The winter transfer window has now closed after what was a hectic day of comings and goings on Monday but what teams have emerged much stronger after January’s deals and who will be disappointed at a lack of business?
It’s been a tough season for Everton so far. It started with the unpopular appointment of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and continued with the Blues on the slide in the Premier League with a dismal run of results leaving them just two places above the relegation zone.
However, they’ve now made a fresh start with Frank Lampard named as new manager and he immediately got to work, signing Dele Alli from Tottenham in a £40million deal, while Donny van de Beek has joined on loan from Manchester United. Both are talented players with plenty to prove and should thrive at Goodison Park. The Toffees, who are 4/1 to be relegated, also signed left-back Vitalii Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev to cover for the loss of Lucas Digne to Aston Villa, while Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson arrived alongside Anwar El Ghazi from Villa on loan.
Newcastle (11/8 to be relegated) have begun to splash the cash following their takeover last year and paid out over £90million in January with some eye-catching signings that they hope will help them avoid relegation in the second half of the season. Lyon’s highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes joined in a deal that could eventually be worth just over £40million, Burnley striker Chris Wood was brought in for £25million and Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier returned to the Premier League in a £12million move.
All those deals were completed before Monday but the Magpies were also busy on deadline day, snapping up Brighton defender Dan Burn for £13million and Aston Villa’s Matt Targett on loan as Eddie Howe significantly bolstered his squad.
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Villa did some solid business with the acquisition of Digne from Everton for £25million on top of bringing in former Liverpool ace and proven Premier League star Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona. Defender Calum Chambers also moved to Villa Park from Arsenal on a three-and-a-half-year deal while Matt Targett exited for Newcastle on loan and El Ghazi had completed a similar switch to Everton earlier in the month.
A mention too for Rangers, Liverpool and Barcelona who will all be pleased with their business. Rangers pulled off a coup to land former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey from Juventus on deadline day, while Barca had earlier secured the services of Adama Traore from Wolves and then added Pierre Emerick Aubameyang on a free transfer from Arsenal late on Monday. Liverpool completed potentially the biggest deal of the month when they brought in exciting forward Luis Diaz from Porto in a transfer that could eventually be worth £49million.
The Gunners lost former talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who eventually joined Barcelona on a free transfer on deadline day. The Gabon striker had fallen out with boss Mikel Arteta and hasn’t played since December 6 but his goals will be missed. It leaves Arsenal short up front with only Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as central options. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (loan to Roma), Sead Kolasinac (Marseille) and Calum Chambers (Aston Villa) all also left the Emirates as the Gunners trimmed their squad.
United failed to make any signings in the month which will have left some fans unhappy as Ralf Rangnick takes a risk and hopes his squad is now good enough to land a top-four place (Man Utd 6/4) in the second half of the season. Van de Beek barely got a chance to impress and has been allowed to move to Everton on loan while the unsettled Anthony Martial was also shown the door, joining Sevilla on loan. Axel Tuanzebe (Napoli, loan) and Amad Diallo (Rangers, loan) were other departures from Old Trafford.
Burnley were forced to sell Chris Wood to Newcastle for £25million when the Magpies activated his release clause and Sean Dyche will be frustrated he’s lost a proven Premier League goalscorer with a tough relegation scrap looming large. The Clarets (6/4 to stay up) are bottom of the table going into February, although they do have games in hand, and surely needed reinforcements.
Wout Weghorst was signed from Wolfsburg to replace Wood on deadline day but it remains to be seen if the Dutch forward, who scored 59 goals in 118 Bundesliga appearances for the German side over the past three- and-a-half seasons, will be successful in the Premier League.
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