No blockbusters this year and I think we can thank, or blame depending on your perspective, City for this. The Big Four all made their transfer moves well in advance of the transfer deadline and in retrospect it is easy to see why. Last year Chelsea had Robinho lined up before the last minute move by City and the club also forced United to match the evaluation of Spurs for Berbatov. Given the ability of the club to hijack literally any significant move by their rivals all four of the Big Four closed up shop well in advance of the deadline.
I'm a delighted that Martin Petrov is still with the club. City are a far better team when their play goes through the Bulgarian winger and 'm hopeful that his playing time increases over the coming weeks.
If Richard Dunne has left the club it is the end of an era. That the big Irishman was terrible last year really isn't up for debate but for a number of years, four to be exact, he was one of the top five central defenders in the country and his service to the club has been magnificent. To my mind it also leaves City light one CB and I expect a move in the January transfer window to address that.
I could never see David Bentley coming to the club. He's a good player and Hughes got the most out of him at Blackburn. However having publicly stated that the reason you sold Elano was because SWP and Ireland play the position and there is young Weiss coming through it would have been fairly untenable to then sign Bentley who plays the same position.
I continue to love what Steve Bruce is doing up at the Stadium of Light. If the Sunderland manager had actually pulled off the Alan Hutton for Anton Ferdinand swop that was muted between the Black Cats and Spurs they would have been pushing in the North East for his canonization. That being said adding Matthew Turner and the loan of Lyon's John Mensah completes a quality overhaul.
Other than that not overly impressed with what Aston Villa did. Everton needed a right midfielder unless the decision is for Jack Rodwell to continue to play there which isn't a bad idea, the kid has some serious skills. Adding John Heitinga was an excellent move by Davd Moyes. It is the right flank of Everton, rather than the hole left by the departing Lescott, which is the problem for the Toffees.
And lastly... Portsmouth appear to have thrown in the towel. Sure Niko Kranjcar's contract comes to an end at the conclusion of the season but what price survival in the Premier League? Surely more than 2.5 million