Hatchet Man's transfer window hits, misses and more: from Chimbonda to Pavlyuchenko to Deco and Anton Ferdinand

After a series of high impact transfer raids the deal-making came to a dramatic halt last night. Here, Hatchet Man gives his verdict on who made direct  hits this summer and who will bear the scars from their moves.  

Deco of Chelsea

Hit: Deco


DECO - (Barcelona-Chelsea, £8)

Chelsea's Portuguese smoker looks like he will blow  a few opponents away even though he is getting on a bit.

ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO - (Spartak Moscow-Tottenham, £14m)

The striker likes a beer and  has the brains of Bart Simpson but he knows where the goal is and could be the  buy of the season if he settles.

AMR ZAKI (Zamalek-Wigan, loan)

Amr could maybe do with an extra vowel in his  name but the striker has a great record and has scored three league goals  already. Prepare for fans to revive The Bangles' Walk Like an Egyptian in his  honour.

SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS (Chelsea-Manchester City, £9m)

Should be a pocket  dynamo back at City after spending a few years becoming a compact bench warmer at Stamford Bridge - if a whole new load of stars don't drop on his head  again.

VALON BEHRAMI (Lazio-West Ham, £5m)

His performances suggest he drinks about  10 cans of Red Bull before he plays and at half-time. Could inject some much-needed life into Alan Curbishley's beleaguered bunch.    

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Danny Shittu of Bolton Wanderers

Set to flop: Danny Shittu of Bolton Wanderers


DANNY SHITTU (Watford-Bolton, £2m)

Gary Megson already had more than his fair share  of route one players before adding another 'ave it merchant.

LOUIS SAHA (Manchester United-Everton, £2m)

Once a thoroughbred of a striker who now  he looks almost ready for football's knacker's yard. Bookies will probably offer  decent odds on him not making 10 appearances given his injury record.

ANTON FERDINAND (West Ham-Sunderland, £8m)

Hammers' Icelandic owners may finally be  getting the hang of transfer after acting like Father Christmas. This not so  bright defender switches off like his older brother used to but rarely switches  on.

TAL BEN HAIM (Chelsea-Manchester City, £5m)

Slow and cumbersome, his one  contribution this season has been to knockout team-mate Micah Richards by  accident. Enough said.

JAMES MILNER (Newcastle-Aston Villa, £12m)

Reasonable athletes make average  footballers and represent pretty poor value at this rate. Cristiano Ronaldo he  is not.    

Stoke City's Amdy Faye flies into Middlesbrough's Mohamed Shawky

Timebomb: Stoke City's Amdy Faye flies into Middlesbrough's Mohamed Shawky


PASCAL CHIMBONDA (Tottenham-Sunderland, undisclosed)

Sulky defender has already felt  Roy Keane's wrath and has little respect for authority. The pin is out.

EL-HADJI DIOUF (Bolton-Sunderland, £3m)

Another who does not respond well to  a good telling but he has a nasty party trick to go with his attitude. Pin  intact.  

AMDY FAYE (Newcastle-Stoke, £2.2m)

Midfielder has already found himself at the  centre of corruption allegations in the Stevens inquiry and although all parties  were later cleared, his agent Willie McKay believes the FA are determined to pin  something on him. Still in the box - with all the paperwork.   


Arsenal were notable absentees from the final day of frenzied trading even though Arsene Wenger has been trying his best to look like an intellectual, French Arthur Daley with nods and winks about several potential signings over  the past few weeks.


Bournemouth totally misunderstood the nature of transfer deadline day and instead of buying or selling players they sacked manager Kevin Bond. No wonder they were deducted points for messing up their money. 

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Kevin Bond

Dismissed: AFC Bournemouth have sacked Kevin Bond

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