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Image: Done deal: Arteta moved to Arsenal but is he really what they needed?

We asked our own Redknapp, Jamie, to assess the deals done on the last day of the window.

Redknapp gives his take on the Deadline Day transfers

Like most people I was sat in front of Sky Sports News HD last night waiting to see just who would sign who - and if I'm honest I had one eye on my phone to see what my dad was going to come up with! The thing that struck me was that there seemed to be a lot more deals than normal involving Premier League clubs, maybe without the massive marquee signing at the last-minute to surprise us all. There were a lot more players moving between Premier League clubs and for me, there were two big gambles that stood out amongst it all: Craig Bellamy and Owen Hargreaves. I say gambles, but if they pay off, they will be well worth it. Liverpool had a player in Raul Merieles who wanted out and in return they have got another British player, which is what Kenny Dalglish is clearly trying to do at Anfield. Bellamy is a good addition to any squad and even if you wonder where he will fit in to that side, he is a great player to bring off the bench - and that can be vitally important as we saw against Arsenal the other week. See all Sky Bet's Player Specials Believe me, you don't realise what a big club Liverpool is until you've left and I am sure Bellamy will have woke up this morning struggling to believe his luck. I also know what it's like to have a horrible time with injuries, so I know what Hargreaves has been going through. He will just want to play again and prove his fitness and while that represents a risk for most clubs, Manchester City can afford to take a punt with his wages which although heavily based on incentive, will still be pretty decent I'm sure. We were all looking at Arsenal to see what Arsene Wenger will do and in Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun he has got players that know the Premier League. It doesn't surprise me at all that he didn't buy English because he just doesn't fancy them or see any value in them and although he's signed a couple of young ones, it just isn't his thing, is it? I actually thought they were crying out for a bit of 'Britishness'. I really thought they needed someone like Scott Parker and in that respect I still don't think they have sorted out a problem that was crying out to be fixed: they still don't have someone to sit in front of that back four. Maybe Wenger thinks Alex Song and Abou Diaby can do the job and maybe he doesn't want to stifle the development of Emmanuel Frimpong, but Parker would've been perfect. Arteta and Benayoun are two good players, but I wouldn't call them leaders, someone for the young players to turn to when things have been going wrong. I equate football to life: when you're young you make mistakes and do things you that leave you asking 'why did I do that?', things you don't do when you're 28 or 29. What you need then is someone to put their arm around you, tell you not to worry and assure you you'll get it right next time. Everton have been the one selling club in the window, but I have a few mates who are Everton fans and I don't think they are too disappointed about Arteta going. He had a poor season last year, not helped by injuries, and I don't think his loss will hit them as hard as it would've done two years ago. Yes, you want your club to be buying, not letting people go, but I wouldn't have thought too many would've been crying into their cornflakes this morning. Here's Jamie's club-by-club rundown...


Arteta and Benayoun are two good players who know the Premier League well. They are not though, real leaders or someone to sit in front of that back four. Scott Parker would've been ideal on both fronts. They needed a left-back and Andre Santos looks like a decent buy and as for Per Mertesacker, he is also what they needed. He is tall, gangly, decent in the air, and an experienced German international. He is something they didn't have - a big defender.

Aston Villa

They were always going struggle selling Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, but Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton are decent signings. Jenas just needs to get his career back on track and Hutton can be as good as any right-back out there, but just needs to get his head right and make sure he uses that ability. Alex McLeish knows him well though, and I think we will see a resurgence in the lad's form. He had to leave Spurs because my dad and him just didn't hit it off.


The good thing for them is they've kept Chris Samba, which surprised me. But they needed cover for him and Ryan Nelsen and getting Scott Dann in, particularly when he had been linked with bigger clubs, is a good piece of business - it gives them a much better chance. I think they needed a better striker than Yakubu to be honest - although you never quite know what you're going to get with him.

Bolton Wanderers

Keeping Gary Cahill might be seen as a triumph but to me it didn't make any sense at all - and Bolton can say what they like. The player's out of contract at the end of the season, they were asking £15million for him, but I would be amazed come the January window if that price wasn't halved or worse, then this time next year he can go for zero. It just doesn't add up and unless Bolton have got more money than sense, I think they are making a huge mistake.


The big problem here is that Raul Meireles is no Luka Modris is he? I know they offered £40million the day before the deadline and if that was me, I'd have taken it. But I'm not the Spurs manager or chairman am I? What it does is put a bit more pressure on Juan Mata now in that midfield - although he looks like he will bring a lot more to them. Chelsea have still got some very, very good players and you can't rule them out, but I don't think the've had the window they would've liked.


I do think if they'd sold Mikel Arteta two years ago, Everton fans would have been really concerned. But he's struggled with injury and David Moyes obviously has lots of faith in young Ross Barkley. Selling Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford suggests he just didn't fancy them, so a lot will depend on whether Denis Stracqualursi can get goals in the Premier League. I'll be totally honest and say I know nothing about the lad, so we'll have to wait and see how he does.


Bryan Ruiz is a going to be a player. I watched a lot of him last year for Twente and he really does have the lot; he's a tall, good-looking boy with the long hair and you can't help but notice him. More importantly he's got a lovely left foot, he strikes the ball sweetly and is an elegant footballer, a very nice mover. He plays in the classic Number 10 role and is a very, very talented boy. I think he'll make a big impact at Fulham and in the Premier League. One of the stars of the window for me.


Joe Cole just needs to get his career going again and Lille looks like a good move for him. I have to admit I was surprised, but he just didn't fit into Kenny Dalglish's plans. I was talking to Kenny last week and Joe cropped up and he told me he'd been training really well, there has been no difference in opinion, just that he didn't think he was right for what he's got at Liverpool. Meireles wanted out and when you look at the young English talent he's bought in, it's been a good window for them.

Manchester City

We've talked about Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy and know what good signings they are, but Owen Hargreaves is a bit of a gamble - but one well worth taking. City aren't like other clubs, where if they go for one guy on decent wages, it means they can't get anyone else in. They can afford to take the risk of a performance-related contract to Hargreaves and say if it goes well, that's great, but if it fails, they can just wash their hands of him.

Manchester United

Like Merse said last week, Sir Alex Ferguson probably spent Deadline Day sat on the beach - or at least sat back watching everyone else scramble about knowing he's done his business. I was talking to my dad on Wednesday night about he never seems to get involved, how he gets all his deals done early and this year has been no different. And I am pretty sure that the Dimitar Berbatov deal a couple of years ago only happened because it was a little bit personal with Man City!

Newcastle United

I saw a lot of Davide Santon when I did the Sky One programme Football's Next Stars with Inter and I know they had really high hopes for the kid. He hasn't obviously come through as they wanted, but the kid can play and I think being in the Premier League will be a great toughening-up experience for him. They've obviously let Joey Barton leave this week but I think Newcastle fans will just be happy their Deadline Day passed without any more turmoil.

Norwich City

They did their business early in the summer and I think Paul Lambert will be happy with that. As a newly-promoted side they'll have got who they wanted as far in advance as possible and then let them bed in and see how it looks. Had they lost their first three games you might have seen them go and out and get one or two more in, but they didn't. There's no reason at this stage for Norwich to panic - but it might be a different story come January.


I thought they would be the ones to struggle out of all the promoted sides and they did need to make some signings. Shaun Wright-Phillips will add real quality, Joey Barton went down with Newcastle not long ago so knows what is needed to stay up, and Anton Ferdinand is an OK signing. They were in for Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy and from what I can gather, were offering fortunes for players - which they can do. What Neil Warnock has done by bringing in so many is give them a real chance of staying up. They're well worth watching now, too.

Stoke City

I'm a fan of Tony Pulis and his chairman and they have bought well. You know with Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome up front, they won't change their style - it's just now they've got better players to put the ball in the net. Imagine those Rory Delap throw-ins going straight at Crouchie's head... my goodness! I've always liked Wilson Palacios, too. He gave his all to Spurs, but when they got into the Champions League he kind of got left behind a bit. But he's a smashing lad and he is just what they needed; extra quality in midfield. I'm really pleased for him and for Stoke.


I do think Nicklas Bendtner is a good signing. I've always thought Arsenal might be just a bit too big a club for him - he wouldn't think so judging by what we've seen - and that he might be better off being a bigger fish in a smaller pond. I have seen a lot of him playing for Denmark and he is usually different class and there's no doubt he's got something; he can get goals and make goals. There's definitely a player in there waiting to come out. Could be another star of this window.

Swansea City

From what I've seen so far, their best of business was getting the keeper Michael Vorn in - he looks decent. But they haven't scored yet and I do think Brendan Rogers would've like to have got someone in at the sharp end to score goals, because they have made plenty of chances. But I'm sure the goals will come and much like Norwich, they've done their shopping early and now is not the time to be making big changes.

Tottenham Hotspur

I've never known my dad be so quiet on Deadline Day - I should think Daniel Levy is a happy man, because they got plenty of money in! In all seriousness I think dad will be pretty pleased as well because he did need to move some players on, because they just needed to play football. But I have to admit, I do worry he's left himself short in the midfield department. Scott Parker is a great signing and they always wanted to keep hold of Luka Modric but they've lost Jenas, Palacios, Jamie O'Hara and David Bentley and have the Europa League to contend with. Gary Cahill was the one he really wanted - if you'd have offered him Cahill, Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor, he'd have been delighted.

West Brom

They've had a hard start to the season and if any manager could've panicked it was Roy Hodgson. But they have got Shane Long in and he's already among the goals and if he can keep that going, he will be massively important for them. Tying Peter Odimwingie down to a new deal was also a good bit of business. I never really expected them to do much, not even on Deadline Day, because the chairman doesn't look like he wants to spend that much money.

Wigan Athletic

Patrick van Aanholt is a decent defender and might do really well at a club like Wigan. Shaun Maloney has been in the Premier League before and done alright with Villa, so he knows what it's about. He's got decent ability and will provide a threat with his free-kicks and for someone like Wigan, where Roberto Martinez doesn't have millions to spend, he is probably just the right sort of signing. Not a massive gamble, but one that could easily pay off.


Mick McCarthy didn't need to do anything on Deadline Day - and even told us he'd be watching Sky Sports News all day. He has spent a fortune in the past couple of years, so he didn't need to go and add any more. Signing Roger Johnson in this window was a smart move, as was getting O'Hara in permanently and already Wolves look to have a decent squad with enough cover. They are my certs to finish in the top 10 with what they've got.

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