The January transfer window is always a chance for teams to strengthen. A time where teams take gambles, pin down their targets and make last-minute dashes to improve their squads. Like with many things, some work out better than others and here are some of the best signings made last month by Premier League clubs.
The Senegalese striker had been doing well at Newcastle and was crucial in getting the club back into Europe.
His £7 million price tag is a bargain and after an encouraging start to life at Chelsea. He’s a proven striker and deserves more starts, especially with Fernando Torres still firing too many blanks. One goal in five league games might not seem a lot but it’s the same kind of strike rate the Spaniard has managed over two years. He’s a natural finisher and in my view can handle the lone striker role better than Torres.
He became only the third Sierra Leonean player to appear in the Premier League but there have been some good signs from the striker. He’s got pace, presence and a solid reputation after appearing in the MLS. An average of a goal every three games for Kansas City will certainly encourage Norwich and after inspiring their comeback against Everton, Canaries fans have seen what he can do. Chris Hughton has been clever in using the close-season in America and could well have found a man who can help secure their survival.
Newcastle’s policy to buy French talent has continued and in Sissoko, they have a strong attacking midfielder with an eye for goal. He has fitted into the team well and having been so key to getting Newcastle their win over Chelsea, he’s become an instant hit. Sissoko has proved he knows the team’s style and will have knowledge about his other countrymen such as Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa. He might not have scored a lot of goals or made many assists at Toulouse but he’s at the right club. A great signing.
With Luis Suarez scoring Liverpool’s goals this season many asked where extra goals would come from. Step forward Daniel Sturridge who has scored against Manchester United, Norwich, Swansea and Manchester City since his arrival. Four in five games speaks volumes for the kind of revival he’s had and he’s proving he doesn’t necessarily need a main striker role to find the net. Sturridge has to be the best January signing we’ve seen this season as a European return looks more and more likely for the Reds.