Premier League Scorecard from Winter Transfer Window (Part 1)

With the winter transfer window finally over, are you satisfied with your club’s signings over the window? Do you think that your club has strengthened or weakened its position from the transfers? In Part 1, we do a quick review at the material signings of the top 10 clubs to see what impact the transfer window has on them!

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Manchester City (1st)

In(s): Aymeric Laporte (£57m),

Out(s): Eliaquim Mangala (loan)

The Premier League runaway champion contenders have looked very comfortable in the league this season and despite recent injuries, have a decently strong squad for coach Guardiola to make his selections from. It is only in defence that he seems most displeased with his selections. Beyond first choice pairing Stones and Otamendi, he’s worried about Kompany being injury-prone and doesn’t fancy Mangala, so it’s fair to say that the arrival of Laporte will provide sufficient competition to his first choice pairing and shore up an already league best defensive record.

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

Manchester United (2nd)

In(s): Alexis Sanchez (Swap)

Out(s): Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Swap)

The swap of the season it seems. The Red Devils have been very solid defensively this season with the least goals conceded so far. However, beyond their early season free scoring romps, they have looked devoid of ideas in the final third in recent months and Mourinho has also lost faith in Mkhitaryan. In comes a proven scorer and provider in Sanchez. If Sanchez can keep on delivering the goods like he did for the Gunners (he chipped in last season with 24 goals and 10 assists for the Gunners), then Mourinho would have gotten himself the solution to his current problem. That said, rumours that the Red Devils had to break their wage structure and pay over the odds to Sanchez to get him to join might lead to unhappiness with his other teammates, so if this does not get addressed internally, it might actually be a recipe for disaster!

Scorecard: Well done!

Liverpool (3rd)

In(s): Virgil Van Dijk (£75m),

Out(s): Philippe Coutinho (£142m), Daniel Sturridge (loan), Marko Grujic (loan)

The second highest scorers in the league have invested in the area that they needed reinforcements the most and that is in defence. Shelling out a world record fee for a defender is a big statement to say that Van Dijk will solve their defensive worries but since he has joined the Reds, he has gone on to preside over a league loss and sat out the next league game in which Liverpool managed to win and keep a clean sheet. Losing 2 potential match winners in Coutinho and Sturridge however, might be the bigger issue for the Reds as it does mean a weakened bench for Liverpool with lesser firepower to call upon should the first 11 fail to unlock the opponents’ defence.

Scorecard: A mixed bag

 

Chelsea (4th)

In(s): Ross Barkley (£15m), Emerson Palmieri (£17.5m), Oliver Giroud (£18m)

Out(s): Baba Rahman (Loan)

Weird can be the only word to describe coach Antonio Conte’s transfer dealings this winter. Linked with any striker that is over 6ft including Crouch, Barnes, Carroll, Dzeko and Giroud and eventually settling for the latter, it’s funny to see how any of those are better than current striker Batshuayi who has also recently started scoring with the Blues. Beyond that, replacing 1 2nd choice left back with another 2nd choice left back and signing Ross Barkley in to add to the list of English internationals that they have sitting on the bench (Drinkwater being the other one), the only thing Chelsea seemed to have done was to change the mix of their squad without changing the quality. Weird!

Scorecard: A lot of hoohah but no real content

 

Tottenham Hotspurs (5th)

In(s): Lucas Moura (£23m),

Out(s): Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan)

One of the bigger worries for Spurs this transfer window was whether they will lose second choice striker Llorente to Chelsea. It is always difficult for anyone to be happy playing second fiddle to Harry Kane, so Pochettino must be pleased that Llorente has stayed on and that they have also managed to bring in slightly more options in their midfield in Lucas Moura which should allow Son Heung Min to be able to push up to a more advanced position if required.

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

Arsenal (6th)

In(s): Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Swap), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£56m)

Out(s): Alexis Sanchez (Swap)

Gunner fans are seemingly not a very happy bunch nowadays and Tuesday’s sorry loss to Swansea seems to have pushed them further away from a Champions League spot. They have at least managed to capture an exciting record transfer in the form of Aubameyang and have also more importantly secured the longer term future of Ozil which might not mean that he wouldn’t leave in summer, but would at least mean that he will generate some revenue for Arsenal when he does so. The new look attack will be exciting to watch, but it’s actually in defence which is where they need further reinforcements and that has not been addressed at all this winter window.

Scorecard: A mixed bag

Burnley (7th)

In(s): Aaron Lennon (Undisc.), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan)

Out(s): Nil

The Clarets have been sitting pretty in the top 8 of the table for the better half of the season but their form in the last 2 months is more representative of a relegation struggler. They have done well to add a bit of pace and creativity in their midfield especially with the news of a long term injury to Defour, but failed to add more reinforcements to their defence. A small squad that they have means that how well they do in the second half of the season will really depend on their injury situation.

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

Leicester (8th)

In(s): Fousseni Diabate (Undisc.)

Out(s): Ahmed Musa (Loan), Islam Slimani (Loan), Leonardo Ulloa (Loan), Andy King (Loan)

They have signed an exciting young winger in Diabate and he has already scored a brace in his debut in the FA Cup. However, the Foxes probably did their best transfer business by resisting a bid from Man City for Mahrez and letting him stay on until the summer. Still, 4 loan exits for 3 senior strikers and 1 midfielder who have failed to get much game time with them does thin their squad out considerably.

Scorecard: Worse off

Everton (9th)

In(s): Cenk Tosun (£27m),  Theo Walcott (£20m), Eliaquim Mangala (Loan)

Out(s): Ross Barkley (£15m), Mo Besic (Loan), Aaron Lennon (Undisc.), Ademola Lookman (Loan), Kevin Mirallas (Loan), Sandro Ramirez (Loan)

A bit of an overhaul for new Toffees boss Allardyce, but Walcott seems to be the bargain so far having already contributed 2 goals and 1 assists in his first 2 games. To be fair, Everton has got a big squad post recent investments and none of the players that have exited looks to be playing another part in Everton’s season anyway, so it does seem to make sense to keep a leaner but happier squad. Everton has struggled to replace Lukaku and it remains to be seen if Tosun is the answer, but thankfully, they have retained Niasse who is still their second top scorer this season. Despite his clumsy style of play, he has actually endeared himself to the Everton faithful with his committed performance each time round. Mangala will also be able to give them a bit more options in defence with both Jagielka and Williams getting on in their age.

Scorecard: Well done!

Bournemouth (10th)

In(s): Nil

Out(s): Benik Afobe (Loan)

A massively underwhelming winter transfer window for the Cherries with no new signings and also 1 “Plan B” striker going off on loan. However, with Callum Wilson back from long term injury and also having been unbeaten in their last 6 games and having beaten Chelsea comprehensively in their last game, it might be that coach Eddie Howe is happy with his current small squad anyway.

Scorecard: Worse off

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