January transfer winners and losers
Chelsea: David Luiz from Benfica? Fernando Torres from Liverpool? Outrageous. And yes, they can afford to spend $112m. Don’t say these guys don’t want to win now.
Liverpool: The slumping giants took three big gambles in the transfer window, shedding Spanish star Fernando Torres and shelling out a reported $92m on untested strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez. The former Newcastle and Ajax boys have huge pressure on their shoulders and there are serious questions about the wisdom of this purchase -- fact is, Liverpool could have just bought another entire Premier League team. Is this the latest example of Liverpool tossing money down a sinkhole?
Clubs’ bank accounts: On a day when Chelsea reported losses of $120m, they ponied up $112m to sign two players. This year’s transfer deadline day smashed all records, with a ludricrous $56m spent on Newcastle’s Carroll; Fernando Torres moving to London for $80m and absurd amounts bandied around for the likes of Charlie Adam. So much for financial fair play.
Arsenal: What are these guys thinking? The Gunners could make a legit run at the title if they had a defender and some midfield backup. They have money to spend, and had sensible targets. Result? Nothing. Reason? Cheapness and stubbornness. Arsenal fans should be putting blame where it lies -- manager Arsene Wenger and former MLS man Ivan Gazidis. Can these guys just not get deals done? We wonder.
Freddy Adu: Remember when Adu was the next big thing in American soccer? No more. Adu is done, and the troubled former teen sensation’s best offer was a loan move to a second division team in Turkey.
Birmingham: The laughing-stock of England, the other Brummie team was accused of using a supposed transfer of Robbie Keane to gin up publicity -- by Robbie Keane (he went to West Ham). Birmingham talked big when Carson Yeung took over and so far have failed to match it in the market. Of course, it doesn’t help when your vice- chairman rips your manager: Peter Pannu’s shots at Alex McLeish have brought a nice tabloid gloss to the whole mess.
Everton: A team that desperately needs reinforcements instead got rid of Steven Pienaar to Tottenham and Aiyegbeni Yakubu to Leicester. Sadly, this cash-poor team just can’t get it done.
Jamie Trecker is a senior writer for FoxSoccer.com covering the UEFA Champions League and European football.