As the Premier League Transfer window comes to a close today, there have been many drastic moves in the final hours. A few of these moves were head scratches, as others show major improvements. Here are some of the bigger transfers we should note:
Darren Bent, FW
Sunderland –> Aston Villa, £24 million estimated
This was a huge signing for Aston Villa, as it set a record-high transfer fee for the club. Villa is currently sitting at 13th place, which isn’t too great for their standards. They are only sitting 6 points atop of relegation, which forced this move. Darren Bent brings in an impressive resume. In my opinion, he is a top five striker in the EPL, but is always overlooked. Bent has averaged about 17-18 goals per season (includes all competitions) since 2002-03 season. Aston Villa has only scored 27 goals total thus far in all Premier League games, which is awful since they have played 24 games already. They have also given up 40 goals. Villa will be looking for Bent to carry the scoring load as they look to avoid relegation.
Great signing. Villa got the goal-scorer they needed.
Andy Carroll, FW
Newcastle –> Liverpool, £35 million estimated
Congrats to Liverpool for making Carroll the 7th most expensive player in the Premier League (also, the most expensive Englishman….ever) when he has no business being top 10 on that list. Why Liverpool paid so much for Carroll still confuses me? This is Carroll’s first season in the Premier league and hasn’t even finished an entire season yet. Yes, he is very talented and young. He is known as one of the top aerial attackers in the EPL, but to offer that much money is ridiculous. He still needs to improve his footwork. Can anyone sense the feeling of the next Peter Crouch? I can understand the sense of urgency with Torres leaving for Chelsea, but this signing wouldn’t solve the problems occurring within Liverpool’s team. Also, Liverpool just signed the Uruguayan striker, Suarez last week. What’s even sadder is Carroll’s transfer free is more than World Cup winner, David Villa’s. After Villa’s performance in the World Cup, he earned a £34.2 million transfer fee to Barcelona. Carroll hasn’t shown any consistency in the EPL, yet he’s worth more. In my opinion, Liverpool needs a stronger midfield in order to compete with the big boys. Their midfield has been in disarray since Javier Mascherano left. I’m sorry, but Lucas just isn’t cutting it. The midfield has been a weak spot, as Steven Gerrard is left to do all the dirty work. I expected Liverpool would make a run after West Ham’s Scott Parker, but I guess not. Liverpool is also lacking effective wingers. Joe Cole’s been hampered by injuries and inconsistencies to make a significant impact. Also, Raul Meireles doesn’t have the accuracy to serve pin-point crosses on a consistent basis. Carroll is a good upcoming striker, but I feel as if the midfield should have been addressed after the signing of Suarez.
Overpaid for an unproven young talent. I think they should have addressed the midfield.
Ajax –> Liverpool, £22.8 million estimated
Another move for Liverpool…I wonder why? It’s been a disappointing season for Liverpool, as they currently sit at 7th. They seem to be looking outside the top 4 at the moment, which signals the alarm for drastic moves. This season, goals have been hard to come by as Liverpool has only netted 31 goals this season, which is no where near the leaders ,Manchester United (51). Torres has been inconsistent this season (9 goals) as he is still trying to get back into form. On the other hand, Suarez has been a proven scorer. He scored 35 goals last season in the Dutch League, which is unreal. He also helped lead Uruguay to 4th place at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, netting 3 goals. Suarez is a deadly striker and can score from anywhere around the 18 yard box. His presence will be need if Liverpool looks to make a late run for the top 4. This signing was perfect timing as Torres decided to take his services to Stanford Bridge.
The striker they needed since Torres was out of form (now is gone).
Liverpool –> Chelsea, £50 million estimated
Looks like you can finally put the rumors of Torres leaving to rest, as he completed his deal to leave Anfield for rivals Chelsea. This deal really came out of nowhere, and I wasn’t expecting this at all. I didn’t expect to see him joining the Blues since they are already have with Drogba and Anelka, but both of them are having sub-par seasons compared to last year, which is probably why Chelsea pulled the trigger. Torres has the abilities to be the best striker in the EPL, as he possesses the great touch to go along with the speed. He has had problems staying in form which has resulted to an awful World Cup and a slow start to this year’s campaign. Perhaps a change of scenery could help. Even though this signing puzzles me with the number of good strikers Chelsea already have across their roster, if Torres can regain form then Chelsea’s offensive attack could be unfair.
Overpaid for a player they didn’t need, who has been out of form for the past year.
David Luiz, DEF
Benefica –> Chelsea, £21.3 million estimated
Statistically, Chelsea has the best defense in the EPL, as they have only given up a league-low 19 goals thus far. The downside is that those goals were allowed in many crucial moments. There have been many times this season in which Chelsea has given up goals in the closing minutes which has resulted in ties or losses, when they should have been victories. Luiz has been an elite defender in the Portuguese league and will make an impact right away. Look for him to make an excellent paring alongside Terry.
Chelsea needed a reliable center back and they got one.
Other Notable Moves
Michael Bradley, MID
Borussia –> Aston Villa
Andy Reid, MID
Sunderland –> Blackpool
Sulley Muntari, MID
Inter –> Sunderland
Obafemi Martins, FWD
FK Rubin Kazan –> Birmingham
Note: Transfer fees are estimates due to different reports and changes.