January transfer window: Manchester United the winners, Stoke City the losers

Following a gruelling winter transfer window, the Premier League clubs can once again focus on their objectives for the remainder of the season, as they window officially shuts in England.

The English clubs have once again spent a lot of cash in order to further boost their rosters this January, but which club has managed to churn out best deals and who have performed the worst?

In this article, we will talk about three winners and losers in the January transfer window this season!

Winners

Manchester United have probably done the most efficient business in the January transfer window by securing Alexis Sanchez, who was running out of contract at Arsenal, for out of sorts midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Chilean is already one of the best attackers in the world and has shown his credentials of performing in the Premier League in the past few years. His addition to the team will definitely boost United’s attacking department while Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also a very good riddance for Jose Mourinho’s side. The Red Devils definitely deserve some credit for their daft marketing this January.

Tottenham Hotspur have also performed really well, despite being non-active for the most part of this transfer window. In the deadline day, however, the Lilywhites managed to bag quite a bargain in the form of Lucas Moura, who arrived from PSG for a fee of £25m.

The Brazilian can significantly boost their attacking department while Spurs also managed to keep hold of their star players. With the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Heung Min Son, Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura upfront, Spurs now possess one of the deadliest attacking lineups in the Premier League.

West Brom, is another club who deserves a mention, as the Baggies made some clever signings this January. After initially securing the services of defender Ahmed Hegazy on a permanent basis, the West-midlands outfit also signed his national team defensive partner in Ali Gabr. The Egyptian defensive duo had been fundamental in Egypt’s impressive breakout last year and could prove to be just as vital in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Furthermore, they have also signed Liverpool’s star striker Daniel Sturridge, who can prove to be an ideal upgrade for Salomon Rondon.

Losers

Southampton FC have definitely performed the worst in this winter transfer window. The Saints have failed to properly impose themselves in the market, failing to land on most of their transfer targets.

Their only signing has been Guido Carrillo, who arrived from Monaco for a whopping fee of £19.1m. The Argentinian striker has scored just four goals in 15 league outings this season and could potentially be detrimental to Southampton’s progress for the remainder of the season while the loss of Virgil van Dijk is obviously a huge blow for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men.

Stoke City have also failed to make any good acquisitions this January. The Potters have brought in Augsburg left-back Konstantinos Stafylidis on loan. The Greek defender doesn’t really much skill-set in the offensive department while his crossing-play is also pretty bad. Moritz Bauer was a decent signing but considering his lack of experience in the English top flight, it’s really hard to believe that he will thrive in the Premier League. Even Badou Ndiaye, who has been signed from Galatasaray, is not expected to make much of an impact.

Last but not least, Swansea City haven’t done the most shrewd business when it comes to January dealings. Not only they have overpaid for the services of Andre Ayew, signing the attacker for a fee of £18m, the Welsh outfit have also lost Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa while signing Andy King who has only managed 533 mins of Premier League football this season.

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