The dust has finally settled on this year's transfer window, and an astounding £630 million of transfer business has been concluded in all the leagues.
The stand-out transfers include two to the Premiership, and one very significant one away from it.
The one away from it is perhaps the most telling for English football, because talent such as is evident in Gareth Bale does not come along every day.
Just by the staggering amount that Real Madrid was prepared to pay for him (just over £85 million) it is clear that he is both highly valued and highly sought after on the continent.
That he will succeed at his new club is to me not in question. But his departure has left a huge hole in the firepower of his former team (much to the delight of Gooners everywhere) and to the National Welsh team as well.
I don't think that Bale was ever thinking of transferring to any other English side but clearly he was (rightly) dazzled by Madrid's overtures, and could not resist the temptation. Good on him. I hope that he goes from strength to strength.
Which brings me to his former club. Spurs have not been afraid to splash the cash this transfer window. They have recently bought midfielder Erik Lamela from Roma, Christian Eriksen from Ajax, and Roberto Soldado from Valencia to fill Bale's shoes - a tall order indeed, whilst players such as William Gallas, Scott Parker and David Bentley have left the club.
All three players purchased are good players, but in my view they will never fill the void left by Bale. Same as the void was never truly filled by Arsenal for a lengthy period when Van Persie left.
Players of his calibre do not come along very often, and that is why I was delighted to see that Arsene Wenger eventually pulled out his wallet and made arguably one of the best signings of his career with the sublime and frankly fantastic Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
Often described as the 'king of assists' and having even been compared to Zinedine Zidane, Ozil is in Jose Mourinho's own words the best number 10 in the world. A classy attacking midfielder that both assists and is capable of scoring goals, he has the capability of lifting any team's spirits as well as the scoreline. His impact on and off the field can only be imagined at this stage, but I think that it is going to be immense.
United's signing of Marouane Feliani is predictable because of the Moyes connection, but make no mistake, Feliani is an accomplished player who is certainly capable of scoring goals, and this is what United sorely need.
They looked a bit jaded and edgy against Liverpool on Sunday, and I don't think many would complain about the scoreline. United may not be doing well at present, but as they say, ignore them at you peril…even with a change of manager who will undoubtedly need a lot of time to adjust to his new job, United are a top-notch team who always get stronger as the season progresses.
Football fans have a lot to look forward to in this season, and with most clubs having strengthened their squads substantially, it's anyone's guess who will win it, and who will end up in the top four. After all, who saw Ozil coming?
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