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.

Who has done the best business in this transfer window?

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The mad rush of the summer transfer window is finally over and we can now start to assess which teams have had the greatest of successes in the transfer window. Clubs will never be able to please all of the fans all of the time, and hence you may disagree with the choices, but these are the 5 Premier League clubs who have had the best transfer window –

  1. Manchester United – Jose was sitting relaxed on transfer deadline day as all his business was done early and done well, as proven by their thumping start. Lukaku is a goal machine, a striker with a proven hit record and a game changer. But the most important signing may well prove to be Matic who completes the United jigsaw and will be there in the engine room to drive the team onwards to glory on many fronts.

 

  1. Everton – Not only can you class the return of a motivated and England-free Wayne Rooney as one of the best singings of the summer, but bringing in someone with proven premier league experience such as Mr Sigurdsson and you have a team who are solid from 1-11 and with good back up. Holding onto Ross Barkley may also prove to be a useful move once the later stages of the league and Europa League hit.

 

  1. Liverpool – Staying on Merseyside and with Mo Salah and the Ox firming up the team they have improved in the quality of their attack. Holding onto to Coutinho may prove to be handy should he start to be included in the team, but Mo Salah creates a front line three with Firmino and Mane that looks unstoppable. Yes not tempting VVD away from St Marys is disappointing and there are defensive questions, but Liverpool should be pleased with the window.

  1. West Brom – Not the most fashionable of clubs but look at who they have brought in and you will see why WBA are being talked about as contender’s for a Top 10 finish. Proven Premier League players such as Gibbs and Barry to add to the new blood in the team makes for an exciting prospect indeed.

 

  1. Chelsea – Finally landed Llorente to add to the fire power provided by the arrival of Morata gives Chelsea chance to move away from reliance on want away Diego Costa. But one of the best signings of the window may indeed prove to be Danny Drinkwater. Reunited with Kante the Chelsea midfield, with Bakayoko involved in the mix, makes a solid team who will be hard to beat.

What about the worst business? One of the contenders must be Newcastle United who have not invested to match the ambition of the fans or indeed Rafa Benitez. With a lack of proven premier league quality and a slow start to the season, nerves must be shaking at St James Park and without a huge recruitment in January, they will have a long season.

What has though been odd about this window is the battle for players to leave clubs, and their insistence to stay…never before have we seen such sagas together as Coutinho, VVD and Sanchez. It has made for a rather uncomfortable and, at times, dull series of events,

So the transfer talk can subside for the time being and we can look forward to the start of the Champions League, the Premier League to start taking shape and all the usual dramas that come with a football seasons. Buckle your seat belts as its going to a bumpy ride…