February 01, 2006

January transfer window closes with few surprises.: The EPL's (and other English soccer leagues') last opportunity to buy and sell players this season ended yesterday. What were your surprise transfers? What was the best transfer and why?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:28 PM - 10 comments

I'm thinking:

  • Walcott (Southampton to Arsenal): 16-year-old, GBP 5m-12m, conditional fee. Could be a Henry replacement in a couple of years?
  • Fowler (back to Liverpool from Man City): Free transfer. Wonder what new memorable moments favorite son Blobbie will come up with.
  • Danny Murphy (Charlton to Tottenham Midfielders Retirement Club): GBP 2m. Another former Liverpool player. Thought he was doing well at Charlton this season but then he lost steam right before mid-season.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:33 PM on February 01, 2006

Robbie Fowler.... Danny Murphy is just confusing. Because Spurs need another central midfielder.

posted by sauril at 01:10 PM on February 01, 2006

DJ Campbell - 0.5m from Brentford to Birmingham. He was playing for non-league Yeading only six months ago.

posted by squealy at 01:11 PM on February 01, 2006

Diaby to Arsenal from Auxerre. Although he is super young, he's looked imposing in what little action he's had. He may finally be the solution for the absence of Viera.

posted by trox at 02:23 PM on February 01, 2006

Diaby to Arsenal from Auxerre. For sure neither Fabregas nor Flamini, two other kids, have stepped up decisively for the spot. Upgrading this position could be the difference between Champions League and UEFA Cup for Gunners next August. Biggest surprises for me were two things that didn't happen: - ManU didn't bring in a central midfielder - Portsmouth, for all the new money, didn't take in any name players besides Kiely. Heck, Benni Mccarthy turned down a move there from Porto. Also, Reds sending Sinama-Pongolle out on loan. Even with Fowler's return, I didn't see that coming given his recent minutes.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:28 PM on February 01, 2006

Apparently a few big clubs were sniffing around Jermaine Defoe, but no deal. And DJ Campbell was bought on the basis of a 10 minute highlight reel from the Cup match.

posted by owlhouse at 08:31 PM on February 01, 2006

Bentley to Blackburn?!

posted by StarFucker at 08:30 AM on February 02, 2006

- ManU didn't bring in a central midfielder Although Rio's only had 2 games there, he looks OK...except for the goal he gifted Blackburn last night of course. Bentley to Blackburn?! And scored a hat trick against United.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:37 AM on February 02, 2006

That was why i brought Bently up...

posted by StarFucker at 11:05 AM on February 02, 2006

Rio Ferdinand is playing in midfield now? I know I saw O'Shea there in one game before he got hurt but have not heard about RF as MF. That's just weird.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:03 PM on February 02, 2006

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