I'm sure that, thanks to yesterday and today everyone is getting a little bit tired of our analysis of Tottenham Hotspur's dealings on deadline day. And while I'm not going to totally avoid doing that I thought we should take a look around the rest of the English Premier League and see who some other winners and losers were from yesterday's craziness.
I'm one of those people that likes to get the bad news out of the way first, so let's take a minute to look at which teams didn't impress on deadline day.
Aston Villa: For a club that made big money by selling the likes of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing early in the window the Villans didn't do much on deadline day. They brought in Jermaine Jenas on loan and bought Alan Hutton for £3 million. I don't want to heap any more misery on the club by telling them how bad those two additions are, but you're Spurs fans so I'm sure you can figure it out on your own.
Bolton: Sure, they finally secured the signing of David Ngog and Gael Kakuta on loan until December, but they failed to capitalize on the interest in Gary Cahill. The Wanderers were asking for an absolutely mental fee for the England international, but surely Tottenham or Arsenal would have been willing to come close to that valuation. By holding on to Cahill, who's out of contract after this season, Bolton could cost themselves millions of pounds.
Everton: As if David Moyes didn't have enough problems already. On deadline day the Toffees sold two strikers in Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford and lost, arguably, their best player in Mikel Arteta. Their only additions were Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi. I can't imagine what it would be like to be an Everton fan. I'd be massively disappointed with the club's dealings.
Tottenham Hotspur: If we were grading solely on the ability to offload players then Tottenham would get a solid B. The club made just over £20 million from sales of players and cleared a lot of money from the wage bill, but David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas only left on loan. The addition of Scott Parker is nice. I'm not a fan of Parker, but he's not Jenas, so that's good. However, the club failed to do anything else, which is disappointing to say the least.
Check out the winners after the jump!
Let's now look take a look at some of the Clubs that I would say are the winners from deadline day.
Arsenal: Much as this pains me, I think our North London rivals did a pretty good job. I'm not a fan of the Yossi Benayoun acquisition, mostly because I don't rate him, but I think the addition of Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos are good ones. The Gunners could have used another midfielder, but they did fill some holes on the day. Plus they got rid of Nicklas Bendtner.
Chelsea: The addition of Raul Meireles for £12 million isn't terribly exciting, but when you consider the club could have spent £40 million on Luka Modric then they did a pretty good job. The club also sent some of their promising youngsters out on loan. Not too shabby.
Fulham: Martin Jol's side acquired Bryan Ruiz for £11 million, making, perhaps, the steal of the transfer season. Also the club did not buy Alan Hutton, which is probably enough, by itself, to get them on the list of winners.
Queens Park Rangers: Once Tony Fernandes bought the club Rangers started spending. On deadline day QPR brought in Shaun Wright-Phillips, which I think is an excellent move for them, Anton Ferdinand, which isn't so great, and Jason Puncheon, who I don't know much about. QPR needed players and by adding some quality on the wings they're sure to put in a much better fight to stay up.
Stoke City: Tony Pulis now has a side that looks ready to make the jump into the top half of the table. Wilson Palacios is a big addition for them as he provides them with some class in midfield. The additions of Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome mean we'll be seeing more Route One football from Stoke, but they ought to be good at it. How many goals do you think Crouch will score from Rory Delap throws this season? 6? 8?