Re: English Premier League 2008/9
Though Robinho gets all the press, adding Vincent Kompany to the Dunney Monster on the back line might be Man City's top pickup. Shaun Wright-Phillips also looked real good in his first game with his new club.
Villa kept Gareth Barry and also added Carlos Cuellar and James Milner. Though it's still an underdog to crack the Big Four, Villa is better than last season when they finished 6th.
Everton landed Louis Saha and Segundo Castillo prior to the deadline. Both will help. It also spent some coin on giant Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. As bad as the Toffees looked in their first few games, I expect the recent additions will put the club in line for another quality season.
Liverpool added a number of players with undefined upside. Albert Riera is supposed to provide the most immediate help, but he didn't impress much with Man City two years ago and Espanyol supposedly was glad to be rid of him.
Portsmouth lost Sulley Muntari to Inter, which is going to seriously undercut that team's ability to distribute out of the midfield.
Sunderland snagged Anton Ferdinand (who won't help as much as Roy Keane thinks) and Djibril Cisse. It's name power if nothing else.
Tottenham finally sold Berbatov, but got Roman Pavlyuchenko to replace him up front (where he will be getting mad service from the midfield) and Vedran Corluka for the back line. It also got British starlet Frazier Campbell (a key to getting Hull promoted last season) on loan from Man U. It also got rid of Lee Young-Pyo, my pick for worst regular player in the Prem in recent years.
West Brom landed Dutch defender Gianni Zuiverloon and Spanish midfielder Borja Valero. Both are well-versed in a fast, short passing game.
Stoke and Hull collected some more bodies, but I'm not sure any will have much impact. I kind of like Paul McShane, on loan from Sunderland to Hull, but he's got to add consistency to his game.
Good to see Curbishley and Keegan walk away from disastrous situations. The big question at West Ham and Newcastle, though, is did the clubs tie the managers' hands because they weren't the right managers or will the clubs keep any manager they hire well out of the personnel loop? If it's the latter, then it really doesn't matter who gets hired.
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Last edited by M2; 09-04-2008 at 04:35 PM.