Three Low Profile Transfers That Will Make A Big Difference
Some transfers didn't get as much attention as others this summer. Which of these will have a major impact? Today Amit Sing gives us three.
The transfer window, as always, threw up some big surprises as well as some big transfer fees. Many fans will focus on the huge influx of players at Spurs, Manchester United's lack of activity or Arsenal's marquee signing of Mesut Ozil. But which three players have been signed who can really make a difference to their clubs and might be ones to watch?
Gareth Barry quietly moved clubs from Manchester City to Everton on loan this transfer window. The England international is not the most spectacular player and never really grabs the head lines. His signing however ensures that Everton won't really miss Marouane Fellaini and will also shore up Roberto Martinez's side bringing composure on and off the ball and a great deal of experience to match.
This was exactly the case when Everton beat Chelsea on Saturday evening. Barry was everywhere, combative, good on the ball and always aware of imminent danger as he showed when he made a fantastic last gasp block to deny Samuel Eto'o a first half open goal. Barry generally broke up the play very effectively for Everton and was an all round nuisance for Chelsea's attacking play with his astute positional awareness.
Roberto Martinez knows that whilst Barry isn't going to win any glamour awards, he is still a very assured midfielder who can bring a lot to what is a young and developing Everton side. In that regard Barry could potentially be one of the best signings of the summer.
Everton 2013/2014 Odds - Odds as at 20th September 2013.
|Premier League Top 4 Finish||17.00||17.00||21.00||19.00||21.00|
|Premier League Top 6 Finish||4.50||5.00||4.50||4.50||5.50|
|To Win FA Cup||21.00||10.00||19.00||NA||21.00|
|To Win League Cup||17.00||17.00||15.00||17.00||21.00|
The nineteen year old former Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond joined Norwich for an initial fee of just £2 million, a bargain when we consider that most English players leave their clubs for extortionate transfer fees. Redmond has made an instant impact, scoring the winner against Southampton which got Chris Houghton's side a valuable three points.
The teenager has a big future ahead of him and at such a small fee could prove to be one of the signings of the season. A very direct and tricky winger, only three players have completed more dribbles per game than Redmond's 3.6 dribbles. Redmond represents Norwich's most direct threat when he attacks down the left or right. Redmond has also created four chances for his team-mates already, with only Norwich's Jonathan Howson creating more chances (5 in total) for his team-mates.
Redmond has not just offered a threat going one way, the winger has shown great discipline in the defensive side of his game completing 2.8 tackles per game, the third top tackler at Norwich this season. His 1.5 interceptions per game also make him the sides fifth top interceptor. Very impressive for an advanced player.
Redmond then is clearly looking like he can prove to be a steal for Norwich, especially at just 19 years of age. The young winger will be hoping he can make a real mark for The Canaries and eventually gain the recognition of England manager Roy Hodgson.
Norwich 2013/2014 Odds - Odds as at 20th September 2013.
|Premier League Top 10 Finish||4.50||4.50||4.50||4.33||4.00|
|Premier League Relegation||4.50||4.00||4.50||4.33||5.00|
|To Win FA Cup||67.00||67.00||41.00||NA||67.00|
|To Win League Cup||41.00||41.00||29.00||41.00||51.00|
Chelsea's striking problems have been very well documented. Last season the clubs top Premier League goal scorer was Frank Lampard who netted 15 times from midfield. The strikers Chelsea had on offer were dismal. Fernando Torres scored just eight league goals with only one of these (on the last day versus Everton) coming in 2013. Torres has also failed to get a shot on target this season in his two starts and one sub appearance for Chelsea. Demba Ba on the other hand managed to score just two goals for the club since signing, and managed just one shot in his only outing of this season versus Aston Villa.
Samuel Eto'o wasn't the high profile signing that Chelsea wanted. Wayne Rooney was the clubs primary target but the Cameroon forward signed for Chelsea for a nominal fee on a one-year contract. The former Barcelona forward has won the Champions League three times and has an unbelievable goal scoring pedigree. Even at 32 years old Chelsea will hope he can make a big impact, or at least a bigger impact than Ba and Torres. If he can even score 10-15 league goals he'd give a big boost to the club.
On the flip side if he flops, he'd still be one to watch given that Chelsea loaned out Romelu Lukaku to Everton, despite the fact that the Belgian netted 17 league goals for West Brom last season, more goals than Torres, Ba and Daniel Sturridge (when at Chelsea) scored between them.
Eto’o squandered several chances at Everton but he still looked sharp in terms of getting into areas and getting involved in the play, which should at least lead to more chances for the forward.
Chelsea 2013/2014 Odds - Odds as at 20th September 2013.
|To Win Premier League||3.75||3.50||3.50||3.50||3.50|
|To Win Champions League||15.00||15.00||15.00||15.00||17.00|
|To Win FA Cup||6.50||7.00||7.00||7.00||7.00|
|To Win League Cup||6.00||6.00||5.50||5.50||5.00|
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