We are big fans of taking a punt. Whether it’s online, offline, in sports or at the Gaming Club - we take risks. And in the summer of 2012, it looks like Premier League clubs are doing the same. The risk isn’t always the player, it’s sometimes the cost or the timing of the transaction. Let’s take a look at some summer 2012 gambles:
- Eden Hazard to Chelsea – He cost the club £32 million. £32 million! That’s a hefty price to pay for the Belgian youngster. Will he pan out and complement Mata and the aging Lampard?
- Lukas Podolski to Arsenal – The German netted 18 goals last season for FC Cologne so he could be in the mood for a big season, but he’s a gamble as the last German that came to Arsenal – Per Mertesacker – didn’t exactly light the world on fire.
- Tim Cahill to Red Bull NY – Can you believe Everton would sell the Australia stud to the MLS? I can’t. What a bargain. 1 million pounds! 56 goals for Everton! WHAT. A. BARGAIN.
- Shinji Kagawa to Manchester United – He didn’t come cheap but the Japanese playmaker brings an off the field marketing appeal as well as an on the field goalscoring and assist making instinct. He could be a big, big star despite the pricetag.
- Clint Dempsey to Liverpool [Not Yet Confirmed] – Dempsey could move from Fulham and this could be a great bit of business for Brendan Rodgers. He’s a natural attacking midfielder / forward who knows how to score, both home and away.
- Hugo Rodallega to Fulham – Speaking of the Cottagers, they nabbed a superb Colombian in Rodallega and the 26 year old former Wigan striker will look to build on his somewhat inconsistent first few years in the league at Wigan. He’ll get more service at Fulham and should be a 10+ goal a season scorer in the Premier League for years to come.
- Who’s next? There will be many more transfer gambles in the coming weeks and months before the transfer window closes. But who will be our big winners and losers come season’s end?