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.