World Football: 10 Most Shocking Moments of the Transfer Deadline
The transfer window closed a week ago, yet we are still feeling the effects of football's silly season. With some notable names moving during the final days, the market saw less money with more players leaving clubs.
Deadline day may have been a benefit for some of the clubs at the bottom of the table (aka Queens Park Rangers) but has also been a time where some clubs decide not to make any major acquisitions in order to keep a strong team chemistry at the club (ala Manchester City and Manchester United).
Then there are clubs like Tottenham and Chelsea made major moves in order to strengthen their squads on deadline day.
Here are the ten most surprising transfers of the final day of the transfer window.
Ryan Nelsen Getting Released to Join Spurs
He is one of the most accomplished footballers in New Zealand's history, and Ryan Nelsen made a stunning move from bottom-feeder Blackburn Rovers to Champions League contender Tottenham Hotspur.
What makes this so surprising is that even though Nelsen was at one time one of the top defenders in the league, he has faced a multitude of injuries in recent years and is by no means the player that he once was.
Spurs must realize that Nelsen is a rental player, but it's highly unlikely that he will be nearly as good as he once was in the near future.
Roman Pavlyuchenko to Lokomotiv Moscow
Depending on who you may ask, Roman Pavlyuchenko has been a player that people will have different opinions on.
Pavlyuchenko certainly is a talented striker who can score goals, yet he has never played well enough to become a starter with Tottenham.
In the dying minutes of the transfer window, Pavlyuchenko was moved out to Lokomotiv Moscow in a transfer that should help out the Russian side.
Ravel Morrison Leaving Manchester United
He has been a highly-rated youth player for Manchester United, yet Ravel Morrison has been nothing but controversial in recent years.
Morrison left Manchester United for West Ham United on deadline day.
This was a good pickup in terms of talent by the Hammers, but what we have to wait for is how mature Morrison will get.
He could one day be among the best footballers in the world, but his immaturity certainly sets him back. Only time will tell if this move can truly help West Ham for the future of the club.
Louis Saha Moves from Everton to Spurs
Louis Saha was a star with Manchester United and has been one of the top strikers in the Premier League during the last decade. His late transfer to Tottenham certainly was one surprise of the transfer window.
Saha is currently 33 years old and despite being healthier than in recent years, his goals have dropped off dramatically (just two this year).
The Spurs do have problems with their attack, but Louis Saha will not be able to fix these issues by himself.
Steven Pienaar Returning to Everton
Steven Pienaar is one of South Africa's most accomplished players, Steven Pienaar moved from Everton to Tottenham to bolster their midfield last winter. Yet Pienaar was sent back to Everton on loan in the final minutes of the deadline.
Pienaar is a good player, yet this move should be permanent.
Pienaar needs to get consistent playing time to show his true potential, and at Everton he is going to get that experience.
It will be interesting to see how far Everton will go in Pienaar's second appearance with the side.
Bobby Zamora Joining QPR
Bobby Zamora has been one of the most spotty players in the Premier League in recent years, yet the English international has become a valuable player at Fulham and has scored some crucial goals, including one last month against Arsenal.
Yet Zamora was transferred to QPR in the dying moments of the transfer window.
Even though QPR look better with some late transfer moves, Zamora might not replicate the form that he allowed him to become a top striker.
This move could also help Zamora make England's squad for Euro 2012.
Djibril Cissé Move from Lazio to QPR
Djibril Cissé has been a much-traveled striker, and is now moving back to the Premier League after making two separate stints with Liverpool and Sunderland in recent years.
Cissé was decent for Lazio this season, registering six goals and seven assists for the Italian club, but this was still a fall-off from his two great years in Greece with Panathinaikos.
If Cissé can play up to the standards that we saw in the past, this move will be a steal for QPR. It is reasonable to think that Cissé will help QPR avoid relegation if he recaptures his past form.
Frederic Veseli Switching Manchester Clubs
A young Swiss defender that was with Manchester City for two years, Frederic Veseli made a free transfer from Manchester City to rival Manchester United.
It is rare that a player ever moves between these two rival clubs, especially for a player with the potential that Frederic Veseli has. This move will certainly help out Manchester United's defense that has already taken on young players such as Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the last two years.
Veseli will not make an impact this season but could easily become a Manchester United star.
David Pizarro Going to Man City on Loan
One of the most consistent midfielders in Serie A during the last decade, David Pizarro was sent to Manchester City on loan.
Considering how deep of a midfield that Man City have, this certainly is a surprising move.
City also has Yaya Toure returning in the next week after the African Cup of Nations finishes, so Pizarro will probably get very little playing time and his future with Man City certainly is questionable as well.
Carlos Tevez Not Moving Away from Manchester City
Carlos Tevez was mentioned in numerous transfer rumors throughout January.
With giants including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Inter Milan all chasing the Argentine striker's signature, it is a bit of a surprise that no one took in Tevez.
The decision to not take in Tevez is probably a smart decision due in part to the awful behavior that Tevez can exhibit.
Right now Tevez is Man City's problem and it will be interesting to see if he will leave this summer.
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