Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2009/2010 Barclays Premier League Transfer News: What An AntiClimax!

Thanks to all those who had followed The Flat Back Four on Twitter today. To say that we had a great time chatting and tweet-ing about possible transfer moves would be stretching it a bit. In fact, it was quite the opposite. When the expectation and hype gets built up so much and all we get is a £12m Michael Turner switch from Hull City to Sunderland, then it's time we face the facts and realise that this is as good as it gets in the Barclays Premier League this season. The league will just have to make do with the player pool that its got.

Here are the tweets trail from us following the transfer news since 3 hours ago.
  1. transfer window has closed.....quietly...and without fanfare....
  2. Portsmouth is officially the busiest club in the transfer window...Aruna Dindane looks like the best of them...
  3. Richard Dunne to Villa is a DONE deal! also Anton Ferdinand is refusing to move to Spurs...thats a surprise...
  4. a bit of an anticlimax this season's opening transfer deadline....let's hope the January version will be more exciting....
  5. only 8 mins more before transfer window ends
  6. RT @FourFourTwo Nicky Shorey prepares for life in the Villa reserves as his mooted loan to Pompey falls through
  7. @westhamfootball i am still holding out hope for another striker
  8. RT @westhamfootball Sky Sports News report Spurs enquired about West Ham's Matthew Upson (Another Upson rumour? - hope so)
  9. Sky confirmed that Bentley will stay at Spurs - no takers for the one time wizard
  10. oh wait, what am I reading about swap deal between Alan Hutton and Anton Ferdinand? Surely not...?
  11. @diddyduck it's a good signing, Turner is a strong defender and perfect for Anton Ferdinand
  12. Still waiting official news on Niko Kranjcar to Spurs...should be a matter of time now.
  13. Hull City signs Ibrahim Sonko on loan from Stoke City...Shawcross should be staying at Stoke if this is the case...
  14. RT @redduffman RT @itvfootball good signing for Bolton - Klasnic is a very determined player.
  15. will rank as the best of the transfers RT @empireofthekop I am seeing more & more Bentley rumours, might be something. Talk is one year loan
  16. disappointing transfers so far...still 40mins to go though....
  17. Okay it doesnt look like RVN or Bentley will be at Melwood this time round, but can we see Chamakh at Upton Park? That would lite up the day
  18. RT @Portsmouth_FC Portsmouth's last man standing David James on the Fratton Park turmoil http://t.love.com/247130336
  19. Johnny Heitinga is Everton's...a defender, good signing at 5M GBP http://bit.ly/3qMaSd
  20. RT @championsonfox Bolton have picked up Ivan Klasnic; a report is in that Roman Pavlyuchenko will move to Spartak from Spurs
  21. RT @championsonfox Barcelona offload Eidur Gudjohnsen to Monaco. Freddy Adu has moved to Belenses from Benfica
  22. DONE! Money available for Chamakh now that Ginger Collins heads to Villa Park for GBP5m!! Hate to see him go but Gabby and Tomkins good
  23. No! hands off! Chamakh is West Ham's! RT @arsenalff Arsenal line up deadline swoop for Marouane Chamakh http://bit.ly/VdLKP
  24. Bolton is on verge of signing Croatian Ivan Klasnic...a bit too late to continue the Croatian conspiracy isn't it?
  25. @alexthackray Chamakh does not seem that prolific but has a play like Ronaldo...check this out...http://tinyurl.com/nyz8jm
  26. Help! Transfer rumours galore!!! Dunno what's real anymore...or is that what makes transfer window deadline exciting and unpredictable?
  27. I did predict Bentley to Liverpool in my blog post, will this happen? http://bit.ly/SRsjP
  28. Another transfer rumour! David Bentley move is back on! but to Liverpool!!
  29. YES!! rumour has it that Ruud Van Nistelrooy is talking to Liverpool>>hope it goes through!
  30. @Gazuk1892 @empireofthekop Noooo! Carlton Cole to Liverpool? wow, that would make a big talking point! is it reliable?
  31. two more hours to go until transfer window ends...still no "BIG" signings yet!
  32. RT @Wayne_Rooney Deadline day blues?: No signings left a void on deadline day? Take heart in Hargreaves' impending return...yeah right!
  33. Hughesy has said no Bentley signing....there goes the biggest signing of this transfer deadline...
  34. Pompey looking desperate...first it's Tommy Smith now its Watford's Mike Williamson...not quite Premiership class are they?
  35. Carlos Vela could be on a loan move to Fulham...this looks a good fit for Fulham who need a creative hole-type striker!
  36. @badgerwolf no way!!! beckham will always be at Milan...Italian football suits his "pace"
  37. Will we see Van Nistelrooy back in the Premiership? That would be cool...let's wait and see what the transfer deadline will throw up!
  38. RT @Soccer_Wire Blues Looking For Left-back. Birmingham have Armand Traore and Gareth Bale on their radar...http://is.gd/2LaGV #goalpostr
  39. West Ham's James Collins set for a Villa switch...this means that Zola has money now to sign Marouane Chamakh! Augurs well for the Hammers!
  40. Biggest surprise so far is Man City in talks with David Bentley! Is it another success story?
  41. Tal Ben Haim and Hassan Yebda signed for Portsmouth! Is Yebda any good? #goalpostr
  1. superbus@theflatbackfour Here's what I want to know: who the hell is replacing all those Sunderland players that left?
  2. diddyduck@theflatbackfour Turner to Sunderland is my highlight! (of course i would say that) www.diddyduck.com
  3. superbus@theflatbackfour If my Football Manager game is any indication, that was fated; he transfered there in '09 there, too.
  4. jjminkYES!! rumour has it that Ruud Van Nistelrooy is talking to Liverpool>>hope it goes through! (via @theflatbackfour)
  5. Gazuk1892@theflatbackfour I cant see Bentley to Liverpool I dont mind him and maybe a few years ago but if anything were crying out for top strikers
  6. kazitoshiu and me both mate! RT @theflatbackfour: YES!! rumour has it that Ruud Van Nistelrooy is talking to Liverpool>>hope it goes through!
  7. alexthackray@theflatbackfour I haven't seen Chamakh play but there has been a lot said about him this summer! Good signing for West Ham if it happens!
  8. Gazuk1892@theflatbackfour The rumour has only surfaced in the past hour we will see ;)
  9. empireofthekop@theflatbackfour it is just crazy I rumours going around like crazy.
  10. 3thbiIcon_lock@theflatbackfour http://bit.ly/NOvQ5 hope this works out

At this time, among the best signings so far have been Glen Johnson to Liverpool and Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City. Both have fully repaid their employers with sterling performances. The new UK tax policy have been a major hindrance to the foreign player influx, with most European continent-based players preferring moves to Italy and Spain instead.

In England itself, the financial might of Manchester City's owners is putting all other clubs into the shade. Spending close to £124m on great players which is spare change if you consider that the owners just sold an 11% share in Barclays Bank pocketing £1.1B in the process. Manchester City has money to burn, no other club in the Premier League will come close to matching them in the spending department. So if there are massive signings to be made, it will be City making them.

What was the bargain transfer signing so far? I dare say the £2.5m that Harry Redknapp just paid for Niko Kranjcar has the 'Arry hallmark written all over it. A great piece of business!

More news are filtering into the media centres in UK but at this time, we are suffering stage 3 as seen in this Studs-Up comic. An oldie but goldie.

Finally, West Ham are frantically thrashing out a deal to bring Benjani Mwaruwari to Upton Park, presumably on a loan deal. Could be worth a gamble and definitely a like-for-like replacement for Carlton Cole. Definitely something to follow through on.

What do you think? Has the transfer window deadline signings been an anticlimax for you? Let me know your comments.

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