The August 2014 transfer deadline will be remembered for the deals that went through. Falcao’s sensational move to Manchester United and Danny Welbeck’s switch to Arsenal were the deals that stole the headlines but a number of players were left stuck where they were as they failed to finalise moves away.
By Adam Drury – @Adam_Drury1
Defoe has only been away from English football for six months but was very nearly back as Leicester, QPR and Newcastle made late moves to bring the serial goal-scorer back to the Premier League. The ex-Tottenham man moved to FC Toronto at the end of February but the Canadian side have since sacked their manager Ryan Nelsen and Defoe has reportedly not settled well.
He failed to force a move through however and he is stuck on the other side of the world and perhaps not particularly happy.
The Italian striker spent last season on-loan at Sunderland and despite being informed by Brendan Rodgers that he has no future at Liverpool, failed to secure a move away to either QPR or Sunderland on Monday.
Borini now faces at least four months of very little first-team action and may live to regret that he wasn’t prepared to compromise his wage demands.
The Brazilian has now staggeringly been at Old Trafford for seven years and his career is now stagnating. Louis van Gaal has signed Daley Blind and Angel di Maria for his Manchester United side and with Anderson now not going to get much of a go, he will be disappointed that he couldn’t agree a move away.
Anderson promised much but has delivered little for the Reds.
Another who has fallen way down the pecking order at a big club and therefore could have done with moving away. Manchester City’s capture of Eliaquim Mangala, as well as the two centre-halves from last season Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis, means that Nastasic won’t get many opportunities but having been linked with so many clubs on Deadline Day, he will be disappointed not to have got his move.
Another who has slipped down the pecking order because of a fellow Deadline Day signing (in this case, Danny Welbeck) and therefore he is now the fourth or fifth choice forward for The Gunners.
He was linked with a move to Benfica but joins the rest of these players in bench-warming at best for the next four months.