August 31st, 2011, 09:18 PM #81
What do people think about the Transfer Window deals? Arteta to Arsenal is very interesting. Chelsea did well again...
August 31st, 2011, 10:07 PM #82
I think Arteta is a nice piece, and has really got some talent, but I'm not quite sure he'll be the home run signing that Arsenal fans are waiting for. I really like the Miereles signing for Chelsea and am very, very pleased withe the Ruiz pick up for Fulham. Some interesting pick ups out of Stoke, QPR and Bolton also. I'm not as comfortable in my player knowledge across the board to make too firm a judgment though. Redknapp might have dropped the ball a bit?
Originally Posted by Pagliacci
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September 1st, 2011, 03:32 AM #83
A lot of news outlets here are saying Harry missed out a bit but I am not sure, Crouchie would have been worth keeping as depth, but Adebayor when playing at his best is a great pickup as is Scott Parker, they certainly could have used Cahill from Bolton but I think Bolton are asking too much at 15 million for a guy with less than 12 months left on his contract.
A midfied of Bale, Lennon, Parker, Modric and Sandro with Pienaar, Bentley, Huddlestone and Krancjar as depth is arguably one of the best in the league. Don't think the same can be said at the back.
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September 1st, 2011, 10:10 AM #84
September 1st, 2011, 02:00 PM #85
Lookin at the transfers.
I think Stoke, QPR definitely got better.
Arsenal made some good moves. As did Bolton. Although Newcastle lost Barton, we picked up a replacement (finally) for Jose Enrique with grabbing Santon. I just wish Freiburg hadn't rejected our Cisse bid. He and Demba Ba up front would have been so ridiculously fun to watch
September 1st, 2011, 04:06 PM #86
The deadline deals weren't very spectacular in my view, but I feel Liverpool did a great job overall during the transfer window. They picked up decent, to great players in every area they needed help in, and they got younger and faster. No way they win the title, but I can see some cup runs, and perhaps a return to the CL with this team. I am particularly excited about Sebastian Coates. The man is a beast, and at 20 years old can only get better as the years go by. I can see nothing but progress from Liverpool from now on, and I am very excited about that. YNWA
September 1st, 2011, 06:05 PM #87
Arteta is essentially a poor man's Fabergas. He is a nice player but don't think any of the other top 4 teams are dreading facing him in midfield. His technical ability fit what Arsenal do and they definitely needed that injection of skill with the loss of Nasri and Cesc. A midfield three of Arteta, Wilshere, and Song is solid but Arteta is a stop gap measure and I think his best football is behind him. At least their depth is improved a bit with Benayoun, Ramsey, Frimpong, and Diaby providing depth now.
Originally Posted by Iron Duke
They didn't address their forward situation though, not sure if Park Chou-Young is the answer.
Mertesacker is a good signing while Santos is a bit underwhelming. Good going forward, not very good defensively. Thought he was a liablity for Brazil in Copa.
Meireles is a good player and I'm not sure why Liverpool were so keen to get rid of him. With Gerrard coming back from injury there is a bit of a log jam in midfield and perhaps Meireles wanted to leave and play for Villa Boas again but I don't think Liverpool are in a position to lose quality midfielders especially with Gerrard's tendency to get hurt and Adams' propensity to wear down as the season goes on.
Originally Posted by Iron Duke
He'll provide great depth for Chelsea and his versatility will be useful especially when the European schedule picks up. Plus with African Cup of Nations, Chelsea will lose Mikel so that depth will be useful. I'm a bit surprised Chelsea haven't loaned out McEachran for growth like Arsenal did with Wilshere and United did with Cleverly. I know they are high on him but they have a ton of top players in MF and it is hard to see him getting a lot of games in.
September 1st, 2011, 06:34 PM #88
Crouch isn't a big loss, Adebayor, Defoe, and Pavlyuchenko is a decent enough strike force plus you have Van Der Vaart playing in the hole behind a lone striker and he can provide goals. The only catch for me is Defoe sucks as a lone striker and you are basically forced to play a 4-4-2 if he is in the side.
Originally Posted by Crazy_Ivan
"One of the best in the league" is a bit of a stretch, Sandro is unproven over the long haul, in fact to me he is still plain unproven with just 19 apperencies in the prem and a handful of Champions League games under his belt. Lennon is a fantastic sprinter but he has never developed his end product. A Modric-Parker midfield duo should be able to control games but as good as Parker was last season, West Ham were still relegated. He is a good player with steel and enough skill in his game but he isn't an elite player by any means.
Originally Posted by Crazy_Uvan
As far as depth, Bentley hasn't been a good player for three years and has been loaned out to West Ham, Pienaar hasn't settled in since his move from Everton (mostly due to injury).
I think Spurs have a pretty good midfield but I wouldn't call it one of the best in the Prem, since I don't think their depth is as good as you think.
Regarding Modric, it does make sense that Levy played hardball with him, since Spurs are only going to progress to the next step of being a big club if they keep their stars but if they go through this transfer saga again during the winter transfer window and next summer is it really worth it?
September 1st, 2011, 06:44 PM #89
It will be fun to see Crouch play for Stoke if there was a player tailor made for what they try and do it is Crouch. He was probably worth the money just to get him on the end of Delap's throws!
Originally Posted by Jaygokings!
QPR had nowhere to go but up, nice to see some investment in their team and now they at least have a fighting chance to stay up. I am interested to see if Shaun Wright-Phillips can regain some form if he gets a consistent run of games. If not we might see him in the MLS soon.
September 2nd, 2011, 01:31 AM #90
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i think chelsea did a good job filling up the position they are weakest, which is midfield. There was absolutely no creativity/stability/consistency whatsoever in that position. but now you add Mata and Meireles they can finally bring the ball up to the attack. i hope they take away all of malouda's and kalou's playing time (most overated players imo). cant stand those guys.
Arsenal made some good moves too but that teams was so depleted that they HAD to bring some talent to stay on the top 4 convo. Santos, arteta, mertsacker and bennayoun (loan) are good pick ups but i dont know if theyll be able to gel to actually contend.
And i think Inter getting Forlan to replace Eto'o is gonna be big for them. Pretty sure Forlan is gonna go off in serie a, especially with all of that talent around him.
with all that being said i would just like to add... GO CHELSEA!