Premiership Transfer Window Review – Part Three
David Walker completes his review of the January transfer window and also the way the moves will impact each team’s achievement, or survival in the end of the 2005/06 season.
If there was a supervisor who enjoyed a bit of business during the January transfer window it was Harry Redknapp. He’s running out of time to form a team effective at keeping Pompey at the airport after 34 players have come and gone this season.
He has brought in 4.1 million Auxerre striker Benjamin Mwaruwari to test to fill the emptiness left by Yakubu while midfield steel and imagination should arrive in the kind of Tottenham trio Pedro Mendes, Sean Davies and Wayne Routledge. Noe Pamarot, also of Spurs, Ognjen Koroman and goalkeeper Dean Kiely will assist defensive duties.
The most fascinating of Redknapp’s dealings is the loan capture of Andres D’Allesandro, once tipped to be the upcoming big thing from South America. However, his career stalled after a transfer to Wolfsburg two and a half years ago ทางเข้าufabet.
The bookmakers don’t fancy their chances of survival and quote 4/9 on relegation and 13/8 on remaining up.
Sunderland are rooted firmly to the base of the table with only nine points from 23 matches and nine points adrift of nearest rivals Portsmouth.
The Black Cats are without a home win all season and have won only twice in their last 44 Premiership matches stretching back into a previous stint. Such dire form has made Mick McCarthy’s side a relegation certainty together with odds of 1/1000 being provided.
However, if you think in wonders, Sunderland are 100/1 to stage the comeback of all comebacks and stay in the Premiership for following season.
Spurs have been the surprise package of the season so far and maintain their fourth place position in the Premiership despite a run of 3 matches without victory and an FA Cup exit at the hands of Leicester City.
Manager Martin Jol signed Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghali out of Feyenoord and Charlton Athletic’s Danny Murphy. Although Spurs are four points and two places over North London rivals Arsenal that the bookmakers do not rate them as highly in the”without Chelsea” market, pricing the White Hart Lane outfit up at 66/1.
West Bromwich Albion
West Brom are looking at a struggle against relegation for the second successive season but have proved they have the stomach for the battle once before.
Nigel Quashie arrived in a #1.5 million deal by Southampton while Jan Kozak and Williams Martinez joined on loan from Artmedia Bratislava and Defensor respectively. Last season’s leading goalscorer Robert Earnshaw was permitted to depart for Norwich in a #3.5 million deal. The Baggies are offered at 4/5 for relegation but a better bet may be to allow them to stay up at Evens.
West Ham United
The biggest deal of the transport window was Dean Ashton’s #7.25 million coming from Norwich City. Following his seven goals last season for the Canaries, then fighting a losing struggle against Premiership relegation, Ashton is seen as the guy who can fire West Ham into Europe this term.
Another striker,” Yaniv Katan, joined from Maccabi Haifa for #100,000 while Deportivo defender Lionel Scaloni has signed a loan deal with the club. If you are fond of speculative punts, striker Marlon Harewood, together with six goals in his last 12 Premiership matches, can be obtained at 40/1 to top the Premiership goal scoring charts at the end of the season.
Wigan have experienced a remarkable first season in the Premiership. They’re fifth in the table, 1 place above former Champions Arsenal, only three points adrift of a Champions League spot and a place in the Carling Cup final procured.
Paul Jewell has worked wonders at the JJB Stadium and it is not surprising chairman Dave Whelan has sanctioned a #2 million move for Brann defender Paul Scharner, the free transport of midfielder David Thompson and loan arrivals for Liverpool’s Neil Mellor and Tottenham Hotspur’s Reto Ziegler.
It would be foolish to bet against the Latics qualifying for Europe next year but at present they are the only side in the top 10 with a minus goal difference. They are 300/1 outsiders to win the Premiership in the”without Chelsea” marketplace.