The January transfer window is now firmly closed and the lock turned until the summer, when the close season window opens and the madness can resume.
Interestingly, since their transfers, Carroll and Torres have scored a combined 13 goals between them while playing for their clubs. That is just over £7million per goal – it is safe to say they have been the most fruitful investments so far.
While it is probably too early to completely write off this pair as flops, they were most definitely tipped for big things when they made the moves.
So, of course, it is time to weigh up what GiveMeFootball feel to be the shrewdest buy in the window just past, as well as the stinker that looks destined to flop miserably.
As is ever the case with predictions, mistakes can be made and GMF have steeled themselves for the shame of being proved wrong.
We also welcome you the reader to make your protest or lauding of our decisions by liking and leaving a comment below. So when GMF, inevitably, are made to eat their proverbial hat, you can say ‘I told you so’ and have the posted proof to back it up.
The categories will be revealed as and when but the reasons behind why these are the categories must remain secret – rest assured, you can be confident they were selected through highly thought out and professional methods.
And so, we shall begin….
BEST DEAL – Steven Pienaar, Spurs to Everton on loan
It was a tough one and there were a number of nice signings being made, but the return to Merseyside of the diminutive South African just clinched it.
Pienaar made his Premier League name in a Toffees shirt before earning himself a move to north London, but injury and form have meant his chances were limited.
He will surely benefit from playing regularly and will provide David Moyes with some desperately needed guile to supply one of his large centre-forwards.
WORST DEAL – Djibril Cisse, Lazio to QPR for £4million
This one wasn’t quite so hard as the last and GMF were pretty unanimous in their choice. Yes, Cisse had a successful time in Greece with Panathinaikos, but it was, well, Greece.
Every time Cisse has had a move to one of Europe’s premier leagues, he hasn’t exactly set the world alight – his three goals in 27 games for Lazio are a case in point.
Now GMF do realise Cisse scored on his QPR debut, but don't let that fool you. The 30-year-old scored on his debuts for Lazio, Sunderland and Liverpool - there is plenty of time for him to disappoint.
Cisse possesses electrifying pace but also has a knack of missing most of the chances his pace gives him – QPR already have Jay Bothroyd to miss all their chances. It isn’t helped by the fact that the Hoops also signed proven Premier League goalscorer Bobby Zamora for a similar fee.
SURPRISE DEAL – Ryan Nelsen, Blackburn Rovers to FREE to Spurs
Rovers’ club captain has been highly regarded by many for displays in the Premier League and may have moved on sooner had injuries not dogged him so consistently.
This was a shock because, although Nelsen’s contract was set to expire in the summer, he was allowed to walk out of Ewood Park without a transfer fee attached to him.
The fact he has moved to third placed Spurs is almost as great a surprise, but it could turn out to be another shrewd move by Harry Redknapp as Nelsen should be a more than able back-up.
BEST YOUNG STEAL – Ravel Morrison, Man Utd to West Ham for £600,000
Morrison’s trouble with the law is well documented but it says something about his talent that United put up with behavioural issues for the best part of two years.
West Ham have taken a risk with the youngster but, should the reports on his ability be accurate, it could turn out to be a steal of major proportions.
On the other hand, London could end up being too full of prohibited delights and temptations and Morrison fades into obscurity, but we at GMF believe optimism is key.
LUCKIEST MOVE – Louis Saha, Everton to Spurs for Undisclosed fee
The Frenchman had begun to look as though he made be entering the twilight of his career, though it would have been injury and not age that took him there.
With Roman Pavlyuchenko heading to Lokomotiv Moscow in a £7.5million deal, Saha will most probably fill his place in not playing terribly often.
After a failed spell with Manchester United, again through injury, the former Fulham and Newcastle United man must surely have thought his days at the top were over.
Out of nowhere he has got a move to a top three team that still have a realistic chance of winning the title. Very lucky boy.
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