Winter 2013 Transfer Window Summary
The transfer window is now wrapped up, with a total of 100.7 million pounds being splashed on players. Now that it's over it's time to predict who will be the next Michu and the next Torres, and to determine whether teams like QPR did enough to stay up. Here are the best and worst moves that happened, along with the players that shockingly didn't move, and the moves that should have happened.
The Best Transfers
- Brek Shea (FC Dallas to Stoke): The attacking midfielder finally left America to join the Potters. Shea is just what Stoke needs, a powerful attacking player to be a threat in a mostly defensive built team. Opposing teams will now have to prepare for not only strong defending, but a speedy attacking force.
- Danny Graham (Swansea to Sunderland): Sunderland may have paid 1M over his market value, but he could be the difference between another mid-table finish and Europa League contention. He needs to create more chances to take for himself, but should be able to do that easier without Michu around.
- Demba Ba (Newcastle to Chelsea): Unlike the other two, Ba wasn't a last day signing, but he was defiantly the most high-profile of the three. Chelsea now have a legitimate striker that will perform game in to game out. His 9 million pound transfer was a bargain for a player with a 19 million value.
The Worst Transfers
- Nacho Monreal (Malaga to Arsenal): Wagner FINALLY buys a player (and a quality one too) but the question looms, where will he play? Monreal is a left-back, and in that position Arsenal have Gibbs, Santos, Vermaelen and Coquelin. Monreal is 26 so it isn't like time is on his side, and Arsenal paid 2.2 millions pounds over market value for him. Looks like a panic purchase.
- Yacouba Sylla (Clermont Foot to Aston Villa): Villa needed experience, a senior leader or at least a striker, and they got a 22 year old defensive midfielder. Aston Villa have scored 20 league goals, second worst in the league, and have an average squad age of 25.9, third lowest in the EPL. Sylla has had zero league goals in Ligue 2, and again, is only 22. Villa needed to do better.
- Willian (Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi Makhachkala): Defiantly not a bad move for Anzhi, but a possibly career ruining one for Willian. Remember Hulk? Moved to Zenit for who splashed the cash, and a player who went from being called the one of the world's best is now rarely mentioned. A high risk move for Willian.
Players That Shockingly Didn't Move
- Peter Odemwingie (West Brom): Peter, Peter, Peter. Bash West Brom all you want, but you're stuck with them until the end of the season now. QPR rejected Odemwingie's attempts to force his way in to QPR after WBA blocked a QPR bid, and while rumors swirled that Tottenham made a bid, nothing happened.
- Gary Hooper (Celtic): Hooper was rumored to be close to signing with everybody, with Norwich and Aston Villa as the front runners, Norwich made four unsuccessful bidCelts along with Tottenham's two, but Celtic rejected them, insisting that he was not for sale.
- Frank Lampard (Chelsea): Word on the street was that Chelsea was going to let Lamps go early and make some profit off of him, surprisingly he stayed. The LA Galaxy will most likely sign the bound to be free agent over the summer, while across the pond pressure rises on the Chelsea board to extend his contract.
Moves That Should Have Happened
- Darren Bent (Aston Villa to ANYWHERE): Not every team is lucky to have a player like Bent on their team, but since Paul Lambert insists on not playing him, why not sell him? Bent's market value is 17.5 Million, a lot for a player that doesn't even make the bench.
- Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea to QPR/Aston Villa): This could even be a loan deal, as QPR needs a quality defender to replace Nelsen, and Villa need a vet. Ferreira started to receive more time off of the bench, but his role as a non-existant player has unfortunately returned.
- Eden Dzeko (Man City to Chelsea): This would never happen, but it would be brilliant for Chelsea if it did. Dzeko has started to receive less playing time at City and has expressed that he would like to leave, and Chelsea could use a quality striker (not you Torres) to play along side Ba.