Kerching: Four of the Best January Transfers
February 04, 2017
For some, this years’ transfer deadline day was one of the most turgid and inactive in living memory. While the dearth of big name moves and mega-bucks deals may have frustrated some, however, it at least restored a sense of calm to the transfer market and enabled Premier League clubs to net a January profit for the first ever time.
Still, a six-year spending high of £215 million was reached on 31st of the month, offset only by several, big-money moves outside of the top flight. So, here are four of the best buys made by Premier League Clubs, and a look at whether any will have on impact on the Premier League title odds or the outcome at the bottom end of the table…
Lee Grant: Derby County to Stoke City, £1.5 Million plus add-ons
Let’s start with the steal of the month, as on-loan stopper Lee Grant had already earned rave reviews for his performances this season. He has rescued the Potters on numerous occasions this season, most notably in the club’s two league clashes with Manchester United where the Reds created numerous chances. Not only this, but he has cost a mere £1.5 million (potentially rising to £2 million with add-ons), and will provide stern competition for Jack Butland when he returns from injury next season.
Morgan Schneiderlin: Manchester United to Everton, £24 Million
While the tenacious and accomplished Frenchman may not have been Mourinho’s cup of tea, he is likely to be a huge success at Everton. A proven, EPL commodity with great athleticism, strength and tackling ability, he will add energy and guile to a Toffee’s midfield that has lacked both so far this season. He was a relative snip at £24 million too, while Goodison Park may finally provide a stage upon which he can achieve this true potential.
Mamadou Sakho: Liverpool to Crystal Palace, on-loan
While Sakho has completed a loan move rather than a permanent one, it is a deal that could help Palace to stay in the top flight this season. After all, it is fair to say that he remains Liverpool’s second-best centre back behind Joel Matip, with his fall from grace the result of ill-behaviour and several, unsavoury controversies. While Klopp has clearly lost patience, however, Palace boss Sam Allardyce will be delighted at the prospect of the physically-dominant and pacey Sakho shoring up his back-line.
Gabriel Jesus: Palmeiras to Manchester City, £27 Million
While this deal was agreed in principle last summer, the talented Gabriel Jesus finally completed his switch to the Etihad during the January window. It is fair to say that the Brazilian has already made an impact too, showcasing skill, athleticism and supreme finishing in his fleeting appearances so far. Having scored his first City goal during the 4-0 thrashing of West Ham, Jesus could yet have a pivotal impact on Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge of the Blues and help his side to renew their own title charge.
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