As the dust settles on the all the last minutes transfers, loans, and expectedly frantic deadline day let’s take a look at how the clubs fared on the final day of the January window.
The Blues managed to balance their books with the sale of Andre Schurrle to boyhood club Wolfsburg in return for the purchasing of Cuadrado. While Schurrle is a very good attacking central midfielder he was only fitting a role as the impact sub in his time at Stamford Bridge this season, and the gamble on Cuadrado could pay off should the Colombian be able to prove himself in the toughest league in the world.
The Baggies managed to swipe Darren Fletcher late after the talks with West Ham for him broke down. He now adds a bit of a more defensive, central holding position to back up the signing of their number 9, Callum McManaman who came over from Wigan Athletic. The addition of those two will allow forward Berahino to roam more freely and possibly deeper into the attacking third, which he can use to disrupt defenses. It also means that Callum McManaman can do something he’s helped make a name for himself over: poach. That alone could see West Brom become more dangerous from set pieces.
Palace were bolstered by an amazing final day of the window by signing Wilfried Zaha on a permanent deal, snapping up Shola Ameobi, and secure the services of Yaya Sanogo on loan. The one thing this really helps inject into the Palace side is pace, particularly with Ameobi and Sanogo, while Zaha can help play on the wing as he has made himself accustomed to this season already while on loan to the Eagles. Pardew did some great shopping but it will then be a test of how to balance the books in the summer for him and his crew. For now though, another strong mid-table finish could be in store.
The Saints got two pieces to help on the defensive side of the ball in Filip Djuricic and Ryan Bertrand. With Bertrand at left back especially, Southampton can look to lock down offenses even more than their already Premier League best 16 goals against in 23 games, 3 fewer than league leaders Chelsea. The signings were what they needed after a 1-0 loss to Swansea booted them to fourth and they could now challenge to lock in a Champions League position. Their offense while not as free-scoring as City or Chelsea, are young and will only develop more over time.
The Gunners were not particularly in need of any buys and they didn’t go out and spend any huge cash on the last day of the window. In fact, Arsenal’s only real issue this season was a host of injuries that the team is finally starting to recover from, and it has helped them hit their form this past month in terms of results.
Man U were not in desperate need of anyone as they need to be more focused on the summer spending spree they are being rumoured to be lining up. Falcao could go then but for the moment in 3rd place and with a high amount of revenues coming in still, the Red Devils will be comfortable to wait this season out under van Gaal in the anticipation of buying themselves back into the title race next year.
Firstly, Aaron Lennon is a great signing, but he’s not the answer to Everton’s solution. The loaning of Eto’o to Sampdoria helped make the way for this move, but defensive solidarity is what the Toffees needed most and they failed to act on that need.
Spurs had a chance for another qualification to the Europa League, something a win in the League Cup Final next month could still do, but the side are being carried by Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane. Roberto Soldado is still without goals and the North Londoners also failed to offload Adebayor for money. Owner Levy did block a move for Adebayor to rivals West Ham, but it only keeps the striker around on the payroll as excess.
Villa are in for a difficult run in their last 15 games. Already facing the prospect of Chelsea next weekend, Paul Lambert’s men failed to pick up any real attacking potency, which is what has been needed at Villa more than any other club. Villa’s 11 goals in 23 games is worst in the Premier League and easily form for relegation, yet amongst the blaring statistic, Villa haven’t signed anyone to help life the goal tally.
Harry Redknapp (who has since resigned) failed to solidify any one of his three main moves on the deadline day. Charlie Austin’s ability to find the back of the net has been good, and arguably QPR’s offense is not in too bad a shape, but their 11 losses in all 11 games on the road this season is the reason they sit in 19th. Perhaps Redknapp is smart in thinking it is a personnel change that is needed, but arguably the defense is in a rough shape as well. QPR’s 39 conceded is the worst out of the 20 teams, even with the addition of such veterans as Rio Ferdinand from Manchester United in the summer.
The Hammers started to negotiate up to 8 deals this deadline day, but failed to finalize any one of them. Having not won in the last 6 league outings, the early season hopes of European football to be played in Upton Park’s final season as West Ham’s home next season have gone. The Hammers, in need of another midfield option, failed to capitalize on the Fletcher deal that would have aided their cause and it looks while they will finish in the top half, the thought of playing across the continent next season will have to wait.