Are you a football fan looking to see who had the best transfer window this past January? Read on to see who we decide was the best in the transfer market.
Transfers are absolutely huge in football, and there’s definitely a skill to have when it comes to getting a transfer window right; just ask Manchester United. There was some big money spent in the January transfer window of 2022, so we’ll be running through some of the highest spending teams, assessing their windows, and deciding who was the best.
Whether you follow sports for the passion or because you’re looking for the best online sportsbook, we’re sure you’ll find this piece interesting and full of information that you might not have thought about before. Let’s kick things off with Tottenham Hotspur…
Tottenham made some brilliant additions to their squad in the form of Juventus duo Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, who have added a sense of urgency and energy to a Tottenham team that was seriously lacking. It seems to have worked for everybody involved, too. The players were able to kickstart their young careers after a period of relative stagnation following their respective moves to Juventus a couple of years back.
Despite making some smart additions, you could argue that the best business that Tottenham did over the winter transfer window was move on players who were eating up vast amounts of their wage budget. Tanguy Ndombele, who never really found his feet in London, was loaned to former club Lyon while the declining Dele Alli was allowed to try and rediscover his footballing ability at Everton, departing on a free transfer.
In addition, summer signing Bryan Gil, who has struggled to really settle into the Premier League, was sent back to Spain, this time to Valencia, in an effort to prevent his stock from stagnating after a quiet start to life at Tottenham. As is the case with Ndombele, big-money midfield signing Giovani Lo Celso was also allowed to spend some time away from London as the former Real Betis and PSG man joined Villareal on loan.
Despite it being relatively quiet for Liverpool, the one addition they did make has been instrumental in them making their late-season charge towards a potential quadruple. Former Porto man Luis Diaz has been incredible since arriving on Merseyside.
He has not looked out of place, despite coming into an attack that has been enjoying a resurgence this season. With Roberto Firmino into his twilight years, Luis Diaz is now supplying the team with flair.
Liverpool was also able to sanction some exits that really should have been sorted back in the summer. Nat Phillips, who was a key player for Liverpool the season prior when they had not one senior centre back available for long periods, was able to join Bournemouth after a permanent move away never materialised.
In addition, young Welshman Neco Williams was finally able to show what he’s made of and shine on loan at Fulham, becoming a key man.
Love it or loathe it, Newcastle’s escape from almost certain doom has been astonishing, even if they had a little help arrive in the form of new signings.
We’ve seen their recent success be put down to just the new players that have arrived, but we don’t think that’s fair, with many of the existing Newcastle players also enjoying never before seen form under Eddie Howe.
Eyebrows were raised when Newcastle spent nearly £30m to bring in 30-year-old former Burnley forward Chris Wood, a player who has never been prolific or fancied by many, and while his singing may have been a miss (so far at least), they’ve done well elsewhere.
Bruno Guimaraes has added real talent into that midfield, already becoming their best player, while Trippier, Burn, and Targett have added some experience and determination to the defence.
Despite having an atrocious season, Everton’s January transfer window looked like it could have been precisely what they needed to kick start their season and get some good football under their belt.
As we know now, that wasn’t to be the case, but if you cast your mind back just a few months ago, there was a general feeling that they might have been able to turn the page and put their form behind them, even after losing Lucas Digne to Aston Villa.
With the money earned from Lucas Digne’s departure, Everton was able to sign two incredibly talented young fullbacks in the form of Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson, who, in true Everton fashion, have struggled to force their way into the team.
Their arrivals were bolstered by out-of-favour midfield duo Dele Alli and Donny van der Beek, who have also done little since arriving, whilst you’d be correct in forgetting that they also loaned in Anwar El Ghazi.
It was a busy one for Aston Villa, with new manager Steven Gerrard being very adequately backed in his first transfer window since arriving from Scottish giants Rangers.
While Aston Villa did very well to add to a squad that was looking out of ideas and a little jaded at times, they also did well to move on some of the deadwood, albeit temporarily, with Anwar El Ghazi, Trezeguet, and Matt Target all being allowed to spend the reason of the season elsewhere.
Steven Gerrard was very much backed in January, bringing in Lucas Digne for big money, almost £30m if the reports are accurate, while he managed to also bring in superstar Brazilian Phillipe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona, a player he played with a number of years ago at Liverpool.
Aston Villa was also able to bring in adequate squad cover in the form of Calum Chambers and Robin Olsen on loan from Arsenal and AS Roma respectively.
So, Who’s Our Pick?
Tottenham absolutely needs to be our pick, despite many other teams spending well, mainly because they were able to help take their team to the next level whilst also being able to move on a number of big-money signings who have done little to help the club build on their previous success. Do you agree with our choice? Make sure to let us know in the comments.
By: Lisa Nathalie
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