BPL transfer deadline day round-up: Falcao joins United, Welbeck to Gunners, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

In a transfer deadline day that didn’t see too many big name transfers in the Premier League, there was still one that will have many talking. 

Radamel Falcao joins Manchester United on a season-long loan from Monaco. United have an option to buy the 28-year-old striker at season’s end. Last season, Falcao was dealt an injury blow, but still scored 11 times in 20 league appearances in his first season at Monaco. He had already scored twice in three games to start the season.

With Falcao, United have a three-headed strike force that will scare any defense with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. It will be interesting to see just how Louis van Gaal uses his attacking option either in tandem or who gets placed on the bench.

The move for Falcao also sent in motion the wheels for Manchester United to shuffle up their strikers with a few departures as well.

Other Notable Transfers

1. Welbeck, Chicharito leave Manchester United– Arsenal sold van Persie to Manchester United two summers ago and have seen United return the favor. Danny Welbeck moves to the Gunners in a £16m deal from the Red Devils.

With United bringing in Falcao, the 23-year-old Englishman was free to leave Old Trafford where he started as an eight-year-old in the academy. He has been capped 26 times by the Three Lions and has scored 29 times in 142 appearances. He comes in as a replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud and was believed to have chosen the Gunners over other options.

Welbeck wasn’t the only United striker that saw the exit door. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez joins Real Madrid on a season-long loan. Hernandez had fallen down the pecking order in recent times at United . He burst onto the scene when he scored 20 goals in his debut season in England and will look to once again highlight his poaching ability more regularly in Spain.

He will most likely be used as a substitute, but that is a role he can flourish in. Very few strikers are capable of finding the right spot in the box as often as Hernandez does and could be vital for Real Madrid in their bid to return to the top of La Liga. However, he still needs to work in other areas of his game, particularly his link up play.

2. Negredo, Richards loaned out– Manchester City didn’t bring any players in to bolster their chances of defending their title, but they did let two players leave on loan.

Alvaro Negredo scored 23 times last season, but is heading on loan to Valencia for a season-long loan and the Spanish club having an obligation to make the deal permanent at season’s end. While the Spanish striker started out brightly for the Premier League champions, he failed to score in his final 16 games last term. Stefan Jovetic finding his form could have contributed to Negredo being deemed as surplus to requirements.

The loan of Micah Richards comes as a slight shock in the fact that he was also seemingly rumored to leave, but never did. He was the club’s longest serving players (12 years) but now heads to Fiorentina on loan.

The defender, who can play as a center or right back, made almost 250 appearances for the club. However, with recent signings and the form of Pablo Zabaleta on the right, Richards found playing time hard to come by.

3. Alderweireld heads to Saints–  Much of the summer was made of Southampton losing players, but they managed to bring in a few good ones as well. Toby Alderweireld made for one of the best signings of the day.

The 25-year-old joined on loan and can play at center and right back. He helped Atletico Madrid to a La Liga title and Champions League final appearance last year. He also featured at the 2014 FIFA World Cup for Belgium.

With Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers leaving the club, Alderweireld will help fill the void that those players’ departures has created.

4. New Hull transfer record– Hull City made several moves on transfer deadline day, but none pricier than Abel Hernandez. He joins from Palermo in a £10 million deal, which is a new club record.

The Tigers will hope the 24-year-old can continue his uptick in scoring. His 14 goals in 28 appearances last year was the best of his career. He will bolster Steve Bruce‘s attacking options and brings World Cup experience as well, having played twice for Uruguay in Brazil this summer.