The summer transfer window has slammed shut (yes, slammed!) and now we can focus on club football (well after the international break anyway). The Two Daft Yanks are here to break all the deals down on the annual Transfer Deadline Day Special. On this week’s episode:
- Peter Crouch’s Broken Helicopter
- 1 Billion Spent In Transfers
- Top English Transfers
- Is The Loan System Broken?
- And More!
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Two Daft Yanks: Transfer Deadline Day Special
The long and winding road that is the EPL season has concluded and Manchester City who won their final five matches while Liverpool and Chelsea dropped points earning the Citizens their second title in three years. While the season is still fresh in my mind here are a few thoughts on each team that finished in European places.
1. Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini molded his side to play the attacking football the boardroom wanted after the sacking of Mancini last summer. Pellegrni becomes the first non-European manager to win the Premier League. Manchester City shows that money can’t buy you love but it can buy you an EPL title and some financial fairplay sanctions.
Nobody was predicting this type of season for Liverpool after a pair of midtable finishes under Brendan Rodgers. The title was in sight though until Stevie G slipped up (literally) and Crystal Palace smashed their front door down. They can kick on an challenge again next year providing they strengthen their backline and keep Suarez who scored a league leading 31 goals.
Mourinho went off the boil and mismanaged this club in my opinion. They have such a fantastic squad of attacking players but more often than not Mourinho chooses to play pragmatic football. With that said they still managed to finish third and Eden Hazard won the young player of the year award. The only question is can Mourinho afford a trophyless campaign next year? I would think not.
The Gunners were in title contention until injuries slowed them down after the first of the year. Their depth and quality of squad (along with Wenger’s management) kept them in a Champions League spot though. The much talked about Olivier Giroud had 16 goals to lead the club and Aaron Ramsey scored 10 goals with 8 assists in just 23 games.
Roberto Martinez had an excellent season in his first year in charge of the Toffees. It was a risk to hire him from relegated Wigan but it has proven to be a good hire that got the most out of a squad that lacks the talent of clubs around them in the table. On loan Chelsea player Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show with 15 goals.
Daniel Levy threw away the season when AVB was sacked in December. On results Tim Sherwood did a fairly decent job for someone with no experience but his overall demeanor and lack of humility will cost him his job in the coming days. Not all the Gareth Bale money was reinvested in players who hit the ground running but Christian Eriksen showed to be a young top talent with 7 goals and 8 assists in league play.
Despite finishing 16th Hull are in the Europa League regardless of the result of this weekend’s FA Cup final because Arsenal have already qualified for the Champions League. Not many people gave Hull a chance to stay up after they were promoted but Steve Bruce did a good job especially in the first half of the year before cooling off in the second half.