The Premier League 2014 Summer Transfer Window Review.

The transfer window slammed shut at 11 p.m. and by slammed shut I mean slammed not so shut because loads of teams got extensions… Once again despite knowing that all transfers were meant to be in by 11 p.m. and having a good two months in which to sign players teams managed to miss the deadline so as I start to write this not all transfers have been confirmed but I guess we’ll see how it goes.

We all know that the smartest teams get all their business done before the season starts and certainly don’t piss about on the final day of the window, however clearly not every team follows this mantra. Who knows maybe I’m the one which is wrong…nah probably not.

As always Sky Sports News excelled in their coverage with a special appearance from Harry Redknapp, the ever present Jim White showing everyone how to present and this year the debut of ‘fuck her right in the pussy’ and a big purple dildo (it was Liverpool…).

The review is pretty simple; I will look at each team’s signings and departure, how it will affect their league position, as well as whether or not they have done good business. So let’s get started!

Arsenal
danny welbeck arsenal
Ins: Alexis Sanchez (£35m), Calum Chambers (£12m), Mathieu Debuchy (£10m), David Ospina (£3m) and (about fucking time) Danny Welbeck (£16m)

Outs: Thomas Vermaelen (£15m), Bacary Sagna (free), Lord Bendtner (free […….really….:/]), others of varying insignificance

Arsenal lost Sagna from the first team and replaced him with Debuchy which in my opinion (and that of Didier Deschamps) that is an upgrade at right back. They also lost Vermaelen to Barca but I don’t really see it as a loss because he wasn’t first team and they have brought in Calum Chambers as a younger less injury prone replacement (although I am concerned that he seems a bit lungy). David Ospina is a great pick up for only £3m because he is a solid keeper who will push Szceszny and would in theory make him less secure which should make him a better player.

So good so far, but things are about to get better if you’re an Arsenal fan as I haven’t yet mentioned your big two signings. Alexis Sanchez is a great signing, he got lost in the shuffle at Barcelona (which isn’t hard to do) but all you need to do is look at his play at the World Cup and you realise that this guy can be a star. He can play up front and out wide and will give Arsenal the pace and hustle which they have been lacking for a number of seasons. What I really like about Sanchez is how direct he is, he runs with the ball at defenders and it is incredibly difficult to defend against. £35m isn’t a bad price at all, especially when you consider what other players have been going for. The other half of the big signings is Danny Welbeck from Man Utd for £16m which is an incredible bargain for a 23 year old England international (that alone usually means minimum £30m transfer fee). Welbeck is limited; yes he is fast, gives it all and has good defensive ability, but the problem is that he has no composure (in pass or in front of goal), he doesn’t have a footballing brain and he thinks he’s better than he is (always demanding to play up front, rather than just being happy to play). I think it is a really good signing and will give Arsenal a player to fill the Giroud shaped hole which has been left till December but don’t expect tons of goals and do expect plenty of frustrations.

Have Arsenal improved as a team? The answer is a resounding yes; they have added good attacking talent in Welbeck and Sanchez and good defensive talent in Chambers and Debuchy. If I was an Arsenal fan I would be annoyed that it looked like Falcao was coming and you ended up with Welbeck…bit of a duff hand, but that’s sort of how it goes sometimes. I would also be concerned about the situation at centre back because their still seems like there is a distinct lack of depth.

Aston Villa

Ins: Carlos Sanchez (£4.7m), Aly Cissokho (£2m), Philippe Senderos (free), Joe Cole (free), Kieran Richardson (free), Tom Leggett (free), Isaac Nehemie (free), EDIT Tom Cleverley (loan)

Outs: Marc Albrighton (Free), Nathan Delfouneso (free), a lot of bit players on loan

This seems to happen every year with Villa, they sign a bunch of players for not much money and I don’t know who most of them are which makes it hard for me to judge how well they’ve done. Cissokho’s probably a nice pick up for cheap, Senderos is a big lump but didn’t cost anything, Joe Cole is done so I don’t understand that signing and Richardson is a good signing for free but plays the same position as Cissokho. EDIT* They also ended up adding Tom Cleverley on loan which will probably turn out to be a decent piece of business. They haven’t really lost anything, just a few failed youth products.

Have Villa improved their squad? Yes they have but not by very much, the biggest improvement they have made is by reintroducing the players who were on big wages who were frozen out for the last couple of years.

Burnley

Ins: Lukas Jutkiewicz (£2.5m), Michael Kightly (undis), Stephen Ward (undis), Marvin Sordell (free), Matt Gilks (free), Matt Taylor (free), Steven Reid (free), George Boyd (£3m)

Outs: Nobody of importance

If ever a transfer window screamed relegation, it was this one. Sorry Burnley fans but this is atrocious. Your squad already isn’t good enough and you haven’t added anything to improve it. George Boyd who couldn’t get into the Hull team last year was your biggest signing? He’s got something but you need more than that.

Have Burnley improved their squad? Probably but not by enough.

Chelsea

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Ins: Cesc Fabregas (£30m), Diego Costa (£32m), Filipe Luis (£16m), Loic Remy (£8m), Didier Drogba (free)

Outs: David Luiz (£50m [I know, fucking idiots]), Romelu Lukaku (£28m), Demba Ba (£8m), Ashley Cole (free), Samuel Eto’o (free), Frank Lampard (free), Fernando Torres (loan), so many players on loan

I hate to say this but stand up and take a bow everyone at Chelsea! You are the champions of the transfer window! Not only did they do the best business buying players, but they also did the best business selling players. You look at the players which Chelsea have lost and you sit in disbelief because they made great money. David Luiz for £50m…? What were PSG thinking? He isn’t even worth half of that, the guy can’t defend! I mean fucking hell… They managed to dump Lukaku, you know the guy they didn’t actually want for £28m and did the same with Ba for £8m, and it is incredible business. They also lost a bunch of oldies that had long gone past their best, overall excellent.

So how do you follow up selling the players you don’t want for large sums of money? Well you sign a proven Premier League central midfielder, one of the best left backs in the world, a young Didier Drogba, an old Didier Drogba and a guy that may have a hole in his heart but is still a bargain; generally pretty damn good. The incredible thing about this for me is that they didn’t over pay for any of the players they signed. I don’t know if I need to break it down anymore, this is what I’d describe as a slam dunk (like Bubblegum Tate does). The only thing I don’t understand is the Drogba signing; yes it was free and it makes the fans happy but he is well past his best and I don’t think he can really contribute in a useful manner, I’d be shocked if he scored more than 5 goals.

Have Chelsea improved their squad? Well unless you haven’t been paying attention the answer is clearly yes. They sold unwanted squad players for big money whilst adding three players who instantly improve the first team, plus the return of Courtois, pretty perfect overall.

Crystal Palace

Ins: Martin Kelly (£1.5m), Fraizer Campbell (£800k), Brede Hangeland (free), Wilfried Zaha (loan), Zeki Fryers (£3m), James McArthur (£7m), Kevin Doyle (loan)

Outs: A lot of nothing

The only reason Palace stayed up last season was Tony Pulis, he is no longer there and is easily the biggest loss of the summer. Warnock has come in to the job which nobody seemed to want and has made a few signings which will help the team like Zaha and McArthur (paid too much) but I don’t think it’s enough and Hangeland was a nice signing too. Palace are going to really struggle this year and they’re going to need more help in January I think.

Have Palace improved as a squad? Yes they have, their first team is definitely better but I think they needed more and clearly Tony Pulis agreed.

Everton

Ins: Romelu Lukaku (£28m), Gareth Barry (free), Samuel Eto’o (free), Muhamed Besic (£4m), Christian Atsu (loan)

Outs: not much

Everton’s transfers have been weird, they basically signed players they had on loan last season and in doing so blew their entire budget on Lukaku. I like Lukaku but the guy is not worth £28m, Chelsea were desperate to get rid of him because they didn’t think he was good enough and they managed to squeeze £28m out of Everton, Chelsea are laughing all the way to the bank. Eto’o is a dreadful signing, he showed he was shit last season and also that he was a headache not worth having, don’t know what Everton were thinking.

Probably the best bit of business Everton had was not signing Tom Cleverley because trust me when I say he is absolute shit and is a greedy little fucker. I have two points on this firstly it tells you the kind of person Cleverley is when he would rather rot in the reserves at Utd than go play at Aston Villa (asking for £80k/pw is pathetic) and secondly I am disappointed with Everton who reportedly after having a bid of £7.5m accepted lowered it to £5m because others fell out of the race, that is a dick move and deservedly was rejected by Utd after the way they treated them over the Fellaini saga. Pathetic on both sides.

Have Everton improved their squad? Not really; they had Barry and Lukaku last year and the rest of the players they brought in are either unproven or shit Eto’o. Generally a poor transfer window.

Hull……(fill in the blank)

Ins: Robert Snodgrass (£8m), Jake Livermore (£6m), Michael Dawson (£6m), Mohamed Diame (£3.5m), Harry Maguire (£2.5m), Andrew Robertson (£2.85m), Tom Ince (free), Gaston Ramirez (loan), Hatem Ben Arfa (loan), Abel Hernandez (£10m)

Outs: Shane Long (£12m), Matty Fryatt (free), George Boyd (£3m), others

Wow I love what Hull have done here, yes they have spent shit loads of money but in doing so they have improved their squad thoroughly. Snodgrass is a good signing (although he received a serious injury sadly), Dawson is a nice pick up, Diame has power and drive in midfield, Maguire is a bright prospect and one for the future, Robertson is another bright prospect and can contribute straight away, Ince has attitude issues but also has ability and Ben Arfa and Ramirez are great flair players who are on loan so they are work the risk. The only player I can criticise them for is Hernandez who they over paid for quite seriously but this is largely in part due to the sale of Shane Long for an incredible £12m which led everyone to ask what were Southampton thinking?

Have Hull improved their squad? Yes they have by quite a margin, the only thing that would concern me is that they have signed a lot of players and it could take some time for them to glue together, but they should be safe.

Leicester City

Ins: Leonardo Ulloa (£7m), Danny Simpson (undis), Esteban Cambiasso (free), Matthew Upson (free), Marc Albrighton (free), Tom Lawrence (£1m), Nick Powell (loan), many more

Outs: nobody good

If I was a Leicester fan I would be concerned; Ulloa looks like a good pick up and they’ve signed a number of free agents who are likely to contribute to the team but I don’t think it’s enough. Cambiasso sounds like a bit of a coup but you have to wonder why he ended up at a Leicester and it makes me think that he is done and nobody wanted to touch him.

Have Leicester improved their squad? Yes but not by very much, they needed vast improvements because they are inevitably going to be stuck in a relegation battle and although they’ve made a good start against tough opposition there is only so far adrenaline can take you and it will eventually run out.

Liverpool

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Ins: Adam Lallana (£23m), Lazar Markovic (£20m), Mario Balotelli (£16m), Alberto Moreno (£12m), Emre Can (£10m), Rickie Lambert (£4m), Dejan Lovren (£20m), Divock Origi (£10m), Javier Manquillo (loan)

Outs: Luis Suarez (£75m), Pepe Reina (£2m), Martin Kelly (£1.5m), Daniel Agger (£3m), Divock Origi (loan), Iago ‘the corner’ Aspas (loan), many others of vary insignificance

The major deal which happened at Liverpool this season was Luis Suarez being sold to Barcelona for a tasty £75m (although reports in Spain are more around the £60m mark). Suarez was easily Liverpool’s best player last season and very much carried the team to a position which they didn’t really belong in. The problem is that despite making lots of money from the sale of Mr. Bitey it is always incredibly hard to then replace him. In trying to do so Liverpool have splashed the cash on no less than nine players, each of varying quality. Along with Suarez leaving Daniel Agger also left for an oddly low £3m, I don’t know why someone like Barcelona weren’t interested in him for this price.

So onto the many many signings which were made; let’s start with the biggest controversy, the signing of Mario Balotelli. I’m not sure what Rodgers was thinking here, Balotelli isn’t the kind of character you need in a young dressing room. There is a reason why he was moved on from Inter, City and AC; there is a reason he doesn’t last more than two years at any club, he is a constant problem. If you look at him taking his personality out of the picture then it is a great signing; you are getting a 24 year old, Italian international, who has all the abilities in the world and all for only £16m. The problem is that he too often looks uninterested, he falls out with players constantly and he won’t be happy playing second fiddle. It could be a really good signing but in reality it will probably be a very bad signing. Beyond Balotelli I think that Moreno is a good pick up and fills a problem area for a decent price, Rickie Lambert is an odd signing because he isn’t good enough to play for Liverpool but at £4m it’s not really a risk and Origi looked good at the World Cup and for £10m is a good price but all a bit pointless when they then loan him back out. Lallana isn’t a bad player but at £23m he is way overpriced and I have concerns over whether he can make the step up due to the fact that despite being a guaranteed starter prior to the World Cup he managed to not cope and got dropped from the first team, bit of a Stewart Downing… Lovren was good at Southampton but again was overpriced at £20m, is he good enough for Liverpool? I’m not sure yet but he is as good as what they already have, although that isn’t really saying very much. I don’t really know much about Markovic but I do know that he is highly regarded and Football Manager says he will be a good player which is something! Can for £10m isn’t much of a risk but if he was really good then Bayern wouldn’t have let him go to Leverkusen in the first place, and if he isn’t good enough for Bayern and was average at Leverkusen I don’t see how this is a great signing. The Manquillo loan deal is also an odd one as he couldn’t get in the Atletico team last year but has been signed to play as a backup for Liverpool when surely Flanagan could fill the same role.

Have Liverpool improved their squad? The answer is yes but if the question is have Liverpool improved their first team, then the answer would be no and they are going to struggle mightily to make top 4 this season.

Manchester City

Ins: Eliaquim Mangala (£32m), Fernando (£12m), Willy Caballero (£6m), Bruno Zuculini (£3m), Bacary Sagna (free), Frank Lampard (loan)

Outs: Javi Garcia (£13m), Costel Pantilimon (free), Joleon Lescott (free), Gareth Barry (free), Jack Rodwell (£7m), Micah Richards (loan), Alvaro Negredo (loan)

I found City’s transfer dealings very unusual, for the first time in a number of years they didn’t really improve their team too much and it seems that we have financial fair play to thank for that. Only one of City’s signings were grossly expensive and the rest were done on the cheap, as well as a number of bit players leaving to bring in extra money. Garcia, Lescott, Barry, Rodwell and Richards are no loss at all as they have barely played recently and aren’t good enough either. The only player who left which I can question is Negredo. I understand letting Negredo go out on loan if they were to bring in Falcao (for instance) but to let him go and leave yourself with only three strikers when two of those three are incredibly injury prone is at least questionable and to be honest damn right stupid. Yes Negredo wanted to leave but sometimes you need to hold onto an unhappy player for the good of the club and I think this is a big blunder.

As far as the players who came in I like the signing of Caballero who I was surprised is willing to sit as a back up to Hart but will give stiff competition. Sagna on a free is a good signing for City but an odd career move by Sagna who will now sit behind Zabaleta instead of playing first team at Arsenal. The Lampard loan deal was stupid, not much needed to be added to that. The signing of Fernando is relatively low risk and give them extra depth in midfield and will add some grit, although essentially he wasn’t needed. The big signing was Mangala who I don’t know much about but have heard negative comparisons made towards him with Sakho at Liverpool. Yes City needed a centre back but they could have got a better player for cheaper, but it isn’t really fair of me to comment because I haven’t really seen him play.

Have City improved their squad? Not really, it is sort of the same. They lost a lot of deadwood but the departure of Negredo is concerning and the players who came in are mainly squad players.

Manchester United
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Ins: Angel Di Maria (£59.7m), Luke Shaw (£31.5m), Ander Herrera (£29m), Marcos Rojo (£16m), Daley Blind (£14m), Radamel Falcao (loan)

Outs: Shinji Kagawa (£6.3m), Alex Buttner (£5.6m), Patrice Evra (£2.5m), Bebe (£2.4m), Rio Ferdinand (free), Nemanja Vidic (free), Nani (loan), Ryan Giggs (retired), Wilfried Zaha (loan), Tom Lawrence (£1m), Danny Welbeck (£16m), Nick Powell (loan), Michael Keane (loan), Javier Hernandez (loan), many others, EDIT Tom Cleverley (loan)

Last season I was bemoaning the lack of movement in the transfer window from Utd as they scraped themselves into a disastrous Fellaini signing and made an arse of a Coentrao loan deal, it was annoying as a fan to see the club stumble its way through the transfer window in an incredibly naïve manner. This season they managed to still stumble through the transfer window but at least this time they actually signed players. A few criticisms which I’d like to lodge at the board for this summer; why were they so intent on signing Shaw and Herrera even if Van Gaal wasn’t that fussed? Why did a year after not wanting to pay an extra £4m for Herrera did they now think it was a good idea? Why did it take a loss against Swansea, for them to sign a player afterwards? Why has Rojo still not properly signed? Why did you wait so long to sell players who weren’t wanted, which ended up with them being sold well below value? Why were the two major issues in the team not addressed again? And finally why did the club for the second season running waste so much time chasing targets who were not available? Again Utd’s board stumbled through the transfer window, making rookie mistakes constantly but at least players were signed and to be fair they signed good players.

As far as the guys who went, many of them were surplus to requirements (Rio, Giggs, Buttner, Bebe, Nani) and Hernandez going made sense because he wasn’t happy or needed, but there were players who were let go of in a poor manner. Vidic would have been the perfect middle centre back in a 3-5-2 and Utd let him go for free, which is inexcusable. How could Kagawa only be sold for £6.3m? Utd bought him for £15m and he had at least two years left on his contract and somehow gave Dortmund one of the bargains of the window, which is inexcusable. I don’t have a problem with Welbeck going (kept bitching about being played first team as a striker despite not being good enough or consistent enough), what I do have a problem with is that he is a 23 year old England international and Utd sold him for a cut price of £16m despite the fact Utd could probably have got about £22-25m based on the market, which is inexcusable. This is the problem with leaving these players in the squad for so long when you don’t want them, Utd got to the end of the window with too big a squad so had to have a fire sale and ended up selling players on the cheap because teams knew Utd were desperate. Also the whole Tom Cleverley saga was ridiculous and somehow the greedy fucking prick has ended up costing the club a chunk of money, which is fucking annoying.

On paper the signings of Di Maria, Falcao, Rojo, Blind, Herrera and Shaw is quite a haul and is very exciting for the league and the club. The problem for me is that Utd spent a whopping £150m which is quite an incredible outlay on transfers. Falcao was a good piece of business (about £6m loan fee with an option to buy) and will allow the club to assess his knee injury before committing to buying him (also essential after selling Welbeck and Hernandez) and Blind was a very savvy piece of business as at £14m he is a bit of a steal. The problem is that they overpaid for the other four players. Shaw is a classic case of overpaying for English players, look at the price of Luis and Moreno and then look at Shaw’s price, it doesn’t take a Hubert Farnsworth to realise that they overpaid (he is a good player though). Herrera probably cost more than he is worth as well but clearly he wasn’t going to come unless the buyout fee was paid so it is the most forgivable. Rojo on the face of things only cost £16m which is actually pretty good but don’t forget to add on the Nani deal which adds about another £8m onto the fee (£4.5m salary being paid by Utd and £3.5m loan fee) to make it £24m and means that Utd overpaid by about £8m, all a bit messy. Finally Utd broke the British transfer record with the signing of Di Maria who is an excellent signing for the club and will add quality, pace and drive to the midfield, but it is hard to ignore the price tag of £59.7m which I’d say is about £14.7m over his actual value. Yes sometimes you have to pay over the odds to get the best players but Real Madrid have taken Utd’s desperation for a spark to the cleaners here. They are all really good signings but generally they were all very pricey and Utd need to find that happy medium soon or teams will start taking advantage of their apparently blank chequebook.

Have Utd improved their squad? Yes they have and in doing so they have added a number of first team players which will bring in major excitement and give the squad a much needed jolt. What will concern Utd fans is the lack of signing a dominating centre back and a commanding central midfielder which were both desperately needed.

Newcastle United

Ins: Remy Cabella (£12m), Emmanuel Riviere (£6m), Siem De Jong (£6m), Daryl Janmaat (£5m), Jamaal Lascelles (£3.5m), Karl Darlow (£3.5m), Ayoze Perez (£1.5m), Jack Colback (free), Facundo Ferreyra (loan)

Outs: Mathieu Debuchy (£10m), Dan Gosling (free), Shola ‘two a season’ Ameobi (free), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (loan), Hatem Ben Arfa (loan), others

After numerous transfer windows of inaction Newcastle finally paid money for a footballer! I don’t watch French football so it is hard to comment on many of the signings but at least Newcastle have went out and spent money on players. Colback is a good pick up, Janmaat is a cheap alternative to Debuchy and Cabella and Riviere have looked decent so far this season. Overall I’d say that Newcastle have had a fairly good window after years of stagnation.

Have Newcastle improved their squad? Although they lost one of their best players in Debuchy they have still improved their squad overall and should be well on way to a top 10 finish.

Queens Park Rangers

Ins: Steven Caulker (£8m), Rio Ferdinand (free), Leroy Fer (£7m), Jordan Mutch (£6m), Alex McCarthy (£6m), Jack Robinson (undis), Mauricio Isla (loan), Eduardo Vargas (loan), Sandro (£10m), Nico Kranjcar (loan)

Outs: Loic Remy (£8m), Esteban Granero (undis), Danny Simpson (undis), Yossi Benayoun (undis), Julio Cesar (free), Stephane M’Bia (free), Samba Diakite (loan), others

QPR always seem to have a massive squad of players who have failed at other clubs and it seems that they have managed to add a bunch more to make old ‘Arry happy. I like the Caulker, Fer and Mutch signings because they all played very well in the league last year despite being relegated. McCarthy comes in as an improvement over Rob Green and Rio is a solid experienced centre back. A few good loan signings as well as the signings of Sandro and I think you have a good summer. The only player of note who left QPR was Remy who they were resigned to losing anyway so in many ways it wasn’t really a loss.

Have QPR improved their squad? Yes but their squad is grossly oversized and will be difficult to manage especially with the number of players who are just along for the ride.



Southampton

Ins: Shane Long (£12m), Sadio Mane (£11.8m), Dusan Tadic (£10.3m), Fraser Forster (£10m), Graziano Pelle (£8m), Florin Gardos (undis), Ryan Bertrand (loan), Toby Alderweireld (loan)

Outs: Luke Shaw (£31.5m), Adam Lallana (£23m), Dejan Lovren (£20m), Calum Chambers (£12m), Rickie Lambert (£4m), Dani Osvaldo (loan), Jos Hooiveld (loan), Gaston Ramirez (loan), many others

Southampton’s squad got absolutely decimated in the summer, not only did they lose all those players but they also lost their manager too. They lost a number of quality players to big clubs and have had to sign a large number of replacements. Yes Southampton have overpaid for many of the players they signed but they brought in so much this summer that it isn’t really surprising. I’m not sure how many of the new players will fit in and be a success but with the money which has been spent and Southampton’s seemingly good scouting system I think they’ll be ok.

Have Southampton improved their squad? No they have regressed which is only natural when you sell six or so big players but if that money is reinvested intelligently it will be worth it in the long run.

Stoke City

Ins: Mame Biram Diouf (free), Dionatan Teixeira (undis), Phil Bardsley (free), Steve Sidwell (free), Bojan Krkic (£3m), Victor Moses (loan), Oussama Assaidi (loan)

Outs: Michael Kightly (undis), Cameron Jerome (undis), Ryan Shotton (loan), others

Stoke barely spent any money in the summer but despite that they did some really good business. Diouf, Bardsley and Sidwell are excellent free agent signings which fit the Stoke system perfectly and shows some shrewd business dealings. Moses and Assaidi on loan gives Stoke pace and directness out wide which is always helpful. The only signing I find a bit odd is the Bojan one because not only does he not seem to fit what Stoke do but surely he could’ve done better. At £3m it isn’t much of a risk and who knows maybe Bojan will become the player he was supposed to be.

Have Stoke improved their squad? Yes they didn’t lose anyone and have added a number of players who can contribute straight away.



Sunderland

Ins: Jack Rodwell (£7m), Patrick Van Aanholt (undis), Billy Jones (free), Costel Pantilimon (free), Santiago Vergini (loan), Will Buckley (£2.5m), Sebastian Coates (loan), Ricky Alvarez (loan)

Outs: Ignacio Scocco (£800k), Jack Colback (free), Craid Gardner (free), Phil Bardsley (free), a lot of shit players were released

I love the Rodwell signing because if he can stay fit I think he could be an absolute star in this Sunderland team. The other signings aren’t that good and they have lost some good players like Bardsley, Colback and Gardner on frees as well as losing Borini after he was on loan, which will be a concern for Sunderland. I do think that they will be clear of relegation because the squad was too good to be down their last season and in my opinion the reason they struggled so much was down to Di Canio’s mismanagement of the club.

Have Sunderland improved their squad? I’m not so sure, it hasn’t really went forward or backwards, it’s just sort of the same I think.

Swansea

Ins: Federico Fernandez (£8m), Jefferson Montero (£4m), Marvin Emnes (£1.5m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (swap), Bafetimbi Gomis (free), Lukasz Fabianski (free), Tom Carroll (loan), many others of youth persuasion

Outs: Ben Davies (£10m), Michel Vorm (£5m), Alejandro Pozuelo (undis), Chico Flores (free), Pablo Hernandez (free), Jose Canas (free), Michu (loan), a variety of others

I think that Swansea have once again had a successful transfer window, bringing in new faces which will affect the first team squad and also getting rid of some deadweight players who never worked out. Fernandez will slot in nicely next to Williams, Montero looked great in the World Cup and fits in to the tricky wingers Swansea plays, Sigurdsson is an immense pick up after he got swamped out by Spurs and their many signings and Gomis is a Bony clone and is a perfect understudy. Keeping Bony though is arguably their best piece of business as he can take them to the next level and makes the team better. As far as the outs go I am surprised that they sold Vorm and I think they could have got more money for Davies but beyond that the rest aren’t a loss.

Have Swansea improved their squad? I think they have by recouping Sigurdsson, adding a solid centre back, a proper back up striker and some dynamism, whilst only losing some underperformers.

Tottenham Hotspur

Ins: Federico Fazio (£8m), Ben Davies (£10m), Michel Vorm (£5m), Benjamin Stambouli (£4.7m), Eric Dier (£4m), Deandre Yedlin (undis)

Outs: Jake Livermore (£6m), Michael Dawson (£6m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (swap), Iago Falque (£4m), Tom Carroll (loan), Zeki Fryers (£3m), Lewis Holtby (loan), Sandro (£10m), many others

Spurs had a relatively quiet window, or a quiet window for Spurs anyway. In possibly the biggest shock of the window Spurs biggest spend on a player was a measly £10m and none of their signings involved an attacking player. All Spurs’ signings fall into the same categories of solid, low risk and cheap, so in many ways it is probably the window Spurs required. Along with some solid signings Spurs thinned out their squad by getting rid of players who clearly aren’t considered good enough to be at the club although I’m surprised Sandro was deemed surplus to requirements.

Did Spurs have a good transfer window? Yes but not by much, the biggest thing for Spurs this year will be to see how last year’s signings progress in their sophomore year.

West Bromwich Albion

Ins: Brown Ideye (£10m), Sebastien Pocognoli (undis), Sebastian Blanco (undis), Jason Davidson (undis), Christian Gamboa (undis), Georgios Samaras (free), Craig Gardner (free), Joleon Lescott (free), Chris Baird (free), Andrew Wisdom (loan), Silvestre Varela (loan)

Outs: Liam Ridgewell (free), Billy Jones (free), Steven Reid (free), Diego Lugano (free), Zoltan Gera (free), George Thorne (undis)

West Brom did well in the free agent market by picking up Lescott, Gardner and Samaras who will all be able to make an instant impact. West Brom have sort of put all their eggs in one basket with the Ideye signing, it’s a lot of money at this level and if he doesn’t succeed it could cost them their place in the league. I’d still be concerned with their striking situation but at least they didn’t really lose anyone.

Did West Brom improve their squad? Yes but they needed to do more in regards to addressing their lack of goals from last season.

West Ham United

Ins: Enner Valencia (£12m), Cheikhou Kouyate (£7m), Mauro Zarate (undis), Diafra Sakho (undis), Aaron Cresswell (undis), Diego Poyet (undis), Carl Jenkinson (loan), Alex Song (loan), Morgan Amalifatano (£1m)

Outs: Mohamed Diame (£3.5m), Joe Cole (free), Matt Taylor (free), Jack Collison (free), Jordan Spence, Alou Diarra (free), bundles of others

Enner Valencia for £12m? I hope he proves me wrong but it seems like a classic have a good World Cup get a transfer for over the odds money move. Yes Valencia will help West Ham put their striker struggles to one side but it is a lot of money for one player who is largely unproven. I’m shocked that West Ham got Alex Song but it makes me think that better clubs either didn’t want to pay his wages or didn’t want to deal with his attitude problems (clearly Barca wanted to do either). Amalifatano is a good buy at £1m and showed what he could do when at Stoke last season and the other big signing was Kouyate who I haven’t really seen play so can’t really comment but £7m for West Ham is the kind of money which you would outlay for a dead cert, so he will have high expectations. I was surprised to see West Ham let go of Diame because he seemed like one of their best players last year and even more odd was letting him go to a team who are on a similar footing to the Hammers.

Have West Ham improved their squad? Yes but not by that much; they have put all their chips on Valencia and Kouyate and if either or both flop it could mean trouble.



Overall

A lot of talent came into the league this season from abroad but in typical fashion most of the big name signings were cast offs from Barca and Real (although not all I grant) rather than being poached from elsewhere. I wrote this last season and I’m just copying it in again because it is still totally relevant. I am pointing this out more because it shows a trend that Premier League players aren’t that desirable (even the English clubs weren’t really buying from each other). It also shows that English players/Premier League players are massively over-priced, and then the FA wonder why youth players aren’t being developed, that’s why, because they are too expensive (well that and too many old dumplin’s that are well past their best [I’m looking at you Fulham (QPR this season)]). It shows a worrying trend for the Premier League (and England), who are now lacking quality players (after losing Bale [or Suarez this year]) and not really developing home grown talent.

Top 5 signings
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1. Sigurdsson (Swansea)
2. Debuchy (Arsenal)
3. Rodwell (Sunderland)
4. Colback (Newcastle)
5. Blind (Man Utd)

Worst 5 signings
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1. Long (Southampton)
2. Valencia (West Ham)
3. Hernandez (Hull)
4. Mangala (Man City)
5. Lukaku (Everton)

Top 5 transfer window teams

1. Chelsea
2. Hull
3. Man Utd
4. Arsenal
5. Stoke

Worst 5 transfer window teams

1. Burnley
2. Palace
3. Leicester
4. West Ham
5. Man City

So now that the transfer window is closed here is my updated league predictions and what I consider to be my actual league predictions for the season and how they compare to my pre-season predictions.

1st—Chelsea 0
2nd—Man Utd +2
3rd—Man City -1
4th—Arsenal -1
5th—Liverpool 0
6th—Everton 0
7th—Spurs 0
8th—Newcastle 0
9th—Southampton +4
10th—Stoke 0
11th—Hull 0
12th—West Ham 0
13th—Swansea +3
14th—Sunderland 0
15th—Villa +2
16th—QPR -7
17th—West Brom -2
18th—Palace +2
19th—Leicester 0
20th—Burnley -2

I think the chances of me getting every position right is almost 0 (like -1 or so) and to even get half of the positions correct would be a good achievement, however you can see which teams I think are going to struggle this year and which will be up at the top end as well. I think relegation is fairly open as always and I think the title is Chelsea’s to lose but it will be interesting to see how it all develops.

So leave a comment about what you thought of the transfer window and what you think of the upcoming Premier League season. You can say anything you fancy really and I almost certainly will reply, even if you’re just calling me a cock. You can find more of my wonderful (…) work by checking out the Facebook and Twitter feeds, where I am eternally grateful for any support you can give.

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20 thoughts on “The Premier League 2014 Summer Transfer Window Review.”

  1. That was a great read, very thorough analysis and info. I’ll definitely be following your blog. I do a recap after every week of Premier League action (working on my week 3 thoughts right now) on my blog so check it out if you get a chance.
    I agree that Chelsea did the best in terms of bolstering their squad for this season along with moving players out to stay within FFP. What’s your criteria for determining the best 5 signings? For me the best signing has to be Diego Costa. He’s the exact type of player that Chelsea was lacking last season and he’s had an immediate impact in the Premier League.

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    1. Thanks man, it’s a bitch to write. Good to see an American following the sport and spreading the good word, even if you are a Chelsea fan…

      The 5 best signings is based more on value rather than who I believe to have been the 5 best players to be signed. Hence Sigurdsson is top because he is too good for Swansea and cost them nothing as well, bit of a win win. Not that they were in the top 5 but I also really liked the value in the Welbeck, Filipe Luis, Moreno, Remy, Andrew Robertson, Montero, Sidwell and Bardsley transfers.

      If I were to make a top 5 players to transfer it would go something like: 1-Di Maria 2-Falcao 3-Sanchez 4-Fabregas 5- Costa

      And you are right about Costa he is exactly what Chelsea were missing last season and has already shown that he is having an immediate impact.

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      1. Yes I’m an American fan here who started watching the Premier League ten years ago (2004). Without any natural ties to any of the teams, I watched as many games as possible. About halfway through that season, I adopted Chelsea as my favorite club because of Didier Drogba. I suppose Chelsea winning the Premier League that season sealed it for me and I’ve been a supporter ever since.

        But even with the numerous professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL,MLB, MLS, NHL) here in the US, I still find the Premier League to be the most exciting pro league for me to watch. The idea of relegating the worst performing teams is such a foreign yet amazing concept that I wish some of the leagues over here would employ it. I mean NBA and NFL teams at the bottom of their divisions purposely lose games towards the end of their seasons in order to “better” themselves by being able to draft the best young talent for the next season. The same bottom-dwelling owners (in the NBA for example) know they’re guaranteed millions of dollars from TV, ad, and ticket sales revenue and have no real incentive to try and improve their teams. If there was a possibility of relegation for performing poorly, that would really shake things up.
        Also I love the concept of determining a champion by playing every other club twice rather than a regular season followed by playoffs which often times favor teams that get on a “hot” streak at the end. Every game matters in the Premier League because every point is valuable.

        Now I was hoping you could answer this question for me because I’ve never really gotten a good explanation from anyone on this (and it’s probably because I don’t know anyone in England)…. So putting any bias you may have aside (and I know that may be difficult), why is there so much disdain for Chelsea from fans of other clubs? I obviously understand rivalries in sports between neighboring cities (or states in my case, Texas hates everything to do with Oklahoma and vice versa). But just the sense I get from fans of other Premier League clubs I’ve been around (lots of Arsenal fans in the US, Liverpool fans, United fans, Tottenham fans, Everton fans, etc) is that they all can’t stand Chelsea and would rather have any of the other top clubs win the Premier League. Am I just blowing that out of proportion or is it really like that for the general football fans in England as well? If so, why the hate?

        Thanks for your response and I’ll be posting my Premier League week 3 thoughts on my blog tomorrow morning (probably in 12 hours) so check out my blog if you get a chance; I welcome any feedback.

        -Z

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      2. To be honest that’s not uncommon, most Chelsea fans started supporting them in 2004 as well!

        I agree with your sentiment about American sports and the low end where teams deliberately lose because they know they are guaranteed money despite being really bad. I think it is more prominent in the NBA but I don’t think the NFL suffers from this as much because if you fail in the NFL there isn’t really anywhere else to go (other than Canada) which isn’t the case in basketball. I agree that playoffs aren’t fair but you can’t deny that they aren’t exciting and what they give you is one big final match to determine the winner at the end which is truly special. I have never understood why the MLS doesn’t have relegation when so many teams want to join the league. I’m a big NFL fan so am more aware of these sorts of things than your regular British football watcher.

        The reason that everyone hates Chelsea is that they were a club the size of Aston Villa and in 2003 a Russian guy came in and threw money at them which pushed them into a position which they didn’t belong and hadn’t earned on their own. In doing so they grossly overpaid for players, pissed everyone off and are one of the teams at fault for the current levels of transfer spending. One of the reasons that people hate Chelsea is that they were the first team to do this successfully and sustain it and they went about their business in a poor manner. They bought their success rather than earning it, Man City are no different and probably worse. Another reason people hate Chelsea is that they had a team full of arrogant bastards like John Terry, Ashley Cole and Jose Mourinho who are all instantly dislikable if you don’t support Chelsea. Plus Chelsea are a team supported by over privileged posh twats and if you know anything about Britain it is that we regular folks detest the upper classes. You understandably missed most of this because it happened before you started watching and it’s also a cultural thing. Hope that answered your question!

        Cool man I’ll come over and check it out.

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      3. Thanks for answering my question. Great insight. I can definitely pick up on the arrogance from Terry or the smugness of Mourinho which would lead other fans to dislike Chelsea. I often think Mourinho comes off as condescending in his responses to certain questions. But he’s a good tactician.

        Living over here, I have no idea on the type of cultural fanbases that support each particular club. In general if Chelsea are supported by overprivileged posh twats (in your own words), how would you describe fans of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, City, and Everton?
        I’m curious to know.

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      4. Man Utd garner support from across Britain (massive in both Scotland and Ireland) with an abnormally large amount of Londoners supporting them and hence get the bandwagon tag stuck to them. It is of course true to a degree because with great success comes the bandwagoners but Utd have one of the most passionate support bases in the league, I’d say top 2.

        The other top 2 slot I’d give to the Liverpool fans who are in many ways very similar to Utd (much as they’d both hate to hear that). Liverpool fans are proper fans and support their team through thick and thin, sadly they also still believe it is the 80’s and have delusions of grandeur.

        Arsenal fans have became some of the most educated football fans thanks to Wenger but that isn’t their traditional stance as they used to be an upgraded Stoke, now they couldn’t be more opposite (no noise, no long ball).

        Spurs are the second London team who have a classic inferiority complex towards Arsenal. Spurs have always had a lot of money but never seem to be able to do anything with it, and for some reason they have a large Jewish support which is why you will hear them referred to as the Yids which is either a derogatory term used by opposing fans (a bit too racisty for my liking) or by the Spurs fans themselves (which would be endearment).

        Everton fans are similar to Liverpool fans but not quite to the same scale. Every sort of likes Everton.

        Man City have a huge inferiority complex to Man Utd and have in my opinion some of the stupidest fans in England. They love proclaiming themselves as the Manchester team as technically Utd are from Salford and according to City fans only have bandwagoning fans not from Manchester. This is now incredibly ironic as they are the new team for the bandwagoners to jump on but somehow that’s ok…go figure. Very fickle fans.

        Hope that’s a comprehensive tie in to all the big clubs fan bases.

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      5. Thanks for the response. I’m slowly learning from afar. I guess seeing Man City come from always being in the middle of the pack with average talent when I started watching to a consistent contender at the top after the influx of money in the last 5 years is a similar situation for me to your viewpoint of what Chelsea did when I started watching ten years ago. So I can see the opposition to that from a fan of another team.

        Now in terms of the demographic of each fan base (which is where I was going with my previous question)… if Chelsea fans are the “overprivileged, posh, rich folks”.. how would you describe fans of the other top clubs (Arsenal, Liverpool, United, Tottenham, City, and Everton) ? Is there one fanbase that’s more “working-class”?

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      6. Um that’s a bit more hard to answer because football is really a working class game, but that is changing as traditional fans are being priced out of the market with ticket prices.

        The seven teams you mentioned are from three cities; London, Manchester and Liverpool. The richest of these cities is London followed by Manchester and then Liverpool. So although I don’t think there is a big gap between the other clubs it would go something like from rich to poor fans: Chelsea-Spurs-Arsenal-Utd-City-Everton-Liverpool.

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  2. HAHAHA! United 2nd,great banter mate. For the first time in my life United are in a bigger mess than Liverpool on and off the pitch. The signing of Falcao could be disastrous for the dressing room(RVP and Rooney) and United haven’t improved any of their key areas. I don’t think United will finish in the top 4 and if they do I’m pretty certain they won’t finish above Liverpool. I’m sorry, but last season you said Liverpool would finish 8th(lol) and United 2nd(lol), so I don’t know why bother tbh, because I think you’ll be wrong again. What’s making me laugh is that United’s 2 marquee signings didn’t want to play for the club. So when it gets tough will they really care? I don,t think so. With all the money spent you’ve got to hope that United finish in the top 4. With the new BT money the gulf between the top 4 and the others will get bigger and if United don’t reach the Champions League we could have another Leeds on our hands.

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    1. I don’t honestly believe that there is much between City, Utd or Arsenal and the reason I plumped for Utd is that they have an incredible wealth of attacking talent, now by far the best in the league.

      Have Utd not improved their key areas? Di Maria, Blind and Herrera in the midfield, Rojo and Shaw in the defence. I’m not saying it is perfect because I believe that Utd need a centre back who could naturally play the pivot centre back in the 3-5-2 (like a Hummels) and they didn’t get it so will have to see how one of the side centre backs get on there. I also think that a box to box midfielder was needed to add dynamism, but both Blind and Di Maria are useful for the team.

      Liverpool won’t finish top 4 btw, there are four teams who are better than them.

      My pre-season prediction for Liverpool last year was 8th but I’m pretty sure I adjusted it to 6th after the transfer window closed and in my opinion that is the real prediction, granted it is still wrong but that happens.

      Utd’s two marquee signings didn’t want to sign for Utd as their first choice? That’s probably true, I think both wanted Real but I don’t agree that they didn’t want to sign for Utd. After all Man Utd are one of the four biggest clubs in the world, pretty much everyone would quite like to sign for them, even if it isn’t their first choice. Will they really care when it gets tough? I think they will because neither of them have attitude problems, in fact I’d say quite the opposite and that both are team men.

      Utd will be desperate to finish top 4 because of the BT money but also because their is a clause in the Adidas contract that means Utd get less money if they aren’t in the competition, and we all know that all the board care about is money…Plus even if Utd were to fail to make top 4 again they would still be easily the top revenue maker in the Premier League, so that makes your comparison to Leeds plain silly.

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  3. What is even funnier than Utd being in piss poor is how delusional Man Utd fans are even after last season and even after the start of this season. Honestly how on earth you think Utd can make 2nd place is beyond me. I’m not even going to put up an argument because that’s how absurd that is….it’s like saying spurs will finish 2nd….they just won’t.

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    1. I didn’t really explain the updated table, so I shall do so now. I didn’t think there was much between Utd and Arsenal prior to the season and I think Utd improved more than Arsenal did since so that’s how they moved in front of them. The reason I then moved them in front of City is that City got rid of Negredo and I think it was a major mistake when they have two out of three strikers who are injury prone. I also don’t think that City improved the areas of the pitch which they needed to and still lack width and have major defensive question marks beyond Kompany (who is also injury prone). Therefore at some point this season I think they will be punished for their short comings.

      I do agree though that Spurs finishing 2nd is absurd…although I gather that was meant as a point…

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  4. First of all, I appreciate the work you put in compiling this, I can’t imagine what a pain in the arse it would have been to put together. In parts it was a great laugh, insightful reading, honest but also understandably somewhat biased (my review would have been too!)

    I’m a Gunners fan (since 91′) and I kind of expected you, like most others to hammer Wenger for not doing more in the last few weeks in terms of getting more quality signings in.
    One thing I know for sure, (which was pretty easy to pick when you think about it) is that Wenger was never going to sign Falcao. Those wages are ridiculously high, and no way would a club like Arsenal pay that kind of money, especially for a player on loan. So United getting him shouldn’t be any surprise. When it all comes down to it, United need him a lot more than we do, especially with RVP seemingly needing knee surgery

    Whether or not signing Falcao proves to be money well spent will depend on if MU
    makes the Top 4. To be honest, I get the feeling LVG is focussed on getting his squad the way he wants it and his main goal in getting them back into the CL this season.
    One has to wonder how Rooney is going to now feel about being the second highest paid player at the club.. lol (Another transfer request coming?)

    I get the feeling you believe Liverpool won’t finish in the Top 4 is out of spite more than anything (completely understandable). But having watched them take Spurs to the cleaners on Sunday (which naturally I thoroughly enjoyed), this is a side that could have won by 6 or 7 had Balotelli been a bit more clinical. Plus they have a lot of pace and more depth this season. Keep in mind that was Balotelli’s first proper game since the World Cup.

    The problem Rodgers might face with the Italian is that if he starts to scores goals, then it may inflate his ego, which is not really what they need. But much like Welbeck, he’s still only young and they’ll be hoping he has matured since his time at City. Their matches in the CL could be the difference between them finishing fourth or fifth you’d think.

    Speaking of Welbeck, given the British core of players at Arsenal already, I think it’s a good signing. I can’t say “great” because time will tell before I can say that. He probably didn’t hit his full capabilities at United due to two things:
    – he was always playing second fiddle to the likes of Rooney, RVP, Berbatov and Tevez in the last few year (that can’t be easy for a player in his early 20’s), and
    – Fergie retired when he was 21-22, not giving him enough time to have more of an influence on Welbeck’s career.

    At least under the equally experienced Wenger, he can hopefully get the best out of him at the Emirates. His pace up front could be invaluable if he is able to get in sync with Ozil, Ramsey and Sanchez’ abilities to put players into goal scoring positions.

    Now as for where each teams finishes, as much as I hate admitting it, you’re bang on, it’s Chelsea’s to lose. City will be there or there about’s (two titles in the last three seasons plus runners up in between). Hard to see them not being in at least second.

    I’m hoping that if we were to finish third, which we are very capable of doing, is that we push the Top 2 as close to May as possible. That to me would be a sign of progress. Not signing a CDM and another central defender has me really concerned (like most Gooners), given our horrific run of freak injuries to key players in the last eight or nine years, every chance of us being caught short at the back.

    You’re of the belief United will finish second and have the second best squad in the league (behind Chelsea). To me, you say that more in hope rather than expectancy. Of course a United fan would be happy to finish behind Chelsea as long as they finish above City and Liverpool right?
    It’s also laughable that you could make such a prediction, whilst also saying that Burnley will finish dead last, considering United struggled to take the three points against them on Saturday!!

    Even with all that dead wood in your squad last season, I remember you predicting in your mid-year review (January this year) that “United will probably still finish second”. Way, way off in the end mate. Will your predictions be better this season? Have to wait and see won’t we? 😀

    As a neutral, it would be great to see United and Liverpool fighting it out for fourth don’t you think?

    Looking for more of your posts/rants/predictions(!) this season.

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    1. I’m not shocked that Arsenal didn’t get him either because I agree he was too expensive in terms of wages, but I think with Falcao they are genuine title contenders, Welbeck doesn’t add that.

      Not sure if the RVP knee injury is true or not because if it were true I doubt Utd would’ve got rid of both Hernandez and Welbeck because it would only leave them with two players.

      I have no doubts that LVG is looking at the Champions League as his main goal, but I think that LVG will secretly believe that he can win the title because he think that although the first few months are going to be tough it will drastically improve after then. Is Rooney the 2nd highest paid player at the club? It is hard to say because he has a unique contract which gives him image rights so I imagine he is still the top earner, plus there are conflicting reports on how much Falcao is being paid.

      I said it before they sold Suarez that they wouldn’t make top 4, I think that they were always going to struggle and then they sold by far their best player and that will make them struggle even more. They were good against Spurs but a large part of that was because Spurs didn’t show up at all. Look at how poor they were against City and Southampton, this isn’t a great team and they are currently relying heavily on Sterling. It is a team full of above average players which is lacking in quality players.

      As far as Balotelli is concerned; there is a reason Inter, City and AC have sold him, it certainly isn’t his ability because he has tons it is rather that he is inconsistent and totally unreliable on and off the pitch.

      Welbeck never succeeded at Utd because there was always better players in front of him but he did get chances and never quite took them. You’ll learn that Welbeck is great in games which are stretched or games which you sit deep and counter as he can use his pace to full advantage. The problem is that in games where your opponent is sitting back and defending (most games for Utd or Arsenal) he doesn’t possess the required technique or composure to take limited chances. Welbeck is one of those players who is great in front of goal when he has no time to think about what he is doing but useless when you expect him to score. You compliment Fergie but he didn’t really know how to best utilise Welbeck either.

      I agree with you on what Arsenal are lacking, I think if everyone could stay fit Arsenal could seriously challenge for the league, but not only is that highly unlikely you already have Giroud out, so it is already sort of gone.

      I think that City have the second best squad in the league but they are perennial under achievers and I think the sale of Negredo was a huge mistkae given the injury proneness of Aguero and Jovetic. Utd have added six players in the summer but they have played a combined two matches between them, I think that once they are integrated into the squad Utd will kick on strongly. Burnley have looked shit so far and have the worst squad in the league in my opinion, despite the fact they drew with Utd (they beat them the last time they were in the league and I think Utd went on to win it and Burnley still got relegated…).

      I don’t remember saying they would finish 2nd but I do recall saying to someone in real life (yes I exist in real life too!) that I thought Utd would finish above Arsenal…which didn’t really work out…The thing about predictions is you might as well be bold because what’s the point in saying the exact same thing as everyone else? Plus when I said that Utd were still in around that sort of place, the difference is Utd faltered and Arsenal, Everton and in particular Liverpool all excelled.

      I’d rather see Utd battle it over the title but yeah I want to see (as I’m sure everyone can agree about their own team) them have meaningful games at the end of the season.

      Don’t worry I’ll be having many more posts/rants/predictions this season (probably mainly rants…)

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      1. Oh and I found your prediction last season when, despite their shambolic first half to the season, you said that they’d still “probably finish second” in your “My Man Utd Wish List” column on Dec 26th last year: http://www.imagebam.com/image/527dbe349115097

        And you also predicted Chelsea to win league, no doubt because that’s personally what United fans wanted due to the fact they didn’t want City or Liverpool to win it!!

        http://www.imagebam.com/image/9feae0349115085

        You can see why some on here think your second place prediction again this year seems unbelievably arrogant/laughable/optimistic after last season right?

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      2. Damn…didn’t think I’d get called on it and then shown the damning evidence…its a bit like when your on trial for robbery and you claim you don’t remember where you were only to be shown a video of your face clearly robbing the place…that’s bitch slapped right down…

        The second one is what I wanted but if you look at what I said it was actually pretty spot on but Chelsea fucked it up by losing inexplicably to Palace and Villa. I said the season would come down to Chelsea-Liverpool and so it did so I’m counting that as a win, even if it clearly isn’t a win…

        I can see why people disagree with the Man Utd 2nd prediction but it isn’t like a team has never went from 2nd to 7th before. I’m of the opinion that whats the point in fudging your opinions and being vanilla? Granted some of my predictions were a bit off last season but you can point to as many that were spot on; check out my Champions League or World Cup previews or even who I chose to win the Premier League last year.

        Plus as a side note I genuinely believed that Utd were going to still make top 4 until we were beaten by Liverpool at Old Trafford which sounds crazy now but if memory serves me correctly we were 7 points behind with a home tie which if we’d have won we would have been 4 points behind with a really easy run in.

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