EPL Transfers: 7 Deadline Deals That Could Shape the Season

Ryan RodgersContributor ISeptember 6, 2011

EPL Transfers: 7 Deadline Deals That Could Shape the Season

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    The dust has officially settled.  Teams have submitted their finalized rosters and begun the process of meshing together.

    There were some big moves this summer, with some of the most excitement coming on deadline day.

    With the EPL taking a week off, lets have a look at some of the biggest deadline deals of the transfer window.

    Here the top seven new additions that will shape this EPL season.

Per Mertesacker, Arsenal

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    With only one point from three games, it is safe to say that Arsenal are indeed weak and wounded.

    Of all three deadline day signings, Per Mertesacker is the most crucial addition.

    It has been some time now that Arsenal have needed a top quality center-back, and in Mertesacker they have acquired a full fledged international with experience against some of the best players in the world.

    Mertesacker is the foundation, and the player that will allow Arsenal to claw themselves back into the EPL title race.

    If the saying "Defense wins championships" means anything, lets see if Mertesacker can inspire Arsenal to glory.

Davide Santon, Newcastle United

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    Newcastle may have lost some veteran players in Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan, but they have all been replaced with fresh young talent.

    The most exciting being Davide Santon.

    Santon can play on either flank of defense, which eases the loss of Jose Enrique.  Like Enrique, Santon is very comfortable attacking, and confident with the ball.  Santon likes to string together passes, and join in on the attack.

    Santon will have more opportunities than he had at Inter Milan, and could play a major role in keeping Newcastle above the drop, challenging for a top 10 finish.

Scott Parker, Tottenham

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    At times last season, Scott Parker was the most consistent performer in the EPL.  His leadership skills and his high soccer IQ were among the only highlights of West Hams season last year.

    Tottenham was rather quiet this summer, but the additions to their squad have been smart moves and could see Tottenham challenging for a top four finish.

    Tottenham's midfield sometimes lacks leadership and a selfless player to lay his body on the line for the rest of the team.

    Modric and van der Vaart often play for themselves, which leaves Tottenham bare in the middle of the park.

    Parker will give everything he has for his team and fight for his teammates.

    His fight could be the factor in Spurs finishing in the top four.

Raul Meireles, Chelsea

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    Why Liverpool does not value Raul Meireles is beyond me.

    When Liverpool were in the pit last season, Meireles was the only inspiring player on the pitch.  His work ethic, passing rate and shooting eased the loss of Steven Gerrard.

    For some reason or another, Kenny Dalglish didn't have future plans for Meireles, and now Chelsea have acquired a real talent.

    Adding Meireles to Chelsea will allow them to play attractive football.  Meireles was a maestro at Porto, and AVB is likely to rely on the former lynch-pin in the same way.

    Meireles makes Chelsea all the more threatening, and makes Chelsea to only realistic challenger to take the title away from Manchester United.

David Ngog, Bolton

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    David Ngog was never really a match at Liverpool, and the arrival of Suarez and Carroll moved Ngog even further down the pecking order.

    But of all managers, Owen Coyle is the man who could help Ngog reach his potential.

    With the deadline day additions of Kakuta and Boyata, Bolton have crafted a squad that could be this season's dark horse. They could surprise many teams along the way.

Craig Bellamy, Liverpool

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    Craig Bellamy's work ethic is on par with Dirk Kuyt, but unlike Kuyt, Bellamy is skilled with the ball.

    With Joe Cole and Raul Meireles moved on, Bellamy will be responsible for slotting in behind the strikers, or adding natural width on the touchline.

    His explosive pace and hunger for winning could be the final piece in Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool puzzle.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, QPR

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    Shaun Wright-Phillips was the final addition to a QPR side that had a busy final week of the transfer window.

    SWP has a proven record and will be responsible for creating as well as scoring for the newly promoted side.

    Along with Anton Ferdinand, Joey Barton and DJ Campbell, Queens Park Rangers have added the type of quality that will likely keep them above the drop.