Transfer Deadline Day: Where are they now?

With another transfer deadline day fast approaching, Nathan Judah takes a look at some recent last minute deals and investigates where they are now.

The mood was light at Wolves' training ground today despite the size of the task at Chelsea.

Marcus Bent - Wolves (January 2011)

Soccer - Wolverhampton Wanderers - Training

Wolves fans were left underwhelmed by the loan signing of the Birmingham City striker back in 2011 - and they were right to have their reservations,

Bent failed to find the net during his five appearances for then manager Mick McCarthy, before finishing the season with Sheffield United.

To say the forward had a barren spell towards the end of his career would be a drastic understatement.

He failed to find the net in his last 32 collective appearances for Middlesbrough, QPR, Wolves and Sheffield United.

The striker finished his career in Indonesia for Mitra Kukar - his 14th career club.



Stefan Maierhofer - Wolves (August 2009)

Soccer - Barclays Premier league - Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Another Mick McCarthy deadline day purchase, Stefan Maierhofer still holds a Wolves club record - the tallest player ever to pull on the famous gold and black.

Signed for a reported £1.8m, the striker scored on his debut in a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, but suffered a hernia that kept him out for several months.

On regaining his fitness, the giant failed to get back into the team and was loaned out to Bristol City and Bundesliga Division 2 club MSV Duisburg before signing for Red Bull Salzburg.

The Austrian international is currently unattached after signing two short-term deals with Millwall..



Thievy Bifouma - Albion (January 2014)

Thievy Bifouma of West Bromwich Albion & David Luiz of Chelsea.
Thievy Bifouma of West Bromwich Albion & David Luiz of Chelsea.

Pepe Mel made a loan swoop for Thievy Bifouma with a view to a permanent transfer from Espanyol on deadline day, January 2014.

The Congo striker enjoyed a dream debut, coming off the bench to score within 36 seconds during a 3-1 at Crystal Palace.

His only other Albion goal came during the 3-3 draw with Cardiff City on the last day of the 2014/15 season.

Still an Espanyol player, the 23-year-old is currently on loan at Granada but has failed to find the net in his eight appearances to date.



Morgan Amalfitano - Albion (September 2013)

Soccer : Barclays Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v West
Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion & Morgan Amalfitano of West Bromwich Albion celebrate the only goal of the match - also pictured Graham Dorrans of West Bromwich Albion

Steve Clarke brought in Amalfitano on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer back on deadline day 2013.

The French international scored a memorable goal against Manchester United, taking the ball from midfield, knocking it through Rio Ferdinand's legs before nonchalantly dinking the ball over David de Gea in a stunning 2–1 victory, their first at Old Trafford in 34 years.

After a positive start to life at The Hawthorns, his form declined before he was snapped up by West Ham.

He only left Upton Park last week, signing a two-and-a-half year deal with Lille.



Michael Ngoo - Walsall (January 2014)

Walsall's Michael Ngoo and Port Vale's Chris Birchall
Walsall's Michael Ngoo and Port Vale's Chris Birchall

Signed with Liverpool, Ngoo never made an appearence for the Premier League giants, despite representing England at Under 19 and 20 level.

Dean Smith brought in the 6ft 6in striker on an initial loan deal but he endured a disastrous debut, missing a penalty in a 3-0 defeat to MK Dons.

He finally broke his Saddlers duck in a 1-1 draw with Carlisle back in April 2014, his only goal in 14 appearances.

Ngoo is currently without a club after his a two-year-deal with Kilmarnock came to an early end.

During his time in Scotland, Ngoo spent a night in the cells after run-in with bar staff when he refused to buy a drink.



Jordy Hiwula - Walsall (February 2015)

Jordy Hiwula of Walsall races off to celebrate his goal.
Jordy Hiwula of Walsall races off to celebrate his goal.

Dean Smith pulled off a coup when landing Hiwula from Manchester City in what proved to be one of the most successful loan spells in recent memory.

His pace, physicality and eye for goal made him an instant fans' favourite at the Banks's.

The youngster scored three minutes into his debut for the Saddlers in on a 2–0 away win at Doncaster. His second goal came just three days later against Rochdale  in a 3–2 win.

The England U-19 international also helped Walsall reach Wembley for the first time in their history, before signing a three-year contract with Huddersfield Town last summer.

After only one substitute appearance, Hiwula joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan scoring six goals to date.


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Comments for: "Transfer Deadline Day: Where are they now?"


Bifouma gets a 5/10 and Amalfitano a 6/10 can only guess that Nathan Judah had a very limited experience of seeing either play if he thinks there is only a 1/10 gap between their contributions at The Hawthorns!

chris h

Same as 4 out of 10 for Maierhofer. Money down the drainpipe. 4 out of 10 indicates an almost average signing, when he was nothing of the sort.

In the previous window Mick wanted Carroll but they wouldn't pay the £6m and he went on to be sold for over £30m 18 months or so later.


Once again we eclipse the baggies, our ineptness is even more mossiver than our shadow.

The Real Bully Hoo.


Stoke Wolves

Not very optimistic about this years deadline day. Can they score it in minus?

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