The Transfer window is closed and thankfully for us Gooners, we dont have to deal with the media nonsense until the 1st January again. All Things Jabu, as is our want, continue our tradition of rating the best signings of the Transfer Window. The rules for inclusion in the list are simple; to be included in the list a player has to have been purchased and not loaned. So here, in order, are our Top 10 Transfer Window signings.
10. Clint Dempsey (Tottenham)
Tottenham lost their best midfielders in Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart and although many will say the signing of Dembele is a great one, its the purchase of Clint Dempsey on a cheap deadline day deal that should get Spurs fans swooning! He is the top American goalscorer ever and finished in the top 5 last year. He was the man to carry Fulham over the past few seasons and will surely be a great fit for the weakest side in North London.
9. Javi Garcia (Man City)
Manchester City made the somewhat strange decision to let Nigel de Jong go, but Mancini is quick, if nothing else, and quickly replaced the Dutch strongman with the versatile Spaniard Garcia. Garcia is a product of the youth system at Real Madrid and after spending time at Benfica has found himself at the English Champions. His ability to play in midfield or in defence is probably the biggest benefit to the Citizens.
8. Steven Pienaar (Everton)
There is a saying of “horses for courses” and it appears to me that never before has this been more true than with South African skipper Stevean “Schillo” Pienaar. He has gone back to the club where he has made the biggest impact so far in his career and will no doubt look to continue by helping Everton make their great start turn into a great season.
7. Michu (Swansea)
We may not have known too much about Michu before he signed, but the Spanish footballer (The second on the list) is making an immediate impact on the English Premier League. He is undoubtedly a classy footballer and a goal-scoring midfielder (he scored 15 in 37 games for Rayo Vallecano), but he may just have found a club that will help him elevate this to a higher status. His position as the number ten will suit him greatly at the Swans and ultimately Laudrup will get great value for money!
6. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
There is no footballer in the World for me, in terms of first touch, than the sulky Bulgarian. Berbatov is an interesting footballer, he won the golden boot at Manchester United only to sit on the bench for the entire next season. Fulham losing the goals of Dempsey will be astounded that they were able to get Berbatov for a ridiculously low fee and the Premier League will be a better place getting to see him perform week in and week out again.
5. Kevin Mirallas (Everton)
Its not every day that this happens, but the Belgian signing will be the 2nd best Belgian signing on this list. The Belgians have done quite well in the EPL with Kompany, Vermaelen and Fellaini all seen as top players at their individual squads. Mirallas was given the option to go to Arsenal, but chose Everton because he wants to play every week. If his 34 goals in 52 appearances for Olympiacos is anything to go by, Everton may have found the perfect partner for Jelavic!
4. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United)
Forget Robin van Persie (although his impact has been immediate) ManchesterUnited have a real gem in Kagawa. Being someone who watches the Bundesliga regularly, I can honestly say that Kagawa is class. He has great vision and great pace and will be a huge asset for United. Oh ya, he will also sell a crap load of shirts in Asia!
3. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
An Arsenal midfielder has not generated as much excitement as this since a 16 year old broke into the squad. The third Spaniard on the list also tells you something about the sport right now. Cazorla has already in 3 games created more scoring chances than anyone else in the top leagues and in fact single-handedly created more chances than most teams! He is exciting, fast and experienced and Arsenal can be very lucky that they have a Spanish matador again!
2. Julio Cesar (QPR)
This one was the biggest shock of the window for me! In 2009 I watched Cesar play live for Brazil. He was the first choice for Inter for the last 7 years and has played 64 for times for the Brazilian national team. QPR have appeared to just be buying for the sake of buying since the arrival of Fernandes, but at last this decision reeks of class! You have to feel sorry for new arrival Rob Green though!
1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The buzz created by his looming transfer on Twitter and other social networking tools, shows just how much interest there was in the Belgian international. He wowed all those before him in the French League for Lille and has started his career at Chelsea looking closer to a Lionel Messi than a Roman Lukaku. He could and probably will be Chelsea’s star player in the 2012-13 season!