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Around the Premier League: Top of the table

Mick should be well rested after napping through the transfer deadline
Mick should be well rested after napping through the transfer deadline

With the close of the transfer window yesterday it seems like a perfect time to take a breather and look back around the rest of the league.  There was a ton of activity though, and there was just no way I could fit it all in one post.  I'm going to break the news into four separate posts today and tomorrow, and the best way to divide it seems to be using the Premier League table as it currently stands.  So without further adieu...

Manchester United had a bit of a snoozer yesterday.  Having done all of their business early on in the window, there was very little left for them to do.  There was the occasional link to Wesley Sneijder, but I don't think anyone actually believed his ridiculous wages were going to be taken off the Inter books at any time in the near future.  The big news in Manchester was probably the fact that several of their youngsters have been called up to make their debuts for the England squad.  While I would have liked to see Danny Sturridge get the nod over Danny Welbeck, the fact that good Danny has been suspended while bad Danny has been playing probably influenced the decision of Capello.

On the other side of Manchester, City was a little busier.  They didn't do too much more in the way of signing, but they did sign Owen Hargreaves.  Apparently the workout video he posted on youtube combined with his performances years past were enough to convince them to take a flier on him and give him an international spot on their 25 man roster.  This move makes little sense to me, as City have so much world class talent currently rotting on the bench that giving Hargreaves a roster spot at their expense seems a needless gamble.  Among the dead wood cleared out were Shaun Wright-Phillips, Craig Bellamy, Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Vladimir Weiss.

Liverpool were the "beneficiary" of one City player cleared out.  Craig Bellamy returned to Anfield after being deemed surplus to the requirements at City.  While I'm not convinced Liverpool have actually gained anything with the addition of Bellamy, they certainly have with Sebastian Coates.  Coates is an absolutely fantastic talent, and it's surprising that he went as cheap as he did.  To clear space on their roster, Liverpool had to send several players on their way.  Sotirios Kyrgiakos was no big loss, but I don't really think they gave David N'gog a fair shake there.  Here's hoping he does well at Bolton, as I really like the way they've been doing thing lately.  

Former Blue Joe Cole left Liverpool to join French champions Lille.  He's excited for the type of free flowing football they play, although Liverpool have also greatly improved in that regard this season.  They also shipped out some other midfielder, and like they did with Torres in January they tried to paint him as the bad guy on his way out the door.  At this point we know a deal had already been agreed with Chelsea well before they published this and was just waiting on Benayoun, so publishing this report 20 minutes before the transfer deadline seems like a fairly classless move.  

Rounding out the current top 5 are Wolves.  It came as no surprise to anyone that Wolves didn't do anything.  Check back in later today and I'll have the teams rounding out spots 6-10 in the table and the moves they made.  They all did a little more than Wolves...I promise.

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