Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Fri 26 October 2007

So far, so good? (Part 2)

Continuing our look at some of the close-season transfers and the progress they've made at their new clubs, we begin with...

Elano (Man City)
The canny Brazilian has emerged from the mass of Sven's summer signings as one of the more eye-opening talents in the Premier League. Capable of scoring from free-kicks and long distance, Man City seem to have finally found that elusive asset - someone who can put the ball in the back of the net, and they've not had someone like that for a while.
Impact rating: 7/10

Carlos Tevez (Man United)
Much like last season with West Ham, Tevez took a while to find his feet but now finds himself as a key player in Fergie's battalion. Somewhat curiously, he's found more of a sense of purpose as a provider of opportunities for people like Wayne Rooney rather than as a striker in his own right, but given United's slow start to the season, that's something they'll probably be grateful for.
Impact rating: 7/10

Mido (Middlesbrough)
The move north from Tottenham during the summer looked to have breathed a new lease of life into Mido with a goal in his two opening games but since then there's been nothing to report except a few yellow cards. Appears to be trying hard to find his early season form but may be hindered by the whole team's current demise which has seen Boro head towards the foot of the table.
Impact rating: 4/10

Kenwyne Jones (Sunderland)
Roy Keane paid a pretty penny for the services of the Trinidadian but after six appearances he already has three goals to his name and it looks like there'll be more to come. Has the potential to achieve that rare distinction of being a player who did well in the top flight as well as in the lower leagues. In a team as admittedly weak as Sunderland is, Jones has already singled himself out as a decent striker. Imagine what he could do at one of the big clubs?
Impact rating: 6/10

Darren Bent (Tottenham)
Haven't seen that much of him this season, to be honest. One goal from three starts isn't a bad average, but we need to see more of him before we can properly pass judgement. £16.5 million pounds is a lot of money to spend on a player, and without him Spurs have undoubtedly suffered, so it should be fun seeing what sort of impact he'll make when his appearances become more regular.
Impact rating: 3/10

Craig Bellamy (West Ham)
Fortunately for The Hammers, Bellamy has largely evaded the injury curse which has struck practically every other summer signing to arrive at Upton Park. Two goals in the Premier League and two in the Carling Cup suggests the hot-headed striker still has it in him to produce the goods, so as long as he can avoid injury and suspension, we should be able to pencil him in for more goals further down the line.
Impact rating: 6/10

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