Deadline day XI: United transfers dominate but does Welbeck make it? Hull & Southampton also feature

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We feature the best deals of deadline day with Manchester City, Chelsea, Wigan Athletic, Burnley, QPR and Arsenal transfers also featuring.

As the furore around one of the most hectic days of the football season dies down, we select some of the best deals struck on transfer deadline day. 

Goalkeeper: Jamal Blackman [Chelsea – Middlesbrough]

Jamal Blackman was the only goalkeeper to leave on deadline day, meaning that the choices for this position were limited, but he looks like decent cover for Middlesbrough and should fit in well with Patrick Bamford and Kenneth Omeruo already at the Riverside.

Right-back: Micah Richards [Manchester City – Fiorentina]

Micah Richards’ career has stagnated at Manchester City in recent times, but he should get regular game time at Fiorentina.

A powerful and imposing defender it is a shame he has fallen out of favour at the Etihad, but he should thrust himself back into international contention after this move.

There have been many calls for English players to develop abroad and this move should help the technical and tactical aspects of his game.

Centre-back: Michael Keane [Manchester United – Burnley]

The Manchester United defender has impressed Louis Van Gaal during the Dutchman time at the club so far, but he was still prepared to allow him to move this transfer window on loan.

The centre-back is a robust customer, who has already proven himself at Championship level, and he could be an excellent fit at Burnley.

Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld [Atletico – Southampton]

Despite the mass exodus of quality at the start of this transfer window, Southampton’s summer cannot be reflected on as a bad one.

They have bought astutely after losing many of their protagonists and Toby Alderweireld may be the pick of the bunch.

The Belgian international has a bit to prove after struggling at Atletico Madrid, but prior to that he was considered one of the best up-and-coming defenders in the world and he looks a natural replacement for Dejan Lovren.

Left-back: Daley Blind [Ajax – Manchester United]

The versatile defender’s move to United was largely overshadowed because of Falcao’s arrival at Old Trafford, but he remains an excellent buy.

A technically astute player, he can dictate play and should add a lot of quality to Louis Van Gaal’s side. For £14 million he may just turn out to be the best value for money signing the Red Devils purchased in an expensive summer.

Right-wing: Gaston Ramirez [Southampton – Hull]

Gaston Ramirez has struggled at Southampton after bursting onto the scene, but he should be an excellent buy for Hull.

He adds a lot of flair and creativity to their side and their squad looks a lot stronger for his arrival.

Central-midfield: Emyr Huws [Manchester City – Wigan Athletic]

The fact Manchester City allowed Emyr Huws to leave on a permanent basis shows just how difficult it is to break through at the club.

Huws was one of the stars of the Championship last season and is still only 20-years-old making his purchase by Wigan look a really eye-catching one.

Central-midfield: Sandro [Tottenham Hotspur – QPR]

Sandro had fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane, but that was no reflection his quality.

Although the Brazilian has not hit top form recently, when at the peak of his powers he was arguably Spurs’s most talented players and he makes a superb addition at QPR.

A hulking midfielder, he has all the qualities to become a star at Loftus Road and may be one of the best players to ever represent the club if he finds his top form.

Left-Wing: Hatem Ben-Arfa [Newcastle United – Hull]

Another mercurial talent which Hull have acquired this summer, Hatem Ben-Arfa looks a huge coup for the Tigers.

Ben Arfa is one of the most naturally talented players in the Premier League and although Alan Pardew did not know how to manage him, he should thrive given freedom under Steve Bruce.

A player capable of winning a match single-handedly, Ben-Arfa will light up the KC Stadium.

Striker: Danny Welbeck [Manchester United – Arsenal]

Much has been made of Danny Welbeck’s £16 million price-tag, but when analysed it really doesn’t seem overpriced.

At 23-year-old he is set to make a considerable number of England caps, already is a league winner and has played nearly 100 times for the most successful club in the country.

The only concern comes as this is the first time he will have been the main-man up-front, but with Arsenal’s creativity behind him he has all the qualities to thrive.

Striker: Radamel Falcao [Monaco – Manchester United]

The most expensive loan signing in history, Radamel Falcao has a lot to live up to.

However, if he hits top form he has the potential to be the best player in the Premier League and his arrival undoubtedly adds quality to United’s team.

With his addition there can be no excuse for Louis Van Gaal if the Red Devils do not make the top four, even if the squad still could do with some defensive recruits.

Would Falcao have made your deadline day squad?

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