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2017 JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW REVIEW.

Compared to many other winter transfer windows, this was a very low-key one with hardly any big money signings from the so-called big boys or anyone else. It was a massive drop from 2016 where £234m was spent in comparison to only £90m spent this year.

With that said, it gave a chance for the teams lower down the table to make some significant signings in hope of moving out of or further away from the relegation zone in hope of staying in the league or even push further up the table.

Below is a review of who bought who….

HULL CITY made the most signings this January window with Eight. Although five of them were loans. Most notable were Liverpool midfielder Markovic fresh from a failed loan spell at Sporting looking to prove he can make it in England. As well as Everton striker Oumar Niasse who is also looking for some much-needed playing time. 

Further interesting loan acquisitions are defender Ranocchia who has over 100 games for Inter Milan. Also right sided player and Norwegian international Elabdellaoui from Olympiacos who came through the Man City academy. Also much travelled midfielder N’Diaye from Villarreal who has Premier League experience with Sunderland.

The three other permanent signings were Brazilian attacking midfielder Evandro from Porto. Markus Henriksen who was already on loan from AZ Alkmaar. And Polish winger Grosicki from Rennes. That said Hull may struggle with the departures of Snodgrass and Livermore.

MIDDLESBROUGH made six signings this window. Most interesting could be towering striker Rudy Gestede from Villa. Especially with Boro struggling for goals. As would the much traveled striker from Chelsea Bamford who has had no less than six loan moves in recent years and will hope to now be settled.

Other signings were experienced Watford midfielder Guedioura. Young Finnish winger Soisalo. Young Boco Juniors defender Terrejon. Also a young, talented attacking midfielder Opoko from Ghana whose back out on loan. Boro saw no less than 12 players going the other way including Jordan Rhodes and David Nugent.

SWANSEA made four signings and some real interesting ones. Jordan Ayew from Villa, I feel is a superb signing who could really make an impact. Tom Carroll from Spurs could be another decent signing in midfield as could left back Martin Olsson from Norwich be. Winger Narsingh who has played over 100 times for PSV looks as though he has the quality to make an instant impact for the team.

CRYSTAL PALACE’s four signings this window looked very interesting and desperately needed. Their final day loan signing of Sakho from Liverpool could well be a shrewd one and something that can add a whole lot to their leaking defence.

Van Aanholt is another decent looking signing from Sunderland where I was surprised they let him go. Schlupp from Leicester could be another decent one as he can add contributions to both ends to the pitch. Serbian midfielder Milivojevic from Olympiacos looks an interesting player who is good on the ball.

SUNDERLAND also made four signings, easily the most interesting is the vastly experienced Joleon Lescott from AEK Athens hoping to help plug the holes in the defence. They also purchased Everton duo Oviedo and Gibson obviously Moyes probably knows from his Everton days. Lastly, unknown New Zealand defender Sam Brotherton bizarrely. 

WATFORD made three decent looking signings this window. Zarate from Fiorentina is back in English football for a third time and that experience could benefit the team. Loan signing from Everton Tom Cleverly will also add some experience in midfield.

But AC Milan striker Niang is a real interesting one. He has all the tools suited for English football, but the jury has been out. One day he can be superb, other days not so.

Hopefully Watford will see the best of him. Especially as Watford have waved goodbye to Ighalo who is another that’s succumbed to China money. 

BURNLEY made three very shrewd signings this window. Welcoming back Joey Barton from his hell in Scotland could go either way but he’s already made positive contributions to the team. Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood will be happy to swap the Championship for the Premier League. As would Norwich play maker Robbie Brady, who I feel could be a key creative acquisition for the team.

EVERTON surprised many by shelling out £20m for Schneiderlin, who struggled at Man Utd. But if he can recreate his Southampton form that could be money well spent. Young striker from Charlton Lookman is obviously for the future but he’s already made an impact this season. Anton Donkor is a young teenage forward from Wolfsburg.

WEST HAM UNITED really impressed with their two signings this January window. They parted with £10m to get Snodgrass from Hull. I believe that price could prove to be a real snip for what he could potentially bring to the team in terms of creativity and goals.

Jose Fonte has been solid for Southampton over the years and even at 33, could really make a difference to West Ham’s defence. Hopefully this could help make up for the loss of Payet to Marseille.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION also made two signings. Jake Livermore from Hull will further bolster their midfield and add experience. Defender Marc Wilson on loan from Bournemouth will hope to get some games and make some kind of contribution to the team. Possibly all at WBA will exhale now that the Berahino saga has finally ended. Two other out goings on loan were Gardner to Birmingham and McManaman to Sheff Wed.

STOKE CITY also made just the two signings and did the intelligent thing by making goalkeeper Lee Grant’s loan signing from Derby permanent, following his superb form. They will just hope now he’s permanent that form will continue.

Saido Berahino’s acquisition ended the players almost annual transfer window saga. Now Stoke will hope he can settle and return to his goal scoring form that started the transfer rumours to begin with. A huge outgoing was Bojan to German team Mainz on loan. Which was a bit of a surprise.

SOUTHAMPTON were another team that made two signings. Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli could be a shrewd signing with the team struggling for goal scorers. He has also been capped for Italy and was a stand out U21 player. Mouez Hassen is a young goalkeeper on loan from Nice who’s been capped at all youth levels for France. Fonte was their only outgoing and time will tell how his loss could affect them for the rest of the season.

LEICESTER CITY with their very poor form this season, surprised by not making any major signings. The two they did make were, Wilfred Ndida who is a young Nigerian defensive midfielder from Genk in Belgium. Molla Wague is a young French centre back on loan from Udinese where he was on loan from Granada. Dont ask….

MANCHESTER CITY only made one signing this window but what a signing it was. The young 19-year-old Brazilian international forward Gabril Jesus from Palmeiras. His estimated £27m price tag could prove to be and already looks as though it is money very well spent judging by the start he has already made in England. 

BOURNEMOUTH surprised by making just the one signing, but they are not exactly struggling. Aaron Ramsdale is a young goalkeeper from Sheffield United. However Bournemouth had 15 outgoing’s including Nathan Ake who was recalled to parent club Chelsea. Also Glenn Murray to Brighton and Lewis Grabban to Reading.

ARSENAL fans more than voiced their opinions at Wenger’s lack of activity this month. Cohen Bramall, a young LB from non league club Hednesford Town for a mere forty grand cannot be acceptable, especially as they loaned out 9 youngsters this window. It’s said that this window could well be the last for Wenger.

CHELSEA didn’t make any signings, not that they need to. But they did recall Ake from Bournemouth for cover, who was doing very well. This was because the bigger story was the players Conte offloaded. Most notably, Ivanovic to Zenit. Also Oscar and Mikel to clubs in China. Chelsea also loaned out 8 youngsters to add to the multitude of players they already have out on loan.

MAN UTD made no signings, instead they just recalled two players from loan spells. This it to be expected following paying world record fee’s in the summer. Two that went the other way were Schneiderlin to Everton and Memphis Depay to Lyon.

TOTTENHAM maybe surprisingly made no signings this window. But they are not exactly doing badly and are set up nicely for an assault on securing Champions League qualifycation. Pochettino prefers a settled squad and the only notable outgoing was Tom Carroll to Swansea. 

LIVERPOOL fans were another set that really voiced their opinions of their teams lack of activity this window. More so that Liverpool really struggled in January and more than needed a few signings. With no in comings and really poor form, Klopp really has to be a manager and earn his money to get his team back to their early season form. Especially as some fans are possibly split on his banishing of Sakho to Palace on loan.