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Sahin, César and Modric: Hit or Miss?
With the transfer window well and truly slammed shut for Premier League clubs, the rumour mill is now generating only the faintest whispers of potential money moves. But there are still plenty of done deals for the Life’s a Pitch team to mull over. Nuri Sahin (pictured, above right) has dropped in at Liverpool on a season-long loan, goalkeeper Júlio César swapped Inter Milan for QPR and Luka Modric said his goodbyes to Spurs to embark on his Real Madrid experience. But will they find fame or flop at their new clubs?
Real Madrid midfielder Sahin’s time at Liverpool will be good for both team and player, says the Sunday Telegraph’s Jason Burt. “I think Sahin’s a great young player,” he says. “Very talented young guy. Very, very confident player as well. I think he fits exactly the type of player Brendan Rodgers wants. I think he’ll do a good job there, do really, really well and be a hit.”
The Daily Mirror’s John Cross is also positive that César will be a success at QPR. “He’ll be a hit, because he’s got the faith of the manager,” he says. “Rob Green looks a man under pressure. I don’t think he was Mark Hughes’ first choice and he [Hughes] was desperate to bring in an experienced back-up contender. Well, Júlio César is better than that and he’ll be taking Green’s first choice I’m afraid.”
Completing the set, the Mail on Sunday’s Ian Ridley expects Modric to flourish with Spanish giants Real Madrid. “He has started to hurt teams and he has scored more goals, if not a huge number of goals. I’m thinking this is exactly the kind of player Real Madrid need if they are to compete with Barcelona on a more regular basis. They need subtlety, ingenuity, someone who keeps the ball and passes it. The recent history of overseas players going from the Premier League to Spain has been good: you look at Ronaldo going to Spain, look at Cesc Fábregas going to Barcelona and you look at Modric now; I think it’s gonna be a hit.”
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