This one comes as promised with no fluff and just fact. Here are your transfer window winners and losers…..
Winner: Arsene Wenger
The much criticized Arsenal manager finally landed a big fish this window with the arrival of passing wizard Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. In addition, Arsenal brought in a couple of free transfers with Mathieu Flamini being the only real name of note. The big catch is obviously Ozil though, and if nothing else, Wenger will be able to shake the monkeys of his back for the time being in North London with the real possibility of trophies in the coming years.
Loser: Luis Suarez
Liverpool don’t want him, Liverpool don’t need him, and Liverpool didn’t sell him. Those 3 factors should combine for an absolutely horrid 4 or so months for the Uruguayan at Anfield, assuming the Reds honor his transfer request and ship him away in the January window. Until then though, expected limited time for Suarez on the field with Sturridge hitting his groove and Moses also taking some minutes away from the South American basket case.
The Merseysiders made a real splash on deadline day by acquiring Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea long with both James McCarthy and Gareth Barry also joining from Wigan and Man City respectively. The loss of Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe will obviously be felt with the afro-haired Belgian departing for the glitz and glamor of Man U while Anichebe will make a less high-profile, but possibly more important move to the Hawthorns. But despite losing their talent, the Toffees more than compensated for their loss by getting 2 players (McCarthy and Barry) to replace Fellaini’s production and a proven goal poacher in Lukaku to pick up the slack up front. While this may seem like a negative on the surface, Everton’s moves may just have the biggest impact of any team’s.
Loser: Tottenham Hotspur
For starters, this is all very poor timing for Spurs as this all follows their embarrassing pre-Ozil derby day defeat at the Emirates. That being said, Spurs’ new signings have failed to gel quite as planned with Soldado getting his goals exclusively from the spot and Tottenham failing to score so far from live play. The Bale transfer was of course expected and will not affect anything on the pitch at the club, but with their youth squad currently being ransacked by Swindon Town and summer signings not doing so well, one only wonders/hopes that Spurs spend their newfound money wisely.
BIGGEST Winner: Gareth Bale
To put it in laymen’s terms, the guy just got paid an enormous sum of money to kick a very small ball around for a living. Yes Real benefit from his presence and all that, but they still have so much talent around him that he will just be another piece of the puzzle (especially with Ronaldo still leading the team). Bale finally gets his dream transfer, Bale finally gets to play in the CL, and of course, Bale gets the obligatory sack full of money.
BIGGEST Loser: Manchester United
They got Fellaini and…………….. no one, they got 1 meaningful player out of about 10 they were trying to get. Don’t get me wrong, Fellaini is a decent player who will make an impact, but he is not a game changing player or someone that can really take a club’s fortunes on his shoulders. Onther thant that, they were left empty handed after missing out on Ander Herrera (through bizarre paperwork malfunctions), Fabio Contreao (who Madrid wouldn’t let go on loan), Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, and Cesc Fabregas being other notable who the red Devils failed to snag. All of this reflects very poorly on David Moyes’ first transfer window at Old Trafford with the Scot showing his hesitancy to sign players with big buyout clauses and failure to attract star power. This poor showing in the transfer market could even effect the title race assuming United put themselves in that position.
Winner: Newcastle United
Things couldn’t get much worse on Tyneside and the retention of Yohan Cabaye will help the Magpie’s out a great deal once this black cloud passes.
An influx of young talent may just push Paolo Di Canio’s side past the relegation drop.
Loser: Benoît Assou-Ekotto
Spare a thought for Ekotto won’t you, as he and Spurs teammate Tom Carroll have been exiled to the perilous depths of the Championship after being loaned out to QPR for the rest of the season.