Dissecting Deadline Day: Football Clubs Use Craft And Graft To Announce New Players On Twitter (Photos)

Chris Wright

2nd, September 2014

By Anorak

Football’s big daft summer transfer season is over and football fans across the globe get to see what their team managed to grab during the mad trolley dash that is DEADLINE DAY™.

We’ll round-up with the little sticker-style photos clubs use to introduce their new player news on Twitter – tweets than can be broadly placed in two camps: craft or graft.

But we’ll start with Jonathan Biabiany’s move from Parma to AC Milan. It fell through.

Anyone like to tell him?


Some clubs like to show their artistic side. Arsenal announced the signing of Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck in poster style.

All very slick: very big brand and easy on the eye. Heavy on style, though could disintegrate in a strong breeze – just like Welbeck himself, really…


Real Madrid used collage techniques to welcome Hernandez, also from Manchester United. 

Unlike Arsenal, Real were happy to show their new striker playing in United colours…


This was lovely from Atletico Madrid, who saluted the signing of Alessio Cerci with a tribute to the player’s country of origin and a zippy #hashtag…


As for Manchester United, well, they just went for the traditional shot of a beaming footballer stood before an advert for insurance and holding up an advert for Chevrolet cars.

Either that or Radamel Falcao has signed for the Swiss national side?


Southampton went with a happy Toby Alderweireld holding a football scarf. Classic…


This is what you get when you let a former window dresser loose on your Twitter account.

Valencia welcome Alvaro Negredo from Manchester City. You should see the matching trousers…


Marseille confirmed Morgan Amalfitano had joined West Ham United by declaring him dead…


And now for the shirts. QPR went shopping at Spurs and found themselves a Sandro.

He’s got a tight hold of that shirt, which might bode badly for his ability to tackle in the box (or maybe he’s trying to take it off already?).

QPR underlined the player’s aggression with the message: “Welcome to the #QPR family”

Which family member Sandro is, we’re as yet unclear on – but the uncle who went to prison is a fair bet…


Ryan Tunnicliffe joined Blackburn Rovers. This presented the ideal chance for a man in a shiny suit, who appears to be the player’s agent, to blow his own horn by Tweeting the news before anybody else…



James McArthur signed a three year contract with Crystal Palace after joining from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

He holds his new shirt up and shows how much he loves the club by wearing a Palace leisure top too…


Benjamin Stambouli, who left Montpellier for Spurs, does the “al fresco shirt lift” expertly…


Sunderland’s new recruit Ricky Alvarez puts on the shirt and gets a scarf from the club shop.

He then stands before a board of postcard-sized adverts.

Most likely he’s wearing the club shorts, socks, slippers and knickers too…


Like a slightly more glamorous version of Falcao, Burnley were delighted to announce the signing of George Boyd from Hull City.

Boyd wears the club’s home kit and models the away kit. He also holds up his name to remind jubilant Burnley fans who he is.

Watch: model’s own (Argos, £14.99)…


It was the home and away kit treatment for Hull City’s Mohamed Diamé too, who joined from West Ham.

Watch and rings: model’s own.


Oh yeah, and Zenit signed Bart Simpson…


AVB there, questioning every decision he’s ever made.

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