The silly season is over and we can get on with the football. We can look back on some remarkable business that saw money flying around like no tomorrow. Acquisitions such as Sergio Aguero for Manchester City certainly whet the appetite – but which managers pulled off the financial coups here?
Before we count down the top 5, let’s take a look at a few of the less enthralling deals struck.
Everton took on unknowns Eric Dier and Denis Stracqualursi on board while Norwich worked much closer to home, taking Kyle Naughton from Tottenham and Ritchie De Laet from Manchester United.
Arsenal secured Yossi Benayoun as an extra creative body in midfield while letting several leave, including temperamental Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland), Henri Lansbury (West Ham) and Denilson (Sao Paulo).
Swansea acquired Rafik Halliche from Fulham and Steven Caulker from Tottenham as defensive reinforcements.
There were plenty of young players on the move searching for first team football that will make or break their career, while the usual set of outcasts drifted along trying to find a new club. That can certainly be said for Nicklas Bendtner, who has stated he will never kick a ball for his parent club again.
Top 5 loans of this transfer window:
Tuncay Sanli (Bolton // Wolfsburg)
An able replacement for Elmander as he has plenty of Premier League experience from his time at Middlesborough.
Patrick van Aanholt (Wigan // Chelsea)
Perhaps a surprise inclusion in the top five, but he’s a very able defender who can learn alot from Roberto Martinez.
Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion // Birmingham City)
Foster was one of the best keepers in the league last season (despite relegation!) and there will be many fans jealous of this loan coup.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham // Manchester City)
He always scores. No question, his record is great. You don’t shine for Real Madrid by accident. Harry Redknapp has bagged a pro.
Royston Drenthe (Everton // Real Madrid)
Didn’t expect to see this one and what a deal it is. His cameo against Aston Villa on Saturday shows what a formidable partnership he could form on Everton’s left hand side with Leighton Baines. He is certainly one to watch.
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