“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.” Stepping in for Earl Reed this week is The Gaffer.
Fact or Fiction: The winner of the summer transfer window has been Tottenham.
MH (Matt Hackenmiller): Fact. Going into the season, Tottenham’s two biggest needs were goalie and striker. Because of this, they signed the ageless Brad Friedel to patrol the goal and to improve their scoring clout, Spurs brought in Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City. Friedel has provided stability at the back of the defense while Adebayor leads the club in goals and assists. Along with these two acquisitions, Tottenham also obtained the current Footballer of the Year, Scott Parker, to add depth to the midfield. All three of these summer transfer signings have helped Tottenham climb towards the top of the table and within shouting distance of first place.
TG (The Gaffer): Fiction. While Tottenham Hotspur has had an incredible start to the season and is well positioned to make a run for the title over the coming weeks, I disagree that they’ve been the winner of the summer transfer window. Scott Parker was an exceptional buy by Tottenham, while Friedel was a very smart purchase to add steel to Tottenham’s confidence. Adebayor is on a loan deal, and while he has been a breath of fresh air, it appears unlikely that Spurs is willing to pay his expensive wages if they want a permanent deal. But if any club has been the winner of the summer transfer window, I believe it has to be Newcastle United.
Both Parker and Friedel are aging (31 and 40). Newcastle, meanwhile, have better buys for the short-term and long-term. Demba Ba came to Newcastle on a free transfer (aged 26). Newcastle United also bought Yohan Cabaye (25 years-old). Newcastle picked up Davide Santon (20 years-old) from Inter Milan, in addition to Gabriel Obertan (aged 22) for a bargain 3.4 million pounds.
While Tottenham Hotspur is playing brilliantly, Newcastle United have made the better purchases for the long-term future success of the club (as long as owner Mike Ashley doesn’t find a way to mess things up).
What do you think, is it fact or fiction that the winner of the summer transfer window has been Tottenham?