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Posted Aug 31, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Good riddance to bad rubbish. It's an absolute pleasure to see the biggest waste of money in football history dissapear back to Italy. Robinho has even managed to beat Mascherano for childish tantrums in his determination to get away from English football. I'm sure he'll probably flourish in the Italian league for Milan, but the simple fact is that as soon as he comes up against defenders with any quality, he disappears from the game. City should have stuck with Craig Bellamy in the first place.
Asamoah Gyan is a great buy for Sunderland. I wasn't totally sure about Sunderland's wisdom in selling Kenwyne Jones, as he had always created chances for them, even if he didn't always put them away. However, Gyan showed at the World Cup that he can be a creative, entertaining and incisive striker, and for want of a better expression, he'll light up the Stadium of Light.
What a good day for Stoke. No, they’ve not signed glamour or big egos - what they have done is signed players who will help consolidate their position. Eidur Gudjohnsson will put the ball in the net, as well as creating a bit of spark - something Stoke do lack on occasion. Marc Wilson captained a Premier League team last term, and even though Pompey went down, they were never short on fire: something that the captain will have had a lot to do with.
Birmingham have done well, too. Alexander Hleb has a proven record in the Premier League and will only enhance Birmingham's reputation as a tough team to face. As well as this, Jiranek brings with him a 6'3 height and two international tournaments worth of defensive experience - never a bad thing. Combined with Chilean winger Jean Beausejour, expect the Brum to become even more of a pain to the bigger teams. Well done to Alex Mcleish.
An honorable mention to Marcus Babel, who apparently ended up spending the afternoon flying by helicopter to a variety of different places including West Ham and Newcastle, before promptly not signing for any of them. Good stuff!