Examining some bizarre Deadline Day moves

Date published: Thursday 3rd September 2015 10:52

WhoScored.com look at five of the deadline day’s most bizarre or underwhelming deals, and can only really start in one place. It’s Anthony Martial, at a whopping price…


Transfer deadline day often throws up a number of bizarre transfers and it’s fair to say Manchester United have been in the thick of the action in recent seasons. This time last year the Red Devils splashed out on a loan deal to pay Radamel Falcao’s ridiculous wages, though they’ll be hoping for much more from their newest recruit.

WhoScored.com look at five of the deadline day’s most bizarre or underwhelming deals, and we can only really start in one place.

What has been lost in the commotion surrounding Anthony Martial‘s outrageous transfer fee is the fact that the 19-year old is undoubtedly considered one of Europe’s hottest prospects. Courted by a number of top clubs on the continent, Manchester United were keen to act fast to snare the teenager. The fee is admittedly eye-watering.

Monaco – who have followed the model of Porto in selling their prized assets for huge fees – were believed to be unwilling to listen to offers for Martial or fellow prospect Bernardo Silva this summer, but every player has their price. The Ligue 1 outfit could not refuse United’s remarkable offer but do now look short of options up front..

That was a predicament Louis van Gaal was desperate to fix following a dismal start to the league campaign from Wayne Rooney, though most will view the move for Martial as the ultimate panic buy. The Frenchman scored more league goals (nine) than any other teenager last season.

Having netted every 203 minutes last season, his finishing is strong according to WhoScored.com’s statistically calculated characteristics, and his pace and directness should provide a stark contrast to Rooney. Strong at dribbling, the youngster beat an opponent 2.4 times per 90 minutes of action last season, but the fee touted remains absurd given Martial has played the equivalent of 29 league matches in his career.

Elsewhere on deadline day there wasn’t too much fanfare, though a handful of deals did come across as thoroughly underwhelming.

Chelsea’s signings on Tuesday would certainly fall into that bracket, even if Michael Hectorand Papy Djilobodji were only signed as squad players. It’s fair to say neither arrival has Blues fans’ itching to see their new signings turn out for the club, particularly given the unfruitful pursuit of John Stones and apparent interest in Marquinhos.

Hector, 23, will certainly have been earmarked as one for the future and did impress for the Royals last season in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Steve Clarke’s side. The Jamaica international played a key role in Reading’s progress to the FA Cup semi-final, and indeed against Arsenal at Wembley. He earned the highest rating of any Reading player on display (8.49) having produced seven tackles and a monumental 12 interceptions in 120 minutes of action. His height is certainly an asset but a woeful pass accuracy of 64.8% last season is a concern.

Djilobodji has been signed to put pressure on Chelsea’s mainstay defenders given their complacency this season but is unlikely to be viewed as a long-term option for the club. Nevertheless, the Senegal international earned the highest rating from WhoScored.com for Nantes last season (7.31), winning 3.1 aerial duels and making 3.3 interceptions per game His discipline is a worry, having picked up 15 yellows and two reds in the last two Ligue 1 campaigns.

Outside of the top clubs, Matt Jarvis‘ loan move to Norwich slipped under the radar, and perhaps for good reason given his lack of action in recent seasons. He started just four league games last season with a meagre WhoScored.com rating of 6.60 in his first campaign at West Ham representing his best output in claret and blue. In 78 league appearances for the club the winger scored four goals and registered a dismal three assists. The ‘glory’ days that saw him earn an England call-up seeming very much behind him.

As far as underwhelming loan deals are concerned, Joe Bennett‘s switch from Aston Villa to Bournemouth also ranks among the least enthusing if his time in the Midlands is anything to go by. Rushed into signing another full-back following the injury to Tyrone Mings at the weekend, The Cherries have taken a punt on Bennett. The 25-year old had a decent season on loan at Brighton last season, but has started just three league games in the last two years for Villa, earning an uninspiring WhoScored rating of 6.64 over 30 Premier League appearances.

Martin Laurence

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