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Transfer update: Early winners and losers

Aguero, Barton, and Cabaye lead the way

By | 24th November 2011

A key aspect of every Premier League side is the addition of new players in the summer. With the league table starting to take a definitive shape, we look at some of the best and worst signings from this past window, based on their performances thus far.

Winner: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Roberto Mancini may not be utilizing another free-scoring Argentine, but the addition of “Kun” Aguero from Atletico Madrid has rendered Carlos Tevez almost irrelevant. Aguero has fit seamlessly into City’s side, and his goal output is the proof.

The 23 year old has already hit 10 goals in just 11 Premier League matches. He has been a handful for defenders in the league and in Europe, and his continued good form will be crucial in City’s hunt for trophies

Loser: Dorus De Vries, Wolverhampton Wanderers

After helping Swansea City gain promotion to the top flight after 4 years at the club, De Vries left on a free to join Wolves, upsetting many in South Wales.

It was assumed that the Dutchman would give fierce competition to Wayne Hennessey, and many gave him decent odds for making the starting spot his own.

But he has failed to displace the Welsh number 1 at Molineux, and has been largely confined to the bench so far at his new club, only making 3 appearances in the Carling Cup. He may well harbor regrets about his decision to leave the Swans.

Winner: Joey Barton, Queens Park Rangers

Barton’s protracted departure from St James’s Park, or should I say Sport Direct Arena, was one of the major stories of the summer.

Before adding Barton, Neil Warnock’s men looked vulnerable to the drop. But Barton has provided steel and skill in the centre of the pitch, and his impressive displays for the Loftus Road club have certainly been worthy of consideration for the Three Lions.

His ability to marshall from the middle of the pitch is an asset to any side, and QPR have been the beneficiaries so far.

Loser: Wes Brown, Sunderland

After years of dedicated service to Manchester United, Brown parted ways with the club to join Steve Bruce at Sunderland, with many predicting his class and experience would shore up their back line.

But Brown has struggled to find any of the form that made him an England and United regular for so long. His own goal against his former club, the deciding strike, shows yet again that Fergie has a knack for knowing when to call time on a player’s shelf-life at Old Trafford.

Serious improvement is needed from the big centre half.

Winner: Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United

The French international has been sensational for the Magpies this year, and is a major reason why they have done so well.

Cabaye contributed 2 goals and 9 assists to Lille’s league title-winning campaign last year, and his good form has seamlessly transferred to the Premier League, so much so that Manchester United are rumored to be interested in making a bid.

Alan Pardew, on the other hand, will certainly be in no hurry to get rid of the 25 year old who has inspired the Tyneside outfit to contend for a top-four finish.

 



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