January transfer window and the impact on the top 6.

The January transfer window 2019 has come to an end with the teams making final changes to their squads needed to compete for the rest of the season. While there have been teams like Chelsea who were active throughout the transfer window, there also have been teams like Tottenham who went through the window without signing a single player.

In this article, we are going to review the ‘January transfer window 2019’ of the top six teams of the Premier League and their chances for a top four finish or even winning the league. So, let’s get started.



Arsenal

Players In :

Denis Suarez – Barcelona (loan)

Players Out :

Emiliano Martinez – Reading (loan)

Emile Smith Rowe – RB Leipzig (loan)

As an Arsenal fan, you might be wondering why the hell did the Gunners not consider bringing in any defensive reinforcements despite Hector Bellerin being ruled out for the season with an ACL injury. The defensive line is looking a bit shaky for Arsenal with Koscielny and Mustafi not being able to find their form. With Bellerin out, Emery prefers Ainsley Maitland-Niles over former Juventus defender Lichtsteiner at right-back. Arsenal have managed only four clean sheets this season (4th lowest in the league), same as bottom-placed Huddersfield Town, which says it all about their defense.

The other major error made by Unai Emery is not bringing in a natural winger to link-up with the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette. The Gunners may regret signing two world-class strikers instead of a winger last season. While Aubameyang can play in the wings, he is not much of a threat on either side as much as he is while playing in the middle. New arrival, Denis Suarez is a versatile player who can play in central midfield, attacking midfielder as well as a left winger but his lack of play-time might take him some time to adapt to the Premier League. Suarez has played roughly 17 minutes in the La Liga this season. Overall, the chances of Arsenal making a top 4 finish are very slim right now unless the team have a good run of form or they’ll have to settle for thursday nights football again.

Transfer window rating – 3/10



Chelsea

Players In :

Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund (£57.6m)

Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus (loan)

Players Out :

Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund (loan)

Alvaro Morata – Atletico Madrid (loan)

Cesc Fabregas – Monaco (£10m)

Victor Moses – Fenerbahce (loan)

Michy Batshuayi – Crystal Palace (loan)

Lucas Piazon – Chievo (loan)

Kasey Palmer – Bristol City (loan)

Lewis Baker – Reading (loan)

Abdul Baba Rahman – Stade de Reims (loan)

Josh Grant – Yeovil (loan)

Charlie Colkett – Ostersunds (undisclosed)

Matt Miazga – Reading (loan)

Charlie Wakefield – Coventry City (free)

Karlo Ziger – Sutton United (loan)

Maurizio Sarri might not have expected the challenge to be this hard when he first arrived at England. The Italian came to Stamford Bridge following an impressive spell at Napoli where they almost won the scudetto for the first time in 28 years. The Blues went unbeaten in their first 12 league games but eventually things started slowing down. The Blues didn’t have a goal-scoring no.9 to convert all these chances created by the players. Alvaro Morata was like a bird in a cage who forgot how to fly as he kept missing loads of chances before scoring the odd goal, meanwhile, Olivier Giroud hasn’t been able to discover his Arsenal form this season.

Chelsea have realized the missing piece of Sarriball and immediately brought in Gonzalo Higuain on a 6-month loan deal with an option to extend the loan for another 12 months. Higuain was always Sarri’s #1 choice as a no.9 due to the amazing relationship the duo share. The Argentine forward has responded with scoring a brace against Huddersfield to open his account in the Premier League. To add to that Chelsea have shipped Alvaro Morata back to Spain in Atletico Madrid in a loan deal with an option to buy that’ll almost make up for most of the money the Blues spent on the former Madrid man. Overall, the signing of Gonzalo Higuain has given the Blues a big boost for a top 4 finish or even a top 3 finish.

Transfer window rating – 8/10



Liverpool

Players In :

Players Out :

Nathaniel Clyne – Bournemouth (loan)

Dominic Solanke – Bournemouth (£19m)

Ovie Ejaria – Reading (loan)

Pedro Chirivella – Extremadura (loan)

Lazar Markovic – Fulham (undisclosed)

This has been a disappointing window for Liverpool, not because they didn’t sign any player but for the fact that they let Nathaniel Clyne leave on loan just before their first choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold got injured. The decision to let Clyne leave has been a massive error from Jurgen Klopp’s side and has haunted them since. The Reds were seven points clear at the top ahead of Man City as of 1st January 2019. In the next 5 matches, Liverpool only managed eight points from a possible fifteen and now are level with Man City with the Citizens playing an extra fixture. As there are still 13 games left to play, the Reds can regain their place at the top with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez on the verge of returning to full fitness.

Not all decisions made by Liverpool have been against them this window. The decision to sell their fourth and fifth choice strikers Dominic Solanke and Lazar Markovic does surely raise some funds for the summer. Solanke, who was signed by Liverpool on a free transfer has been sold to Bournemouth for £19 million with a buy-back clause included in the deal. Overall, Liverpool are still the front-runners for the Premier League title this season but they should not drop any more points or it will be another replay of the 2013/14 season.

Transfer window Rating – 4/10



Manchester City

Players In :

Ante Palaversa – Hadjuk Split (£7m)

Players Out :

Brahim Diaz – Real Madrid (£15.5m)

Ante Palaversa – Hadjuk Split (loan)

Anthony Caceres – Sydney FC (loan)

Ed Francis – Wolves (loan)

Luke Bolton – Wycombe (loan)

Rabbi Matondo – Schalke (£8m)

Man City didn’t need too many additions to their squad but it was more about keeping their key players. Although they could have signed a left-back and a centre defensive midfielder but it is understandable that Pep would like to make signings in the summer rather than now. City failed to sign Fernandinho’s successor this summer as both their top targets Jorginho and Fred were snapped up by Chelsea and Man United. Though City were linked with Frenkie de Jong and Sebastian Rudy this window, the former signed up with Barcelona. Guardiola is more concerned about finding a replacement for french left-back Benjamin Mendy. The former Monaco man has spent most of his time in the sidelines than on the pitch after arriving at the Etihad. Overall, the lack of depth in these two positions might come to haunt them in some stage of the season but for now, City have the momentum in their side.

Transfer window rating – 5/10



Manchester United

Players In :

Players Out :

Marouane Fellaini – Shandong Luneng Taishan (£10.5m)

Joel Pereira – Kortrijk (loan)

Zal Dearnley – Oldham Athletic (loan)

Ethan Hamilton – Rochdale (loan)

Regan Poole – Newport (loan)

Tom Sang – AFC Fylde (loan)

Callum Whelan – Port Vale (loan)

Matty Willock – Crawley Town (loan)

Ro-Shaun Williams – Shrewsbury Town (undisclosed)

There were no signings expected at the Old Trafford as Man United already have the right players and the squad depth to compete for a top four spot in the Premier League. Interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has got the best out of players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof. While it is debatable that United could have signed a marquee defender but they have Lindelof, Jones, Smalling and Bailly who can do the job for the Red Devils. Also, singing a player in this stage of the season would be quite unusual because Solskjær could be there until the end of the season and if a new manager comes in he may not find the player suitable for his system.

A good transfer for Manchester United could be the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Shandong Luneng for £10.5 million. The Belgian is known for his aerial ability and his ability to score important goals for his team. While Fellaini can prove to be worthy at times, he doesn’t fit in Solskjær’s philosophy of football where players move the ball quick with one and two-touch passing to keep the opponents guessing. Overall, it’s been a good window for Manchester United as they have a shot for a top 4 finish.

Transfer window rating – 6/10



Tottenham

Players In :

Players Out :

Mousa Dembele – Guangzhou R&F

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – Monaco (loan)

Jaden Brown – Huddersfield (undisclosed)

Anthony Georgiou – Levante (loan)

Kazaiah Sterling – Sunderland (loan)

Shayon Harrison – Melbourne City (loan)

Tottenham are the only team in the Premier League to not sign a single player this season but it’s not Daniel Levy who has stood out but it’s Mauricio Pochettino’s brilliance that Spurs are placed third in the Premier League table despite their crisis. Tottenham desperately needed a striker to replace the injured Harry Kane, who is out till early March but Spurs opted not to spend on any players. Spurs at one stage had Kane, Alli, Moura, Sissoko all injured and Heung min-Son out with international duty but the way Pochettino managed the team, it didn’t feel like they were in a crisis. Although Spurs are now out of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, they are competing in the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League. Overall, it’s been a horrible transfer window for Spurs but they are still in the race for a top 3 finish in the Premier League.

Transfer window rating – 1/10


This concludes our ‘January transfer window 2019 review’. Do you think the clubs could have signed some more players in the transfer window? 




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