Deadline Day Transfers 2016 – The Hits and Misses
September 2, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity

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What a summer of Premier League spending it has been, the records have been completely unhinged with the window totalling a staggering £1.16bn. Each of the 20 BPL teams averaged a spend of around £60m with both sides of Manchester throwing caution to the wind and laying down over £150m each.

With all that money, many would expect one of the most interesting and highly competitive seasons that English football has ever seen. We have seen the top guns arrive like the most expensive footballer in the world Paul Pogba, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, new City winger Leroy Sané and the Swiss stronghold who has been dubbed as a “young Schweinsteiger”, Granit Xhaka. Needless to say money is no longer an object for many big clubs. With all the moves that have gone on over the last 3 months we have taken a look at the most important day of all, Transfer Deadline Day, the hits and the misses.

Joe Hart ships out to Torino

First up is a transfer that not many fans seen coming a few months ago, the move of England’s number one between the sticks to a mid-table Italian outfit. This transfer begs the question of whom the move will benefit more, Joe Hart or Torino? If Hart decides to dig deep and deliver a stellar performance in his first competitive season outside of England what will happen? Perhaps a recall from City, a switch to another England suiter or maybe interest from one of the larger Italian footballing families like Milan or Juventus.

However, if Joe’s form follows suit from what we have seen in the last 2 years we can probably expect either a permanent switch to the Maroons (Torino’s nickname for all the non-devout Serie A readers) or perhaps a further down grade to a lower level English side, maybe even Shrewsbury Town where it all began. We envisage this one being a miss for the former City hero.

Wilfried Bony over to Stoke

Sticking with City, this transfer definitely looks like one that will be far more mutually beneficial to both sides. Stoke have been without a clean cut hitman for some time now and the arrival of Bony was a much needed and much applauded move, a natural centre forward could see them really drive up the table this year. With Crouch reaching what looks like the end, Stoke now have a target man who has experience scoring 15+ goals a season with a mid-table club. Whether Bony can translate that form to the Bet365 Stadium remains to be seen but were going to stick with our gut and call this a potential hit!

Jeff Hendrick beats Burnely record

If we cast our minds back to June and France, there is really only one midfielder who stood out for the entirety of the Irish campaign and that is Jeff Hendrick. While Euro 2016 may have been the catalyst for Hendricks move to Burnley there is no denying that his 200 plus contributions with the Rams played a key part. For a man with humble beginnings who first laced his boots with Derry City and then went on to play for Ireland at every youth level it was a natural progression for his career to lead into the Premier League. Burnley completed a club record fee for Hendrick which would indicate that he will have an important role in Sean Dyche’s starting 11. We are calling this one a definite hit for both parties involved.

Mario Balotelli makes Nice

Well it has been a long time coming but the ever controversial Super Mario has finally bid farewell to the mighty Pool and entered his third domestic league. Gone are the days of City fans defiantly singing his praises “Drives round Moss Side with a wallet full of cash, can’t put on his vest, but when he does he is the best!” and the wildman netting over 20 times a season. It has been 4 years since Balotelli has enjoyed silverware with any club and in that time Balotelli developed a public image that became more synonymous with celebrity status than playing ball.

Enter Nice and possibly the toughest challenge of the Italians career to date. There will not be too many familiar faces he can call upon, there won’t be a glamorous atmosphere and the only thing that he will probably relate to are the red and black stripes from his glory days at AC Milan, which are long gone. We expect Mario to take another back seat on the bench in this outing and are calling this a major miss.

Moussa Sissoko sneaks into Spurs

Without a doubt this had to be one of the dodgiest looking transfers completed on a deadline day, at least for everyone except Tottenham. As details emerged of evaded phone calls and skipped flights we were shocked and a little impressed at how Sissoko ducked and dodged the likes of Everton and West Brom and secured Champions League football.

Another man who staunchly impressed at Euro 16 and to many, the un-official man of the match against Portugal in the final, even outshining superstar countryman Paul Pogba. Interestingly enough Sissoko’s final game for Newcastle came in the form of a 5-1 win over his new team on the last day of the 2016/17 season. He is known for his box-to-box skills and could be seen as an ideal midfield partner for new Spurs recruit Victor Wanyama. While we don’t predict Sissoko to be an be an instant hit, with some hard work and well forged partnerships, this looks to be a long-term hit!

David Luiz comes back to the Bridge

Chelsea showed no signs of hesitation when it came to adding to their defensive ranks on deadline day. With a combined spend of almost £60m they brought back David Luis and brought in newcomer Marcos Alonso who is no stranger to the English league having had spells with both Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers as far back as 2010.

Focusing on Luiz, we cannot help but feel this was an absolute impulse buy from Antonio Conte after other deals closed up and he found himself searching high and low for extra options on the back line. He has a wealth of experience in the big match environments and made 143 appearances for the blues in his first spell. An interesting duel which we can foresee for the latter stages of the season, should he acquire and hold down his favoured centre back position, would be against former team mate from PSG, one Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Luiz this season we feel will slowly ease his way back into the squad without upsetting the apple cart and the starting position of John Terry, who will likely be delivering his faithful fans a final season. Once he has earned the respect of his team-mates, he will prove himself again as he has done in the past, for the immediate future however this impulse purchase is going down as a miss.

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Deadline Day Transfers 2016 – The Hits and Misses
September 2, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity

deadline day

What a summer of Premier League spending it has been, the records have been completely unhinged with the window totalling a staggering £1.16bn. Each of the 20 BPL teams averaged a spend of around £60m with both sides of Manchester throwing caution to the wind and laying down over £150m each.

With all that money, many would expect one of the most interesting and highly competitive seasons that English football has ever seen. We have seen the top guns arrive like the most expensive footballer in the world Paul Pogba, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, new City winger Leroy Sané and the Swiss stronghold who has been dubbed as a “young Schweinsteiger”, Granit Xhaka. Needless to say money is no longer an object for many big clubs. With all the moves that have gone on over the last 3 months we have taken a look at the most important day of all, Transfer Deadline Day, the hits and the misses.

Joe Hart ships out to Torino

First up is a transfer that not many fans seen coming a few months ago, the move of England’s number one between the sticks to a mid-table Italian outfit. This transfer begs the question of whom the move will benefit more, Joe Hart or Torino? If Hart decides to dig deep and deliver a stellar performance in his first competitive season outside of England what will happen? Perhaps a recall from City, a switch to another England suiter or maybe interest from one of the larger Italian footballing families like Milan or Juventus.

However, if Joe’s form follows suit from what we have seen in the last 2 years we can probably expect either a permanent switch to the Maroons (Torino’s nickname for all the non-devout Serie A readers) or perhaps a further down grade to a lower level English side, maybe even Shrewsbury Town where it all began. We envisage this one being a miss for the former City hero.

Wilfried Bony over to Stoke

Sticking with City, this transfer definitely looks like one that will be far more mutually beneficial to both sides. Stoke have been without a clean cut hitman for some time now and the arrival of Bony was a much needed and much applauded move, a natural centre forward could see them really drive up the table this year. With Crouch reaching what looks like the end, Stoke now have a target man who has experience scoring 15+ goals a season with a mid-table club. Whether Bony can translate that form to the Bet365 Stadium remains to be seen but were going to stick with our gut and call this a potential hit!

Jeff Hendrick beats Burnely record

If we cast our minds back to June and France, there is really only one midfielder who stood out for the entirety of the Irish campaign and that is Jeff Hendrick. While Euro 2016 may have been the catalyst for Hendricks move to Burnley there is no denying that his 200 plus contributions with the Rams played a key part. For a man with humble beginnings who first laced his boots with Derry City and then went on to play for Ireland at every youth level it was a natural progression for his career to lead into the Premier League. Burnley completed a club record fee for Hendrick which would indicate that he will have an important role in Sean Dyche’s starting 11. We are calling this one a definite hit for both parties involved.

Mario Balotelli makes Nice

Well it has been a long time coming but the ever controversial Super Mario has finally bid farewell to the mighty Pool and entered his third domestic league. Gone are the days of City fans defiantly singing his praises “Drives round Moss Side with a wallet full of cash, can’t put on his vest, but when he does he is the best!” and the wildman netting over 20 times a season. It has been 4 years since Balotelli has enjoyed silverware with any club and in that time Balotelli developed a public image that became more synonymous with celebrity status than playing ball.

Enter Nice and possibly the toughest challenge of the Italians career to date. There will not be too many familiar faces he can call upon, there won’t be a glamorous atmosphere and the only thing that he will probably relate to are the red and black stripes from his glory days at AC Milan, which are long gone. We expect Mario to take another back seat on the bench in this outing and are calling this a major miss.

Moussa Sissoko sneaks into Spurs

Without a doubt this had to be one of the dodgiest looking transfers completed on a deadline day, at least for everyone except Tottenham. As details emerged of evaded phone calls and skipped flights we were shocked and a little impressed at how Sissoko ducked and dodged the likes of Everton and West Brom and secured Champions League football.

Another man who staunchly impressed at Euro 16 and to many, the un-official man of the match against Portugal in the final, even outshining superstar countryman Paul Pogba. Interestingly enough Sissoko’s final game for Newcastle came in the form of a 5-1 win over his new team on the last day of the 2016/17 season. He is known for his box-to-box skills and could be seen as an ideal midfield partner for new Spurs recruit Victor Wanyama. While we don’t predict Sissoko to be an be an instant hit, with some hard work and well forged partnerships, this looks to be a long-term hit!

David Luiz comes back to the Bridge

Chelsea showed no signs of hesitation when it came to adding to their defensive ranks on deadline day. With a combined spend of almost £60m they brought back David Luis and brought in newcomer Marcos Alonso who is no stranger to the English league having had spells with both Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers as far back as 2010.

Focusing on Luiz, we cannot help but feel this was an absolute impulse buy from Antonio Conte after other deals closed up and he found himself searching high and low for extra options on the back line. He has a wealth of experience in the big match environments and made 143 appearances for the blues in his first spell. An interesting duel which we can foresee for the latter stages of the season, should he acquire and hold down his favoured centre back position, would be against former team mate from PSG, one Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Luiz this season we feel will slowly ease his way back into the squad without upsetting the apple cart and the starting position of John Terry, who will likely be delivering his faithful fans a final season. Once he has earned the respect of his team-mates, he will prove himself again as he has done in the past, for the immediate future however this impulse purchase is going down as a miss.

Geoff Dorrity
Runs long distances and enjoys a good Digital chinwag. Loves well proportioned burritos and pretty much any sport (aside from cricket). Pub quiz speciality topic would be 90’s professional wrestling.

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