Another transfer deadline day is in our rear-view mirror.
While it won’t be a ground-breaking statement to say it wasn’t the most eventful deadline day of all time. That honour still goes to the year a Sky Sports News reporter got a dildo shoved in his ear live on air, classic.
Even these less intriguing deadline days always throw up high profiled signings.
Thomas Partey arriving at Arsenal, Edinson Cavani signing for Manchester United on a free transfer and Theo Walcott returned to Southampton where it all began are just some of the big Premier League headlines on this deadline day.
Don’t make me talk about Gunnersaurus, I don’t think my little heart can take it.
Some big names did arrive and depart during this whole transfer window in general. Now we all just play the waiting game to see how well all the movers settle into their new clubs.
Transfer Window Has Slammed Shut
There aren’t many things worse in football when a big money signing arrives and completely flops.
On the other side of the coin seeing a new arrival flourish in their new surroundings brings great excitement to the club.
While the jury is still out on the latest crop of deadline day arrivals, what about previous deadline day transfers?
So, considering we do love a good list here at the Bick Kick Off now seems like a good time to answer that question.
Today we will look at the best deadline day transfers in Premier League history.
Some admin before we begin. Obviously as the title suggest we will only be looking at people arriving at Premier League clubs. Longevity, success, general legacy at the club and cult hero status were all taking into consideration for this one.
With a lot of deals to go off getting it down to five was a tough task. So, let us know who you would have in your list in the comment section, I look forward to reading them.
Saying that I simply had to include some honourable mentions to save face.
Honourable mentions – Huge Lloris (Lyon to Tottenham in 2012), Robbie Keane (Leeds to Tottenham in 2002), Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham to Manchester United in 2008), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid to Tottenham in 2010) and Marouane Fellaini (Standard Liege to Everton in 2008) are just a few that came to mind.
5. Carlos Tevez (Corinthians to West Ham United in 2006 for an undisclosed fee)
Certainly, one of the weirdest transfers in Premier League history.
People were left stunned when Argentina duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano arrived at Upton Park on deadline day in 2006.
Mascherano did somewhat struggle with the Hammers but did go on to have a successful career.
However, the same can’t be said about Carlos Tevez. He was a revelation at West Ham. It isn’t a stretch to say he was the main reason they stayed in the league at the end of the 2006/07 season.
West Ham were staring into the abyss of relegation. Tevez dragged them to safety with seven goals in their last ten games.
The best of those goals came against celebrating champions Manchester United on the final day in Old Trafford. Tevez scored the winner on the day to keep the Hammers head above water by a three-point margin.
His performances earned him a move to Manchester United for the following season. But this was a truly inspired transfer for a West Ham side that seemed dead in the water without him.
4. Claude Makelele (Real Madrid to Chelsea in 2003 for £16m)
What a midfielder this man was good grief.
He was so good we still refer to the central defensive midfielder role as the ‘Makelele role’ probably no better man in that role during this time.
He was a vital part of a Real Madrid side full of superstars.
So, it was a huge scalp for Chelsea to get him in the door back in 2003.
Makelele was even more important at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho. He became a vital part of their back to back league winning squad in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons.
Claude would also win an FA Cup and two League cups during his five-year spell in London.
He played a total of 217 appearances for Chelsea and was essential in every one of them.
Makelele truly revolutionised what it meant to play as a defensive midfielder in the Premier League.
His influence is still felt in the league today with the likes of N’Golo Kante modelling himself off players like Claude Makelele.
3. Ashley Cole (Arsenal to Chelsea in 2006 for £5m + William Gallas)
Sticking with Chelsea for this absolute bargain of a deal.
At Arsenal Ashley Cole developed into a regular left back for both club and country.
This earned him a move to reigning champions and London rivals Chelsea in a heated transfer saga between both clubs and Cole.
Away from all of that he was outstanding for Chelsea upon arrival at Stamford Bridge.
His working relationship with Chelsea was extremely fruitful.
Cole won one Premier League title, four FA Cups and a League Cup domestically.
He also won major European honours winning a Champions League and Europa League crown with Chelsea.
Ashley made 338 appearances for the club in his eight-year stint.
He was worth the five million fee and William Gallas if you ask me. Sorry William mate.
2. Luis Suarez (Ajax to Liverpool in 2010 for £22.8m)
Genuinely this guy is probably one of the best transfers in the storied history of Liverpool.
Always a controversial figure but away from that he’s extremely gifted.
Suarez arrived during a time Liverpool were doing horrible business in the transfer window. He stepped up everyone’s game and arguably helped set them on the course to success they find themselves on today.
This was during a time they badly needed to replace Fernando Torres and that’s exactly what Suarez was.
The Uruguayan spent four seasons with Liverpool. During that time, he scored an impressive 82 goals in 133 appearances. Becoming a hero to the Liverpool faithful in the process.
While not many major honours came his way during his time on Merseyside, he won the hearts of everyone in Anfield on a weekly basis.
People will rightfully always mention his controversial antics but on his day, he was one of the best strikers to ever grace the Premier League.
Not bad deadline day business.
1. Wayne Rooney (Everton to Manchester United in 2004 for £20m)
While the price tag wasn’t cheap for a teenager back in 2004, Wayne Rooney paid back Manchester United and then some.
A living legend to all that support the Manchester side and will always live on in their record books.
Rooney is the clubs all time top goal scorer with 253 goals, surpassing the long-standing record of Bobby Charlton.
He won a hat full of major honours during his 13 years at the Red Devils.
These include five Premier League titles, one FA Cup winners medal, one Champions League, one League Cup, one Europa League and a FIFA Club World Cup crown.
Wayne won it all in the famous red jersey and is idolised by the people on the Red side of Manchester.
A bona fide legend to the fans in the Stretford End.
For my money, the best deadline day transfer in Premier League history.