Well I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t the deadline day that everyone was hoping for but there were still several key signings this window in the hope of improving the team for the second half of the season.
In this post I’ll be doing a club-by-club round-up for every major signing or exit made this winter transfer window as well as offering my thoughts as to who is the best and worst piece of business for each football club.
I tried this out last summer and was met with good feedback so I thought I’d do it again, plus for some reason I always enjoy making lists! You can visit my Summer 2014 Transfer Round-up here.
Finally it’s worth noting that you should take the transfer fees with a pinch of salt. While the secrecy of ‘undisclosed’ is annoying, it means some reported figures may be less accurate. I have however looked across several sources to try to get a good feel for any undisclosed fees.
Total spending: £13.7m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £13.7m
Summer net spend: £56.3m, Total net spend: £70m
21 January 2015 Krystian Bielik, signed from Legia Warsaw for £2.4m
28 January 2015 Gabriel Paulista, signed from Villarreal for £11.3m
5 January 2015 Lukas Podolski, moved to Internazionale on loan
13 January 2015 Yaya Sanogo, moved to Crystal Palace on loan
27 January 2015 Joel Campbell, moved to Villarreal on loan
Starting with Arsenal, the Gunners certainly came into the transfer window filled with optimism being one of the most in-form teams combined with improving performances. It’s perhaps therefore understandable to see Arsene Wenger choose to keep faith in his squad with the exception of the young defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik who is tipped to be something special in the future, and Gabriel Paulista, a 24 year old Brazilian centre back from Villarreal.
Paulista seems a logical signing in a position only previously occupied by Mertesacker and Koscielny. I imagine fans will be sad to see Podolski leave as he has always struck me as a fantastic player to have in your squad, but with so many attacking players now available after recovering from injury, I doubt he’d have much game time.
Total spending: £3.2m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £3.2m
Summer net spend: £6.3m, Total net spend: £9.5m
13 January 2015 Carles Gil, signed from Valencia for £3.2m
30 January 2015 Scott Sinclair, signed from Manchester City on loan
2 January 2015 Darren Bent, moved to Derby County on loan
10 January 2015 Gary Gardner, moved to Nottingham Forest on loan
26 January 2015 Chris Herd, moved to Wigan Athletic on loan
That goal above (1 minute in) really was something special, and I think Villa fans will be eager to see more of the same from Gil. Aston Villa have struggled for goals with just four goals scored in the last ten league games, without scoring since the 20th of December, making visible a clear problem that needs solving fast. I’m not too sure what the issue behind this is as I haven’t watched much of them, but by bringing in two attacking players, there must surely be hope now that Gil and Sinclair can turn it around.
Total spending: £3m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £3m
Summer net spend: £7.2m, Total net spend: £10.2m
8 January 2015 Michael Keane, signed from Manchester United for £3m
2 February 2015 Alex Cisak, moved to Leyton Orient on loan
Not too much to talk about here and I really don’t think there needs to be. Burnley had an initial struggle for that first win but now sit safe outside of the relegation zones, at present the highest placed of the three promoted sides. Dyche must feel happy with his squad with the only signing, Michael Keane, previously a loan signing now made permanent. Keeping top-scorer Ings for the rest of the season would have been the main priority for the Clarets.
Total spending: £23.3m, Total sales: £28m, Winter net spend: -£4.7m
Summer net spend: £13.1m, Total net spend: £8.4m
2 February 2015 Juan Cuadrado, signed from Fiorentina for £23.3m
5 January 2015 Fernando Torres, left for AC Milan on a free transfer
6 January 2015 Mark Schwarzer, left for Leicester City on a free transfer
22 January 2015 Marko Marin, moved to Anderlecht on loan
2 February 2015 André Schürrle, sold to VfL Wolfsburg for £22m
2 February 2015 Ryan Bertrand, sold to Southampton for £6m
2 February 2015 Mohamed Salah, moved to Fiorentina on loan
Maybe controversial but I think Chelsea would have been best off sticking with Schurrle and Salah as opposed to bringing in Cuadrado. Sure it was almost a straight swap financially but I really do feel for Willian who hasn’t done anything wrong to warrant his place being given away. It’ll be interesting to see how it pans out and I look forward to seeing Cuadrado in the Premier League but I don’t think it really was necessary in my opinion.
Still their best buisness mind you, a £50m loss on Torres must have been hard to take!
Total spending: £14.05m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £14.05m
Summer net spend: £9.5m, Total net spend: £23.55m
13 January 2015 Yaya Sanogo, signed from Arsenal on loan
29 January 2015 Jordon Mutch, signed from Queens Park Rangers for £5.75m
29 January 2015 Shola Ameobi, signed on a free transfer
30 January 2015 Pape Souaré, signed from Lille for £3.4m
2 February 2015 Wilfried Zaha, signed from Manchester United for £3.9m
2 February 2015 Lee Chung-yong, signed from Bolton Wanderers for £1m
2 February 2015 Barry Bannan, moved to Bolton Wanderers on loan
A bit of a tough one here but I decided bringing back Zaha was a good move. For that reported fee they made a healthy profit from when they sold him for at least £10m two years ago. Plus at 22 years of age, his career hasn’t exactly been ruined by the experience.
Pardew made Palace one of the busiest clubs this window with six major signings, and were the second biggest net spenders with only Man City higher. I think he’s hoping to expand on his decent start by using this window as he has done to push the club upwards with the help of his own signings.
Total spending: £0, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £0
Summer net spend: £32.5m, Total net spend: £32.5m
2 February 2015 Aaron Lennon, signed from Tottenham Hotspur on loan
24 January 2015 Samuel Eto’o, left for Sampdoria on a free transfer
Everton! Really has been a shock what has happened this season with them. There have been various suggestions as to why this is the case but I’ve yet to be convinced by any of them. I said last summer that they needed to continue strengthening in order to keep up with the rest of the Top 6, and they did do, paying a huge price for Lukaku who was impressive for them the year before, yet they have been under-performing so badly this first half of the season.
Bringing in Aaron Lennon (how is he only 27?) on loan seems a fantastic choice for me, although it does make you wonder if Spurs were right to aid a potential rival if his impact does do something spectacular.
Total spending: £3m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £3m
Summer net spend: £56.3m, Total net spend: £59.3m
2 February 2015 Dame N’Doye, signed from Lokomotiv Moscow for £3m
2 February 2015 Tom Ince, moved to Derby County on loan
I must admit I had no idea who Dame N’Doye is before I looked him up, turns out he’s another striker. His record in the Russian Premier League and Danish Superliga are pretty decent for a forward (roughly 1 goal in 2) but we all know how players can fail to adapt to different divisions. Still, at £3m it is hardly a massive gamble. There is however so much negativity at the moment that perhaps more was needed.
Total spending: £9m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £9m
Summer net spend: £11m, Total net spend: £20m
6 January 2015 Mark Schwarzer, signed on a free transfer
16 January 2015 Andrej Kramarić, signed from Rijeka for £9m
2 February 2015 Robert Huth, signed from Stoke City on loan
8 January 2015 Jack Barmby, moved to Rotherham United on loan
8 January 2015 Tom Hopper, moved to Scunthorpe United on loan
After a rather surprisingly positive start, I fear the bubble has kind of popped. That momentum you see from promoted teams is visible throughout the Football League, but I think in the Premier League there is such a gulf in quality that it makes it incredibly difficult to maintain. Sitting bottom of the table, something big was needed this window in order to help get the Foxes out of this mess.
Schwartzer on a free was a good move I think with Schmeichel currently sidelined and Ben Hamer looking impressive in some games but less so in others. Robert Huth on loan was a player we were crying out for, with captain Wes Morgan really out of form at the moment, not something you desire from such a crucial position. I’m hoping Huth will come in and replace him, with Wasyl keeping his spot. Hopefully(!) the greatest signing here is record signing Kramaric who will bring his confidence and predatory finishing to a team where Ulloa aside, Nugent and Vardy have failed to convert important goal scoring opportunities.
Total spending: £0, Total sales: £5.75m, Winter net spend: -£5.75m
Summer net spend: £44m, Total net spend: £38.25m
12 January 2015 Oussama Assaidi, sold to Al Ahli Club for £4.75m
17 January 2015 Suso, sold to AC Milan for £1m
2 February 2015 Sheyi Ojo, moved to Wigan Athletic on loan
Only Liverpool and Newcastle chose not to bring in anyone this winter but I can see the sense in the decision. It may have been disappointing to scroll through the gossip pages each day, for it to result in not one signing, however with such a busy summer, I suppose it wasn’t necessary. The team are looking like the force they were last season once again, and securing Coutinho on a new deal and hopefully an improved contract for Sterling, makes arguably better news than any new player.
Many of those summer signings struggled to make the best of impressions in a poor start to the season but now that Rodgers has settled on a formation that suits many of them, Moreno, Can, Markovic and Lallana particularly, there really wasn’t any need to disrupt this harmony. Sad to see Suso go, but hopefully Ojo continues his rising development at Wigan.
Total spending: £28m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £28m
Summer net spend: £24m, Total net spend: £52m
14 January 2015 Wilfried Bony, signed from Swansea City for £28m
12 January 2015 Matija Nastasić, moved to Schalke 04 on loan
30 January 2015 Scott Sinclair, moved to Aston Villa on loan
£28m for a striker not even guaranteed a starting spot in a star studded Man City team caused me to really question the whole FFP system, although judging other team’s net spend, Man City just operate under different rules. Looking at Swansea fan reactions they are genuinely disappointed with the sale, but as an outsider looking in that amount of money is far too much for a player that might not continue playing as well if he isn’t the ‘main man’.
They have signed a goal-scorer though, and if Aguero does get an injury, and Dzeko can’t play, or Jovetic can’t play, perhaps Bony might! (You get my point)
Total spending: £0, Total sales: £6.9m, Winter net spend: -£6.9m
Summer net spend: £113.2m, Total net spend: £106.3m
8 January 2015 Víctor Valdés, signed on a free transfer
8 January 2015 Michael Keane, sold to Burnley for £3m
22 January 2015 Will Keane, moved to Sheffield Wednesday loan
2 February 2015 Jesse Lingard, moved to Derby County loan
2 February 2015 Darren Fletcher, left for West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer
2 February 2015 Wilfried Zaha, sold to Crystal Palace for £3.9m
3 February 2015 Anderson, left for Internacional on a free transfer
Van Gaal spent a huge amount of money last summer so it seems reasonable for a few sales and releases this window as I can’t a position that needs improved. The defence still remains an issue but the Red Devils do have the third best defensive record this season, with only Chelsea and Southampton conceding less.
Signing Valdes on a free is a good move for both parties. There have been rumours of De Gea being considered by several clubs as his contract will be up in 2016, and if Valdes can recover from his injury then they have themselves a reasonable replacement.
Total spending: £0, Total sales: £5m, Winter net spend: -£5m
Summer net spend: £25.6m, Total net spend: £20.6m
4 January 2015 Hatem Ben Arfa, left for Nice on a free transfer
27 January 2015 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, sold to Roma for £5m
2 February 2015 Davide Santon, moved to Inter Milan on loan
2 February 2015 Shane Ferguson, moved to Rangers on loan
2 February 2015 Haris Vučkić, moved to Rangers on loan
A quiet one for Newcastle fans. The sale of Yanga-Mbiwa for £5m seems a decent fee to receive for a player that failed to settle at the club. One thing noteworthy was the rather dodgy five loan deals to Rangers on deadline day! Seriously how can that even be considered legit?
Queens Park Rangers
Total spending: £0, Total sales: £5.75m, Winter net spend: -£5.75m
Summer net spend: £19m, Total net spend: £13.25m
6 January 2015 Mauro Zárate, signed from West Ham United on loan
29 January 2015 Jordon Mutch, sold to Crystal Palace for £5.75m
Redknapp’s reaction to QPR’s action this window couldn’t have said more. As a Leicester fan I’m not in the most neutral position to talk about who I think will go down but you’ve got to use this January window to inject some quality and experience into the side, therefore giving your side the best chance of staying up, QPR really couldn’t have failed any more than they did.
Total spending: £6m, Total sales: £3m, Winter net spend: £3m
Summer net spend: -£34.7m, Total net spend: -£31.7m
3 January 2015 Eljero Elia, signed from Werder Bremen on loan
2 February 2015 Filip Đuričić, signed from Benfica on loan
2 February 2015 Ryan Bertrand, signed from Chelsea for £6m
30 January 2015 Jack Cork, sold to Swansea City for £3m
Can Koeman make a bad signing? I’m afraid your going to hear it here as well, he’s got to be contender for Manager of the Year for how he has make such an instant impact and resulted in a better season so far than anyone would have considered possible after the summer sales and the high finish set by Pochettino. Tadic and Pelle have been instrumental, and newcomer Elia has already looked a hit just two games in.
Total spending: £0, Total sales: -£0.5m, Winter net spend: -£0.5m
Summer net spend: £0, Total net spend: -£0.5m
7 January 2015 Philipp Wollscheid, signed from Bayer Leverkusen on loan
1 January 2015 Ryan Shotton, sold to Derby County for £0.5m
2 February 2015 Robert Huth, moved to Leicester City on loan
I’ve been surprised if I’m honest about Stoke this season. They had a quiet summer and once again had a very quiet winter. After a bad injury to Bojan who had just started to look special, I was expecting more activity than we got. I do however still tip Stoke to finish in the top-half of the table.
Total spending: £0, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £0
Summer net spend: £11.9m, Total net spend: £11.9m
23 October 2014 Anthony Réveillère, signed on a free transfer
16 January 2015 Jermaine Defoe, signed from Toronto FC in a P/Ex for Jozy Altidore
16 January 2015 Jozy Altidore, sold to Toronto FC in a P/Ex for Jermaine Defoe
What is reported to be straight swap of Defoe and Altidore appears to me as fantastic business for Sunderland. Altidore does offer a physical presence up front which Defoe clearly doesn’t provide but they do have Wickham for that if needed. I think Poyet now has a good mix of strikers to work with which should help the problems they have scoring goals. His age may be a concern but as evident by many aging top strikers have shown, that goal-scoring instinct never leaves.
Total spending: £9.75m, Total sales: £28m, Winter net spend: -£18.25m
Summer net spend: £6.25m, Total net spend: -£12m
23 December 2014 Nélson Oliveira, signed from Benfica on loan
3 January 2015 Matt Grimes, signed from Exeter City for £1.75m
22 January 2015 Kyle Naughton, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £5m
30 January 2015 Jack Cork, signed from Southampton for £3m
14 January 2015 Wilfried Bony, sold to Manchester City for £28m
I’ve already talked about Bony so I won’t go into that again, picking my favourite Swansea signing was difficult as I don’t feel like any other them are exactly exciting but that perhaps isn’t someone they needed. Naughton has spent the past few seasons building his confidence as a rotational full-back for Spurs and will be eager to use this opportunity to really make himself considered first-choice.
Jack Cork’s signing for just £3m seems a good one to me too for the defensive side he can bring to the Swansea midfield, allowing Sigurdsson more freedom to roam.
Total spending: £5m, Total sales: £5m, Winter net spend: £0
Summer net spend: -£3.75m, Total net spend: -£3.75m
2 February 2015 Dele Alli, signed from Milton Keynes Dons for £5m
22 January 2015 Kyle Naughton, sold to Swansea City for £5m
2 February 2015 Benoît Assou-Ekotto, released
2 February 2015 Aaron Lennon, moved to Everton on loan
It has felt like Dele Alli is a name that crops up every window the past few seasons so it is almost a relief to see him finally signed. Spurs are a good choice I believe for their history nurturing players into the first-team and I really can’t wait to see his development progress. It has always surprised me that he’s quite tall, for some reason I had him down (no pun intended) as a David Silva sort of height, just needed to pass that on.
Anyway, at 18 years of age I can’t see him featuring much for Spurs at least this season so maybe more additions were needed to aid Tottenham’s goal scoring threat. I mean Eriksen and Kane can’t keep this up surely?
Total spending: £4.75m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £4.75m
Summer net spend: £13.1m, Total net spend: £17.85m
28 January 2015 Callum McManaman, signed from Wigan Athletic for £4.75m
2 February 2015 Darren Fletcher, signed on a free transfer
Two really smart signings for me. Like Pardew, I bet Pulis was really hopeful of using the window to bring in his own players. That tumbleweed for outgoing players is really something as many people had Berahino as a goner this window yet he’s still here at least until the end of the season. I’m excited to see McManaman in the Premier League as his performance against Man City in that cup final was so memorable that I’m kind of saddened to see his career almost stall since then. I’m hoping he’ll take this opportunity and establish himself as a Premier League player.
Last summer’s big money signing Brown Ideye has been a complete flop but thankfully for West Brom, Berahino has decided to show him how it’s done.
Total spending: £2m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £2m
Summer net spend: £25.1m, Total net spend: £27.1m
3 January 2015 Doneil Henry, signed from Apollon Limassol for £2m
6 January 2015 Mauro Zárate, moved to Queens Park Rangers on loan
17 January 2015 Ricardo Vaz Tê, released
You’re still here? I’m flattered! West Ham weren’t very busy this window but the summer signings have all looked pretty solid from my memory. Valencia and Sakho have both been scoring plenty, Alex Song has often looked as good as expected, and Cresswell who I highlighted last summer has always stood out for me when I’ve seen West Ham play. Yeah I like being smug about something!
I must admit this post has taken a while to put together over the past few days but at least when I started writing it, I hadn’t found a great round-up of this winter’s transfer window so it was useful and enjoyable to write at least for me.
If you spot any mistakes please let me know!
Who is your signing of the window?