The January transfer window is always good for a few things, Arsenal not bringing anyone in, and clubs with excessive amounts of money bringing in players “just because they can”.
This season is no exception, and with the window well and truly shut I have decided to take my top 5 picks from the transfer window, and highlight a few questionable signings along the way. Feel free to join in with us on twitter (@footyfansonline) or follow us on facebook and let us know what you think to my selection!
Top 5 Purchases
1) Papiss Demba Cisse from Frieburg to Newcastle for £10m
This is an interesting selection for me, a player who I have enjoyed watching in the Bundesliga where he collected an impressive 37 goals in 65 games. He also is consistent (if new to the scene) at international level too, scoring 7 goals in just 12 games. The striking partnership with Ba should prove to be very useful for Newcastle and for Senegal. Alan Pardew has given him the number 9 shirt, so much will rest on his massive shoulders, but if he puts in performances like he did for Frieburg I can see the Toon Army warming to him very quickly indeed.
2) Tim Ream from New York Red Bulls to Bolton for £2m
What do you do when you are struggling in the league, and then sell one of your defenders to a top 6 side? Well, you bring in a new defender of course. The £2m signing from the New York Red Bulls is one that raised a few eyebrows with the people who just watch the Premier League, “He is from America, he must be shit?” – Well, actually no. £2m is quite the bargain for the 24 year old. It is a little bit of a gamble in that he is coming into one of the toughest leagues for defenders and goalkeepers to get used to but if he performs like he has been for the Red Bulls then Bolton have pulled off a great bit of business. The 24 year old will have a lot to live up to (apparently) if he is to fill the boots of Gary Cahill, but given time, and the £5m profit made on the swap, I’m sure the Bolton fans will be coming up with all sorts of Ream based songs.
3) Nedum Onuoha from Man City to QPR for £2.5m
QPR have money, and mean business. Although floating around the wrong end of the table I can’t see them staying there for much longer with the signings they have picked up. Bringing in Onuoha is a great bit of business, the ex City youngster will boost the defence for the London club and offer that little bit of a never say die attitude which any clubs on the second page of teletext need if they are to do well.
4) Djibril Cisse from Lazio for £4m (to QPR)
So, you bought a defender, how about some strikers to go with that? Enter Cisse and Zamora. I have singled out Cisse has my preferred pick here if not just to see more of his trademark flips in his goal celebrations! Cisse brings a bit of flare and a lot of experience into the QPR side, he may not get you 20 goals a season (and he sure won’t get you many assists!) but Cisse will be a massive addition to the club. His power and pace will trouble a lot of defences for the remainder of the season, and I’m sure will score enough goals to keep QPR in the Premier League next year. For that reason alone, Cisse picks up a place in the top 5 transfers.
5) Kevin de Bruyne from Genk to Chelsea for £9m
I’m going to say something now which might upset a few Chelsea fans, but this could well be Frank Lampard’s replacement, shipped over from Belgium. He is only 20 but his ability is something quite special, quick feet and an eye for an assist as well as a rasping long range drive. If anything I think the wrong London club signed Kevin. His play style would be much more suited at Arsenal, however Chelsea do need more creative players, and Kevin de Bruyne will be able to tick these boxes. He may not get a start every week at the moment and it may take a few seasons before he is at his best, but this is one purchase that Chelsea fans will be relishing, once they have come to terms with the fact that he may well have been purchased to replace Frank.
Other Transfers worth a mention…
City signing David Pizarro – because that’s what they need, another midfielder. Especially one with no pace.
Saha to Spurs? – I’m really not sure what to make of this. Maybe he needs a fresh start, but Spurs do need cover in the forward positions.
Gary Cahill to Chelsea – Well it was no surprise that it happened, but someone whispered “hey, did you know he is the next John Terry” and Chelsea bought it. It’s not a bad signing but it will be interesting to see how he gets on.
Everton signing Nikica Jelavic from Rangers for £5.5m. It seems expensive for an SPL player, his goals to games ratio is good, but then again, I could get goals in the SPL. It however was a great buy just to see the Rangers fans crying that they have no strikers. Unlucky guys.
Arsenal signed… oh wait.
Zamora to QPR – Definitely a good deal for both parties, it will be very interesting to see how Bobby’s experience can assist QPR in staying in the Premier League