Friday, 1 February 2013

Transfer Deadline Day along with Midweek Fixtures:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog installment, where I analyse all of the EPL matches which were played over the past 2 days during midweek, and all of the LATEST transfers which were done yesterday, on Transfer Deadline Day including Samba to QPR and Becchio to Norwich.

Transfer Deadline Day Done Deals:

Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) to Norwich - £5million pounds 

Strong signing: Norwich have completed the signing of Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio.

Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) to AC Milan - £19million pounds

Thumbs up: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has completed a £19million move to Italian side AC Milan.
3 young gems: Balotelli poses with his 2 new team-mate strikers, in El Shaarawy and M'Baye.
Yacouba Sylla (Clermont Foot) to Aston Villa - undisclosed fee

New signing: Aston Villa have completed the signing of midfielder Yacouba Sylla. 
Christopher Samba (Anzhi Makchakala) to QPR - £12million pounds: club record fee 

Splashing the cash: Anzhi defender Christopher Samba has returned to the EPL - to QPR.
No excuses: Samba played for Blackburn in the EPL before they were relegated, and already has experience at this level. 

Danny Graham (Swansea) to Sunderland - £5million pounds

Sunderland switch: Danny Graham has finally completed his £5million signing for Sunderland.
Urby Emmanuelson (AC Milan) to Fulham - rest-of-the-season loan deal

Reunion: Urby Emmanuelson has moved to Fulham on a loan deal, and will reunite with former Ajax boss Martin Jol.
Jack Butland (Birmingham City) to Stoke City - £4million pounds, loaned back to Birmingham for the rest of the season.

Promising: Stoke City have pulled off a bargain by signing the future of English football for around £4m. 

Potential: Jack Butland is the future of the England, already being capped at senior level at age 19.
Brek Shea (FC Dallas) to Stoke City - undisclosed fee around £2.5million pounds

Long road: Stoke have finally completed the signing of FC Dallas winger Brek Shea after problems over his fitness and work permit from the U.S.
Kevin Mbabu (Servette) to Newcastle - undisclosed fee

Challenge: Newcastle have signed 17-year-old defender Kevin Mbabu on a three-year deal.
Rory Delap (Stoke) to Barnsley - rest-of-season loan deal

John Stones (Barnsley) to Everton - £3million pounds

Young startlet: Everton have confirmed the £3m signing of England U-19 defender John Stones. 

Nacho Monreal (Malaga) to Arsenal: £6.5 - 8.3million pounds

First and last: Malaga left-back Nacho Monreal has completed his move to Arsenal. 
Settling in: Monreal walks to training today with his new team-mates Arteta and Diaby.
Vital: Arsenal needed to sign someone, after the injury of Kieran Gibbs on Wednesday against Liverpool.

Other transfers around the world during this TW:

Top 5:

5. Alexandre Pato (AC Milan) to Corinthians - £12million

Injury-plagued: Promising Pato has moved back to Brazil after a troubled time at AC Milan. 
4. Lucas Moura (Sao Paulo) to PSG - £30million

Future: Midfielder Lucas Moura is one of the best young talents in world football, and has joined PSG. 
3. Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan) to Galatasaray - £8.4million 

Tug-of-war: Wesley Sneijder has FINALLY transferred from Inter, moving to Turkish side Galatasaray. 
2. Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua) to Galatasaray - free

Complicated: Drogba has reportedly signed for Turkish side Galatasaray, despite claims from his club that he is still contracted to them until 2014. 

1. David Beckham (unattached) to PSG - free

Shock: David Beckham has confirmed that he will play for PSG and will give his salary away to charity. 

EPL Analysis:

Tuesday's Action:

Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 2

This match was played at Villa Park, as Aston Villa hosted a Newcastle side who were big spenders in the January transfer window - signing 5 French players. 
Two of which started on Tuesday with Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran both playing their debut matches for the club. 

Moussa Sissoko made an assist on his debut, with a great through ball which split the Aston Villa defence in half while allowing Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse to score a low finesse shot to break the deadlock in the 19th minute.

Newcastle pressed for a second, with midfielder Jonas Gutierrez crossing a ball into the box before defender Ron Vlaar headed the ball away to safety. 

Or so he thought. The ball fell to French midfielder Yohan Cabaye from 25 yards out who took a spectacular strike and the ball flew into the top corner to make it 2-0 in the 31st minute. 

Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy gave away a penalty just inside the box after clipping Gabriel Agbonlahor in the 49th minute, and striker Christian Benteke scored his  goal of the season to pull a goal back for the hosts and give them hope of getting back into the match.

However, Newcastle stayed firm despite many Villa attacking advances, and held on for the 2-1 away win.

QPR 0 Manchester City 0

Stoke City 2 Wigan Athletic 2

This match was played at The Britannia Stadium, as Stoke hosted Wigan in a match that they expected to win comfortably at home.

They started off well and capped off the first 20 minutes with a goal from captain and defender Ryan Shawcross who took advantage of a bounce from a free-kick outside the box to tap the ball into the corner of the net past goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Midfielder Charlie Adam had a shot from 20 yards out saved by Al Habsi, before the ball fell to English striker Peter Crouch who tapped the ball into the net to double the lead for the hosts in the 48th minute.

FACT: That was Peter Crouch's first goal in 17 matches for Stoke. 

Suddenly, Wigan started to get back in the match, and a lovely counter attacking move was finished off nicely by midfielder James McArthur to halve the deficit and make it 2-1 with 40 minutes to go in the 50th minute. 

Striker Franco Di Santo equalised for Wigan in the 61st minute after a cross was headed back into the penalty area for him to strike on the half-volley past in-demand goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The match finished 2-2, with Wigan being the happier of the two sides having come back from 2-0 down to draw while playing very quick, easy on the eye, effective football.

Sunderland 0 Swansea City 0

This match was played at The Stadium of Light, as Sunderland hosted Welsh side Swansea City at home. The major story going into this match was whether Sunderland target Danny Graham would play a part, and he did..