Now that the transfer window has ‘slammed’ shut we can take a look around and see who were the big winners on the final day of business.
The most eye catching transfer of the day is surely Mesut Ózil joining Arsenal from Real Madrid for a club record £42 million. Arsenal have secured the joint highest assist creator in Europe for the past two seasons, the cynic inside you may think they should have signed another striker to finish those chances off but there is no doubt that it will be a treat for any football fan to get to see this player up close week in week out. Overall the club that seems to have done the best business has to be Everton.
Bill Kenwright and Roberto Martinez have proved themselves to be shrewd businessmen with nerves of steel and an eye for quality. Selling Victor Anichebe to WBA for £6 million and securing Romelu Lukaku on season long loan is a great piece of business. Lukaku had a barnstorming season last year for WBA finishing with 17 goals and will provide a serious goal threat for Everton considering the misfiring fortunes of Nikica Jelavic last season. Lukaku will be welcomed to Everton by his international team mate Kevin Mirallas although fellow Belgian Marouane Fellaini has parted ways with the Toffees joining up with former coach David Moyes at Manchester United.
Everton have in his place secured a potent mix of youthful potential and experience in James McCarthy and Gareth Barry. McCarthy in particular is a great piece of business for Everton. Signed for £13 million at the age of 22, McCarthy arrives as the lynchpin of his international team and will surely improve playing with better players at the right end of the table for Everton. If Martinez can successful transition Everton to his style of football then McCarthy may find himself playing in Europe in the coming years. Growing in confidence McCarthy knows he has a fight on his hands to secure a starting place at Everton especially with the arrival of seasoned pro Gareth Barry on loan from Manchester City.
Surplus to requirements at Manchester City following the arrival of Fernandinho, Barry will supply a cool head and vital experience in the Everton midfield. In a World Cup year it is refreshing to see a player of Barry’s age prepared to seek out first team football and fight for his seat on the plane instead of collecting a fat pay cheque on the bench at Man City.
Finishing the transfer window closing day with a net profit of £15 million and one of the hottest striking talents in Europe means that Everton can be very happy with themselves and settle any nerves Everton fans may have had about their new manager.