Mad Money in the North East

When Darren Bent went to Aston Villa for a total package of £24 million, I thought that for crazy transfers this was as mad as it gets. Then came the last day of the transfer window.

When the transfer window finished, or before it got slammed shut as I’m informed apparently happened at 11pm, I was amazed at the prices paid for Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll.

I am in no doubt that Chelsea have got a top class striker in Fernando Torres, but does a fee of around £50 million represent value for a man with a dodgy at best injury record and a proven track record of being a sulker when thing don’t go well? I’m not too sure it does.

Also Liverpool paying £35 million for Andy Carroll, another risky transfer. Obviously they are taking a gamble on potential, but if Carroll lives up to expectations it should prove to be money well spent. But it does sound a staggering amount for someone with just 6 months premier league football under his belt.

I can’t believe Newcastle turned down the original bid of £30 million, they then turned down £35 million – absolutely amazing – before reluctantly accepting it, but only after the player handed in a transfer request.

The north east teams have had an unbelievable cash injection with £59 million having been spent on Darren Bent and Andy Carroll. That is just unbelievable.

Who has done the better business, Liverpool or Chelsea? I’m not sure myself. Also have Newcastle shot themselves in the foot? £35 million sounds great business for Carroll, but not if they now go down.

I also found Newcastle’s deadline bid for Charles N’Zogbia a strange one, rumoured to be around £10 million. He’s no replacement for Carroll, he also was no major success the last time he was there.

A couple of signings that did catch my eye is Blackpool getting in James Beattie and Andy Reid. If Beattie can score 8-10 goals, that could be enough to keep them up and Beattie is more than capable of achieving that.

Andy Reid was probably brought in with a view to Charlie Adam leaving, even though that didn’t happen I expect Reid’s premier league experience will be a good asset for Holloway’s team. I fancy them to stay up now.


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