Rating Every Major January Transfer
Let’s take a look at every major January deal, rank them and rate them out of ten.
1. Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan
This was blatantly obvious. For the last few seasons, Inter have had a dire shortage of quality attacking midfielders. It seems they’ve finally locked in the man they needed. A technically gifted playmaker and an exceptional set-piece taker. 20m is a bit pricey given he was going there in 6 months, but there’s a title on offer here. 10/10.
2. Erling Haaland to Borussia Dortmund
Another fantastic signing. Whoever got their hands on this kid was going to thoroughly enjoy the benefits, and after his first month, Paco Alcacer has already been shown the door. He looks the perfect signing for Dortmund and will secure them a spot in the running for silverware this season. 10/10.
3. Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United
He looks quality. I still am of the belief that someone like Allan would have been more worthwhile, as they’re more in need of a game-controlling midfielder than another attacking midfielder. It’s still astronomical to believe that Fred cost them roughly the same price. If he gels well with Pogba, quality buy. 9/10.
4. Duvan Zapata to Atalanta
With just 12 games but 13 scoring involvements to his name, Zapata is leaving the lasting mark he was expected to make at Atalanta. With a price of just 11m, it’s a quality buy for Atalanta who is sure to service Moussa Barrow and Papu Gomez up front. This Atalanta team continues to show us it has the goods. 9/10.
5. Paco Alcacer to Villareal
Upon the signing of the before-mentioned Haaland, Alcacer would be back to servicing Dortmund off the bench, until he moved. Villareal forked out 23m for the Spaniard, who in his first game netted once and assisted once. Should everything go to plan, it’s a quality signing. 8/10.
6. Dani Olmo to RB Leipzig
Leipzig didn’t require any more talent, but hey, why not? Olmo looks to be a future star at both club and international level and looks to be the likely successor to such greats as David Silva and Andres Iniesta. It’s highly unlikely he’ll reach that height, but from what I’ve seen so far, Olmo is class. Great move for him to work with two world-class strikers and play in arguably Europe’s most competitive league. 8/10.
7. Sander Berge to Sheffield United
I really love the look of this signing. A highly praised holding midfielder set to shine in Euro 2020 for Norway, Wilder secured the 22-year-old for just 21m this window to further improve his thriving defensive setup. Given that Nordic nations often adopt a very similar style to the Sheffield United setup, Berge will really shine with this setup. I’m very excited about the future with Sander Berge. 8/10.
8. Steven Bergwijn to Tottenham Hotspur
The Dutchman ditched PSV in favour of Spurs in late January to join in with the other big-name signings they made throughout the window. Bergwijn scored on debut in a 2-0 win over the current title holders Manchester City, and his versatility is indeed something to be admired. Should Bergwijn be a solid filler player and a potential replacement for the aging Lucas, it’s a solid buy. 7/10.
9. Dejan Kulusevski to Juventus
Stolen from Inter Milan’s grasp at the last possible moment, the Swede was destined for great things at Atalanta. Shame he’s potentially gone and ruined it all signing for a team where he’ll have to compete with the likes of Bernadeschi and Dybala for starts. If Juventus can get minutes to this guy, great buy, but I’m still not sure if leaving was the right option. I would’ve preferred him at Atalanta, thriving with Barrow and Zapata. 7/10.
10. Raul De Tomas to Espanyol
It was considered a strange signing by Espanyol to float 20m on a striker who had failed to net in his first 7 games this season, but he’s started his La Liga campaign like a house on fire, netting 3 in his first 3 starts. A very impressive beginning for De Tomas, and should he keep up form somewhat close to it, the price will become justifiable. 7/10.
11. Julian Weigl to Benfica
Julian Weigl’s departure from Dortmund was somewhat of a surprise, given that he’d made 13 total appearances in the Bundesliga so far this season. The capped German international joins the Portuguese capital for a somewhat hefty sum of 20m but it makes sense given his pedigree. I expect him to do a solid job in Lisbon and he will continue to represent his nation to some extent for years to come. 7/10.
12. Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa to Flamengo
The nifty Brazilian opted not to join a sinking West Ham side and was not pursued by Chelsea despite peak interest. It’s an ideal signing for Flamengo, given they had just floated off Reinier to Real Madrid for 30m, the 17m signing of the prolific striker made sense for the Rio based club. As talented as he is, he just wasn’t going to get the required minutes at Inter. Hopefully playing in his home country will help his career flourish. 7/10.
13. Reinier to Real Madrid
Reinier leaving was the main reason why Flamengo pursued Barbosa, and with right reason. Brazilian media have given the youngster plenty of energy to feed off of. He quickly attracted interest from a team full of South Americans in Real Madrid, who in the previous season had signed two teenagers from the Brazilian league with one of them a former teammate of Reinier in Vinicius Junior. Perhaps Real Madrid are onto something, and signing Reinier is definitely the right way of going about it. 7/10.
14. Ezequiel Palacios to Bayer Leverkusen
Three South Americans in a row, Palacios moved from Argentine giants River Plate to sign with Bayer Leverkusen, a team that looks set to see the back of star midfielder Kai Havertz in short time. The midfielder signs on with Leverkusen for a modest 17m and will look to make a moderate impact in the next 6 months. A great signing if he fills his potential, seeing as his spot in the Argentine national team already looks certain. 7/10.
15. Jarrod Bowen to West Ham United
Having scored 16 times in his 29 appearances for Hull City and setting up 6, West Ham has locked in Bowen for 21m. Whilst one may hope that Bowen can save West Ham from relegation, it still seems that West Ham are beyond salvation at this point. There’s a job to do if they’re to outplay Aston Villa, and I just don’t think Bowen is up for it. 7/10.
16. Lucas Tousart to Hertha Berlin
Tousart has gotten out of France to join a plethora of players signing in Germany. Hertha forked out 25m for the services of the Frenchman. He seems to have the talent and will have the opportunity to see out this season in Lyon. 7/10.
17. Joao Pedro to Watford
Yet another highly prospected Brazilian, Joao Pedro will look to further bolster Watford’s wing attack in the future. Ismalia Sarr is already doing a terrific job on the right, and I’m excited to see how Watford will perform with a creative Brazilian on the left. A very skilful player, the 18-year-old was cheap and has a lot of room to grow. This guy could do anything. 7/10.
18. Youssef En-Nesyri to Sevilla
Not sure what was going on here. Sevilla sought immediate replacements after they sold imports Chicharito and Munas Dabbur, and found En-Nesyri to be the guy to replace them. Having scored 4 goals from 22 so far this season for Leganés this season, it seems that En-Nesyri just isn’t the right signing for Sevilla. Should they have eradicated Ben Yedder’s release clause? Absolutely. But he’s young, so it’s a waiting game. 6/10.
19. Giovanni Lo Celso to Tottenham Hotspur
Lo Celso’s loan move to Spurs became permanent for 60m this winter, and I’m still not sure why. 21 games. 2 goals. 0 assists. Admittedly, his passing and dribbling have been impressive, but not impressive enough to warrant the astronomical price tag. He needs to do a lot to work up to such a high price. 6/10.
20. Krzysztof Piatek to Hertha Berlin
Dear oh dear. 27m for a man who’s managed just 4 goals this season, and has looked generally lost every time Milan have played this season. To say that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is outperforming this guy right now makes it seem more and more likely Piatek was a one-season wonder. He’s got the potential to work wonders for Berlin, but current form suggests he just isn’t capable. 5/10.
And that is the top 20 signings for the winter window.
Jacob Clear, Touchline Editor