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.
One 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 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.