EPL Transfer News : Players Who Got Lucky in These Transfer Window

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst ISeptember 4, 2011

EPL Transfer News : Players Who Got Lucky in These Transfer Window

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    The transfer deadline is over, and all the dust has settled regarding speculation as to who was to go where.

    While some players missed out on their big-money move to their dream clubs, some of them were able to have sealed their dream move.

    But then there was some of them who were straight lucky to have received a move somewhere else to a secured future.

    In the following slides we shall look into those such players who were lucky in this transfer window.

Yossi Benayoun

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    Chelsea's unwanted midfielder Yossi Benayoun had a horrific time at the Bridge since his arrival from Anfield last season.

    While a season-long injury limited him to only five appearances for the Blues', the arrival of new players for his position meant that he was no longer a part of new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas' plans.

    The Israeli star who had been impressive for the Reds', was seen as a surplus for the Blues'. Moreover, the signing of the skilled Raul Meireles meant the lanky midfielder was unwanted by his club.

    So when a crisis-stricken Arsenal came knocking for his services, the Israeli agreed to a move happily on a season-long loan deal. The Blues' were looking to offload their surplus player, and the move meant that Benayoun could at least get back onto the pitch.

    If he had stayed at Chelsea, he could have managed a few league cup appearances which would have hampered his career all the more. But with his arrival at the Emirates, the talented midfielder can hope for more playing time even as a utility player.

    The transfer window thus acted as a boon for the Israeli midfielder.

Raul Meireles

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    One of the Reds' more impressive players in the previous season saw himself fall down the pecking order with the arrivals of Downing, Adam and Henderson.

    The former Porto man's exploits for the Anfield club were not enough to guarantee him a first-team spot in the new season. Meireles was not considered as a part of Dalglish's plans for the future.

    Last season's PFA Fans Footballer of the Year failed to make a start in the new season as the likes of Downing, Henderson and Adam were preferred ahead of him.

    After the Blues' failed in their last attempt to land Spurs' highly-rated midfielder Luka Modric, they turned to the Reds' most impressive player from last season. Meireles saw this as an opportunity to guarantee himself some regular football, which looked distant in his present club.

    He handed a transfer request just before the deadline day came to a close, and signed for Blues' minutes before this summers' transfer window closed. With the departure of Benayoun to Arsenal on a loan deal, Meireles will surely get regular playing time for the Blues.

    So Modric's bane turned into Meireles' blessing as he found his way to a team where he could play regular football, unlike Liverpool where he would be confined to a sub-in role at the very best.

Emmanuel Adebayor

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    The arrival of Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli last season meant that City's Togo forward would see his playing time reduced for the Eastland's club.

    With the arrival of Sergio Aguero this summer, Adebayor's slim chances of breaking into the first team evaporated. It was hoped that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho would bring the talented but a bit-jaded striker to the Bernabeau after Ade had impressed for the Galacticos last season.

    But with Mourinho showing no intent of signing him, the forward found his future thrown in the dark. The frustration was combined with insults, as he was not allowed to train with the first team and had to train with the reserves.

    He was clearly a player whom City wanted off their wage list and no other club were interested in signing. Adebayor resembled a desperate man. But then Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp came to the rescue of the Togolese striker offering a season-long deal at White Hart Lane.

    City promptly accepted the offer in a win-win deal for everyone. Adebayor, too, found himself an escape route from his growing frustration.

    With his arrival, the Spurs' depleted attack was filled with quality and experience, while guaranteeing the former Arsenal star lots of playing time at White Hart Lane.

    Adebayor was lucky to have gotten the deal or else he would had to spend the season playing for the reserves.

Nicklas Bendtner

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    "If I can have it my way, I will never play for them again."

    That's the first statement that Arsenal's loud-mouthed striker stated after his loan move to Sunderland. The Dane lambasted Wenger for destroying his career by never giving him opportunities.

    Bendtner had been sort of a self-blowing trumpet during his years at the Emirates. His self proclamations of being world-class, combined with his failure to perform, meant he was the object of ridicule for both his own fans as well as for rivals.

    With the arrival of Chamakh, the Danish striker was restricted to a bench player for most of the season. He was able to earn a mere 32 appearances for his club with several of them being as substitutes, and scored nine goals.

    This season, the signing of Lille's highly-rated striker Gervinho meant that the Danish international was not a part of Wenger's plans. With no other club interested in signing the Gunners' unwanted son, it seemed that Bendtner's career was looking gloomier.

    So when Sunderland boss Steve Bruce signed the Dane on loan deal with an option to buy, it provided a lifeline for the Danish international. The self-proclaimed star forward can now shine for the Black Cats and prove his worth whilst sending a message to Wenger for undermining his ability.

Scott Parker

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    The FWA Footballer of the Year playing for a championship club was never going to be a pretty picture.

    So when Spurs boss Harry Redknapp came down with the offer to take the Hammers' skilled midfielder to White Hart Lane, the opportunity for him to play top-division football proved too good to resist. He handed over his transfer request to the West Ham chairman stating his desire to leave.

    The two clubs agreed to a deal of £5.5 million for the England international. The move was a win-win for Parker as it will help him play Premier Division football in the new season and that too for a top club.

    Moreover, with him playing for the national team the move means he will be in an advantage to fight for his place in the first team.

Joe Cole

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    It has been a trend of short and Joe Cole was the latest victim who confirmed the thought.

    Players who left Chelsea were unable to achieve the successes they had attained while at the Bridge. From Zola, Makelele, Diarra, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge to Joe Cole, the list has been long and there has been no exceptions at all.

    Joe Cole, who left Chelsea to join Liverpool after not agreeing to an extension to his contract, must be ruing his decision presently. From his first start for the Merseyside club, where he got red carded, it has only been downhill for the England international.

    After managing a mere 32 appearances for the Anfield side in a injury-plagued season, the player once described by Gerrard as "better than Messi" has looked a shadow of himself while at Chelsea.

    He fell down the pecking order after the arrival of Kenny Dalglish, who used him mostly as a substitute. The lack of playing time further affected his confidence, and the former Hammer cut a sorry state whenever he took to the field.

    With the arrival of new signings at Anfield, it was looking as the end for the Englishman. The arrival of the likes of Henderson, Downing and Adam meant that Cole would be used as a fringe player with very little playing time.

    It was all looking dark and gloomy for him up until the last moment of the transfer window when Liverpool and French club Lille OSC agreed to a loan deal for the off-form midfielder.

    The move will allow the unwanted former Liverpool man some playing time if he can stay fit, and give him a chance to prove a point to the Liverpool boss.

    Cole was one of the luckiest because if Lille had not approached, Cole would have had to spend most of the season warming the bench.

Owen Hargreaves

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    Perhaps the most shocking transfer of these summer window was the one involving Owen Hargreaves.

    The extremely talented England international, who has seen most of his career cut short by nagging injuries, had earlier been released by Manchester United after the expiry of his contract last season. Given his history with injuries, it was expected that the England star was at the end of his career.

    But then United's cross-town rivals offered the fading star a lifeline with a one-year contract on a pay-as-you-play basis.

    The injury-plagued star was expected to have joined a bottom-ranked Premier League team at the best, but the offer from one of the biggest-spending clubs in Europe was like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the player who immediately agreed to the offer.

    With Vieira having retired, the big-spending City were looking for a backup to Yaya Toure, and who better than a fit Hargreaves. While it helped City to cover for their first-choice midfielder, it gave the former Bayern Munich star a chance to redeem his falling career.

    The move to City meant he would be involved in Champions League football as well as in Mancini's quest for the Premier League title with his squad of richly-paid stars.

    An injury-free season, combined with a solid performance, could even see him fighting for a place on the national team, and turn out to be the season when a star on the wane came back with a bang.