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The three massive transfer sagas of this window have been about the destination of Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale.

With all three teams winning their opening Premier League matches and only one of the three players, Rooney actually playing, there are signs that the clubs will be able to manage without them.

Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale

Although it now looks like all three will be ending the window at the same club they started at, you have to wonder how necessary these top drawer players are to the success of their teams. So how important is one man to a team?

Wayne Rooney

It has been the general opinion this summer that if Manchester United let Rooney go it would be a sign of weakness and perhaps the start of a downfall for the newly appointed manager David Moyes and his Red Devils.

I can only imagine that this must have annoyed 2012/13 Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie who once again showed his unbelievable prowess in front of goal with two superb goals against Swansea on Saturday. It was his way of telling the world that Manchester United is not going anywhere and that they are serious contenders this year for the title.

Perhaps more importantly for United was the surprise brace scored by Danny Welbeck, who has, it is fair to say, struggled when it has come to putting the ball in the back of the net. It was a signal of intent from the team that they don’t need to rely on talisman Rooney anymore and that other teams should be aware of this.

Yes, Rooney came on and he got a couple of assists, though Van Persie’s second was really an individual goal, and he put in a good half an hour for the team. But, other teammates could’ve easily done what he did, most notably unused substitute Kagawa, and there was nothing special about what he did. Assuming Moyes is able to bring in one or two people before the window ends, Rooney may not be the pivotal figure he once was.

Luis Suarez

Liverpool’s biggest problem for the last two or three seasons has been their lack of goals. This was apparent against Stoke once again with the team squandering numerous goal scoring opportunities.

But there was a lot of promise for manager Brendan Rodgers with Daniel Sturridge continuing his fine form to win the match 1-0. His link up play and understanding with Philippe Coutinho and Iago Aspas was inspiring and as their relationship grows they could become quite an attacking force.

However, the fact remains that they need a striker who will score at least 20 a season, aka they need Luis Suarez, and when he returns from his ban I won’t be surprised if he is put straight back into the team to make a formidable attacking four.

If Liverpool are to push on from last season, they need more consistency in front of goal which Suarez can give them. Assuming he stays and he continues where he left off last season, Liverpool could push for a top four place.

Gareth Bale

On paper, it all looks good. Tottenham won, new striker Roberto Soldado scored on his debut and fellow new signing Paulinho got man of the match.

Gareth who, right? Wrong.

Tottenham were unimpressive throughout the game, with only little sparks of genius that never amounted to anything. The goal was a penalty harshly given and felt undeserved. Despite dominating possession, they hardly really threatened and when Ian Holloway made three changes all at once it really looked like Crystal Palace were going to steal one point and perhaps even three.

There was something missing from Tottenham’s display, scratch that, there was someONE missing. Bale brought a whole new dynamic to Tottenham’s attacking force that looks very weak without. If they want a top four place, they will need Bale playing every week on top form.

Post written by Will Gardner
Twitter: @williamg1010

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