Deadline day drama: Which five Premier League transfers stand out the most?

The transfer window is a period of excitement and exasperation and it has now become a staple of the footballing season. Deadline day, in particular, is celebrated up and down the nation with live cameras outside stadiums following the progress of potential rumours and moves.

Some transfers, though, hit the headlines for their suspense, shock and even downright hilarity and now betting sites like https://www.betandskill.com even odds and even tips on likely transfers throughout the window.

Wayne Rooney – Everton to Manchester United

Wayne Rooney is now a household name in football, but it was his bursting onto the scene as an 18-year-old youngster with boyhood club Everton and his performances in the 2004 Euros that sent the rumour mill in overdrive.

Manchester United won the race ahead of Newcastle United for the Merseyside rookie on the last day of the 2004 summer transfer window, in fact, just four hours before it closed. The rest, as they say, is history and, having scored 253 goals in 559 appearances, Rooney left Manchester as a club legend in 2017.

Luis Suarez – Ajax to Liverpool

With Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea confirmed in January 2011, Liverpool desperately needed another star striker. That striker came in the shape of Uruguayan Luis Suarez whose prolific form at Eredivisie side Ajax gave the Kop plenty of hope that Torres wouldn’t be missed.

His first season ended with League Cup victory and 17 goals in all competitions, before 30 and then 33 goals in the Premier League in his next two seasons underlined his credentials and brought in a lot of money for bettors as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the title.

A three-and-a-half-year career on Merseyside was blighted with controversies and Suarez earned a £75 million move to Barcelona in 2014.

Carlos Tevez – Corinthians to West Ham

In one of the most bizarre transfers in Premier League history, Carlos Tevez joined Javier Mascherano in London to help West Ham stay in the top flight under Alan Pardew. The move was incredibly surprising given that both had been touted by major European clubs at the time.

Tevez did what he does best – scoring seven goals in 27 appearances and helping the Hammers survive in the Premier League for another year. The striker left for Manchester United at the end of the 2006/07 season.

Claude Makelele – Real Madrid to Chelsea

In an era where Real Madrid couldn’t stop winning, Claude Makelele’s transfer to recently-rich Chelsea in 2003 provoked a lot of surprise. Yet, he became a dynamic figure in the heart of the Blues’ defence, playing a key role as Chelsea won back-to-back titles under Jose Mourinho.

Makelele’s influence was so great that he has often been credited as redefining the defensive midfielder role as he helped the Blues establish themselves as one of the leading English football clubs once more. The Frenchman left in 2008 after playing 217 times for Chelsea.

Ashley Cole – Arsenal to Chelsea

One move surrounded in controversy due to claims of tapping up, but Ashley Cole’s £5 million move from Arsenal to London rivals Chelsea has perhaps been one of the most value-for-money signings in Premier League history.

Left-back Cole helped Chelsea win nine major trophies after joining in 2006 and going on to make 229 appearances.

10 Great Ways to Learn Stock Trading in 2020

Gaining the knowledge needed to trade on the stock markets, can be the start of an exciting and indeed profitable path. With the amount of information currently out there, it can get confusing, especially if you are just starting out. Stock trading can be intimidating so here are 10 ways to learn stocking trading in 2020.

  • Books

Reading is your best friend when it comes to any issues and when it comes to stock trading this is certainly the case. Heading over to your local library or indeed an online book store, you should find a wealth of information from the very beginner texts to books aimed at more advance traders.

  • Open a stock broker account/virtual trading

Getting straight into the mix of stock trading could be the best idea. Some people learn best from simply acting on their chosen goals, and with the opportunity to take out virtual accounts, practice accounts and free stakes to play with, learning how to play the market is more accessible than ever.

  • Read Articles

Maybe you aren’t ready to tackle a full book on such a deep subject, but fear not as there are plenty of articles around online to combat this! A quick google search and you can spend an evening ready texts on all sorts of stock trading topics

  • Friends

Anything new is better experienced with friends. Get a friend involved, learn together or even better find yourself a mentor to guide you through the process! As with all goals, they are easier to achieve if you have a partner in crime!

  • Find Successful people to emulate!

When you are doing research, look at individual cases, perhaps similar to your own. Look at what they did, how they planned, what they achieved and see how you can set about mimicking success. Advice is even better when it comes from someone who has played the game themselves!

  • Make it daily!

Simply….follow the stock market daily. That’s a key way to learn, don’t dip in and out when you have five minutes spare. Set yourself dedicated time every day to study the market and try and analyse patterns.

  • TV stations

Many TV stations have dedicated shows….find out when they are and tune in. They can be very useful ways to learn and give you a break from simply text based learning. Stock trading is covered on many news channels so keep an eye out!

  • Find local classes!

Some people may require structure to learning and many of the points mentioned above will be assisted if you take a class. Local colleges often provide cheap or even free services and some may be as short as a couple of sessions to get you started!

  • Use Simulators

If you want to gain practice without risk….try using simulators to gain an idea of how get involved in stock trading

  • Keep a diary

Whenever I am learning something I like keeping some sort of diary or log to keep a track of what I am learning. Stock trading is no different.  Keep a daily or weekly log and reflect back on it to see how far you have come!

Can Rhian Brewster reignite Swansea’s season?

The January transfer window brings the chance for Championship clubs to bolster their ranks ahead of the second half of the season. With so little to choose between many of the clubs in the top half of the table this season, it’s vital that teams are shrewd in bringing in new players to give them an edge when push comes to shove at the end of the campaign.

Swansea City, who were early frontrunners in the Championship this season but have since dropped down to sixth place, have acted by signing Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on loan until the end of the current campaign. If the young striker can hit form then Swansea may be more highly fancied when it comes to the latest English Championship betting odds.

The 19-year-old has bags of talent and potential, has made a few first-team appearances for Liverpool this season, and this loan move offers the 19-year-old a chance to find his feet in senior football. It’s a good match for player and club, as Swansea were in need of forward reinforcements following Bournemouth’s decision to recall Sam Surridge from his loan spell at the Welsh club.

Although Swansea have maintained their position in the play-off spots, their form has been somewhat up and down in recent weeks. There have been some poor performances and results against their promotion rivals in the league – a 5-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion and a 3-1 reversal away at Brentford – while the club’s FA Cup campaign ended in humiliation with a 5-1 hammering by QPR in the third round.

Goals have been a concern for manager Steve Cooper in recent times as, excepting the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, the Swans have struggled to score more than one goal per game over the last couple of months. It is hoped that the arrival of Brewster will give the team a bit more bite going forward, as the youngster is a naturally talented finisher with bags of pace to go with it.

There is also a connection between Cooper and Brewster from the coach’s days as England U-17 manager. The team famously won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, a tournament in which Brewster won the Golden Boot with eight goals. It’s clear that Cooper knows how to get the best out of Brewster, but replicating that form in the competitive dog-fight that is the Championship will be another challenge.

“It helps when you know the head coach and have worked under him before,” Brewster said on linking up with Cooper once again. “Right now, this move is the best option for me. To work with him again at club level is going to be very different, but I’ve just got to work hard on the training pitch and, hopefully, get picked for the games and help the team by scoring goals.”

One thing Brewster brings with him is the winning mentality that Jürgen Klopp has instilled at Liverpool, a confidence that seems to have trickled down through all levels of the club’s players. We saw evidence of this in the Reds’ recent 1-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup, a game in which Klopp fielded a youthful line-up while Everton went full-strength.

Swansea will hope that this standard of success that Brewster brings with him will rub off on the rest of the squad. To gain promotion from the Championship requires momentum, and if Brewster can go on a scoring streak and get Swansea winning and scoring consistently once again, then a return to the Premier League may well be on the cards.