Premier League New Signings Round-up: Winter 2015

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.

Arsenal

Total spending: £13.7m, Total sales: £0, Winter net spend: £13.7m

Summer net spend: £56.3m, Total net spend: £70m

Ins 

21 January 2015 Krystian Bielik, signed from Legia Warsaw for £2.4m
28 January 2015 Gabriel Paulista, signed from Villarreal for £11.3m

Outs

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.

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Leicester City 5 – 3 Manchester United

leicester v man utd king power 2014

Calm before the storm…

What a performance and what a result! There is no way I’ll be able to do this game the justice it deserves but here’s my effort.

In a weekend full of football shocks and surprises, Leicester were keen to join in the fun and certainly didn’t disappoint. Following a priceless away win at Stoke, there was plenty of optimism in the air that we could possibly gain a point out of this tough fixture. This Manchester United side who had a net spend of £113.2m compared with Leicester’s £11m this summer, were however the heavy favourites this early afternoon having dominated QPR 4-0 last Sunday and were seemingly determined to build on their “new start”. It was also a significant day for Ritchie De Laet, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James who were all recruited from United’s youth team by Leicester, and will be eager to impress their former club.

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Premier League New Signings Round-up: Summer 2014

The transfer window is shut after a record amount of spending this summer and there are many new faces to get our heads around. In this post I’ll be looking at all the Premier League arrivals this summer and for each club provide a few sentences on my favourites (who I’ll highlight in bold) and my view of their business as a whole. I haven’t included loans and academy recruitment, and have mainly just focused on signings rather than departures. I apologise for any inaccuracies!

Arsenal

Total spending: £82m, Total sales: £25.7m, Net spend: £56.3m

10 July 2014 Alexis Sánchez, signed from Barcelona for £35m
17 July 2014 Mathieu Debuchy, signed from Newcastle United for £12m
27 July 2014 David Ospina, signed from Nice for £3m
28 July 2014 Calum Chambers, signed from Southampton for £16m
2 September 2014 Danny Welbeck, signed from Manchester United for £16m

Arsene was under a lot of pressure from supporters on deadline day to sign another striker with a long-term injury to Giroud. His answer to the pleas was Danny Welbeck who I believe will have a better goal scoring record than at United but not bordering into prolific. Chambers is my Arsenal signing of the window. He’s breaking into the first team at just 19 and will hopefully enjoy a long successful career at Arsenal and for England if his development continues. Alexis hasn’t really got going yet but I believe he will as the season progresses.

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