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Fact or Fiction: The Winner of the Summer Transfer Window Is Tottenham


“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?

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  1. budi

    December 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    obertan is a bargain at 3.4 million? is this guy serious? cabaye is a great buy though but santon is totally unproven on epl, 20 years old but even inter get rid of him and prefer nagatomo and that abject chivu instead

    the winner of this transfer window is definitely man city with that monster aguero and clichy (since he replace that crap kolarov), but for value for money tottenham emerge victorious: cheap parker, free adebayor with half his wage paid by city, and free friedel

  2. Nepal REds

    December 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Spurs may seem to be winners at present but its a long race of season and i dont think they can overcome the panic post February times that easily with the current squad.

  3. Jason

    December 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Right now it is definitely Spurs that have won the summer transfer window sweepstakes. However, that can change by the end of the season if Spurs don’t continue their good run of form and finish outside the top 4. By the end of the season it could be Newcastle or Liverpool that could be the big winners. No one can predict the future but all we know for a fact is that at present there is no doubt that Spurs are the winners.

  4. Cody

    December 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Spurs made some nice aquisitions, for sure, but I don’t see any of those players being key players for them long term. I highly doubt they’ll meet Adebayor’s wage demands, and Parker and Freidel are both up there in years. All 3 were terrific purchases for this season though.

    Just want to key in on Liverpool. Henderson is looking more and more like a good buy as the week’s pass. With Lucas out now we’ll get to see him in a more central role, where he’s had success for us in the League Cup and off the bench this year.

  5. Tony Butterworth

    December 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

    On the original point, it’s hard to really be sure. Definitely not Newcastle, I’ll bet most of those players are gone within two years. Spurs did well. Perhaps in the end it was Manchester City. You can’t rule out Man Utd either with Young, Jones, De Gea and QPR’s signings have had a huge impact without costing much.

  6. Tony Butterworth

    December 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I never paid much attention to Scott Parker before but watching him for Spurs this year he has been outstanding. I think Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd particularly, missed out on an opportunity there.

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