Luring Algerian marksman Islam Slimani to the Leicester City saw Claudio Ranieri prevail as the most popular manager on transfer deadline day.
That’s according to a Twitter study conducted by news.bwin in which the sentiments of supporters were tracked as Premier League clubs attempted to apply the finishing touches to their squads on August 31st.
Tabs were kept on 57,061 tweets in order to reveal what fans really thought about their teams’ activity on the most frenetic 24 hours in the football calendar. Here are the results:
In total, 59% of the tweets involving the esteemed Italian were positive, with his decision to sign Slimani for a fee said to be a club-record-busting £29m at the root of the elation.
The Slimani deal ensured Ranieri remained clear of his counterparts at Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Stoke City respectively, with Antonio Conte, Aitor Karanka and Mark Hughes all earning plaudits from their clubs’ fans on deadline day.
51% of the tweets concerning this trio were positive, with the former and the latter, in particular, sanctioning headline-hogging signings in the hours before the transfer window closed.
Conte brought back Chelsea fan favourite David Luiz to quash his centre-back concerns, while Hughes nabbed one of the many Manchester City outcasts in Wilfried Bony to add some much needed firepower to the ranks.
At the other end of the spectrum, Claude Puel was the manager to attract the most animosity, with 28% of the tweets about the new Southampton supremo deemed to be negative.
He was comprehensively clear of the second and third-most derided coaches on deadline day, with a couple of arrivals softening the blogging blows that rained down on Ronald Koeman (18%) and Slaven Bilic (13%).
Koeman, however, was at the forefront of the most discussed deal of the day as his Everton side collided with Tottenham Hotspur over the transfer of Moussa Sissoko.
Both agreed to pay Newcastle United’s £30m asking price, but the Frenchman succumbed to Spurs’ charm offensive, prompting the negativity aimed at the Toffees boss.
In terms of general contentment felt amongst fans, the Boro faithful were the most satisfied with the events of August 31st.
Flying winger Adama Traore was the Teessiders’ only acquisition, but after a successful summer of shopping, the young Spaniard’s arrival augmented supporter excitement.
According to our survey, ‘great job’ and ‘strong team’ were the most common keywords associated with Boro on transfer deadline day, with each phrase combining to absorb a 46% share of the tweets posted about Karanka.