So the January transfer window has closed, the dust has settled and all of Tottenham’s late transfer deals have been concluded and all can be said about it is that was rather anticlimactic.
Last years January transfer window dwarfs this one just gone in terms of both money and excitement. Last years may have had more to it, but was it better for the clubs rather than the fans?
Last year I rated the transfer club by club, so let’s see how it looks a year on.
Arsenal did not make any waves in the transfer market, which will come as no surprise, only signing Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi who had not played for a professional football team yet. Miyaichi had been bought as soon as he finished high school. Miyaichi went straight out on loan to Dutch club Feyenoord and was successful, so much so that they wanted him back on a season long loan this season, but Wenger wanted to keep him at the club. This January transfer window saw Miyaichi join Bolton on loan with the player and manager of both clubs hoping he can have a similar effect as Jack Wilshere had a few seasons ago.
It is hard to say whether or not it was a successful transfer window for Arsenal so in that case it is void.
Aston Villa spent some serious money on proven goal scorer Darren Bent. He returned that faith in him with 18 goals, and just reaching his 100th Premiership goal. Jean II Makoun signed for Villa under the management of Houllier but when just as that didn’t last nor did his Villa career – Makoun is now on loan at Olympiacos. Michael Bradley joined the club on loan from German club Borussia Mönchengladbach but only made 3 appearances while Kyle Walker had a successful time and Villa, making 15 appearances.
Villa had a hit and miss January Transfer Window (JTW) with one good permanent signing and one good loan signings against one poor permanent signing and one poor loan signing. Normally that would be a fair 5/10 but as Bent is scoring goals and will continue to score goals that verdict will be higher, but with the amount spent on him means that it is only a 6/10.
Last year I gave it 7/10 not too far out, but expected Makoun to be more of a success as well as Bradley to make more of an impact
Blackburn were not big spenders in the JTW signing Rubén Rochina from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee and Mauro Formica for a fee believed to be around £3.5m. Rochina has gone on to make 23 appearances for the club scoring 6, while Formica has 25 appearances scoring 3 goals. Blackburn also loaned in two players. Former Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz and Jermaine Jones came in, but in the end were not all that impressive. Jones was more influential that what people hoped Cruz would be, but in the end neither were wanted back. Aside from the two loan signings that didn’t really help or hurt the club, the signings of Formica and Rochina are starting to pay some dividends, although Blackburn are in relegation form, that is more to do with the running of the club than the players. I would give the signings of them two players 7/10
Last year my rating was the same. So it was nice to be on point there.
Bolton do not normally have a lot f money to spend and that was true in last years JTW only buying one player, defender David Wheater as well as bringing in Daniel Sturridge on loan from Chelsea. I had seen the signing of Wheater as a replacement fro Cahill, with Cahill leaving in the summer, but that transfer didn’t happen until this JTW. The loan signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea was an inspired one for both Bolton and Sturridge himself. In 12 games for Bolton he managed to score 8. His goals helped Bolton finish 12th in the league. For the impact Sturridge had I have to give the loan signing of him a 9/10. When you compare the colossal transfer fees paid in that JTW Sturridge on loan was a real bargain
Last year I gave it 7/10, I mean, who know Sturridge was going to do so well!
Chelsea spent major money, and as time has gone on, no one and I mean no one can say it was money well spent. First I will start with the transfer of David Luiz. For £18m rising to £24m it was always going to be a gamble and it was one that looked like it was going to pay off. He scored 2 goals in 12 games, and put in some good performances too. He should his versatility and his skills on the ball, but this season the light has been shone on his defensive abilities and the results have not been good. The money spent on him looks, so far, to be a waste. He is a good player, but is he really worth the money they have spent on him; I have to say, I don’t think so. Now moving onto Fernando Torres. I do not have to saw much here, as pretty much every football fan in England has said it, read it and made jokes about it. For £50 million he has only managed 5 goals in all competitions. That is a staggering £10 million a goal. In the same period of time Sturridge, this season and on loan at Bolton, has scored 18 goals, 13 more than Torres. The Spanish striker has now gone over a thousand minutes in the Premiership without a goal, just how much longer this is going to last no one knows, but when it does, for his sake, I hope it starts a goal spree, because at the moment, his transfer is going down as one of the worst in football history! For the good start Luiz had and the average start Torres had, I will give this 5/10. I can’t help but feel I am being generous here.
Last year my rating was 7/10. I was obviously expecting for Torres to do a lot better than he did, but still not expect him to do amazingly.
Everton signed Portuguese player, Eric Dier on loan for six months and bought young Greek striker Aspostolos Vellios from Iraklis Thessaloniki. Last year I didn’t even mention these, but Vellios has since become something of an impact player scoring 3 goals for Everton after coming on as a sub, one coming only 18 seconds after he came on. Eric Dier had his loan contract extended by a year but has still yet made his debut for Everton, though he does play in the U-18 side. For the impact that Vellios has had I would give it 6/10, as he only signed for £250k.
Last year with Everton losing Pienaar that transfer window, and seemingly having brought no one in, I gave them a 1/10.
Fulham brought in two players in on loan; Eidur Gudjohnsen and Gael Kakuta, as well as signing Steve Sidwell on a six month deal, and later extending it a further 3 years. Sidwell was the stand out transfer for Fulham as Gudjohnsen and Kakuta didn’t contribute much, over all I would say 6/10 is fair
Last year I gave them a 6/10, another one right, that only makes two though so far.
Liverpool spent a lot of the £5o million they received with Andy Carroll coming in from Newcastle for £35 million and Luis Suarez for £22.8 million. Ryan Babel also made way for some transfer funds. At the time Andy Carroll was coming back from an injury, but had been on form scoring 11 goals in 19 Premier League games. Since the transfer he has only managed to score 5 Premiership goals, 7 in all competitions. The transfer to Liverpool has not worked out well for him personally or for the club. On the other hand the transfer of Luis Suarez was an inspired on. He has scored 12 goals in all comps and has assisted 11. His performances along with his goals have won over the Liverpool fans, and he is now one of the star players for Liverpool. The racism row has hurt his credibility in the Premiership on a whole, but the Liverpool fans still love him. Overall I would have to say 6/10. Suarez carries a lot of that. I want to say 5/10, but something makes me feel that it is too harsh a score.
Last year I gave Liverpool 8/10. I’m keeping quiet!
Manchester City spent some serious money – £27 million – on Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg. That was the only real signing they made, which was somewhat of a surprise as we have all become accustom to them spending a lot of money – though they made up for it the next transfer window though. Edin Dzeko came to England with a reputation of scoring goals, but they didn’t come all the quickly for consistently for him during the remainder of that season. He scored 2 in the league, 2 in the FA Cup and 2 in the Europa League, finishing with 6 goals from 21 appearances in all competitions. This season has seen that double to 14 in 26 games, in all competitions, but still is not really a first team regular and for the money spent for any other club you would expect him to be, but for City I guess it was still a good squad signing. 7/10
Last year with Adebayor, Wayne Bridge and Santa Cruz going out on loan and the exciting Dzeko coming in, I was expecting good things; I gave it 8/10. Dzeko didn’t deliver really, and still hasn’t really.
Manchester United only signed one player and that was Andreas Lindegaard. No one saw him as a replacement of Van der Sar. He got a few games in that season, but now this season, he has got the chance he has waited for. De Gea signed for a much bigger transfer fee than the Danish ‘keeper and with a shaky start United fans will be glad that this transfer happened. Lindegaard has not had a huge amount of playing time, but seems to have jumped De Gea into first choice ‘keeper and if he hadn’t been at the club then they would have been in more trouble, so my verdict here is 7/10
Last year I had it down as 5/10. It is fair to say that I didn’t expect him to be the first choice keeper, and if you compare him to Van der Sar then he is not the best signing in the world. But you compare him to De Gea at the moment, and then he becomes a saving grace.
Newcastle United lost Andy Carroll and were unable to sign a striker in time, but in the long run it has worked out for them. With the free signing of Demba Ba being a revelation and just signing Papiss Demba Cissé for £9m they now have two strikers and £26m for one Andy Carroll. They did make the loan signing of Hatem Ben Arfa a permanent signing, although he was injured at the time, he is becoming a valuable asset to the team. The loan signing of Stephen Ireland didn’t work out at all, and was a pointless bit of business in the end. For making the move of Ben Arfa a permanent one I give this 7/10 as he is going to be a great player for Newcastle for the next couple of seasons.
Last year 6/10. I felt that the loss of Carroll would be detrimental to Newcastle, but in the end it has been a revelation.
Stoke City also made one of their loan signings into a permanent transfer with Jermaine Pennant signing form Real Zaragoza for £1.725m. Pennant has become a real threat for Stoke and is instrumental in the way they play. John Carew came in on loan. He only scored 2 goals in 13 appearances, but contributed to the team as a whole, though he didn’t do enough to get a permanent move out of it, but a good loan signing. 7/10 seems fair here.
Last year I gave this 6/10.
Sunderland made two transfers in January last year. One was the loan signing of Sulley Muntari from Inter Milan and the other was the transfer of Stéphane Sessègnon for £6m. I would have expected Muntari to have made more of an impact, especially playing alongside Asamoah Gyan and having been such a beast when he last played in the Premiership. Unfortunately for Sunderland fans he didn’t live up to that expectation. Sessègnon was really an unknown quantity to most. I had heard some of his attacking ability but hadn’t seen any for myself. This season has really seen Sessègnon shine, especially under new management, though he was doing fine under Steve Bruce. With Muntari being something of a disappointment but Sessègnon being a revelation it is hard to say so, 7/10 I think is fair.
Last year I scored it as 7.5/10
Tottenham signed Steven Pienaar from Everton, but he never really settled into the team. At the time I thought it was a mistake for him to leave Everton. They were doing well and he was playing, so to move to Tottenham who had Lennon and Bale playing so well, it was a risk, and it didn’t pay off. He has subsequently gone back on loan to Everton a year later. This may not have been the best piece of business Harry Redknapp has ever done, but it was not the worst. Pienaar’s time at Tottenham was also hampered by injury, so it is hard to judge his time at Tottenham, but as I have to I will say 5/10
Last year, with the loan signings going out from Tottenham I gave it a 7/10. I believed Pienaar would have been more of a success.
WBA signed Arsenal striker Carlos Vela on loan, and with Vela getting the chance to show Arsène Wenger that he can cut it in the Premiership; I would have though that this signing would have worked out better. He scored 2 goals in 8 games for the Baggies, but that was not enough for Wenger to keep him in first team duties this season and he his now on loan at La Liga side Real Sociedad. Overall 6/10
Last year 6/10, that makes 3 now.
Wigan Athletic only signed one player last JTW and that was Conor Sammon. I didn’t even score this transfer, which in hindsight was a mistake. Sammon is starting to come into his own now for Wigan and is putting in some real fight. He has only scored once for Wigan, but he is in the team to do more than score goals. I would say this transfer for Wigan is 6/10
Last year as I mention I put down N/A
Wolves took Jamie O’Hara on loan from Tottenham and that was about it, and again I didn’t score this, and again that was a mistake. O’Hara played well enough for the duration of the loan that Mick McCarthy made O’Hara a Wolves player when he signed him on a permanent deal the next transfer window. O’Hara may not have put in the same quality performances since then, but is still a good player for Wolves. 6/10
Last year N/A
Birmingham City bought one player and loaned in two others. Curtis Davies came from rivals Aston Villa while David Bentley came in on loan from Tottenham and Obafemi Martins form Rubin Kazan. At the time I gave it 7/10 as Martins was still a class striker, and Bentley was still half decent. If it wasn’t for Martins Birmingham wouldn’t have won the Carling Cup, but I don’t know if that would have meant they would have stayed up. Everyone remembers the terrible run they went on after winning the Carling Cup. No one expected them to get caught up in the relegation battle, let alone actually get relegated. In the end the transfer of Martins was the only good one. Overall I would have to say that a year on, 5/10 is a truer reflection of that piece of business.
Last year 7/10
Blackpool were doing well in the Premiership and it looked like they were going to stay up, but their form had started to slip, so re-enforcements were needed.
In came Andy Reid for £1m and James Beattie, Sergei Kornilenko and Jason Puncheon also came in on loan. At the time it looked like that was going to be enough for Blackpool to battle on but in the end it wasn’t. I was very generous in giving an 8/10 verdict, but that was also because they had kept a hold of Charlie Adam, in the end that didn’t work out or them either. A year on with the relegation 5/10 is fair.
Last year 8/10
West Ham did their best to fight and stay in the League but in the end succumbed to relegation. They look like they are going to come straight back up, but that is not thanks to the transfers that happened a year ago. The best signing was Demba Ba, who could have signed for Stoke but they didn’t want to take the risk. West Ham did and he was scoring them goals that they desperately needed, but in the end they were not enough. Ba has a release clause in his contract and Newcastle have taken full advantage of that. Gary O’Neil has done well for West Ham this season in the Championship and so looks to have been a good long term signing but the short term loan signings of Wayne Bridge and Robbie Keane really didn’t work out at all. Again at the time I was generous with an 8/10 but maybe 6/10 would have been better.
Last year 8/10
Norwich signed Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury on loan and signed Marc Tierney from Colchester for an undisclosed fee. Tierney has gone on to make 27 appearances for Norwich, 11 coming in the Premiership. Lansbury was influential on Norwich gaining promotion to the Premiership and I was surprised that he wasn’t kept at Arsenal this season, or loaned back to Norwich to gain Premiership experience. All in all 2 good pieces of business there 7/10
QPR didn’t do a lot of business last year during the JTW only bringing in Danny Shittu on a free making 7 appearances and loaned in Ishmael Miller from WBA making 12 appearances and scoring 1 goal. Neither made a huge contribution to QPR gaining promotion. The signings at the beginning of the season were much more important. So 5/10
Swansea City signed three players. One, Ryan Harley didn’t even play a game for the club before he left for Brighton & Hove. Luke Moore came in for an undisclosed fee and has made 31 appearances and scored 5 goals. He is a good squad player for Swansea and has made 9 appearances in the Premiership scoring once. The main transfer was Leon Britton who re-signed for the Swans from Sheffield United and has become a huge player in the Swansea team. Leon Britton finished the season with the best passing percentage in World football, finishing with 93.3 % .3% better than Barcelona Xavi. It was reported that Britton signed for Swansea with no fee, but it could have risen to £400k, a real steal there! Overall with the transfer of Leon Britton for such a small amount and the impact he has had with Swansea it easy to say that his transfer is 10/10, with the other, that would drop to 9/10