Transfer Window: Chelsea, USA Men's National Team Are the Biggest Winners

Pauly Kwestel@pkwestelWFAN Correspondent IFebruary 1, 2011

Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres

One of the most exciting transfer window deadline days has come and passed, and while the most exciting deadline day action was in Liverpool, the big winners of the transfer window lie elsewhere.

While Liverpool spent big this January in bringing in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, the biggest winners of the transfer window were Chelsea, and surprisingly the United States men's national team. 

Liverpool's action in the transfer window was mostly a trickle-down effect from the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea. Despite the Suarez deal being reported earlier, the deal wasn't actually finalized until Monday. 

Liverpool's transfer activity is questionable at best. While the fans are thrilled with their additions, the jury is still out on Liverpool's signings. Liverpool have vastly overpaid for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, shelling out £35 million on a man who has just 11 premier league goals. 

In addition to Carroll, Liverpool will be spending more money then they will be getting back from Chelsea for Torres. Add that with NESV's big spending on the Boston Red Sox this winter, and if anything goes wrong for Liverpool, their financial situation could become very bad very quickly. 

Chelsea: The Big Winners of the Transfer Window

The big winners from the January transfer window reside in West London. Chelsea waited until the very end of the transfer window to make their deals, but they have made some big ones. 

Chelsea have brought in Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, as well as Benfica defender David Luiz. 

Luiz offers Chelsea more cover at the back as both John Terry and Alex have been battling injuries all season. 

Meanwhile, Fernando Torres will now link up with Didier Drogba in what will no doubt be the Premier League's most feared striking partnership, and arguably the best striking partnership in the world. 

While Chelsea have fallen 10 points behind leaders Manchester United, the Torres signing will put them right back in the thick of the title race, especially since they still must play United twice this season. 

The Good News Keeps Coming for the US Men's National Team

One of the biggest problems the United States had during the 2010 World Cup was central midfield (mention the name Ricardo Clark to any USA fan and just watch as his head explodes). The big complaint was the lack ability and creativity coming from the midfield—and not having anyone to play with Michael Bradley. 

Two big loan moves went down this January that can help to fix this problem. Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones has moved to Blackburn Rovers on a loan move and has had an instant impact. Jones turned in a man of the match performance on his Blackburn debut, a 2-0 win over West Ham United

Meanwhile, the constant in the US midfield, Michael Bradley, has secured a loan from bottom of the table German club Borussia Mönchengladbach to Aston Villa of the Premier League. The deal also includes an option for Villa to make the move permanent for £6 million this summer. 

The move continues Bradley's fantastic progression throughout his career. Bradley made his MLS debut at the age of 16, and has now moved to the Premier League at the age of 23. 

Everywhere Bradley has gone, he has managed to successfully play himself into the team's starting XI. Bradley's style of play suits the Premier League, and there is no reason to think he won't be able to win a place in the Aston Villa first team. 

Jones and Bradley will now be facing some of the world's best competition week in and week out, an experience that undoubtedly helped US defender Jay DeMerit, who spent a season in the Premier League with Watford. 

Jones and Bradley will now have the chance to improve their games every single week. With Jones, Bradley, and fellow US midfielders Stu Holden and Maurice Edu (with the Glasgow Rangers) taking big steps in improving overseas, the future is suddenly bright for the US men's national team, and fans shouldn't have to worry about another Ricardo Clark debacle. 


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