Top 10 transfer deadline day winners
1. Newcastle United
They pocketed a brief British transfer record fee for a player with less than six months of Premier League experience and managed to crudely convince the media and public that the player had been the driving force behind the move.
2. Helicopter pilots
There were a couple of desperate last-minute fares up for grabs yesterday. Nice work if you can get it.
3. Leon Best
A bit-part player until last month, he looks like being the main man at Newcastle for the rest of the season as long as he sees off the fearsome threat of Shola Ameobi.
Charlie Adam? Isn’t he a midfielder? What would Tottenham want a midfielder for? Transfer deadline day is like crack to Harry Redknapp. He should be locked in a room all day with no phone until the window closes. Spurs had a lucky escape from getting a player they didn’t really need at a price he wasn’t really worth.
In fact, the collapse of the Adam deal suited everyone. So much so that you would have to wonder just how accidental was the Bloomfield Road admin error which stopped the move going through? The Seasiders’ skipper brings a touch of class to the side which even the loan signing of, erm, Andy Reid wasn’t going to compensate for. Their hopes of Premier League survival are much greater with Adam in the squad.
6. Jim White
According to the latest reports, the Sky Sports News anchor has negotiated transfer deadline day without suffering a massive coronary. It looked like it was touch and go for a while though.
7. Kenny Dalglish
His transfer activity and pretty smug responses to earlier questioning about his transfer budget seems to suggest he has got carte blanche to bring in whoever he wants.
8. La Liga
At one stage yesterday it appeared that there was going to be a lot of 4-5-0 formations in the Spanish league this weekend as Harry Redknapp sought to snaffle up all the strikers. As it happened, they emerged unscathed despite pocketing a few quid from ‘Arry during his scouting mission!
9. Roman Abramovich
The Torres deal was a real signal of intent from Chelsea’s owner. He blew away Manchester City’s transfer window spending yesterday and he will be hoping the arrival of Torres will help to propel Chelsea back above City in the Premier League too.
10. Mrs Nolan
That’s assuming Andy Carroll hasn’t asked to doss at Kevin Nolan’s in-laws on Merseyside for a few weeks.