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Dowie's deadline day verdict

Exclusive: Iain Dowie analyses the main Premier League deadline deals, including his former club QPR's double swoop.

 
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QPR - Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse

We all have a great deal of sympathy for Neil Warnock, but Mark Hughes has gone in and identified very good targets. Zamora and Nedum Onuoha have proven pace, power and know how to deal with the Premier League. Cisse adds that element of unpredictability, and he has also brought in Samba Diakhite and Taye Taiwo.

Zamora is the stand-out signing. He took Fulham almost single-handedly to the Europa League final. He's 31, but he did not play a lot in the early part of his career and is reaping the benefits of that.

Those signings will make QPR a real force in the second half of the season. Goals have been a problem for them this season, but Zamora, Cisse and Federico Macheda increase their options up front greatly. They are all different players, but all three have the pace and physicality that you need in the Premier League.

Everton - Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar

Jelavic has a good track record, with 36 goals in 56 games for Rangers, and wants to be at the peak of his powers ahead of Euro 2012 with Croatia. It's good bit of business for David Moyes, who sold Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for around £5m, so he has almost balanced the books.

It was a very good day for David. They beat Manchester City, he brought in a proven goalscorer and balanced the wage bill with Louis Saha going out. And to top it off he has got Pienaar back in, possibly on subsidised wages, and hecould be their leading creative player straight away. He also brought in Darron Gibson cheaply and Landon Donovan on loan this month.

It is a fantastic achievement for David, who has not just been operating with one arm tied behind his back, he has been without both arms and a leg! What he has done on a shoestring budget is fantastic.

Manchester City - David Pizarro

He is a very experience player, he won the Scudetto with Roberto Mancini at Inter. He is not your usual Mancini player - he likes to float around in pockets and offers a different option from the likes of Nasri, David Silva and Aguero.

Mancini knows he can grind it out with the likes of Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry and Nigel De Jong, but Pizarro just offers something a bit more creative which they could have done with against Everton last night. But there was no need for major changes, and this is just a bit of tinkering.

I think the way Mancini has handled the Carlos Tevez situation has been very good. He offered him an olive branch and have him an opportunity to apologise to the team and the manager, but Carlos chose not to. He is in a difficult situation now. The Russian and South American transfer windows are still open, but if he does not move then he will have to come back and apologise, otherwise he won't be getting paid.

I think Tevez has been badly advised, and it's a real shame to see a such a talented player spending his peak years on a golf course. He and his advisors need to find a way to resolve this and put it to bed.

West Ham - Ravel Morrison, Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te

If you'd said to me 18 months ago that a Championship side were going to sign Ravel Morrison, I would have been incredulous. But he has had a difficult time, got distracted on and off the pitch. Sir Alex must feel he needs to go away from Manchester to ply his trade. His contract was running down so they made a decision, and I'm sure there will be some add-ons in there.

The lad's got to play football and make the most of his god-given talent. The first time I saw him about a year and a half ago he was absolutely magnificent. Since then he has been less effective, but I hope the penny drops because he's got bucketloads of talent.

I think it's a good situation for him, as Sam has a good record of getting the best out of potentially difficult players. He's got great vision and ability on the ball - hopefully he will start playing regularly and we will talk about Ravel Morrison for the right reasons.

Tottenham - Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen

Harry Redknapp likes Saha and it's a low-risk move as he's only there until the end of the season. Now he's moved Pavlyuchenko on, Saha is the best like-for-like replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Harry has sent Sebastien Bassong out, and brought in a very experienced player in Nelsen. The one area he might have a problem is right-back now Vedran Corluka has left, but Nelsen's arrival could give him the option of playing Younes Kaboul on the right.

They've got a very rounded squad and I think they're right in the shake-up. It's not just a two-horse race.

Chelsea - Kevin De Bruyne

I must admit I thought Chelsea might have been more active this month, but Andre Villas-Boas has been very open about the fact that they have a project and the summer is going to be more important.

They've got a very good player in Gary Cahill. I was surprised he didn't start against Swansea, but maybe it's a case of getting used to the pattern of play. But who knows? Maybe he will be straight in against Manchester United at the weekend.

They're still 12 points off the top, and I think they've got a long way to go to be in the title shake-up now.

Sunderland - Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos

He's very clever the way he manages, Martin O'Neill. He's gone in and given everyone a chance. He doesn't want to disrupt that, and now he has just tickled around the edges.

Both players give him experience. Kyrgiakos gives them physicality in the centre of defence, which they haven't had. Wes Brown and John O'Shea are good players, but they aren't physically commanding.

Fulham - Pavel Pogrebnyak and Ryan Williams

I have seen Pogrebnyak playing for Russia and he has sometimes outshone Pavlyuchenko. He is a clever player, good into feet, and a different sort of foil for the likes of Bryan Ruiz, Moussa Dembele and Andy Johnson. He is a good replacement for Bobby Zamora. They have also signed Williams from Portsmouth, who looks an exciting talent.

Wolves - Sebastien Bassong

I worked with Sebastien at Newcastle when I was there with Alan Shearer and I thought he was an outstanding talent. He had lovely feet, good pace, and just needed to work on his defensive intensity a little bit. He will bring what Wolves maybe don't have at the back, and that's out-and-out pace. He's got everything to be a top player.

West Bromwich Albion - Liam Ridgewell and Keith Andrews

Roy Hodgson is a very pragmatic manager. Ridgewell is a very decent defender who can play across the back four. Andrews has found himself out on loan, and will be looking to re-establish himself  at a Premier League club.

Bolton Wanderers - Ryo Myaichi and Marvin Sordell

Loan players have been a very successful avenue for Owen Coyle, with Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge, and he'll be hoping Myaichi can offer something from wide areas where they have had some injuries. Sordell is a bit raw but he's only 20 and I think it could be a very shrewd move.

Iain Dowie was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association

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