Yes it’s that time of year again! The craziness of the Christmas & New Years fixtures is over and ushers in one of the most exciting times of the year, the January transfer window, if you are on the fortunate end of it that is.
I personally love the transfer windows and all that comes with it, the transfer talk, the speculation and rumours, but most of all the craziness of deadline day itself. On deadline day I will happily sit and watch Sky Sports News and read Twitter all day and all night until it closes. Through the years there has always been more action during the summer transfer window, which is normal as the January transfer window is only open for a month and players are cup-tied etc, but last year saw a change with some huge transfers happening. Edin Dzeko bought by Manchester City in a transfer worth £27 million, while Darren Bent signed for Aston Villa in a transfer worth £18 million from Sunderland.
When deadline day came so did the surprises. Luis Suarez signed for Liverpool for £23 million while David Luiz signed for Chelsea for £21.3m, but the biggest and most shocking transfers came with the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea for a staggering £50 million and so leaving Liverpool to subsequently buy Andy Carroll from Newcastle for £35 million.
With the January transfer window now open you can expect to see more big transfer like this happening with Chelsea and Manchester United needing to bring in players to try and bridge the gap between them and Manchester City. Arsenal are bringing in Thierry Henry on a two month loan to act as cover for Thierry Henry due to Maurone Chamakh is leaving for the African Cup of Nations .Arsenal may also look for a midfielder on loan to cover Wilshere while he is out injured and also while he is on the road to recovery, but more importantly they will be looking to bring in a Left-Back.
Chelsea may also be looking for a striker with Anelka off to China, Drogba on his way to the African Cup of Nations and Torres still not firing on all cylinders, it would be left up to Sturridge to lead the attack. Gary Cahill’s transfer to Chelsea seems to have hot a snag with his wages being a problem, but I am sure that is going to be worked out.
Manchester United on the other hand need some midfielders, defensive and attacking, and also a striker. If you speak to any Tottenham fan you will find out they are uneasy over the future of Luka Modric. Chelsea will undoubtedly reignite their interest in the player, while Manchester United could do with a player of his ability and if Chelsea bid for him I wouldn’t be surprised if United matched it. Tottenham not only need to keep their star players but could also do with another striker and Harry will be looking to bring in some fresh faces, but I wouldn’t wait to see any transfers until the thirteenth hour!
The clubs at the bottom will be bringing players in on loan and buying any players they can to help them stay in the Premiership. Blackburn, Bolton, Wigan, Wolves, QPR and Swansea will be on the look out for anyone they can bring in, and as for Sunderland, now with Martin O’Neil in charge, some shrewd transfers will happen and I am sure they will stay up. Blackburn seem to be in a situation where they are going to have to sell one or two players, which is not what the team needs to stay up. QPR are going to be looking to bring in some players on loan, with talk of Macheda joining from Manchester United. Wolves already have brought in Emmanuel Frimpong on loan from Arsenal which is good for all parties involved.
This is one of the most stressful months in football for all managers. A run of bad results could leave you out of the title race or in the relegation zone, or even out of a job. The stress for those managers is paralleled by the excitement felt by the fans, and I for one will be looking forward to this January with great anticipation and cannot wait for the 31st of January for one of the most exciting days in football!