The 2013 summer transfer window has been completed yesterday at midnight and it has proven to be one for the record books for many reasons. The world transfer record of Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid in 2009 from Man Utd has been broken by Gareth Bale’s 86m pound transfer to Los Blancos once again. That being said England teams had also spent a lot of money on players this transfer window as well with Spurs spending over 108m pounds on improving overall squad after Bale’s departure.
Now, let’s look at how our club managed to handle all the fuss and noises in the transfer window by rating every transfer move and putting in to consideration which decisions were good or bad for the club’s fortune moving forward.
Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18m) – 8/10
The German winger’s transfer was the first deal that commenced at Chelsea after the return of Jose Mourinho. Schurrle had impressed for much of his spells with Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga. And from what we have seen so far, he has fully integrated himself into Jose Mourinho starting 11. He has started in big matches such us Man Utd in EPL and against Bayern in UEFA Super Cup. The future is bright if his form doesn’t stutter as his work rate and disciplines are world-class for someone making his debut in the premier league.
Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem £9m) – 7.5/10
The dutch midfielder who is 20 signed from our partners, Vitesse in Holland as a result of the great relationship we have with them by loaning lots of our young players over the Erdivese side. There are currently 6 of our blue youngsters on-loan there and it was really not a surprise to see Vitesse selling the young midfielder. He has great future and huge potential as he is already Netherlands international after playing a couple of games.
Cristian Cuevas (O’Higgins, £3m) – 5/10
We have not seen or heard much about this youngster from Chile but, it looks a promising one as in recent years, we have managed to sign some bright talents under the revitalized scouting system spear headed by technical director, Michael Emenalo.
Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea, free) – 7/10
After the departure of last season’s back-up Ross Turnbull, we managed to sign Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer from our West London neighbors Fulham. The veteran Australian keeper will bring a huge wealth of premier league experiance behind Petr Cech and Jose Mourinho as well as the fans will hope that would keep Cech on his toes to perform at his best all season long.
Stipe Perica (NK Zadar, undisclosed) – 5/10
This deal is actually much more promising than the Cuevas signing from Chile as Perica is a talented forward who is 19. He was their main target man for NK Zadar in the Croatian league scoring a lot of goals to help them win games. Chelsea scouts were impressed by this 6ft 3in talent and they signed him and loaned him out right away.
Willian (Anzhi, £32m) – 9/10
To a much satisfaction of Chelsea fans, Jose Mourinho managed to steal the Brazilian forward out of Spurs’ reach after he was thought to have completed a medical at North London. Willian who will be joining a huge Brazilian contingent at Chelsea, said the Blues were his first choice for some time before he realizes ‘his dream’ by signing for the Stamford Bridge club.
Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi, free) – 8/10
Anzhi Makachkala who wanted to free some of their high earners off their squad put Eto’o in transfer list and Jose Mourinho was immediately alarmed by the chance of reuniting with the Cameroonian at Stamford Bridge after previously winning a treble together at Inter. After, confirmation Rooney was going to remain at Old trafford, Chelsea finalized the deal for Eto’o to sing a one year deal at the club.
Christian Atsu (Porto, 3.5m). – 6/10
This deal came when no one legitimately expected it to happen and it caught every one by surprise When Jose Mourinho added a further attacking midfielder to the great talents we have in the position. But, the player is very promising and he has joined Vitesse on-loan for the remaining season. Let’s wait and see what happens next.
Jeffrey Bruma (PSV, £2.5m) (8/10)
After he was given a lot of chances to impress on his three years of loan spells at Hamburg, The dutch defender headed this summer to his home country top team, PSV for a small amount of money. That’s a good riddance since we have a lot of talented young players like Kalas and Chalobah for the future.
Florent Malouda (Trabzonspor, free) (10/10)
Florent Malouda finally found a club where he can play football and get paid for it after a full season of being frozen out at stamford bridge. Malouda infamously spent the whole last season training with the U-21 before finally leaving when his contract ended this past summer. It was a woeful decision by the club to punish him like that and have him earn millions that season without helping a team that was short in-depth.
Ross Turnbull (Doncaster, free) (10/10)
We got rid of the inconsistent Turnbull and signed a keeper experienced as Schwarzer. Really great riddance.
Yossi Benayoun (released) (10/10)
Yossi Benayoun had come under scrutiny for most of his time at Chelsea which brings in mind sometimes just why Carlo Ancelloti brought him in at 30 years old in first place. He blamed the club to the way Torres was bring treated which got him a backlash from Chelsea fans. Good for him and the club to part ways. Great riddance should we say.
Thibaut Courtois Athletico (season long loan) (9/10)
This is a great business by Jose to have Courtois spend one more season in La Liga as it would hurt his chances of being starting keeper for Belgium in time of next year World Cup.
Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem, season-long loan) (6/10)
It is great to have him spend a 3rd consecutive loan spell at Vitesse. It’s make it or break it for Van Aanholt this season as we have Ashley Cole not willing to hand over the starting spot with his top performances and Bertrand waiting in the wings to succeed Cole for Chelsea’s left back berth.
Oriol Romeu (Valencia, season-long loan) (7/10)
Romeu will massively benefit by the game time he will be given in La Liga but, he should capitalize on that to impress Jose Mourinho. If not, the future of the Catalan midfielder might not be at the Blues’ for years to come.
Cristian Cuevas (Vitesse Arnhem, season-long loan) (6/10)
He is really young so, let’s not focus to much on the Chilean to impress right away. There is the responsibility of adapting to settle in to Europe and transitioning from South American league to Erdivese.
Lucas Piazon (Vitesse Arnhem, season-long loan) (9.5/10)
Lucas Paizon will fill the void left Marko Van Ginkel this summer when he joined us and the Brazilian will have every opportunity and potential to be a star of his team for the remainder of the season.
Todd Kane (Blackburn, season-long loan) (8/10)
Playing against the big boys would be a great deal of experience especially being a starter. He has been to Blackburn a couple of times on loan, he should capitalize on this long spell to make his name in the Championship first.
Marko Marin (Sevilla, season-long loan) (9/10)
Just like Oriol Romeu, Marin headed to La Liga for a season long loan and from what we have seen so far, He is performing well for his new team and We will see come the end of the season how he might help Jose Mourinho’s first team next season.
Gael Kakuta (Vitesse, season-long loan) (6/10)
3rd straight season on loan at Vitesse and it should be the same make it or break it deal offered to Van Aanholt. We have lots of young players and we can’t be over crowded with some decent ones like this. Some should strike out and earn their place in the first team squad, if not they will get the same fate handed to Bruma being sold permanently with buy-back clause inserted.
Wallace (Inter Milan, season-long loan) (9/10)
This is surely a promising one as the Brazilian full back has a lot of talent and we hope he gets a fair share of game time at San Siro with Inter.
Patrick Bamford (MK Dons, five-month loan) (5/10)
We aren’t sure what to expect from this but, let’s wish the kid a great loan spell and return to help the U-21 team in their NextGen tournament after getting some playing time in the championship.
Paulo Ferreira (retired) N/A
We have paid a great farewell to our retired Legend Paulo Ferriera who served the club for 9 years! Thank you once again and see you in the future with other roles at Cobham.
Stipe Perica (NAC Breda, season-long loan) (9/10)
A great signing and he will get to spend a loan spell in Holland with Erdivese side NAC. The Croatian U-20 star has time on his side to impress and make an impact.
Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, season-long loan) (9/10)
One of the few loan deals we expect to see a great, immediate impact from. Atsu has been a regular feature at Porto so he should have no trouble in breaking in to the Vitesse starting 11.
Ulises Davila (Cordoba, season-long loan) (6/10)
After a lot of buzz in the first week he was signed as the ‘Next Chicarito’, we haven’t heard a great news about the progression of the young Mexican, but let’s hope we will develop his game and impress on this loan.
Victor Moses (Liverpool, season-long loan) (4/10)
We actually have to pray for Moses not to spur Liverpool in to the top four and challenge the top 3 teams expected to win the league this season. Brendan Rodgers knows the Nigerian really well and if they qualify for Champions League, Sturridge might convince him into staying as he won’t start ahead of the likes of Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Willian and Schurlle if they continue to perform like they are at the moment.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, season-long loan). (9.5/10)
We wish Lukaku a productive, goal laden loan like the last one he had at West Brom. We really expected him to remain fighting for a spot in Jose’s team, but, after the arrival of Eto’o and with both Torres and Ba remaining at the club, Its good for the Belgian to get starting place at Goodson Park and show Jose what he is capable of in EPL.
This is my verdict of how well deals were completed in our club this past summer. Let me know what you think and you can follow me @FahmiCFC on twitter for more. KTBFFH!