Liverpool filled their centre-back void and Arsenal cleared house while Tottenham and Sheffield United could regret a lack of business… here are the Premier League’s WINNERS and LOSERS from the January transfer window
- West Ham had a productive window signing Said Benrahma and Jesse Lingard
- Liverpool filled their large centre-back void with late additions on deadline day
- Basement boys Sheffield United did not make a single signing despite poor form
- Sportsmail looks at the Premier League’s winners and losers from the window
Premier League clubs have concluded all of their business for the season after the January transfer window came to a close on Monday.
In a season ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, topflight sides limited their spending to £70million, down from £230m in the previous window, as football continues to deal with the ongoing crisis.
This window has seen the loan market utilised to the full extent, with clubs such as West Ham profiting with the arrival of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United.
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has been dealing with an injury crisis since the early stages of season
Others such as Arsenal have used this opportunity to remove some deadwood from their ranks, most notably with outcast Mesut Ozil departing for Fenerbahce.
Meanwhile, some clubs such as Tottenham and Sheffield United failed to bring in any fresh faces with no wiggle room in their transfer budgets due to the circumstances.
Sportsmail takes a look at the Premier League’s winners and losers from the January transfer window.
Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino’s loan move to Southampton was one of the surprises of the day
David Moyes has been one of the busiest managers during January with plenty of noticeable arrivals and departures from the London Stadium.
The Hammers have had a really impressive Premier League campaign up to the halfway mark and look to have their eyes set on European football for next season.
They made a statement of intent with two crucial signings during January. West Ham made Said Benrahma’s loan move from Championship side Brentford permanent and also welcomed a fresh face from Manchester United in Jesse Lingard.
West Ham’s David Moyes has been one of the busiest Premier League managers this January
Lingard’s loan move has brought up plenty of intrigue between the football fanbase with the 28-year-old having spent much of the last year on the sidelines under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
But with the Hammers flying high in the topflight, Lingard is a potential risk that they can afford to make. If it pays off, Moyes looks like a genius and all the other mid-table outfits will be left scratching their heads as to why they didn’t make a deal. If it doesn’t work out, he returns to Manchester in a few months.
They also waved goodbye to out-of-form striker Sebastian Haller, after a frustrating season for him, as the Frenchman joined Ajax for around £20million. Defender Winston Reid signed for Championship Brentford on a loan deal until the end of the season.
All in all, astute business from West Ham. How often do we say that?
West Ham made Said Benrahma’s loan move from Championship side Brentford permanent
Hammers also signed Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on loan until end of season
Jurgen Klopp has been dealing with an injury crisis at Liverpool since the early stages of the Premier League season.
After triumphantly cruising to the title last season, the Reds find themselves in a tight title race this season and have had to play most of their matches with a makeshift defence.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered long-term injuries earlier in the campaign and have a few more months on the sideline before returning – all but writing off their chances of a comeback this season.
The Reds welcomed Preston centre-back Ben Davies in a £2million deal on deadline day
However, in dramatic fashion in the eleventh hour, Liverpool brought in two centre-backs to lighten the load on Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho at the back.
The Reds signed Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season and also welcomed Preston centre-back Ben Davies in a £2million deal.
Now while both of the new arrivals do not possess the same bravado or gusto of van Dijk and Gomez, they do give Klopp more options should they suffer more injuries and did not break the bank at Anfield.
There has also been a further boost in midfield, as they managed to keep Barcelona at bay in their pursuit of Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman has still not put pen to paper on a new deal at Liverpool and his contract expires in June this year.
It is possible he could leave as a free agent in the summer, with Nou Camp his likely destination, but he remains at Liverpool for now.
Liverpool managed to keep Barcelona at bay in their pursuit of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
For Mikel Arteta, this window had a much greater focus on outgoings than bringing in new talent to the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard had plenty of deadwood that needed shifting from the North London club and he successfully shipped some pretty big fish off the wage bill before the deadline on Monday.
After seven seasons with the Gunners, problematic midfielder Mesut Ozil waved goodbye to the capital in a long-awaited move to Turkish side Fenerbahce. And with him also vanished his £350,000-per-week wages – a huge positive for Arsenal.
After seven seasons with the Gunners, problematic midfielder Mesut Ozil waved goodbye
The club also managed to ship off out-of-favour centre-backs Sokratis and Shrokdan Mustafi. The Greek defender signed for Olympiacos on a free transfer while Mustafi headed to his home country and signed for Schalke.
Arsenal also loaned out Ainsley Maitland-Niles to West Brom on deadline day in a move that benefits both parties with the youngster wanting more game time.
It wasn’t all goodbyes for the Gunners, as they welcomed Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season. The Norwegian playmaker is hot property across Europe and getting that deal done provided a boost to the team and the fans.
Arsenal welcomed Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season
Unlike their north London rivals Arsenal, Tottenham have been incredibly inactive during the January transfer window.
They have not signed a single new player this month and while Joe Mourinho may be satisfied with his current squad, there are some moves that really should have happened the other way.
Midfielder Dele Alli has spent the last month with a bag half-packed for Paris to join up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG.
Midfielder Dele Alli has spent the last month with a bag half-packed for Paris Saint-Germain
Dele has been on the fringes of Mourinho’s side and a move to France would have seemingly benefitted everyone involved.
Danny Rose also remains a Spurs player after coming close to a move Trabzonspor. The left-back is now expected to sit out the rest of the season, maybe featuring for the Under 23s from time to time, as Mourinho has no plans for Rose at the club.
There are too many players without direction at the club under Mourinho.
Gedson Fernandes’ 18-month loan spell was cut short, as the midfielder returned to Benfica and joined Turkish side Galatasaray on loan for the remainder of the season.
With two wins from 21 Premier League matches and 13 points adrift from safety, it’s hard to argue that Sheffield United not making a single signing is a positive sign.
The Blades invested rather heavily in the summer following their ninth-placed finish last season. However, big money signings such as Rhian Brewster have failed to flourish at Bramall Lane.
Other new additions this season such as Ethan Ampadu have made their mark on the squad – but have clearly not been prepared for the relegation dogfight they find themselves in.
Sheffield United’s summer additions, such as Rhian Brewster, have failed to impress
Manager Chris Wilder said at the start of the window that he wanted to get any business done early on in January and was eyeing up a couple loan deals.
However, after giving some recommendations to the Blades board for an attacking midfielder no deals were made and John Lundstram has still not signed a new contract, with his current set to expire at the end of the season.
Expensive frontman Brewster has not opened his United account after 17 appearances, while £20million Oli McBurnie has scored just once this season. David McGoldrick is the club’s top scorer with five in all competitions.
John Lundstram has still not signed a new contract with current deal expiring at end of season
Whilst Newcastle don’t find themselves in a majorly dangerous position in the relegation picture, manager Steve Bruce has endured a tough few months of scrutiny for his tactics and play style.
The club were hit badly by covid-19 in the latter stages of last year and a couple of key players in Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles suffered long-term effects from the virus.
Despite this, fans have not been sympathetic to Bruce after a poor run of results through the Christmas period and into January. Slow, too defensive and boring to watch; the Newcastle faithful are desperate for an injection of excitement at St James’ Park.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce could have used the window to get the fanbase back on side
And this transfer window provided Bruce with a great opportunity to relieve some of the pressure he has been put under and get the fans back on side. But alas, the club have seen just one new face through the door; Joe Willock. The young Arsenal midfielder could prove to be a handy bit of business but is nowhere near a proven topflight player yet.
They were courting Ozan Kabak from Schalke before Liverpool blew them out the water with a much more lucrative deal.
The lack of investment is likely to be down to financial hardships caused by the pandemic, but Magpies fans needed something to get giddy about more than anyone else in the league.
In an ideal world, Bruce would not want to play the negative brand of football he issues with his Newcastle side – so why didn’t he try and tap into the loan market to shake things up?
Instead, they had just two departures in DeAndre Yedlin who left for Galatasaray and Rolando Aarons who exited to Huddersfield.
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