We’re entering silly season in the transfer market as team’s make last ditch scrambles to improve their teams, fill gaps in their squads and appease the fans, but there’s been some significant transfer action already with several teams looking to do their business early before prices go even more mental. Here’s a look at some of the more significant transfers so far, with the emphasis being on the potential impact they can have on their new team’s fortunes.
Aston Villa to Liverpool
Fee in the region of £17m
If the price is inflated then Liverpool only have themselves to blame but regardless of the cost, of the additions they’ve made in the summer, Downing was the one they needed the most. The former Middlesbrough man is something of a late developer and last season he really delivered on the promise of his earlier years. His productivity last season, with fewer options than he’ll enjoy at Anfield, was impressive and in theory his crossing ability will help Carroll to shine and Liverpool to become a genuine force again. In theory.
Manchester City to Aston Villa
Fee in the region of £3.5m
The importance of this move is perhaps greater for the player than the club, though the loss of Brad Friedel would have been strongly felt if they failed to find a replacement of a similar calibre. Given is a better keeper than the American and his presence between the sticks could even help Richard Dunne regain his form. He won’t turn Villa into title-challengers but he’ll keep them clear of danger and after losing Young and Downing and still having Heskey, mid-table security will do for most Villa fans.
Atletico Madrid to Manchester City
Fee in the region of £35m
He may be a moody, miserable little sod off the pitch but on it Tevez was one of the few creative forces Mancini had faith in last season. There aren’t many players who offer the same mix of energy, skill, determination and finishing but Sergio Aguero is one of them. Being hard to beat will only get you so far so if Mancini is eyeing the Premier League crown this season he’ll need his teams to have more of an attacking edge. The excellent Aguero will prove a more than capable replacement for his compatriot on the pitch and a far cheerier presence around the club. He’s one for your Fantasy Football teams. Now if only the manager can get Dzeko to start scoring and Balotelli to stop being a spoiled little asshole.
David De Gea
Atletico Madrid to Manchester United
Fee in the region of £18m
He’s too young and too skinny to make it in the Premier League, will be the line the detractors take and let’s be honest, when it comes to buying goalkeepers Ferguson has been more hit than miss. However in De Gea he’s landed a young keeper who, if he works out, could still be keeping sticks when Ferguson retires sometime around 2025.
West Ham to Newcastle
Fee in the region of £0m
His knee injuries look to be a thing of the past and the Senegalese striker needed no time to adapt as he proved one of the bright points in West Ham’s run towards relegation. With Carroll and Nolan gone and Mike Ashley seemingly unwilling to spend big, this could prove an incredibly shrewd move. As long as his knee holds out. Newcastle don’t look like they’re going to be making any great strides forwards this season and without someone decent up-front they could be looking at a relegation battle. If Ba repeats his West Ham form at St James’, then his goals could be crucial in keeping Newcastle in the Premier League
Birmingham to Wolverhampton
Fee in the region of £7m
Birmingham’s good form in the first half of last season relied heavily on their defensive solidity supplied by the partnership of Dann and Johnson. Things started going badly wrong when Dann suffered a season ending injury but Johnson still showed himself to be a very capable centre-half. He won’t be the most glamorous signing this summer but if he can help to shore up Mick McCarthy’s leaky defence and keep them safe, he’ll be one of the most important. At least to Wolves fans.