Premier League Scorecard from Winter Transfer Window (Part 2)

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 2, we do a quick review at the material signings of the bottom 10 clubs to see what impact the transfer window has on them!

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Watford (11th)

In(s): Gerard Deulofeu (loan), Didier Ndong (loan)

Out(s): Costel Pantilimon (loan), Isaac Success (loan), Mauro Zarate (loan), Ben Watson (released)

Despite featuring in the last 6 games, club captain Ben Watson was graciously released to allow him the freedom to look for a new club and enhance his playing chances. Deulofeu looks like a neat signing if he can be just a bit more consistent and Ndong is a more dedicated defensive midfielder that can hopefully provide some backup or support to Doucoure. To be fair, the rest of the fringe players who has left including Isaac Success has not had much success with the club (pun intended!).

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

West Ham United (12th)

In(s): Jordan Hugill (£10m), Joao Mario (loan)

Out(s): Andre Ayew (£18m), Diafra Sakho (Undisc.)

Unproven striker Hugill joins and provides a target man for Moyes who has had to deal with massive injury problems including those to current target men, Carroll and Arnautovic. Joao Mario adds much more stability to the centre of the park but West Ham who had been linked to other players including Schneiderlin probably needed more reinforcements beyond the 2 that has come. It was so evident that they had to play 6 defenders and 2 defensive midfielders in their last game against Palace. Elsewhere, both of the leavers, Ayew and Sakho have not featured much for the Hammers in recent times but could have provided some alternatives to Moyes when the chips are down.

Scorecard: A mixed bag

Crystal Palace (13th)

In(s): Jaroslaw Jach(£2m), Erdal Rakip (Loan), Alexander Sorloth (£9m)

Out(s): Sullay Kaikai (loan)

Boss Hodgson has reinfoced his squad in a most symetric manner with 1 defender, 1 midfielder and 1 attacker added to his squad. If he had his wish, he would have added a goalkeeper in Fred Ronnow as well, but unfortunately Brondby was not able to find a replacement for him in time. The key common feature amongst all of his signings this winter window is that none of them has been tried and tested in the Premier League. It remains to be seen if just adding more bodies to his current squad will help at all in their cause to stay clear of the relegation battle.

Scorecard: A lot of hoohah but no real content

 

Newcastle United (14th)

In(s): Martin Dubravka (Loan), Kenedy (Loan), Islam Slimani (Loan)

Out(s): Rolando Aarons (Loan), Jack Colback (Loan), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Loan), Henri Saivet (Loan)

3 loan signings probably is a clear sign of the lack of financial support Mike Ashley is giving to Rafa Benitez in his transfer dealings. The only upside is that they did at least manage to sign a striker before the transfer window ended. Kenedy has looked very lively in his debut for the Toon Army and Slimani might actually be a decent signing if he can get a more regular run of games which is something he never really had at Leicester.

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

 

Brighton & Hove Albion (15th)

In(s): Leonardo Ulloa (Loan), Jurgen Locadia (£15m)

Out(s): Kazenga LuaLua (Loan)

The Seagulls have only opted to strengthen in one area and with the league’s lowest scoring record of 18 goals after 25 goals, you can probably understand why as well. Club record signing Locadia comes with a good scoring record in the Eredivisie but it remains to be seen if he can potentially do the same in England. Ex-Seagull Ulloa returns on loan and will provide a safer alternative should Locadia struggles to score.

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

Stoke City (16th)

In(s): Moritz Bauer (£5m), Badou Ndiaye (£14m), Kostas Stafylidis (Loan)

Out(s): Nil

Right back Bauer has already slotted well into the back four and has helped the Potters to pick up 4 points from the last 2 games. Ndiaye should help strengthen their midfield and Stafylidis should provide some competition to Erik Pieters. All 3 signings are defensive in nature and should hopefully plug gaps in the league’s leakiest defence, having conceded an average of 2 goals per game so far.

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

Huddersfield Town (17th)

In(s): Terence Kongolo (Loan), Alex Pritchard (£14m)

Out(s): Martin Cranie (Undisc.), Joe Lolley (Undisc.)

Terence Kongolo comes with a big reputation having joined Monaco on a big money move not long ago. Pritchard also seems like a decent addition to the Terriers’ midfield. However, the Terriers have failed to strengthen their attacking options and with only 19 goals scored in 25 games, it’s not sure if they have done enough in the transfer window to have secured Premier League survival. Losing 2 bench players will also weaken their squad strength.

Scorecard: A mixed bag

Southampton (18th)

In(s): Guido Carrillo  (£19.2m)

Out(s): Virgil van Dijk (£75m), Matt Targett (Loan)

This time last year, a certain Gabbiadini joined the Saints and went on to have a decent first season with the Saints. The Saints will be desperately hoping that Carrillo does the same and gets off the ground running. The Saints are the league’s top drawers and have won the least number of games so far this season. Losing Van Dijk will be a blow to them, but the Saints were already expected to lose him in summer and have already acquired a replacement in Hoedt.

Scorecard: A mixed bag

Swansea City (19th)

In(s): Andre Ayew (£18m),  Andy King (Loan.),

Out(s): Roque Mesa(Loan)

The Swans have undergone a big turn of form with 3 victories in the last 5 games. Bringing back Ayew for his second stint should give them a bit more options up front whilst Andy King has replaced Mesa who failed to settle down after a big money move over the summer. Overall, a decent transfer window for the Swans

Scorecard: Well done!

West Bromwich Albion (20th)

In(s): Daniel Sturridge (Loan), Ali Gabr (Loan)

Out(s): Nil

Sturridge should provide some much needed firepower in attack with Rondon struggling to score goals. Pardew will also be hoping that Gabr does as well as fellow countrymate Hegazi and help the Baggies tighten their defence.

Scorecard: A nudge in the right direction

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