Unusually, Jim White day springs up some interesting transfers
And that is it for the transfer window folks. Jim White has been packed away for the next few months. See you again at Christmas.
September 1st, 2011
As Sky Sports journalists spent the day standing outside Premiership grounds along with a group of local “we’ve got nothing better to do” types, peering through the black-out windows of Range Rovers and commenting on pizza deliveries, the transfer window slammed shut with some relatively interesting deals going through.
Arsenal went ahead and bought Cesc Fabregas’ replacement in the form of Everton’s Mikel Arteta, a player who looks almost looks exactly like the now Barcelona man. As a side course, Yossi Benayoun has also come in during a move that doesn’t at all look like a “oh no, we need to get a midfielder in quickly” type of signing. Arsene Wenger also went and solved his left-back problem by signing a Brazilian left winger.
A little bit further down the Victoria Line, Scott Parker has landed from West Ham, joining Emmanuel Adebayor who will no doubt further endear himself to Arsenal supporters with a move to White Hart Lane.
Adebayor’s arrival as Tottenham’s number one “big man up front” means that Peter Crouch has to be the “big man up front” somewhere else, and where better to be the “big man up front” than a club that bases its entire footballing philosophy on having a “big man up front”? Stoke have paid 1,200,000,000 pennies to bring Crouch to the Britannia and firing long balls up to him will be fwllow new signing, Wilson Palacios. Cameron Jerome has also joined Tony Pulis’ ranks on what was an exciting day in the potteries.
Scott Dann clearly decided that he didn’t want to flaunt his winners medals in the Arsenal dressing room and so he’ll do it in the Ewood Park dressing room instead, whilst Gary Cahill is staying put at Bolton for the time being. Also in the North West, Owen Hargreaves completed his switch to the Bupa Manchester. Also heading out of the City door is Craig Bellamy, who heads down the East Lancs Road to Liverpool. Raul Meireles on the other hand, has decided that he’s had enough of the congestion on the East Lancs Road (or some other spurious reason) and that he would rather play for Chelsea.
Tickets in Sunderland’s north stand will now come with free hard hats following their capture of Nicklas Bendtner whilst Royston Drenthe and Argentine striker Denis Stracqualursi looked absolutely thrilled at signing for Everton on loan. Absolutely thrilled.