Generally, we sit here and speak how a January Transfer Window can be a headache for managers. It comes right in between a season and unhappy players at this stage might prove pivotal for clubs going into second phase of a season. On the other hand, it can provide a much-needed boost for certain clubs looking for inspiration. We take a look at how the January Transfer Window of 2018 has gone about so far.
Some Big Moves Among Big Clubs: –
On the eve of New Year 2018, Liverpool gave us the first major talking point of the window, announcing Virgil Van Dijk for 75m Pounds. The Dutch was more or less gone from Southampton from November-end itself. In the process, Liverpool have created history by signing a defender for a record fee. (previous record was of Kyle Walker to Manchester City for 54m Pounds). We don’t generally these marquee signings in a middle of the season, but Liverpool have created a habit of it. They signed Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho in January itself, both of whom became fantastic servants for the club.
Talking about Coutinho, the Brazilian has also made his dream move to Barcelona on the 7th of January for 142m. The surprise thing was Klopp making him available for the Manchester City game which was scheduled on 14th January. Two days after that press conference, Coutinho was gone, probably Klopp was too helpless in that situation.
Meanwhile, in between all this big moves, Chelsea snapped up Ross Barkley from Everton for 15m Pounds. A deal for a player who has a potential to be a very good player is a bargain if the Englishman comes good when in full fitness. Everton have done a good business in getting Cenk Tosun from Besiktas and Theo Walcott from Arsenal for 15m and 20m+ pounds respectively. Sounds a good business for a team needing goals and creativity.
Concurrently, in the past two three days, there has been a major swapping of players between two English giants. Talk about smart trades, Manchester United have done, even it being paying high wages. Alexis Sanchez moves out of Emirates to get his move to Old Trafford while Henrikh Mkhitaryan, often maligned under Mourinho, shifted himself to London.
January Transfer Window Deals Proving to be turning-points: –
We do not often say that mid-season deals actually provide turning points for certain clubs. But, this window has given us some really good deals which can turn around a season for a particular club. Manchester United and Arsenal will argue that they are in a better position than they were in December. Obviously, United have got a better deal, but Arsenal offloading an unhappy player and getting a very good player is not bad.
For Barcelona, Coutinho’s buy can actually mean they can win the treble. The Brazilian can play in La Liga and Spanish Cup Competitions even though he is cup-tied in Champions League. His arrival may mean Ernesto Valverde can rest likes of Iniesta or Paulinho in domestic games and unleash them in European games. This in turn means fresher players in creative department in almost every important game. Not a bad thing to have post January transfer window.
Mourinho, contemporaneously, will be delighted by his new arrival in the squad. Sanchez will add goals to United and also bring something different as an attacking unit at Old Trafford. It will also alert players like Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to be at their game or they will out for a long time with the Chilean’s arrival.
Liverpool, while still early in the piece, might be getting affected by the sale of Coutinho at such a juncture of the season. They haven’t got an attacking replacement yet. In addition, it doesn’t look likely that anything substantial will happen for them in the coming four days. They have bolstered defensively though by getting Van Dijk. But lacking depth in attacking department means one injury, and they’re reeling to compete.
Well, we don’t really used to react much post January transfers. This one has been sensational to say the least. Some very eye-catching deals to probably direction of seasons for many big clubs. Few “selling” clubs might get a negative impact because replacing marquee players is not always easy mid-season. Let’s see how much these deals can affect seasons for respective clubs.
If you want to know what are the other deals done during January, here is the link to take a look.
Article by Mizgan,
Twitter – @mizgans