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Deadline Day: The Best and Worst January Transfers

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It’s set to be another exciting transfer window, and January is always an interesting period as players are often overpriced and have varying impacts on their new clubs. Here at MyLocalPitch we take a look at the best and worst Premier League January transfers.


Nemanja Vidic: Spartak Moscow to Manchester United – £7.2m – 2006

The Serbian initially took time to adapt to English football, but once settled developed a formidable defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand. His leadership skills and ability on the pitch led him to the captaincy at Old Trafford and helped to secure United’s dominance at the summit of English football.

During his time working under Sir Alex Ferguson, Vidic won 5 Premier League titles and was part of a Champions League winning side in 2008.

Luis Suarez: Ajax to Liverpool – £22.5m – 2011

Suarez arrived at Liverpool a relatively unknown quantity but quickly justified his price tag with some stunning goals. His continued good form was rewarded as he collected the PFA player of the year in the 2013-2014 season. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard offered the greatest compliment describing the Uruguayan as the best player he had ever played with.

His status as one of the best players in the world, attracted interest from other clubs and he eventually joined European giants Barcelona.

Mikel Arteta: Real Sociedad to Everton – £2m – 2005

During his 6 seasons at Everton Arteta became a firm favourite of the fans. He quickly established himself in the first team, displaying an excellent range of passes and became renowned for his crossing ability. He won two consecutive Player of Year awards at the club, proving a very successful signing by David Moyes.

During his first season on Merseyside, Arteta helped the Toffees to fourth place finish and became integral to their UEFA Cup campaigns in years to follow.

Honourable Mentions: Nemanja Matić – Chelsea, Patrice Evra – Manchester United


Fernando Torres: Liverpool to Chelsea – £50m – 2011

Torres arrived from Premier League rivals Liverpool for 50 million pounds in January 2011. Despite an excellent record at his previous club Torres struggled to recreate his good form. On his return to Anfield he was the victim of some harsh treatment from centre back Daniel Agger. His form did not improve and it took him 25 games to eventually get on the score sheet for the blues.

He ended his unsuccessful spell at Stamford Bridge with just 20 goals in 110 underwhelming appearances. His highlight was scoring against Barcelona in the 2012 Champion’s League, which the Blues went on the win that year.

Andy Carroll: Newcastle to Liverpool – £35m – 2011

Following the departure of Torres, Carroll joined Liverpool for a British transfer record of £35 million. It quickly became evident that Carroll didn’t fit the style of football played on Merseyside, and he admitted later that his career at Liverpool had never really happened. This was reflected by his 11 goals in 58 games across an 18 month period at Anfield.

Chris Samba: Anzhi Makhachkala to Queens Park Rangers – £12.5m – 2013

Having spent five years at former Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, Chris Samba looked to be an excellent signing by Harry Redknapp. However Samba was a shadow of his former self on his return to the top flight.

He was added to the QPR squad to help to the club to fight in a tight relegation battle. Instead Samba’s blunders led to the hoops finishing bottom of the table and subsequently being relegated to the Championship.

Honourable Mentions: : Savio Nsereko – West Ham United, Jean Alain Boumsong – Newcastle United

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BY - Ben Menham

31 January 2018