The transfer deadline day often throws up some curious and left-field signings that not many see coming. Whether it is the panic that comes with it being the last day of the transfer window or injuries forcing managers to go into the transfer market one last time, it is fair to say that the last day of the transfer window is often the most frenetic.
This season was no different as a flurry of Premier League clubs were intent on making some last-minute additions to the squad in a bid to help them achieve their respective objectives for the season. In total, the 2014 summer transfer window was the most expensive in the history of the Premier League as the clubs cracked the £800 million mark for the first time. Manchester United also became the first club to smash the £150 million mark in a single transfer window thanks to late additions of Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.
Although Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, three of the busiest spenders in the summer didn’t spend a penny on deadline, several clubs did. Although the overall deadline day spending was down £30m from last year, the clubs still managed to spend £55m and there were more than a few interesting signings. So let’s take a look at the winners and the losers from deadline day.
Hull were not only busiest Premier League club on deadline day, but arguably the biggest winners as well. They signed four players including Palermo striker Abel Hernandez for a reported club-record £10m. One of the criticisms leveled at them has been their inability to create too many chances and that has been rectified by the arrival of Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez both on loan from Newcastle United and Southampton respectively. The Tigers also managed to add some steel in midfield with the capture of Mo Diame from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.
With Van Gaal promising that he was still not done spending at the weekend, it was always going to be a tense deadline day for Manchester United fans. In the end it was one that would probably be described as a success by many. Although Javier Hernandez left for Real Madrid on season-long loan and Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal, the arrival of Radamel Falcao on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season and the versatile defender Daley Blind from Ajax for £13.8 million means that the Red Devils ended the transfer window on a high.
Although they didn’t spend big on deadline day, Leicester City still managed to add three players with promising futures ahead of them. The newly-promoted side snapped up 19-year-old Kris Scott from Swansea for free, along with two Manchester United players. 20-year-old Welsh winger Tom Lawrence signed a four-year deal with the club while Nick Powell joined on a season-long loan. The trio are likely to fit right into the club’s policy of not spending big and building a better team for the future.
If there was one club that badly needed a few more players before the window slammed shut, it was Southampton. Having lost five first-team regulars early in the window, the side desperately need more players. But the club have only signed four players on long-term deals, with the rest all consisting of loan deals. Deadline day saw the club add Atlético Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld on loan and Sadio Mané from Red Bull Salzburg. But the club are still short on defensive cover and the likes of Fraser Foster, Ryan Bertrand and Alderweireld will all leave next season, leaving the club short on players yet again.
If there was one thing that was evident from the opening three Premier League games, it was that QPR badly needed some cover in defense. Although the club have added the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, it still looked like they could do with at least one more defender. Up front, Remy’s move to Chelsea meant that they also needed to sign a striker. But, instead of adding up front or at the back, Harry Redknapp only signed two midfielders in Niko Kranjcar (loan) and Sandro on deadline day, leaving the side short on cover in both defense and attack.
Even with the arrival of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United for £16 million, it is fair to say that the Gunners didn’t enjoy the greatest deadline day. With manager Arsene Wenger in Rome, the club could only land a solitary striker, one who has never scored over 10 League goals in his career so far. The club’s inability to sign a defensive midfielder and also add to the defense which is already looking wafer-thin is something that might end up costing the Gunners in the end.