Well, transfer deadline day was dull wasn’t it? Nothing really exciting happening that I hadn’t already predicted.Djbril Cisse joined QPR and scored on his debut on Wednesday night, Spurs finally got rid of Pavlyuchenko and replaced him with Louis Saha? Seems a bit of a strange one that, I can only think its a wages saving exercise.
The two main title contenders did nothing of interest really and it seems that most clubs are starting to learn lessons and tighten their belts a little, especially in January transfer windows.
And so, onto the Premier League. Things are now very tight at the top with both Manchester clubs sitting on 54 points. United travel to Chelsea this weekend and City host Fulham. There are two big surprises though. Newcastle currently continue to flourish under Alan Pardew and sit in a very strong 5th place in the league table at this stage. The other big surprise is the amazing turn around in form of Sunderland since the arrival of manager Martin O’ Neill in early December. They won his first match in charge and have taken 15 points out of 24 to propel them to 8th in the league. His man management skill appear to be second to none and there is something going very right in the North East at the moment. The big ask for them is can they keep it up and challenge for more?
Tottenham Hotspur are lurking in the background and have been quietly picking up results and look good for a Champions League place at this point, but there are still 15 games to play yet, so lets not get too carried away. “What of Chelsea?” I hear you cry! Well, it’s not going too well is it? A club in major transition as the old guard is slowly replaced and if we manage to scrape a Champions League place for next year I shall be happy with that. Finally Arsenal. Oh Arsenal, how the once mighty have fallen. Is it time for Arsene Wenger, who is now stale, unexciting, boring, still churning out the same old lines (and players), to go? He offers nothing new for the club now and I think he should move on and let the club start anew with someone else.
So we move into the business end of the season with all clubs restocked and raring to go in their respective battles with each other and probably with the referees alike. I am looking forward to the tie between Manchester United and Chelsea on Sunday, I think it will be a pretty even affair with neither club firing on all cylinders and it could be a very good game. Yeah I know, 0-0 written all over it eh? lol.