his native Holland, he helped Swansea complete an astonishing 14 clean sheets this season, with only Newcastle, Manchester United and Manchester City claiming more.

8. Klose (Lazio)
The old German goal machine has proved to be just as stereotypically efficient in Itlay, scoring 16 goals in 33 games this season. Klose was a hit with the fans, especially after scoring a 93rd minute winner in the Roma derby. Unfortunately he started to show his age and picked up an injury in the second half of the season, despite this he still helped Lazio finish 4th, with the qualifying rounds for the Champions League a certain.

7. Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala)
An odd one here. He scored 8 goals and set up in in 17 games, which isn't bad. But he only played a selection of games and has been poor by his high standards. But all of this became irrelevant when I saw him in this ridiculous rap video with the rest of the squad (including Roberto Carlos, Christopher Samba and Yuri Zhirkov). Go on Eto'o!

6. Neuer (Bayern Munich)
The German keeper couldn't help Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga or the German Cup, but he was key to Bayern reaching the Champions League final, denying both Ronaldo and Kaka or £140m worth of talent, in the penalty shoot-out. The only question now is can he go on to life the cup?

5. Krkic (Roma)
Not my best prediction, he scored a whopping 7 goals in 37 appearances... which works out at £1.5m, per goal. Absolute bargain I think you'll agree.

4. Stekelenburg (Roma)
Another slight disappointment, Roma appear to have cursed me. A poor season led to Roma finishing 7th. Stekelenburg was average throughout, even managing to get sent off. Great.

3. Falcao (Athletico Madrid)
The Colombian beast has had a fine season, finishing as the top scorer in a title winning Europa League campaign and being the 3rd highest scorer in La Liga. With only Ronaldo and Messi in front of him. Not too bad eh?

2. Pastore (PSG)
PSG are still in with a chance of the Ligue 1 title, only 3 points behind current leaders Montpelier, with Pastore being an influential reason behind this.  13 goals and 5 assists in 38 games this season may not sound too impressive bu he has been a constant threat with his vision and creativity aiding to PSG's success this season.

1. Aguero (Man City)
The man who single handedly won Manchester City the Premier League title (kind of) by scoring the last day, last minute winner against QPR. He's had a fantastic first season in England with 23 goals, and whilst many of his partners up front caught the headlines for the wrong reasons, he remained focussed and professional, scoring some screamers in the process.
Aguero when he was reminded he was my No. 1 transfer of the Summer

Overall I'd say my predictions were pretty good, apart from Roma being rubbish. I'd probably have Pastore lower down and Falcao in second place. So congratulations to me yet again, and another well done to the players that made my prestigious top 10.

And don't panic, i'll do another top 10 at the start of next season. Put the date in your diary.