Phil Thompson casts his eye over your club’s transfer dealings in the January transfer window.
The dust has settled after another January transfer window, and Sky Sports’ Phil Thompson casts his eye over the movers and shakers in the Premier League.
With teams vying for European football, other battling to retain their Premier League status and, more importantly, with Deadline Day now behind us, the former Liverpool player and manager looks ahead to the remainder of the season to see whether the big money acquisitions can have the desired effect.
Ins: Krystian Bielik (Legia Warsaw, £1.7m), Gabriel Paulista (Villarreal, £14m) Outs: Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan, loan), Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace, loan)
Like a lot of the teams at the top-end of the table, Arsenal are doing well. So nobody was going to be doing a lot of business at the top. Arsenal have strengthened in an area where a lot of people have been calling for it. Gabriel hasn’t got a great deal of international pedigree but it’s a signing that was required – they were desperate for a centre-back. Krystian Bielik is one for the future. Arsene Wenger has trimmed his squad a bit; they had a lot of midfield players. Letting Podolski go was a bit strange, but Sanogo needed to play games.
Ins: Carles Gil (Valencia, £3.1m), Scott Sinclair (Manchester City, loan) Outs: Darren Bent (Derby, loan)
Scott Sinclair is another player who needed to move to play; he had brief cameo at the Emirates on Sunday and looked as though he did quite well. I quite like the look of Gil, he scored a wonder-goal against Bournemouth and he looks very comfortable on the ball. In a struggling team, his ability is going to be welcomed. Teams in Villa’s position need dogs of war but it’s nice to see Gil’s silky ability on the pitch.
Ins: Michael Keane (Manchester United, £3m) Outs: Alex Cisak (Leyton Orient, loan)
There was a lot of interest from Liverpool and Tottenham for Danny Ings and for them to hold on to him was huge. Burnley can’t afford to give up £4m or £5m with his contract running out in the summer. The big question was: did they have anyone of quality to come in in his place? That clearly would have been no. Danny will give them an outside chance of staying up.
Ins: Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina, £26.1m) Outs: Fernando Torres (AC Milan, undisclosed), Mark Schwarzer (Leicester, free), Andre Schurrle (Wollfsburg, undisclosed), Mohamed Salah (Fiorentina, loan), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, £10m)
We all saw Cuadrado in the World Cup as a wide midfield player. It will be nice to see a player who is aggressive with his running and his manner. He seems to have that good attitude Mourinho is demanding from his players. We’re yet to see where he is going to fit in, because I can’t see Mourinho ousting Willian, Oscar or Hazard. What we’re seeing is a very shrewd Chelsea operating in the transfer market, shipping Mata and David Luiz out for big money. Mourinho’s had a good look at Schurrle and Salah, and moved them on in place of someone who he thinks will fit the bill.
Ins: Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal, loan), Shola Ameobi (free agent), Jordon Mutch (QPR, £4.75m), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United, undisclosed) Outs: Stuart O’Keefe (Cardiff, undisclosed), Zeki Fryers (Rotherham, loan)
Zaha has been one of the top signings of the window. For one reason or another it didn’t quite work out for him at Manchester United but he has great potential. He’s still only young and he’s got great pace and trickery. You just feel as though he should be scoring and creating more goals. Alan Pardew loves a big lad, and he’s got Shola [Ameobi] and Sanogo in, giving himself a chance and not leaving palace short up front. Whether those players have got enough goals in them we’ll have to wait and see but he’s address the lack of goals from midfield with the addition of Jordan Mutch who was another player not getting enough game time.
Ins: Aaron Lennon (Tottenham, loan) Outs: Samuel Eto’o (Sampdoria, undisclosed)
Although Eto’o had a good start to life at Everton, a lot of rumours were circling around Merseyside about issues off the pitch. So it was no surprise to see him go in January. A lot of the younger coaches in the league want pace in their side, and in Aaron Lennon Martinez has got that. It’s a very good signing. Lennon is a little bit older, but needs to have a better end product. Playing games will improve that, and hopefully it works out for the player and the club.
Ins: Dame N’Doye (Lokomotiv Moscow, £3m) Outs: Tom Ince (Derby, loan), Greg Luer (Port Vale, loan)
I don’t know a lot about N’Doye, it seems like Steve Bruce was desperate to bring him in. Abel Hernandez doesn’t seem to have worked out, Nikica Jelavic seems to have lost his touch in front of goal and they are struggling. They have created some really good chances but they can’t them away, which then heaps the pressure on the defence which has started to leak goals. That’s what was always good about Bruce’s teams, they had a good backbone. N’Doye has been pursued, Bruce has gone to Paris to get him, and he will hope it works for him.
Ins: Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea, free), Andrej Kramaric (Rijeka, £7.5m), Robert Huth (Stoke, loan)
Schwarzer is a good safe bet; he provides back-up to Ben Hamer while Kasper Schmeichel is out injured. Robert Huth is a great signing. He showed at Stoke that he’s a very good defender. He was something they required because they’ve been shipping goals and the confidence has been draining out of their centre-backs of late. Kramaric looks to have ability, similar to that of Gil at Villa. I hope he will get enough time to demonstrate his skills because when teams are in trouble, skill and risk make way for people who put the foot in. At times you’ve got to be creative, and he looks to have ability to do it.
Ins: None Outs: Suso (AC Milan, undisclosed), Oussama Assaidi (Al Ahli Club, undisclosed)
A quiet window by Liverpool’s standards, but the best thing they’ve done is sign Philippe Coutinho on a long-term contract. That kid is getting better all the time and there could have been a lot of suitors coming in for him because I can see him getting back in the Brazil squad. I’m also pleased Rickie Lambert has stayed after he was linked with a move away.
Ins: Wilfried Bony (Swansea, £28m) Outs: Matija Nastasic (Schalke, loan), Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa, loan)
Bony has come in and he’s a great signing. I would have loved Liverpool to have signed him in the summer. They paid a lot of money for him and it will be interesting to see how many games he plays because most of the time they play one up front, and that’s always going to be Sergio Aguero. Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic haven’t been getting games at the moment and I just hope Bony gets the opportunity.
Ins: Victor Valdes (free agent), Andy Kellett (Bolton, loan) Outs: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Darren Fletcher (West Brom, free transfer), Anderson (Internacional, free)
Louis van Gaal said he wouldn’t be doing much business in January, and it’s no surprise not much happened. The capture of Valdes was good, but it starts the mind turning over whether De Gea is staying. Whether he stays or he doesn’t, take nothing away from how good the Valdes signing is. United are doing quite well at the moment, they’re third in the league and there was no feeling they needed to press the panic button.
Ins: None Outs: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma, £5.5m), Hatem Ben Arfa (released), Davide Santon (Inter Milan, loan) Five loans to Rangers
I’m pleased for John Carver and I’m glad he’s been given the opportunity. He’s made a fantastic start to the job with the 3-0 win at Hull. But five players leaving the club on loan Rangers? My goodness, I wonder how that happened? You just wonder how that can be done.
Queens Park Rangers
Ins: Mauro Zarate (West Ham, loan) Outs: Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace, undisclosed)
QPR needed some players. I know it’s difficult because they’ve spent a lot of money on players that perhaps haven’t worked out to date but their position in the league shows they need help. They needed a striker, they needed midfielders, they needed a defender, so how they can say they’re good enough is a worrying thing. When Harry Redknapp wasn’t signing players I thought it didn’t look right. So it is no surprise to me that his resignation has followed. When a team like QPR are struggling as they are, they needed signings and they’ve signed no one which everybody will think is wrong.
Ins: Eljero Elia (Werder Bremen, loan), Filip Djuricic (Benfica, loan), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, £10m) Outs: Jack Cork (Swansea, £3m), Jos Hooiveld (Millwall, loan)
I don’t know a lot about Djuricic, but apparently he’s an offensive midfield player who will score goals from midfield. He ticks a box; they need more goals from midfield. Ronald Koeman hasn’t got many things wrong with his signings at St Mary’s. Elia has come in and scored three goals, two of which when the team didn’t play well at Newcastle and that’s what you buy players for. Bertrand is a great signing. If that had been left until the summer, there would have been loads of people after him. I think they paid a little over the odds for him but when you’ve let your left-back go for £30m and you sign someone who looks just as good, that’s a great deal.
Ins: Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen, loan) Outs: Robert Huth (Leicester, loan)
I thought Stoke might try to fill the gap left by the injured Bojan but they didn’t. Mark Hughes seems content with his squad, so who am I to argue with him? Wollschied has come in on loan and he appears to have slotted straight into the team. They were prepared to let Huth go so, from what they’ve seen, he must be decent.
Ins: Jermain Defoe (Toronto, undisclosed) Outs: Jozy Altidore (Toronto, undisclosed)
Defoe has ticked the box. Sunderland needed someone to score goals and they’ve got an out-in-out goalscorer. He’s a brilliant signing. On the list of possible transfer targets Defoe most definitely would have headed it, so they have done some great business getting him away from Toronto, especially after a host of Premier League clubs expressed a strong interest.
Ins: Kyle Naughton (Tottenham, £5m), Jack Cork (Southampton, £3m), Nelson Oliveira (Benfica, loan) Outs: Wilfried Bony (Manchester City, £28m)
Garry Monk has signed Cork, that’s a shrewd signing. He’s a very good player and a number of clubs were looking at him, including Arsenal. Naughton wasn’t getting games and he needed to leave to progress his career. Rangel appears to be struggling for Swansea at times so increasing the competition for places at the Liberty will benefit all.
Ins: Dele Alli (MK Dons, £5m) Outs: Kyle Naughton (Swansea, £5m), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (released), Aaron Lennon (Everton, loan)
Alli is one for the future. Lots of clubs were chasing him so it’s good business to get this deal out of the way early for £5m. The player goes back on loan to MK Dons for the remainder of the season so he’ll still be getting first-team action which is good for the lad.
Ins: Callum McManaman (Wigan, £4.75m), Darren Fletcher (Man Utd, free transfer)
I’m pleased for Darren Fletcher but at the same time he must be devastated. He’s been at Manchester United since he was 16, its been his life and it’s difficult for him to move. Knowing the lad, he’s a fantastic young man that needs to be playing football. He’s had such a difficult time with his health problems and I just feel West Brom is a good fit for him. McManaman was probably a little inconsistent at Wigan. He looked a world-beater at times but not often enough, perhaps a move into the Premier League will rekindle his desire.
Ins: Doneil Henry (Apollon Limassol, £1.9m) Outs: Mauro Zarate (QPR, loan)
West Ham’s big signing was to get Emmanuel Adebayor up front just to change things round, but they couldn’t compete a deal. If they had got him in then Carlton Cole would have been allowed to go. That would have been a great signing for the Hammers, not because Adebayor needs to move on, despite losing his way at Spurs, but it would have given them another decent attacking option.
Phil Thompson casts his eye over your club’s transfer dealings in the January transfer window.