Another January transfer window has come and gone.
According to Transfermarkt, the Premier League (€335 million) spending was actually the second-highest in history, with Liverpool’s move for FC Porto winger Luis Diaz (€45m) and Newcastle’s signing of Bruno Guimaraes (€42.1m) leading the way. Tottenham, Everton and Aston Villa also parted with a decent amount of money.
January transfer windows are meant to be quiet but this year was very busy even though blockbuster moves were few, however, there were plenty of intriguing deals and late gambles.
Here, we take a look at some of the winners and losers of the January transfer window including the done deals that happened in Premiership.
Ins: Lucas Digne (Everton- £25m), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona – loan), Callum Chambers (Arsenal – free transfer), Robin Olsen (Roma – loan)
Outs: Matt Targett (Newcastle – loan), Anwar El Ghazi (Everton – loan), Wesley (Internacional – loan), Keinan Davis (Nottingham Forest – loan), Jed Steer (Luton Town – loan), Cameron Archer (Preston – loan), Jaden Philogene-Bidace (Stoke – loan)
Steven Gerrard was announced as Aston Villa’s head coach having took over from Dean Smith after a disastrous start of the season.
In a bid to return Villa to top 10 sides in the Premiership, Gerrard went on to add former teammate Philiphe Coutinho and Everton left back Lucas Digne both who made an instant impact as a villian.
Form is temporary, Class is permanent “- Philippe Coutinho debut is one to remember, setting up Ramsay and added another to rescue a point against Manchester United.
Also, Lucas Digne assist was the difference at Goodison Park before the international break setting up the only goal, scored by Emiliano Buendia, in a 1:0 win.
The signing of Calum Chambers on a free transfer provides villa with a lot of options because of his versatility.
A top 10 finish this season?
INS: Donny van de Beek (Manchester United – loan), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur – free), Vitaly Myolenko (Dynamo Kiev – £21m), Nathan Patterson (Rangers – £12m), Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa- Loan)
OUTS: Lucas Digne (Aston Villa – £25m)
An intriguing 48 hours at Goodison Park saw Frank Lampard appointed as manager and Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek arrive via transfer and loan moves respectively.
Despite the bizarre end of Lampard’s coaching career at Stamford Bridge, it should however be remembered that he guided Chelsea to top 4 finish without no summer signing and with the absent of Chelsea talisman – Eden Hazard.
One thing Everton fans bemoaned under Rafa Benitez was his staid five-at-the-back formation and they are likely to get something more attacking from Lampard, whose new recruits would suggest he could favour a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.
The potential prospect is mouthwatering should they hit the ground running like James Rodriguez.
Dele and Van de Beek can both play as No 8s just as Lampard did or as a No 10 with both have the keys to unlock Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richardson, those who would surely benefit from their intelligent runs in behind.
Dele Alli in the Premier League for Tottenham:
◉ 181 appearances
◉ 51 goals
◉ 34 assists
A goal or an assist every 158 minutes.
Not bad for a 25-year-old Tottenham flop
INS: Chris Wood (Burnley – £25m), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid – £13m), Matt Targett (Aston Villa – Loan), Bruno Guimaeres (Lyon – £40m)
OUTS: Freddie Woodman (Bournemouth – loan)
Newcastle were the biggest spenders as they flexed their financial muscle under the club’s new Saudi-led ownership.
The biggest blockbuster move of the summer was the arrival of Brazilian prodigy Bruno Guimares from Lyon for an initial fee of £35m plus add ons.
According to Squawka: Only two midfielders in Europe’s top five divisions have created 35+ chances, made 35+ tackles and completed 35+ take-ons so far in 2021/22:
◎ Bernardo Silva
◉ Bruno Guimarães
With Newcastle in dire need of a player to advance the play from midfield, with both willock and Shelvey lacking the vision and dribbling qualities to get the ball into attack from midfield with great regularity which has led Howe to deploy Joelinton there regularly.
Guimares is perhaps better suited and could help ease the pressure in the final third.
Bruno Guimarães has played more passes into the final third (226) than any other midfielder in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season.(Squawka)
Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Matt Targett have been brought in to patch up a leaky defence, while the signing of striker Chris Wood offers injury cover for Callum Wilson and also weakens relegation rivals Burnley.
INS: Luis Diaz (Porto – £37m)
OUTS: Nat Phillips (Bournemouth – loan)
It was a quiet transfer window for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but they spent the biggest fee on a single player.
The loss of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah to the Africa Cup of Nations blunted the Reds’ attack but they managed to come through that period in flying colours, mainly thanks to the work of Diogo Jota.
Although, Fabio Carvalho’s deal fell through on deadline day after a deal was struck, Liverpool fans will be pleased in getting the Diaz deal done despite Spurs interest.
Luis Diaz was a £37M plus potential add-ons which could rise to £46M signing from Porto with the Colombian bolstering the Reds’ attack, having scored already 14 goals in 18 Portuguese top-flight games this term.
A BIT OF BOTH
INS: Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus, loan); Rordrigo Bentancur (Juventus, £15.8m).
OUTS: Jack Clarke (Sunderland, loan), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon, Loan), Bryan Gil (Valencia, loan), Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal, loan); Dele Alli (Everton, free).
Conte, who joined the club in November, has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad,even though he has lifted them back into contention for a place in next season’s Champions League.
The deadline day swoop for Juventus pair Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski was a late answer to Antonio Conte’s call for reinforcements and is unlikely to satisfy the Italian after failing to get the perfect replacement for Emerson Royal.
Fabio Paratici could only successfully negotiate the signing of two players from the club at which he worked for more than a decade which led Tottenham to miss out on both Adama Traore and Luiz Diaz.
However on a positive note, Tottenham were able to shift out expensive disappointments of the past transfers and reduce the wage bill.
Ndombele played 80 mins
Dele played 145 mins
GLC played 42 minutes
Gil played 30 mins
They were barely used.
Acquiring two promising recruits in the Conte mould is a decent return in his first transfer window.
Rodrigo Bentancur is a complete midfielder with the physicality to handle the Premier League and excellent technical ability whereas Dejan Kulusevski is a grafting winger with a great potential and should get more opportunities to show it at Spurs than in Turin.
INS: A Trusty (Colorado, free).
OUTS: A Maitland-Niles (Roma, loan); S Kolasinac (Marseille, free); C Chambers (A Villa, free); P Mari (Udinese, loan); F Balogun (Middlesbrough, loan), P-E Aubameyang (Barcelona – free)
What a completely and utterly disastrous January for Arsenal fans – both ON and OFF the pitch.
After poor start to the second to the second half of the season, Arsenal went into the January transfer window with two clear objectives; to sign a top number nine and a central midfielder.
They failed on both counts, ending the month with five players sent out.
Vlahovic had been Arsenal’s top target in attack but the Serbian never had any intention of joining the Emirates club.
This was clear from day one, yet the club continually wasted time on a lost cause trying to convince him otherwise. Attempts to sign alternatives all proved fruitless.
In the centre of midfield, Arthur Melo was the preferred option but Arsenal’s board refused to sanction an 18-month loan.
Perhaps most concerningly, Arsenal’s determined shipping of fringe players during the window has recouped very little in the way of transfer sales or loan fees, and Aubameyang’s free switch to Barcelona is another example.
A necessary clearing of the decks has come at a cost, however, Squad depth was already a problem, now it’s on the verge of being catastrophic.
A couple of injuries and suspensions, Mikel Arteta may be struggling to get his side out which could cost Arsenal the Top four at the end of the season.
OUTS: F Alves (Brondby, £900k).
Another team who had a tricky window was David Moyes’ West Ham, who also needed some business to boost their top-four hopes and their Europa League run
The Hammers gone from signing all the strikers to flirting with a few but sealing the deal for none.
Some reports suggest a last-gasp £60m transfer for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez was rejected plus the idea of bringing back Jesse Lingard and the lack of a new forward was undoubtedly the big disappointment come 11pm on deadline day.
Michail Antonio will continue to shoulder much of the attacking burden in what is set to be a busy few months domestically and in Europe, and Moyes will need careful planning and plenty of luck to keep him fit and firing.
With only Antonio their recognized CF, the failure to sign any players during January may come back to haunt them.