EduarD’oh! and Other Summer Transfers
With regards to transfers and new signings etc. this has been a pretty slow summer, especially when you compare it with last year’s money-spinning transfer season. Even Real Madrid of all clubs have been relatively quiet. That said, there have been certain Big-money/Big-name signings throughout the summer break inluding the transfers of Thierry Henry, Eduardo, Joe Cole and even David Silva.
Some of these transfers will probably be good signings, especially those of Joe Cole and David Villa, but Eduardo’s move to Shakhtar is flabbergasting-to me at least. True, Marouane Chamakh might have been brought in as a replacement but I think Eduardo might have tried, perhaps, just one more season at Arsenal before moving to Shakhtar. Anyway, here’s my take on some of this summer’s marquee transfers:
Joe Cole (Chelsea to Liverpool)
Transfer Fee: Free Transfer
This transfer is probably Liverpool’s best of the season(unless they sign Lionel Messi or something of the kind). Ever since the departure of Xabi Alonso to Madrid, the Reds failed to find a suitable replacement to take his place in midfield. Alberto Aquilani was rarely played and Mascherano can be criticised of being perhaps a bit too defensive. Joe Cole will surely be a good replacement and will hopefully, for Roy Hodgson’s sake, slide seamlessly into the first team. He may also be deployed on the wing.
Thierry Henry (Barcelona to NY Red Bulls)
It seems to be a win-win transfer all around, the Red Bulls land a quality player eager to rebuild his reputation from the ground up, Barcelona are finally able to release someone who was unable to quite fit into the team and Henry himself earns some valuable playing time, something that was hard to come by at Barca. Even though I still don’t think moving to the MLS is a good choice for Thierry, nevertheless he has proven me wrong so far as he showed his commitment to the Bulls in his very first match, even grabbing a goal in his first game(though he was subsituted at half-time).
Eduardo (Arsenal to Shakhtar)
At just £6 million, Eduardo is a steal for Shakhtar. He’s without doubt a great player in my view and I still cannot see any reason why he should wan’t to leave Arsenal. It might be his less than perfect recent form for the Gunners, Eduardo only netted twice in all of his 24 League games for Arsenal this season. The signing of Moroccan Marouane Chamakh may also have led to Eduardo feeling his services were no longer required at the North London Club, hence his transfer to Shakhtar. Only time will tell whether this was a good decision on part of the Croatian though.
David Silva (Valencia to Manchester City)
Undoubtedly one of the best buys of the summer so far (second only to his former team-mate,David Villa), David Silva is all set to light up the Premier league with his quick feet, pace and long range shootin. It will be interesting to see how Roberto Mancini lines him up in Manchester City’s midfield. The only downside of this transfer is for Valencia who have lost two of their best players,not that they haven’t been fairly compensated for each. It all hinges on what they spend their new found riches on.
Yaya Toure (Barcelona to Machester City)
Toure transferred to Mancester City a while back after being neglected by Pep Guardiola time and time again when it came to first team football, often in favour of Sergio Busquets. Even then, Yaya Toure is still undoubtedly a good midfielder, especially if played in the holding role. No matter how Toure performs as a citizen, one thing is for sure, Barcelona have lost one of their hardest workers on the pitch, the one who did the donkey-work if you will, so Messi and Co. could weave their magic up front.
-Zain R. Mian
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