by Tosin Adesina (@_Olutosin)
Since football began in 1992, when the Premier League was birthed, money, merchandising and evolution have played vital roles in its growth. Take the classic example of Arsenal’s new kit advert. We’d been looking forward to the new season since July (well, since the old one ended, really).
However, the commercial not only showed Arsenal’s new bright and exciting Adidas kit. It showcased the beauty and history of the club. It showed us all what it meant to be Arsenal meaning no matter how globalized the game becomes, you cannot erase its history.
It is the reason why players still dream of playing for a few clubs (not you Oscar). Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Dani Ceballos all mentioned it at their Arsenal unveiling. For the club, it’s their brightest transfer window since before the move to the Emirates.
Our summer 2019 recruits 😎
✏️ Describe this transfer window using just ONE word: _____ pic.twitter.com/mqBsLb1Z6L
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 9, 2019
For Chelsea, its their worst, since Roman Abramovich took over. There wasn’t even a window, no thanks to the transfer ban.
Code switching maybe?
Nope. That happened.
Tottenham had been tight-fisted for 18 months. The notorious Daniel Levy loosened the purse strings and in came Tanguy Ndombele, the French midfield metronome who didn’t waste time in creating his first assist.
📸 🇦🇷 @LoCelsoGiovani
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 8, 2019
Ryan Sessegnon, a long-term target (and ha! Danny Rose’s replacement) as well as Giovanni Lo Celso would follow in the dying embers of the window. The Yoruba proverb ‘’a pe ko to je, ki je ibaje” translated loosely as, ‘The last to eat, doesn’t eat sorrow’’ seemingly applied here to the London clubs.
Senegalese sensation Ismaila Sarr forsook European football for Uncle Ben’s nice views, only after we learned that the colossus that is Gary Cahill won’t be leaving after all. All had been said and done in East London far sooner.
Up North, there was a rather ceremonious homecoming at Newcastle for Andy Carroll, who will have to duel with record signing Joelinton for a starting shirt. All in the midst of a continual battle between the fans and Mike Ashley’s purposed tyrannical rule, which well, looks inferior to what is happening at Manchester United.
Ed Woodward did buy a defender. Harry Maguire went for $100m. There were still Twitter movements of “Announce Fernandes” on Deadline Day. Another season of teeth gnashing could await, with Agent P still desperate to leave and United still shorn of creativity and possibly goals, with Agent P’s homeboy RedRom out.
There were no such worries at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp kept his dressing room as happy as possible with so many hugs to go around, but not for new signings bar Adrian who came in to replace a one-time Belgian fan favorite, Simon Mignolet.
Probably moved by the rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in Netflix’s Money Heist’ third season and some Arsene Wenger type comments in having new signings in the mould of returning injured players don’t help.
New kind of pressure for the Reds, eh?
Chasing a City side, who did lose their captain and leader, have not replaced him, but now possess a devilish Fullback who can play on both right and left, Joao Cancelo and err Rodri, a master at funneling forward play.
Still spending but not as much as the new moneybags on Merseyside, Everton, who bid twice for Wilfired Zaha and eventually signed Alex Iwobi for $45m. The Nigerian joined a wing roster that has Richarlison, Bernard, and Walcott.
Oh, we are curious as to how this rotation works, because Iwobi’s best position is ironically as a number 10, currently occupied by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Silva’s got plans.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 7, 2019
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have got the plans in varying sizes though, with twelve new signings, four of which were loans turned permanent. Oh Dean Smith, is that a Fulham? Chris Wilder and Daniel Farke had other ideas, sticking with their Championship core and adding a few ‘exciting’ players.
Grant Holt still thinks this is 2014(ha!). Bournemouth can’t be affected by Brexit innit? Another British boy joining in Harry Wilson. Their Antonym is Wolves, who keep the energy with more multinationals coming in.
Patrick Cutrone, who’s not so famous for his goal-scoring may have to start learning some Portuguese, simply because Wolves applied to join the Premier League after getting bored of the Liga NOS.
A team that depicts the Premier League? Leicester, who now have an exotic engine and a nice body but a questionable boot at the rear of the car. Selling Maguire and then looking for a replacement? Such folly.
Brendan’s character must manage Morgan and Evans sluggish and experienced partnership and hope they don’t get exposed to often. Inevitable eh?
Inevitable relegation could be Brighton’s second name this season. Still struggling with coaxing the best out of three previous record signings, another one has come in the mould of a player whose name sounds like a dessert meal (apologies Trossard, its just banter). Can they be so patient with Graham Potter and see the reward of good football in the Championship, sorry Premier League…?
To good football, in the new season. We say ciao! Bella ciao, x2.
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