Transfer Deadline Day – 31st January.
The transfer window has now been completed and the teams have to make do until the summer. Have the teams at the bottom of the Premiership bought enough players to save themselves? Who is buying in the Championship and lower divisions and what about the top of the Premiership?
Strangely for the top six in the Premier League it was a relatively quiet transfer day. With a full football program last night it seems a lot of the teams were happier playing on transfer deadline evening rather than buying and selling to prop up their squads or give their squads a bit of a clear out.
My thinking is that everyone behind Chelsea has thrown in the towel but surely the chasing pack can always improve to at least get them a top 4 Champions League place after all Liverpool desperately need a left back and a goalkeeper, Manchester City need a defence and Arsenal require a Bellerin replacement to name but three teams. The fact that none of them tried to improve their squads let alone their first teams does make it look as if they’ve given the title to Chelsea.
So who in the Premiership shelled out on deadline day or got a loan deal? Well Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has gone to Crystal Palace on loan as big Sam Alladyce waves his magic wand to try to keep the Eagles in the Premier division.
Southampton shelled out 14 million sterling for Italy’s Gabbiadini so at least they appear to have a striker and they certainly needed one. Let’s see if he can deliver the goods.
Burnley have pushed the boat out and purchased Robbie Brady from East Anglia’s Norwich City for a whopping £10.5 million. It just goes to show how far Burnley have come in the last two years to fork out that kind of dosh.
If you thought that was a large fee then how about this. Watford striker Ighalo has joined the Chinese main league for a mouth watering £20 million, yes honestly and he wasn’t even that good particularly this year. He’s gone to Changchun Yatai which is slightly East of Harwich.
Hull City to give them credit have really tried this January on the markets and although they did get rid of Snodgrass and Levermore they have made a few acquisitions. I’ve always said that if Hull sold Snodgrass or Sunderland sold Jermaine Defoe then they were both waving the white flag and admitting that Championship football was something they were both inviting. But Hull City have made a number of surprise signings including the last minute signing of Polish international Kamil Grosicki from Stade Rennais who has 48 caps for Poland.
In the Championship Nottingham Forest were on a roll and they’ve got Clough back, well Zach Clough before you get too excited. They’ve also captured Ross McCormack the Aston Villa striker on loan, Ross managed only 3 goals in his time with the Villa.
Talking of the Villa they’ve paid either 12 million or 15 million depending on who you believe for Brentford striker Scott Hogan.
Michael Kightly went on loan from Burnley to Burton and at last as we suspected Rooney has been let go, that’s Louis Rooney who has gone to Hartlepool from Plymouth. Marc Wilson has departed Bournemouth for fellow Premiership club West Brom. Alfred N’Diaye has gone from Villareal to Hull while Molla Wague with a great name goes from Udinese to Leicester City.
Big Sam has snapped up Luka Milivojevic from Olympiakos to Palace as Jordan Ayew leaves Aston Villa to try his luck in Wales with Premiership Swansea, Neil Taylor has gone the other way to the Midlands.
Ravel Morrison has unsurprisingly landed at QPR from Lazio as he has been training with the Hoops. Tim Krul, always a decent keeper has left Newcastle to go to AZ Alkmaar while Mitchell Dijks leaves Ajax for Norwich City.
As well as Morrison, Ian Holloway has also been in the market for Pawel Wszolek whose come into QPR from Hellas Verona. Back to Aston Villa who have sold Ashley Westwood for an undisclosed fee to Burnley.
Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor is no more. He has snared the ultimate sin by joining arch rivals Bristol City for about half a million. More importantly he won’t be able to go out for a pint for a while in Bristol. Jordon Mutch meanwhile has left Palace on loan and will make home in Reading who are seeking promotion to the Premiership.
Goalkeeper Mouez Hassen has joined Southampton from Nice while Brighton fans will be chuffed that Glenn Murray has rejoined them on a permanent basis from Bournemouth.
Yet another superb signing for Hull City is defender Andrea Ranocchia from Inter Milan on loan as on the same day Ryan Mason came out of hospital following his broken skull following a clash of heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill last week.
Arnel Jakupovic has waved goodbye to Middlesbrough to take up sporting residence at Empoli and one abroad worth mentioning is Emmanuel Adebayor the former Spurs striker who was unattached has joined up with Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir and while we are at it just in case you didn’t see Sunderland’s signings on Monday they bought Darron Gibson and Bryan Ovideo from manager David Moyes former club Everton. Sunderland now look like an Everton reserve team and it’s likely they will still go down anyway.
Another championship buy was Wolves picking up Helder Costa from Benfica for 13 million pounds, a huge buy for the Midlands outfit.
On Sunday Bojan left Stoke City for Mainz on loan while Mukhtar Ali left Chelsea for Vitesse Arnhem on loan and Dimitri Payet departed West Ham United under a black cloud and a livid crowd for 25 million to his former club Marseille.