Deadline Day never fails to disappoint and this season was as dramatic as any. My Chelsea Blues made the biggest buy of the day re-acquiring talented yet ever frustrating central defender David Luiz from Paris St. Germain. Back in 2014, Luiz was sold to PSG for £50 million, a world transfer record for a defender. Now here we are two years later and Chelsea buys him back for £34 million. Financially the price was right, he fits the team’s #1 need and the fans love him. Ultimately Chelsea signed Luiz, N’golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi for the price of Paul Pogba. I’ll take a trio of players over a singular talent any day of the week, unless it’s Ronaldo or Messi.
It’s a move that puzzles some as they believe Luiz is too undisciplined to play in Conte’s system and his inclusion in the starting line-up could regress the advances that John Terry and Gary Cahill have made since last season. While I don’t disagree with them I’m taking a different approach. Luiz is extremely talented, he has pace and he’s versatile. He brings an element of depth to the defense that Chelsea was desperately lacking and he adds another weapon with creativity that can be deployed to help the Blues chase down Manchester United and Manchester City. I love this signing. Manchester City was busy loaning out all their fringe players so there wouldn’t be any disgruntled attitudes poisoning the locker room. In fact the only player to remain who appeared to be on Pep Guardiola’s fringe was Yaya Toure. Former number one keeper Joe Hart was sent to Torino in Serie A, quite the fall from grace for a guy who was the goalkeeper on two Premier League championship teams and England’s #1 man between the woodwork. Winger Samir Nasri agreed to a loan deal with La Liga side Sevilla. Striker Wilfried Bony was loaned over to Stoke City who desperately needed a reliable goal scoring forward. And lastly defender Eliaqium Mangala was sent to La Liga side Valencia. On a side note Valencia did an exceptional job, as they sold their prime central defender Mustafi to Arsenal and replaced him with a pair of quality defenders in Mangala and Garay from Zenit St. Petersburg.
Arsenal having signed the defender they desperately needed in Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, loaned one of their home grown talents Jack Wilshere to AFC Bournemouth. The often injured yet talented and effective midfielder turned down a loan to AC Milan opting to remain in the Premier League on a relegation level team. Whether or not this is the end of his career at Arsenal is yet to be determined but this goes to show you what manager Arsene Wegner thinks of his 24 year old midfielder right now. Pairing his injury history over the past four years with the recent signing of Granit Xhaka to an already loaded midfield with the likes of Cazorla, Ramsey, Coquelin and Elneny I think Wilshere is done with the Gunners. To make matters worse for the Englishmen he was also dropped from the latest England International first team.