Transfer window - Premier League winners and losers: Sunderland to West Ham
Tuesday 03 September 2013
It’s never dull when Paolo Di Canio is in the vicinity and his first summer window as Sunderland manager is proof positive. The Italian has reshaped the Black Cats’ squad and while he remains as volatile as ever, is he the personality to mould the new faces with what’s left of the old into a coherent group? If it takes too long Sunderland may find themselves cast adrift in a storm of their own making.
Verdict: Jury’s out
Michael Laudrup has attempted to ward off the demands of combining the Europa League with the Premier League by giving Michu some support in attack and adding a smattering of midfielders and defenders. The likes of Wilfried Bony, Jonjo Shelvy and Jordi Amat might not make the Swans into top four contenders but they do give what was a small squad more cover.
A world record fee for Gareth Bale appears to have funded the almost total overhaul of Andre Villas-Boas’ squad - Tottenham certainly got value for money for the Wales winger and didn’t hesitate to spend it either. They may lack the individual brilliance of Bale but as a unit, Spurs are a more fearsome prospect and can consider challenging not for fourth, but first.
It was looking a little mixed for West Brom until the final day - and even then there was little to get the Baggies boinging. Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon add heft and skill to the front line respectively, but it’s another hard-working Albion line-up with a dash of quality in midfield and solidity in defence. Scott Sinclair could be Steve Clarke’s best piece of business.
Verdict: Jury’s out
Sam Allardyce brought Andy Carroll to West Ham permanently and added Stewart Downing to supply the centre-forward, but there was nothing to get pulses racing at Upton Park. Joe Cole has to rediscovered past glories as best he can and Carroll has to get fit quickly to help the Hammers to their safe mid-table base.
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