Transfer Talk #1

I’ve been busy preparing for the Peter Ball Memorial Competition so haven’t really been reading into what’s what the past week. Nevertheless, I will obviously continue to oblige with my one article a day policy so here it is.

I’m introducing a new segment called Transfer Thursday, a category which i will look into several of the latest transfers and loan deals that have been completed or just big transfer rumors circulating the net. So without further adu, here it is.

Today I’m going to be discussing several moves that have been made over the past couple of days and I’ll give my verdict on whether or not I think it’ll work out etc.

On today’s panel we have Wayne Bridge, Emmanuel Adebayor, Edin Dzeko and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin.

As Manchester City have continued to lure players to their club during this market Wayne Bridge has been left behind. A quality left back, Mancini sought elsewhere for an improved left back and bought Kolorov and Boyata relegating Bridge to third choice. This month has seen the rumors flying all over the place for the Englishman and he finally found a club willing for his services in West Ham. Bridge has passed his medical and is due to sign on loan until the end of the season. It’s a good career move for Bridge as things were looking pedantic at Eastlands but that’s seemed to simmer down with a part time solution moving to London.

Another Manchester City outcast features in the Transfer Thursday and it’s out of sync Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese striker had established himself as a top player at the club following his desperate move from Arsenal in 2009. Despite initial success he’s failed to build on it and has suffered heavily with the arrival of Mario Balotelli and new recruit Edin Dzeko, who signed from Wolfsburg in a deal worth £27 million. Adebayor rarely featured last term for Man City, and was becoming increasingly frustrated just sitting on the bench. Adebayor has attracted interest from Real Madrid, Liverpool and West Ham of late and if he’s going anywhere I’d say it would be a move to the sunny Madrid, who’ve become desperate for a striker to accompany Karim Benzema and lead the line for the Galacticos.

Edin Dzeko finally completed his mega bucks move from Wolfsburg last week and wasted no time in stirring up the rivalry that exists amongst Manchester claiming “Manchester is full of City fans”. Dzeko will partner Carlos Tevez up front and with David Silva providing service down that left flank you can only imagine what the tally will be between them come the end of the season. Dzeko is expected to become a thorn amongst Premier League defenders and is expected to go goal crazy as soon as he settles himself in England. There’s no doubt it’ll take time for the Bosnian to adapt to life in the Premier League but I, for some reason, think he won’t actually pose much of a threat in the Premier League. Who knows, maybe he could prove me wrong, maybe not, but a large variety of players who arrive in the Premier League struggle to find form and are often left out because of it.

And finally today, there has been widespread speculation following Southampton youngster Alex Oxe Chamberlain. The 17 year old has recently broke into the first team for the Saints and has a similar feel to when Theo Walcott started out. Playing on the right wing, Chamberlain terrorises his opponents with his terrific pace, an asset in need over at Anfield. Liverpool are the club mainly interested in his services and a move for the youngster wouldn’t do much wrong. Liverpool are in need of a decent winger and they think they might have found it here. All I can say is watch this space.

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About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on offtheupright.blogspot.com, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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