The transfer season is on and already teams have been busy making new additions to their squads or selling off players who are considered surplus to team requirements. The following is a summary of what I think of the buying and selling done so far this transfer season.
The Good :-
Phil Jones-The England U-21 international was signed to United from Blackburn Roversand could very well prove to be a star in future. He may find first-team football hard to come by initially, but considering that Rio Ferdinand is getting on in age, there is no doubt that he could very well find himself becoming the heart and soul of the United defence in a couple of years. Certainly one to watch out for.
Stewart Downing-The England international completed a move to Liverpool and here is a smart signing. With Joe Cole having an erratic first season at the club, there were many questions raised as to who would be the man to provide Andy Caroll with crosses to utilize the striker’s deadly aerial prowess and Downing could be the answer to those questions. The fact that he scores a few goals won’t hurt Liverpool either.
Gervinho-The man from Ivory Coast may not win many admirers with his unique hair-do, but you cannot deny the fact that he is talented. The winger-cum-striker could be a very valuable player if used correctly by Arsene Wenger as he can do the job equally well on either the wings or as a front-man. The top-scorer of the French Ligue 1 could be the solution to Wenger’s striker woes.
Fabio Coentrao-Real Madrid played it smart by signing him. The Portugese international, who is essentially a wing-back can also operate as a left winger, making him useful in more ways than one for Real. The problem that Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t have a left-winger to match him could be solved if Coentrao proves useful.
Jordan Henderson-Already dubbed the next “Steven Gerrard” at Anfield, there is no doubt he will have big boots to fill once Gerrard retires. But he has the talent to do so and is already relishing the thought of playing in front of the Kop. No doubt, he too is one to watch for the future.
Raphael Varane-A steal from RC Lens, the 18-year old defender is talented, and can be used even as a defensive midfield player.10 million Euros is a decent amount of money to pay for a youngster, but if his talent is anything could go by, he can be a star.
David de Gea-Even though he was part of a Spain U-21 team that won the European Championships, it is still doubtful as to whether he can fill in the void left by Edwin van der Sar at Manchester United. Might be a case of “too much too soon” for the talented youngster.
Ashley Young-Another strange signing made by the Red Devils. One wonders how he will fit in to the scheme of things with Antonio Valencia, Nani, Park Ji-Sung & the ever-green Ryan Giggs fighting it out for a place in the starting line-up. No doubt the lad has talent, but will it be fully utilized?
Charlie Adam-The former Blackpool captain can run the midfield as well as anyone, but considering the fact that Steven Gerrard does the exact same job and that Jordan Henderson is waiting for his chance, where will Adam fit into the scheme of things at Liverpool?
Gael Clichy-With Aleksandar Kolarov doing a good job of manning the left wing and Micah Richards complementing him on the right wing, Clichy may well have a battle on his hands for 1st team play at Manchester City, unlike at Arsenal where he was pretty much a regular starter.
The yet to materialize:-
Wesley Sneijder-The man is hailed as being the ideal replacement for the retired Paul Scholes at Manchester United. However, despite the fact that talks have been going on, there has been no agreement reached just yet. But this could very well be signing of the season if it happens.
Luka Modric-Even though Tottenham have stated that the midfielder is not for sale at any price, the Chelsea target could very well make the move soon, as history shows us that Roman can get what he wants at any price. The play-maker was also on Man. United’s radar,but dismissed a move to United by stating he is happy at London, yet wanting a change.
Neymar-The talented young Brazilian, dubbed the next Pele, is on the radar of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Whoever gets him (if he goes), he will no doubt be a valuable asset to them and it will definitely be a big boost for his career.
Alexis Sanchez-The talented winger, currently at Udinise, is being hounded by Manchester United & City, Barcelona and a host of other clubs. He has stated his desire to play for Barca, but no move has been finalized just yet. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Carlos Tevez-The Manchester City captain has stated a desire to leave and even though several clubs want him, his ridiculous wage demand is scaring away most clubs. The saga took a weird turn when Corinthians, the Brazilian club entered the fray, but so far nothing seems to have happened.
Javier Pastore-The young Argentine has been a Chelsea target for a while now and even though there has been no official announcement yet, this is another interesting saga as several another clubs have jumped on the bandwagon to sign him.
With more than a month left of the transfer season, one can only fathom the number of transfers that are just waiting to happen, or happening as you read this article. Should be fun to watch, huh?
The author is a person of many interests, which include watching a lot of sports, listening to lots of music and blogging. He is pretty aware of what is happening around him and is an avid debator. He has taken part in inter-school competitions even at the national level. He also enjoys watching movies and American shows like Castle, How I Met Your Mother etc.