January 2015 Transfer Window: Top 5 Transfers
We now know who will be playing where for the remainder of the season, but who did the best business? Lets look at the top 5 transfers of the 2015 January Transfer Window.
A somewhat subdued deadline day brought an end to the rumours and rumblings in the transfer market and Premier League clubs will have to now make do with what they have got until the end of the season. Title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea were responsible for the biggest transfer fees as they looked to enhance their prospects of Premier League glory, while there were also some significant purchases by clubs at the bottom of the table.
Wilfried Bony – Swansea City To Manchester City
A hefty price tag of £28m makes Wilfried Bony the most expensive purchase of the 2015 January Transfer Window and Man City fans will be hoping that he can hit the ground running after featuring for Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations.
There can be no doubting Bony’s prowess in front of goal, the 26-year-old surpassed Michu as Swansea’s all-time leading Premier League goal-scorer on his way to becoming the Premier League’s top scorer in the calendar year of 2014. He is still young enough to improve and you’d expect him to have far more chances in-front of goal playing for the Citizens, but just how will he fit in?
At City, nobody could argue that Sergio Aguero is the main man. That leaves Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko to battle it out with Bony for the remaining forward role, if Pellegrini plays two up-front. The former Vitesse and Sparta Prague frontman will offer the City attack another dimension and help them push for the title in the short-term, but it could be at the detriment to squad harmony as one of the remaining duo will be marginalised.
After all, the club couldn’t even fit Alvaro Negredo into their plans for this season!
Juan Cuadrado – Fiorentina To Chelsea
Chelsea managed to bring in winger Juan Cuadrado for £23.3m, but having also sold Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg for £22m, they have conducted some great business.
For me, Schurrle still had something to offer, but Cuadrado is a far more exciting prospect and could really take the Premier League by storm. Known for his direct style of play and dribbling skills, Cuadrado has blistering pace and will be striking fear into full-backs for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.
The Colombian winger impressed at the 2014 World Cup after scoring 15 goals in 43 appearances for Fiorentina last season and will add even more quality to the Chelsea squad as they look to maintain their challenge for Premier League and Champions League glory.
Gabriel Paulista – Villarreal To Arsenal
With Arsenal’s defence coming in for criticism in recent seasons, the club have looked to strengthen their back line with an £11.3m move for Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista.
The 24-year-old was elected the best central defender of 2013 Campeonato Baiano when playing in his homeland as a right-back for Vitória and was soon snapped up by La Liga side Villarreal where he formed a strong partnership with Víctor Ruiz, his side only conceding 17 goals in the 19 league matches which he appeared.
Whether he is able to hit the ground running and improve the fortunes of the Gunners remains to be seen, but not yet being able to speak English could prove a bit of a barrier in a position where communication is key.
Jermain Defoe – Toronto To Sunderland
Any deal to get rid of Jozy Altidore would have been welcomed by the Sunderland faithful, but being part of the agreement to bring in proven Premier League striker Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC will have the Black Cats purring.
The former Spurs, Portsmouth and West Ham hitman returns from the MLS to a league in which he has regularly found the net. Sunderland have struggled for goals this season and in signing a player who has scored 225 goals in 529 career apearances, they have done some great business and surely boosted their chances of survival after a difficult first-half of the campaign.
Darren Fletcher – Man Utd To West Brom
The capture of Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from Manchester United looks like a great piece of business by West Brom. The 31-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at The Hawthorns with a 12-month option.
Things were already looking up for the Baggies following the appointment of Tony Pulis and the acquisition of Fletcher will add experience and competition for places to the engine room. Fletcher made 342 appearances for Manchester United and his tactical knowhow in the middle of the park could be pivotal to helping West brom stave off the threat of relegation.