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Transfer window: Biggest winners, losers in Premier League

Jan 31, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

Kostas Mitroglou AP

The January transfer window is shut.

Take a deep breath after what has been a whirlwind day of deals around the Premier League.

Dollar signs and contracts terms are floating around the heads of many fans, players, managers and chairman after crucial deals have been pushed through in the final few hours of the deadline.

RECAP: All the deals on deadline day

Now it’s time to break down the big winners and losers from the window, as certain clubs have definitely fared better than others in the transfer window.We’ve had panic buys, loan deal, multi-million dollar signings and some will turn out better deals than others.

That’s the beauty of it. Leaving it so late in the window to do your business is risky and some clubs will get their fingers burnt.

Let’s analyze who stood out with their business acumen and we will simply pick out three Premier League teams that did the best business… then we will lambast another three who should’ve done better business.

BIGGEST WINNERS

Fulham

This was massively needed in the window, Fulham have overhauled their roster and finally spent some big cash to get guys in that they really wanted. On deadline day they first brought in Lewis Holtby from Tottenham on loan, and the little man is a terrific workhorse in the middle and exactly what Fulham needed at the point in midfield. Then the big signing came as Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou signed for $18 million from Olympiakos. He swapped the UEFA Champions League for a relegation battle, this guys is a top class striker who scores boat loads of goals. Best signing of the day. Hands down. Great buys from Rene Meulensteen and American owner Shadid Khan. They’ve also added John Heitinga from Everton, who is a terrific Dutch center back that will stop the Cottagers leaking goals. Great window.

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Cardiff

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has made plenty of bold moves in the window, and I like what he’s doing. The Bluebirds needed some fresh legs and new faces around the place, because let’s face it, despite all their grit and determination they aren’t getting it done in the PL. Norwegian trio Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Mats Moller Daehli and Jo Inge Berget have arrived,  as well as Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones. But the most significant signings could be Wilfried Zaha and Fabio from Manchester United. Zaha is on loan and has something to prove, which means the England international could be the difference between Cardiff staying up or going down.

Crystal Palace

Jason Puncheon, Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann all arrived on deadline day, with deals for Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley being pushed over the line as the window slammed shut. If they do get those five players, Palace have a tremendous chance of staying in the Premier League this season. Tricky attackers, solid midfielders, a good ‘keeper and a solid center back. The spine of their entire squad now looks incredibly strong. Tony Pulis is the master of deadline day deals, he proved that at Stoke. He’s done it again for the Eagles.

BIGGEST LOSERS

Arsenal

The Gunners had a big chance to bring in a top striker to challenge for their first title in almost 10 years. But they blew it. With just Oivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner as recognized strikers, Arsene Wenger somehow moved for Spartak Moscow midfielder Kim Kallstrom instead of getting a forward in. With a few midfield injuries, you can see why Wenger’s done it. But Arsenal fans were just hoping for a big-time striker to arrive as they desperately seek some silverware after an eight-year drought. No such luck. Opportunity missed.

Liverpool

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If Liverpool would’ve sealed the deal for Konoplyanka, it would salvage their transfer window. But they struck out.

For so long the Reds looked like they were about to seal a $22 million deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka but it looked like it all fell apart at the end. I really hoped Brendan Rodgers would go out and spend some big money on another good defender as well as the Ukrainian winger. I think that Liverpool’s squad isn’t quite strong enough, and they may now miss out on fourth place due to a bit of laziness in the window. I hope I’m proved wrong, because this is a good side. Sometimes you have to buy big when you’re on the edge of becoming a great team. You can’t stand still.

Stoke City

The Potters big transfer target was Lee Cattermole… No disrespect, but that says it all really. A holding midfielder, of which Stoke have a plethora of, should not have been the priority for a Stoke side dropping alarmingly down the table. They can’t score goals. They needed to bring in a top striker and they grabbed Peter Odemwingie and John Guidetti, while getting ride of Kenwyne Jones. I think Mark Hughes’ side are going to struggle for the rest of the season, they really needed some new additions in this window.

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Who exactly is going to pip ‘Pool for fourth? Certainly not Everton or Spurs. United? I am disappointed that no one was brought in, but did you not see that game on Tuesday? We were playing with 3, if not 4, second choice players along the back line. We have injuries and could have used some depth. I’ll take SAS over Adebayor or Van Persie/Rooney any day.

    I 100% agree that a good defender should have been purchased, but I am ok with not spending for the sake of spending, a la Hdogson, Dalglish, and even Benitez near the end of his tenure.

    I am really curious as to who you think will take 4th. If you are certain enough to print it, you have someone in mind.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      I was indeed at the game on Tuesday and really enjoyed watching Liverpool’s swashbuckling style. But I have a sneaky feeling United will come roaring back in the second half of the season and claim 4th spot.

      With the signing of Mata, and if Rooney + RVP can stay fit, they will be an entirely different team in the final few months of the season. As for Liverpool, a few bad injuries could spell disaster. Like I said in the piece, I hope I am wrong because I genuinely like the way they play.

      But I think not picking up anyone in the window will come back to bite the Reds.

  2. Ian's Rushtache - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Laziness=Dnipro’s owner refused to sign the paperwork.

  3. danny136200 - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I have always doubted that Arsenal would not get the striker they needed this window. It should have been addressed this past summer. I do understand getting a midfielder though, as we are a bit short on that right now with injuries and suspensions.

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