The morning after the night before

February 1 2007

And so the transfer window closes. And it wasn’t the flurry of activity many had predicted. Of the top clubs, only Liverpool made any significant purchases. Having said that, the signing of Javier Mascherano has yet to be rubber-stamped by the Premier League, and if Rafa Benitez’s record on buying right-backs is anything to go by (see: Josemi, Jan Kromkamp), we probably shouldn’t expect too much from Alvaro Arbeloa.

Elsewhere, West Ham will be the happiest of the relegation-threatened clubs. Matthew Upson and Luca$h Neill will add strength and experience to the back four, Luis Boa Morte is a proven attacking threat, and it appears that Kepa Blanco knows exactly where the goal is following his first-touch effort against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Chelsea are still completely reliant on Didier Drogba for goals, and look worryingly light defensively. Further injury to John Terry might derail their title chase for good. Arsenal’s Carling Cup run has illustrated the strength of their young squad, but one suspects a few more experienced heads are required to correct their disappointing away form. Man United have no adequate long-term cover for Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick, and an injury to either could have serious, and irremediable, consequences. Game on! 


3 Responses to “The morning after the night before”

  1. Ben Says:

    Mate, you seem to have missed the biggest move of the January transfer window – the mighty Chris Billy’s move from Carlisle to Halifax. Noone saw it coming, I feel cheated, its the end of an era. Though I’m sure the “you’ve only come to see chris billy” chant won’t die down for a few years yet.

  2. Antibush Says:

    Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. What do you think? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear.
    What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

  3. Tom Williams Says:

    What’s that got to do with football?

    Piss off!

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