The January Transfer Window in the Premier League was arguably one of the most exciting for a number of seasons. We saw Liverpool break the world record for a defender, United pipped City to Alexis Sanchez’ signature, City themselves boosted an already great squad with the signing of Aymeric Laporte and Arsenal shocked everyone by nabbing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
While it has only been a matter of weeks since and the ink is barely dry on those shiny new contracts, some players have already hit the ground running. Here is a report card for the big movers:
Virgil Van Dijk: Southampton to Liverpool £75m
Van Dijk has finally got his move away from Southampton and the huge fee already looks like deent value. He is one of those players who makes those around him more assured, with the likes of Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold benefitting from having the Dutchman around him. He leaves a club priced at 3/1 for relegation to join one priced at 9/1 to win the Champions League. Van Dijk will have no regrets.
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal to Manchester United (Swap)
At the time of writing, Manchester United are 20 points ahead of Arsenal so Sanchez will be happy with his move. However, the Chilean has had a tough start to life at Old Trafford and has been ineffective in many games. It should work out though once he gets settled in. Could he inspire them to an unlikely Champions League Final win? Probably not. But the bookies set it at a tempting 23/1.
Henrik Mkhitaryan: Manchester United to Arsenal (Swap)
Mkhitaryan seems to be a streaky kind of player but exactly the type that Arsène Wenger can get the best from. He was impressive in the 2-0 victory at the San Siro against AC Milan in the Europa League, which served to justify Arsenal’s tag as 4/1 second-favourites for the tournament. If you want a free shot to back them, check out the latest free bet no deposit bonus offers. Getting a consistent run of form from Mkhitaryan could be key to Arsenal’s hopes however.
The Walcott: Arsenal to Everton £20m
Walcott has made a fairly decent start to life at Goodison Park. In fairness, they were in dire need of a player with his pace and directness to give a different option to the likes of Rooney and Sigurdsson. At times he has looked Everton’s most threatening player, notching a couple of goals in what has been a tough couple of months for Sam Allardyce’s side. All in all, Evertonians and Walcott should be happy enough.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal £56m
Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal was probably the biggest shock of the transfer window. It hasn’t quite gone to plan however, with Arsenal free-falling in the league and Aubameyang cup-tied for the Europa League. He should show his quality once given more time to settle however.
Cenk Tosun Besiktas to Everton £27m
Another, like Walcott, whose good performances have been overshadowed by a poor run of form by Everton. A physical and tough striker, you would imagine that Tosun will be exactly the type of player Sam Allardyce will like at Everton. Two goals in six Premier League games so far from the Turkish forward.
Lucas Moura PSG to Tottenham £23m
Moura has not played a lot since arriving from PSG, but he did grab a debut goal in the FA Cup. It is all about perspective in this transfer: Moura was not signed to walk into Spurs’ starting XI. Instead, he was bought to boost a thin squad in a tough run-in. He should fit the bill.