As we enter a new year, I look back on the transfer market during the summer and I’ve decided who’s performed the best and the worst.
BEST SIGNINGS SUMMER 2010
JAVIER HERNANDEZ – A virtually unknown player, Manchester United had been tracking him since late 2009. Consistent performances for Guadalahara earned him call-ups for the Mexican national team and he was officially signed by United in April 2010. Impressed at World Cup for Mexico earning him global media attention.
RAFAEL VAN DER VAART – Signed from Real Madrid for Tottenham in late August 2010. Was influential in Spurs early season form and continued to fascinate. So far for the season he boasts 6 goals in 11 appearances. Has unfortunately been injured of late.
MAROUNE CHAMAKH – Signed from Bordeaux for Arsenal mid July on 4 year contract. Has continued the impression he made in France by scoring with his head 5 times this season so far. Has slotted in magnificently to shape Arsenal’s attack and was perfect replacement for injury-prone Robin Van persie.
PETER ODEMWINGIE – Considered as a bargain buy from Lille for Roberto Di Matteo, Odemwingie has had praise heaped on him, ever since his arrival. He’s been performing consistently too, scoring 6 in 12 so far this season in the league.
LUKE VARNEY – Loaned from Derby County as part of a season-long loan for Blackpool, Varney has been instrumental in Blackpools first ever Premier League campaign. Gained national attention for the stunning strike he produced against Wolves.
WORST SIGNINGS OF 2010
JOE COLE – Has failed to impress since arriving, hampered by injuries, not same player as he used to be. Relegated to the bench with Maxi Rodriguez replacing him. Scored just 1 goal since summer move.
MICHAEL OWEN – I hate to say it but ever since his free transfer from Newcastle he’s been virtually non-existent. The highlight of his 1.5 year United career was the heroic hat trick against Wolfsburg. Also notable was the United hero scoring the in-famous 96th minute winner against local rivals Manchester City.
STEPHEN IRELAND – A move from Manchester City was supposed to revive his career but various injuires have led him being stuck on the sidelines, having only started 3 games this season. Place taken by in-form Marc Albrighton & Barry Bannan.
MARIO BOSELLI – Was bought to accompany Hugo Rodaellaga and relieve some pressure off him, however the last Premier League game he started was vs Sunderland on the 11th of September. In the matches he did start he never looked like scoring and has since continued his dry run.
PAUL KONCHESKY – When Roy Hodgson left Craven Cottage during the summer he decided that he’d use some of the funds he was given to acquire Paul Konchesky. He decided to buy Paul Konchesky and during recent performances there have been many questions ask, whether or not he should really be competing at this level of competitiveness.