Parker the pick of deadline day debutants

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A week following the close of the summer transfer window, GiveMeFootball wanted to know who their online football fans believed to be the best deadline day deal.

Over 20,000 responses saw Raul Meireles' £12million move from Liverpool to Chelsea polled the best piece of business with 39% of the vote, closely followed by Mikel Arteta's £10million move from Everton to Arsenal generating 35%.

Craig Bellamy's free transfer return to Anfield ranked 3rd with 13% of voters suggesting that Liverpool's deadline day dealing as the most effective, while Scott Parker's London club switch from West Ham to Tottenham earned only 9% of support.

After the international break drew to an end, players and fans alike could look forward to a return to domestic action. And with a number of players donning their new clours for their respective clubs for the very first time, GMF reflects on how their debuts played out.

Raul Meireles

The Spanish midfielder capped an impressive debut showing for the Blues in their 2-1 victory at Sunderland, but Meireles' performance was perhaps overshadowed by compatriot Juan Mata who turned in an equally dazzling display on his first Chelsea start.

Together, the two players were the creative hub of everything for Andre Villas-Boas' side, demanding the ball at every opportunity, making numerous neat passes and looking comfortable playing one-touch football.

Meireles' influence was rewarded with an assist as his fine long pass set up Sturridge to score what proved to be the winning goal with an outrageous finish.

 Mikel Arteta

Arsenal handed debuts to Arteta and Per Mertesacker, with both players impressing in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Swansea at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard made an instant impression inside two minutes with a surging run and inviting pass to tee up Aaron Ramsey who failed to convert, firing high over the bar.

After a bright start, Arteta faded as the game wore on, but gave Gunners fans plenty of reason for optimism, showing glimpses of brilliance to suggest he will be a major asset to Arsene Wenger's side.

"It was important to get the three points and we've done it," beamed Arteta after the game. "It was important to forget about what happened two weeks ago, and now we have a big Champions League game on Tuesday."


Craig Bellamy

Bellamy made his Reds debut in his second spell at the club as a second half substitute, but could do little to change the course of the game as Liverpool's unbeaten start to the campaign came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

The Welshman did go close with a header late on, but failed to trouble goalkeeper Asmir Begovic - who impressed all afternoon at the Britannia Stadium, thoroughly deserving his reward of a clean sheet.

Scott Parker

Tottenham's first Barclays Premier League victory of the season was inspired by two debutants in the form of Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor to complete a 2-0 win at Wolves.

The two players linked up for the opening goal, as a neat pass from Parker helped breach the back line leaving Adebayor to round goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to slot home.

Jermain Defoe added a second, but much of the impetus given to Spurs was thanks to the performances of the debutants and the return of club captain Ledley King in defence.

"I was delighted with Emmanuel Adebayor and I thought Scott Parker was brilliant today," said Redknapp. "He really made a massive difference for us. He broke up attacks, got us playing, was a leader and he set us going forward."

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