Last night saw the January transfer window draw to a close with numerous last minute deals. The question is; How did each Premier League club fare in this transfer window?
January was a quiet month off the pitch with only a youth signing in Cohen Bramall from Hednesford Town for £40,000 to show for the month’s efforts.
There were however a high outturn in exits with several players sent out on loan. Chuba Akpom and Jon Toral were the two most high profile departures heading to Brighton and Rangers respectively.
With such little outlay in cost, Arsene Wenger has no excuses for not spending when we enter the summer transfer window. His contract is however up at end of season so will a new manager inherit a financial windfall for his first transfer window at the Emirates?
The Cherries will be disappointed to have made no signings yet saw numerous players depart on loan deals. Glenn Murray signed a permanent deal at Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.
They tried getting loanee, Nathan Ake back on a permanent deal with a £18m bid, just hours before the window slammed shut only to see Chelsea reject it.
If they really wanted Ake back, they should of put in a bid much earlier than when they did. Now that Chelsea rejected their offer, Eddie Howe needs to regroup his squad and focus on not getting sucked into a relegation battle then use the summer to try and sign both Ake and Jack Wilshire on permanent deals.
Sean Dyche will be a happy man after landing Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood on deadline day. With two extra additions to midfield along with Joey Barton‘s return, the Clarets should consolidate their position and prepare to build for next season.
In terms of outgoings, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Danny Lafferty both left for light sums of money whilst Chris Long and Michael Knightly left on loan to Bolton and Burton respectively.
All in all, a successful window for the team, who has the lowest transfer budget of all current top flight clubs.
Antonio Conte will be happy with his business after signing Kyle Jameson for the academy ranks.
The departure list is quite extensive with Oscar and John Obi Mikel heading off to China. Branislav Ivanovic headed off to Zenit St Petersburg with Patrick Bamford up to Middlesbrough for a second spell, only this time its a permanent deal. Others left on loan including the out of favour, Marco van Ginkel.
With numerous players being sold this month, Chelsea should have a strong summer with Celtic’s Moussa Dembele rumoured to be a target after failing to secure his services this month. If he keeps scoring then Conte might want to look elsewhere rather than pay an astronomical fee to the Scottish giants.
Better late than never. Sam Allardyce had to wait till late on in the window before signing Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffery Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho. With those three signings, he should hopefully have a stronger defence. Luka Milivojevic signed late last night to add an extra option in midfield.
Three players left on loan whilst Shrewsbury landed Freddie Laapo for an undisclosed cost. A decent transfer window by Allardyce’s standard but if Palace stay up then he can build on the current squad and try to get them pushing higher up the table.
The Toffees should be delighted with their business in January.
Teenager, Ademola Lookman is one to watch after scoring on his home debut against Manchester City. Morgan Schneiderlin will be relishing the opportunity to play under Ronald Koeman again and will add quality to an inconsistent Everton squad. Anton Donkor signed on loan from Wolfsburg and has made an instant impact for the U23s. Could we see Donkor promoted to the first team squad soon?
Koeman will be delighted to see so many youngsters sent out on loan to earn experience. Notable names include Tyias Browning and Callum Connolly, who joined Championship teams in the form of Preston and Wigan.
Some unwanted first team options finally left on either transfer or loan deals. Oumar Niasse headed to Hull whilst Tom Cleverley linked up with Watford. Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson both signed for Sunderland in a combined £7.5m deal. Gerard Deulofeu was sent to AC Milan despite interest from relegation threatened Middlesbrough.
Overall, a strong window for Everton but Koeman will surely of wanted further signings. The best thing that he can do now is take stock and prepare for the summer and have a mass revamp to get the squad that he thinks can get Everton into the Champions League.
Hull have been busy with plenty of loan signings which include; Oumar Niasse (Everton), Lazar Markovic (Liverpool), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) and Alfred N’Diaye (Villareal). They have also made two new permanent signings in Evandro (Potro) and Markus Henriksen (AZ Alkmaar).
They however lost Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore for high prices. Allan McGregor and Alex Bruce both dropped down to the Championship on loans.
The Tigers might of lost Snodgrass and Livermore but their new players should make up for any shortfall in losing those two key players. A relegation battle is always tough but Marco Silva has given himself the best squad for the road that lies ahead.
Claudio Ranieri will be wondering where things have gone wrong after only managing to land two new players in Wilfried Ndidi and Molla Wague.
Jeffery Schlupp was the only big player to leave the King Power Stadium to join Crystal Palace. Quite a few youngsters have gone out on loan so the wage bill should be lighter for the second half of this season.
A poor showing from Jurgen Klopp, who really needed to strengthen if his Reds are to stay in the title race.
However, there were plenty of exits with Lazar Markovic and Mamadou Sakho heading out to relegation battling clubs. Tiago Ilori joined Reading for nearly £4m.
All in all, Klopp will need to spend in the summer, if he’s to keep fans on his side and not turn Liverpool into another Arsenal who have the cash but don’t often spend.
Pep Guardiola will be delighted to have signed Gabriel Jesus but will need to think about refreshing his ageing defence come the summer. Several youngsters either left on loan or permanent deals for undisclosed fees.
The great news is that the ex Barcelona boss should have plenty of funds in the bank for a mass revamp ahead of the 2017-18 season.
This month was to Jose Mourinho what spring cleaning is to ordinary people. Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin were both moved on along with some reserves like Sam Johnstone and Sean Goss.
Attention at Old Trafford has clearly turned to post season so expect a strong summer for the Red Devils with more people coming and going. The big question is, will China try and sign Wayne Rooney?
A relatively poorer than expected transfer window for Aitor Karanka with only Patrick Bamford, Rudy Gestede, Adlene Guedioura and Mikael Soisalo joining the Teessiders.
There were however a few exits with Julien de Sart, David Nugent and Emilio Nsue all heading to the Midlands. Tomas Mejias headed back to Spain and linked up with Rayo Vallecano on loan. Quite a few youngsters left either on loan or transfers with Arnel Jakupovic being the highest profile talent to leave as he joined Empoli for a unknown cost.
Boro will hope to avoid relegation and build on this season’s showing with better signings like Bojan and Jese Rodriguez.
Talk about leaving your transfer business to the very last day!!! Goalkeeper, Moez Hassen (Nice) and striker Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli) joined Claude Puel’s Saints very late on in the window.
There were however a few exits with Jose Fonte being the biggest as he joined West Ham for £8m. Dominic Gape joined Wycombe on a free move whilst Jason McCarthy signed for Walsall till end of season.
Mark Hughes will be delighted to have finally landed Saido Berahino for £12m. Lee Grant‘s loan from Derby County got turned into a permanent deal for just over £1m.
There were some surprise departures with Jakob Haugaard signing for Wigan on loan. Bojan jetted off to Mainz after being denied a move to Middlesbrough. Two youngsters were sent out to get first team experience with loan deals at Blackburn Rovers and Carlisle United respectively.
David Moyes will be delighted to have added Joleon Lescott and Bryan Oviedo to his defence. Darron Gibson will bring some extra reinforcement to a injury plagued midfield.
He will however be disappointed to have failed to keep Patrick van Aanholt away from fellow relegation battlers, Crystal Palace. Two youth players were sent out on loan so a relatively quiet window on Wearside.
Paul Clement will be elated with his business after signing Luciano Narsingh, Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll and Jordan Ayew.
There were however a couple of departures with Marvin Emnes sent back to Blackburn Rovers on loan. Modou Barrow decided to head off and join former Swans boss, Gary Monk at Leeds United. Neil Taylor was sold as part of the Ayew deal and headed off to Aston Villa.
Mauricio Pochettino will be happy with his business because four talented youngsters have been sent out to gain further experience till end of season. Tom Carroll was however sold to Swansea City.
Watford will be delighted with their business after securing the services of Tom Cleverley and M’Baye Niang on loan. Mauro Zarate will be delighted to be back on English soil after leaving Fiorentina.
There has however been a few departures with Odion Ighalo being the biggest shock as he headed to China’s Changchun Yatai in a unexpected £20m deal. Jerome Sinclair decided to join Birmingham City in search of more game time.
West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis looked set to just have Jake Livermore as a sole January signing but as usual he dug into the market on deadline day and signed Marc Wilson from Bournemouth. Wilson’s deal is just a short term loan till end of season.
There has however been a high turnover in exits. The Saido Berahino saga came to a close when he finally joined Stoke. Callum McManaman and Craig Gardener dipped down to the Championship to play for Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City respectively. Some youngsters ventured out for more first team experience.
The Hammers will be confident of making further progress after signing Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass during January.
A lot of youngsters got released on loan to different clubs in search of game time. Dimitri Payet however got his move back to Marseille after Bilic told the owners to just sell him for £25m. Simone Zaza also followed Payet out of the door after failing to settle at the London Stadium.
Now that the winter transfer window is shut, who should your club sign in the summer? Feel free to comment below.