Thursday 31 January 2013

How clubs' past deadline day signings fared

Premierleague.com looks at previous deals made by the 20 clubs and what impact they had

  • Andrey Arshavin (left) soon lifted Arsenal in 2009, scoring four times against Liverpool

  • Shaun Maloney rejoined his former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill at Villa in 2007

  • David Luiz became an instant hit at Chelsea since joining in 2011

  • Nikica Jelavic hit the ground running at Everton in 2011, with nine goals in 13 matches

  • Erik Nevland's goals were crucial in Fulham avoiding relegation in 2008

  • Javier Mascherano helped to lift Liverpool to claim third place in 2007

  • Benjani made an instant impact for Manchester City after signing in 2008

  • Louis Saha won the League title twice at Manchester United after joining in 2004

  • Kevin Nolan could not stop Newcastle's relegation in 2009 but got them back

  • Robert Earnshaw joined Norwich in 2006 as a replacement for Dean Ashton

  • Bobby Zamora's helped QPR to avoid relegation on the last day of the 2011/12 season

  • Michael Duberry was bought by Reading in 2007 from Stoke, where he was on loan

  • Southampton signed Olivier Bernard in 2005 to help their defence but they went down

  • Stoke's Asmir Begovic has become No 1 at the Britannia Stadium since joining in 2010

  • Andy Reid signed for Sunderland in 2008 and helped to keep the Black Cats up

  • Leon Britton rejoined Swansea in 2011, less than six months after leaving the Welsh side

  • Michael Dawson formed a strong defence at Spurs with Ledley King after signing in 2005

  • Nigel Quashie struggled upon joining West Brom on loan in 2006

  • Ilan scored some crucial goals in 2010 to keep West Ham in the Barclays Premier League

  • Victor Moses joined Wigan from Crystal Palace in 2010

Today marks deadline day, with clubs in the Barclays Premier League having to conclude any business by 11pm GMT.

With more than half the deals being confirmed on the final day of the winter transfer window premierleague.com looks at selected signings made by each of the present 20 Barclays Premier League clubs on or around deadline day and what sort of impact they had since joining.

Arsenal: Andrey Arshavin, 2009

Club's position when signed: 5th; position at season’s end: 4th; where now? Arsenal.
The 5ft 7in attacking midfielder completed one of the most protracted transfers in the history of the January transfer window as bad weather delayed a deal slowed by work permit checks and the clearance of some 40 separate documents. The signing from Zenit St Petersburg made an impressive start to his Arsenal career, scoring all four of the Gunners’ goals in a 4-4 Barclays Premier League draw with Liverpool at Anfield on 21 April and helping Arsene Wenger's side pip Tottenham Hotspur to the final Champions League place. After being a first-team regular over the next two seasons, the Russian has struggled to get starts and has had seven substitute appearances this term. He has 23 goals in his 98 Barclays Premeir League appearances.

Aston Villa: Shaun Maloney, 2007

Position when signed: 14th; position at season’s end: 11th; where now? Wigan Athletic.
The 5ft 7in winger was signed from Celtic by his former manager Martin O’Neill, but the 2005/06 SPFA player of the year struggled to settle in the West Midlands. Allthough he helped Villa move towards mid-table security in his first few months at the club, his brief highlight was scoring twice in the 4-4 draw at Chelsea on Boxing Day before he returned to Celtic in August 2008 with five goals in 30 Barclays Premier League appearances. Three years later he was another deadline-day deal, this time in August, as he returned to the English top flight with Wigan, where he has since become an important part of Roberto Martinez's side.

Chelsea: David Luiz, 2011

Position when signed: 4th; position at season’s end: 2nd; where now? Chelsea.
The Benfica defender David Luiz joined on the same day as Fernando Torres so his move was overshadowed. The 23-year-old became an instant hit at Stamford Bridge with his close control, eye for a pass and eagerness to push forward. In his first full season at the club the Brazilian helped the Blues' successful FA Cup campaign, although he missed the Wembley showpiece with a hamstring injury, and played in the UEFA Champions League final, scoring in the penalty shootout. In September 2012 the set-piece specialist signed a new five-year deal with the club for whom he has scored six goals in 50 Barclays Premier League appearances.

Everton: Nikica Jelavic, 2012

Club's position when signed: 9th; position at season’s end: 7th; where now? Everton.
Signed from Rangers by David Moyes, Jelavic made an immediate impact at Goodison Park, with nine goals in 13 matches to lift Everton to seventh. This season he has six goals in 22 starts.

Fulham: Erik Nevland, 2008

Club's position when signed: 19th; position at season’s end: 17th; where now? Retired.
Signed by Roy Hodgson from Groningen to help Fulham stay up, Nevland, who had made one Barclays Premier League appearance at Manchester United, helped the Cottagers perform their great escape. The Norway forward played seven times and scored twice in the run-in  as Fulham avoided relegation on the final day of the season. The striker stayed for two further seasons, helping Fulham reach their highest-ever league position and get to the 2010 UEFA Europa League final. After nine goals in 47 Barclays Premeir League matches Nevland returned to Viking, before retiring last month.

Liverpool: Javier Mascherano, 2007

Position when signed: 3rd; position at season’s end: 3rd; where now? Barcelona.
After obtaining clearance from the Premier League, Liverpool completed the loan signing of the tough-tackling Argentine defensive midfielder from West Ham United on 20 February. He made his Barclays Premier League debut in the 4-0 victory over Sheffield United and soon became a lynchpin for the team. In the seven League matches he played before the end of the campaign, Mascherano was not in the losing side. Liverpool ended up pipping Arsenal on goal difference to claim third, while he played a key role in helping the club reach the UEFA Champions League final. He signed a permanent deal with the Reds in 2008 before leaving for La Liga side Barcelona in August 2010.

Manchester City: Benjani, 2008

Position when signed: 7th ; position at season’s end: 9th; where now? Retired.
The Zimbabwe striker agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with City after two years at Portsmouth. He made an instant impact, scoring the winner in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on his debut, which gave his side, then managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, their first League double over their rivals since the 1969/70 season.  He scored two further goals that season, against Portsmouth and Fulham, but thigh and hamstring injuries forced him down the pecking order and after a loan spell at Sunderland, he sealed a permanent move to Blackburn Rovers in 2010.

Manchester United: Louis Saha, 2004

Position when signed: 2nd; position at season’s end: 3rd; where now? Unattached
Louis Saha was added to United's ranks a week before deadline day to form a partnership with Ruud van Nistelrooy after three-and-a-half years at Fulham, where he scored 53 League goals and helped them win promotion to the Barclays Premier League. The Frenchman scored with a deflected free kick on his United debut in a 3-2 victory over Southampton at Old Trafford and went on to grab six more goals in the 2003/04 campaign, including a brace in the 4-3 victory over Everton. Saha won the Barclays Premier League twice as well as the UEFA Champions League while at United but suffered a series of injuries and in 2008 he moved to Everton before having spells at Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.

Newcastle United: Kevin Nolan, 2009

Position when signed: 16th; position at season’s end: 18th; where now? West Ham United.
With Newcastle two points above the relegation zone, manager Joe Kinnear brought Nolan, who had spent 10 years at Bolton Wanderers. He was seen as the ideal replacement for Joey Barton, who was ruled out for two months with a broken foot. Nolan played in all but four of Newcastle's remaining League fixtures but could not prevent the club's drop to the Championship. He scored 17 goals to help Newcastle return to the top flight at the first attempt and was reunited with former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce at West Ham in 2011, winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League again last summer.

Norwich City: Robert Earnshaw, 2006

Position when signed: 12th (Championship); position at season’s end: 9th; where now? Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Wales striker was signed from West Bromwich Albion by manager Nigel Worthington as a replacement for Dean Ashton, who had left for West Ham United. Earnshaw returned to a division where he had scored a host of goals for Cardiff City. He scored eight more that season and 19 the next despite injury and returned to the Barclays Premier League with promoted Derby County in 2007.

QPR: Bobby Zamora, 2012

Position when signed: 16th; position at season’s end: 17th; where now? QPR.
Mark Hughes signed the Fulham forward to help Queens Park Rangers avoid relegation.  The former West Ham United striker scored two goals in 14 starts as QPR survived on the final day. After netting three goals in the first five matches of the 2012/13 campaign, a hip injury has sidelined Zamora for three months of the current campaign.

Reading: Michael Duberry, 2007

Position when signed: 7th; position at season’s end: 8th; where now? Oxford United.
The experienced defender joined Steve Coppell's Reading from Stoke City, where he had been on loan before from Leeds United. He played eight matches as Reading enjoyed a comfortable maiden campaign in the top flight.

Southampton: Olivier Bernard, 2005

Position when signed: 18th; position at season’s end: 20th; where now? Retired.
Southampton bought the Newcastle United left-back to boost their survival chances. He played 13 matches from which Southampton gained 13 points, conceding 26 goals and Harry Redknapp's side were unable to avoid relegation. He was released at the season's end and is now retired but works on behalf of Newcastle off the pitch.

Stoke City: Asmir Begovic, 2010

Position when signed: 12th; position at season’s end: 11th; where now? Stoke.
The Bosnia & Herzegovina goalkeeper joined from Portsmouth and had to compete for the No 1 shirt with Thomas Sorensen initially, with only five appearances in the 2009/10 season. This campaign, however, he is the established first-choice between the sticks and has kept nine clean sheets in the League this season.

Sunderland: Andy Reid, 2008

Position when signed: 14th; position at season’s end: 15th; where now? Nottingham Forest.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder joined Sunderland from Charlton Athletic and helped the team to avoid relegation by three points in the 2007/08 season. Sunderland won 16 points from the 13 appearances made by Reid, who scored one goal. After joining Blackpool in February 2011, Reid is now playing for Nottingham Forest.

Swansea: Leon Britton, 2011

Position when signed: 2nd (Championship); position at season’s end: 3rd (promoted through play-offs). Where now? Swansea.
The 5ft 6in midfielder, who was an Arsenal trainee, returned to Swansea from Sheffield United to help their bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League, having been away from the Liberty Stadium for less than seven months. His goal in the semi-final, second-leg of the play-offs against Nottingham Forest took Swansea to the final from where they got promoted. He is now a mainstay of the first team, playing in all their Barclays Premier League matches this season.

Tottenham: Michael Dawson, 2005

Position when signed: 8th; position at season’s end: 9th; where now? Spurs.
The defender arrived at the age of 21 from Nottingham Forest, along with Andy Reid. Injury prevented him from making his Barclays Premier League debut until April but he became a regular in the heart of the Spurs back four. Injury hit his appearances last season but he has worked his way back into the side under Andre Villas-Boas this campaign.

West Bromwich Albion: Nigel Quashie, 2006

Position when signed: 17th; position at season’s end: 19th; where now? IR, Iceland.
Signed by Bryan Robson from Southampton as West Brom sought to maintain their top-flight status, Quashie played nine times after joining but missed four matches after being sent off. West Brom won only six points when he played and fell out of the Barclays Premier League, meaning a second successive relegation for Quashie. He was allowed to join West Ham and now is a player-coach at the Icelandic side IR.

West Ham: Ilan, 2010

Position when signed: 15th; position at season’s end: 17th; where now? Bastia (France).
The forward was acquired by Gianfranco Zola as a free agent on 1 February, having been released by St Etienne. The 29-year-old Brazilian scored four goals in 11 matches for West Ham, including a goal five minutes after coming on for his debut in the 2-1 defeat by Burnley. After a nine-match scoring drought his other three strikes were decisive in helping West Ham stay up. But he did not stay beyond his six-month deal and now plays for Bastia in French Ligue 1.

Wigan: Victor Moses, 2010

Position when signed: 14th; position at season’s end: 16th; where now? Chelsea.
Signed by Roberto Martinez on deadline day from Crystal Palace, who were in administration, it took time for the winger to establish himself in the Wigan first team, scoring his first Barclays Premier League goal in May. After injury hampered his effect the next season, Moses profited from the sale of Antonio Valencia and featured in all of Wigan's matches last season, scoring six times. His form prompted Chelsea to sign him in August 2012 and a call-up to the Nigeria team.

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Key Points

  • As the January transfer window enters deadline day, premierleague.com looks at previous late deals
  • We look at the player each of the 20 clubs signed in and around the deadline day
  • We analyse the impact the signings had on the clubs