The 2015/16 Summer Transfer Window: Severn Sport’s Review

This past week we saw the transfer window slam shut for 2015 and as the comings and goings are either on international duty or settling into new clubs we all sit here with the fallout of the window assessing who made the best bit of business and quite frankly who needs to improve. What we do know just from looking at the ins and outs of the Premier League clubs it is that deadline day is pretty sweet! The rumours, the failed deals, the almost goings. Entertainment at its finest. Here at Severn Sport we decided to have a small scale inquest and summary into the transfer window and here are the thoughts of Kelsey De Maria, Matt Yates and I on some of the sizzling summer deals.

Most Overpriced Player

Kelsey – It can only be Anthony Martial surely? The £36 million up front plus plenty of add ons means the fee is likely to rise even more. For someone who is totally unproven for Monaco, having only completed 90 minutes 8 times in his career. The French club are going to be laughing all the way to the already overflowing bank. Make no bones about it I rate Martial massively and I do believe he has the potential to develop into one of the best strikers in the world. But that price tag hanging over him now will add its own pressure onto shoulders that will also be bearing the weight of being vital for a club like Manchester United, factors that I fear will hinder his development.

Ryan – Mine is a weird one. But for me the £5.5 million fee for Glenn Murray that Bournemouth paid is ridiculous. I mean yeah he is a decent player. Thats it. Decent. He isn’t going to fire Bournemouth to the Europa League, heck he may not even keep them in the Premier League so to think £5.5 million has been spent on him is baffling. A 31 year old striker who is a good Championship player is not worth £5.5 million, he just isn’t. Forget looking at the big boys flaunting their money around we are talking about a small club like Bournemouth overspending/ being forced with overpricing of players.

Matt –
For me it has to be everyone’s favourite story of the summer, Raheem Sterling. It was close though between him and Martial for me but quite simply if Sterling wasn’t English he would have been signed for no more than £24 million. But as we all know you have to pay a premium price for English players today and Sterling is the prime example of the summer of that. If Ross Barkley or Harry Kane’s rumoured £40 million+ moves even looked like happening then they would have been top over Sterling because he is actually a good player. Potential is one thing but the over inflation of English players makes the marketplace a minefield.

Kelsey believes Anthony Martial will struggle to live up to the price tag…but only because the tag is so big

Worst Signing of the Window

Matt- Glen Johnson to Stoke. Stoke need to be pushing for the Europa League this season and some of their signings have shown that. They should be looking for class like your Bojan’s and Shaqiri’s of the team and not settling for a second rate right back. An easy pick.

Kelsey – Alexsander Mitrovic to Newcastle. A red card and two yellow cards that should have been red cards. That is how to sum up him early performances for the Toon Army this season. He seems like such a liability its not even funny. I did tip the guy to absolutely bang them in during the close season but the way he is going his temper may seem being ditched in January, that is unless he sorts himself out and fires a few goals in.

Ryan – Again I’ve gone for one that no one would have thought about but for me its Adam Bogdan to Liverpool. He isn’t even worth the £0 transfer fee. An average keeper who wrongfully displaced Jussi Jääskeläinen at Bolton and it baffles me why a club like Liverpool have signed him. I guess its the thoughts of the soon to be unemployed unless they sort themselves out Brendan Rogers.

Matt has questioned Stoke City’s ambitions with the signing of Glen Johnson

Best Signing of the Window

Ryan – Two catch my eye really. Firstly Yohan Cabaye to Crystal Palace. Quite simply a huge signing for a club like Palace and it shows the pull that Alan Pardew has as a manager. His stock is always rising. But for me the signing of the season is a departure from the Premier League. Edin Dzeko has gone to Roma on a season long loan. That is frightening that Roma have a proven goalscorer like that when we sat there on the puncast saying that most teams in the Premier League need a striker. If the price was right I think City would have sold him to a league rival I really do but it is a missed opportunity for the Premier League teams.

Matt – Yohan Cabaye to Palace. It shows so much intent from Alan Pardew for not just this season but the coming seasons as it will give Palace some pedigree in the market. Suddenly we can have an influx of some really good players signing for a club like Palace, which can only be testament to Pardew and what he is building down at Selhurst Park.

Kelsey – Dimitri Payet to West Ham. This was a man who has been compared to the likes of Mesut Ozil and he has the ability to justify the hype and potential surrounding him. He played fantastically against Arsenal and I think we will see so much more from him in the games to come. He has the ability to be one of the best midfielders in the league within the next few seasons.

Edin Dzeko has already hit the ground running for both club and country this season. Ryan reckons he is a big loss to the Premier League

Best Signing of Deadline Day

Matt – This one isn’t in the Premier League but for me was such a good signing it had to be here. As a Wolves fan I was disappointed to see the departure of Richard Stearman to Fulham on deadline day. He won player of the year last year having played a vital part in our rebuilding project under Kenny Jackett. Sad to see such a loyal servant go but Fulham have made a great signing there.

Kelsey – Three words. Virgil Van Dijk. I know Butler loves this man and not just because he is good enough to be in the United squad. I rate Van Dijk a lot and it will be interesting to see how he takes the Premier League. He is big, strong, fairly quick and he is good with the ball at his feet. He is as close to the complete defender since Rio Ferdinand (Ryan’s words not mine).

Ryan – You mean other than Van Dijk to Southampton? I know that Kelsey has picked him so I have found one that wouldn’t stand out in a list but for me one of the most underrated transfers of the whole window let alone deadline day was the deal that Leicester City struck to take Nathan Dyer to the King Power Stadium for the season. A great player who when gets on a run can be one of the most influential players in the League. With him tearing up the right and the all firing Mahrez on the left it looks like the tiny tinker that is Claudio Ranieri is putting together a team that will break with pace. Big boys watch out as the foxes will get forward very very quickly.

And there we have the Severn Sport inquest into the transfer window for the 2015/16 summer season. Disagree or feel we have missed any glaring transfers off the list? Tweet us @SevernSport with your signing of the summer.

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