Is There Real Value Transferring Players To New Football Clubs?

August 31 is a big day for the Premier League and the millions of fans that follow the league – transfer deadline day. The biggest players in the game are aggressively pursued by the biggest football clubs, which makes the time leading up to as well as after deadline day all the more exciting.

Teams that sign a new player or agree to buy out that player’s contract with another club are, in their own way, betting on that player clicking with the rest of their current squad. Many Premier League teams bet on transfers this summer, with some deals arranged partly due to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Mario BalotelliOne of the biggest transfers arranged before the deadline involved Mario Balotelli, who joined the Liverpool Reds as one of the team’s top strikers. His presence on the pitch helped the team clinch a 3-0 win over Tottenham, even though he didn’t score a goal.

The 24 year old broke that goalless drought in Liverpool’s first Champions League game against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. There’s definitely a bright future for Balotelli in Liverpool – the team made a smart bet.

radamel falcao manchester unitedRadamel Falcao was definitely a big name on the market, and one of the last players to transfer in time for the deadline. The striker was part of an aggressive series of transfers by Manchester United, and debuted in the team’s 4-0 win over Queen’s Park Rangers.

Falcao is praised by fans and football experts alike as one of the world’s most natural and gifted strikers. The Red Devils are betting that some of Falcao’s magic will help the team recover from a disappointing year in the 2013-14 Premier League season.

Transfers are an opportunity for football clubs to start fresh, and lay the groundwork for a squad of players that can win in the following season. The 2014-15 Premier League season is only a few weeks underway, but already many players that were transferred in the closing days of the deadline are impacting the game. As for who emerges on top at the end of the year – right now, that’s anyone’s bet.

Wayne Bridge Bravely Quits England

Wayne Bridge has decided that he cannot be in the same team as John Terry.  This probably shouldn’t come as any surprise – he’s clearly devastated by recent events, not just the loss of his friend and the respect of his child’s mother but through no fault of his own, every away match he plays in will come with ridicule he simply doesn’t deserve.

On the face of it, this is the best thing for England.  Bridge has never really performed that well for his country, often looking error-prone (which is not unusual in this England team) and should, as we’re told  Ashley Cole be fit in time, he would not have played anyway.

Wayne BridgeIt gives a chance for a couple of young, promising players in Stephen Warnock and Leighton Baines to stake their claim and give Capello just enough time to decide whether they have the mentality for international football should they be called upon.

Make no mistake, this is a brave decision by Bridge.  He has already lost more than anyone else in this affair – a friend, the mother to his child, self-respect, respect of away fans and now his chance at an international career.

It’s odd to think that in other areas of life, it would be the one who committed the sin that would be punished – Terry would be the one obliged step down from the national team – but in football, authority of winning exceeds any moral imperative.

By ending his international career now, Bridge has stifled the moral question which was never really addressed by the media at large and had yet to be raised amongst the players in the England team.

Only Wayne Bridge or John Terry could have ended the potential for moral conflict within the squad and for this, we should thank Wayne Bridge.