Thursday, September 1, 2011
The transfer day deadline was a flurry of activities and I loved it! Sitting down sifting through TFB4's twitter page, there was a feeling of major surprise signings and it did take place albeit in small measures. I compiled The Flat Back Four's top five most intriguing transfer signings.
This looks perfect for Everton. Stracqualursi has excellent heading abilities and is a useful target man. Everton are lacking in the striking department and Denis should go straight into the Toffees' first team. The Argentinian can fit into Everton's style of football. He is the top scorer in the Apertura with 11 goals in 19 games last season.
2. Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe to Everton
Dutch players are footballing enigmas. Much like Ryan Babel's failed experiment at Liverpool and Dennis Bergkamp's Inter holiday, Drenthe did not do himself justice in Real Madrid. His phenomenal talent is in no doubt, and so it is his professional attitude to the game that Moyes must sort out. Drenthe, at his best, is capable of challenging Gareth Bale and Andre Santos as the best left wing back in the Premiership. The Dutchman known as "Edgar Davids with stepovers" has a lot to prove and Everton could be the club that brings out the best in Royston.
3. Everton's Mikel Arteta to Arsenal
The devastating loss to the Red Devils last weekend have spurred Arsene Wenger to act decisively in the transfer market. It may have seem late to some Arsenal fans but Le Professor have finally made his mark by bringing in four quality players, all of which are proven and highly experienced. The jewel in the crown, however must be Mikel Arteta. An older version of Fabregas, he is among the top five in assists and chance created in the Premier League. As long as he stays fit, he will lift the gloom and doom currently in the Gunners camp.
4.Craig Bellamy's return to Liverpool
The volatile Welshman's temperament has always been in question but there is no doubting his ability. Apart from Luis Suarez, there is no other natural predator in the Liverpool ranks. Kenny Dalglish would have preferred Daniel Sturridge (and may yet get him for next season) but Bellamy will add even more pace, movement and trickery to an extremely mobile Reds' attack. When Robbie Fowler returned to Anfield, he had minimal impact. The Reds' will hope that Bellamy's second stay at Anfield will yield a much more positive return for both player and club.
5. Spurs' Peter Crouch to Stoke City
It is a measure of how much the Potters' reputation has grown since their Championship days, that an England international like Peter Crouch agrees to sign for them. His European playing experience may have convinced Tony Pulis that Crouchy has an important role for the Potters and he could be right. Crouch's goal scoring record in Europe is exemplary and Pulis definitely has one eye on Europe when he splashed the cash for the gentle giant.
Good luck to Joe Cole who will be a success at Lille. I know that I will keep a close eye on Lille who has been struggling since their epic championship win last season. The experience Joe Cole brings to this young team will inspire Rudi Garcia's team to retain their Ligue 1 title.
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