World Football: 10 Young Talents Who Changed Clubs in January

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IFebruary 2, 2012

World Football: 10 Young Talents Who Changed Clubs in January

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    The end of the 2012 January transfer window serves as an inspiration to discuss it.

    Over the years, young players who have changed clubs in January either did it for the best or worst. Regardless, the changes were historical, either because of the moves—or because of the astronomical price tag associated with them.

    The invitation is set for B/R readers to sit back, relax, enjoy and comment on 10 young talents who changed clubs in January.

1. Fernando Torres

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    Fernando Torres signed with Chelsea from Liverpool during the 2011 January transfer window. The amount was a scandalous $79.1 million for Torres, according to the Daily Mail.

    The reason was his performance after signing with Chelsea. Torres scored only five goals for Chelsea within one year.

    It is incredible that Torres has gone 986 minutes in competition without goals. According to an article from Mirror Football, Torres' shooting accuracy is 34.88 percent, chance conversion is 6.98 percent and dribble completion is 38.54 percent.

    What more could be said?

2. David Luiz

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    David Luiz was another player who switched clubs in January, although he did not formally sign until February 2011. Luiz signed with Chelsea from Benfica for $40.3 million, according to The Telegraph.

    Unlike Fernando Torres, Luiz appears to be enjoying every moment with Chelsea.

    In an interview with the Chelsea FC website, Luiz has expressed his gratitude for signing with Chelsea and is proud to wear the club's uniform.

3. Ivan Rakitic

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    Ivan Rakitic transferred from Schalke 04 to Sevilla FC for $1.97 million in January 2011, according to

    He has scored five goals in 31 appearances with Sevilla FC.

4. Gary Medel

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    Gary Medel accompanied Ivan Rakitic and signed with Sevilla FC for $3.94 million, according to

    He is known as the "Pitbull" of Sevilla. Ever since he signed with Sevilla FC, no goal has been scored.

5. Tim Ream

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    Tim Ream signed with the Bolton Wanderers from the Major League Soccer (MLS) team New York Red Bulls in January 2012. He has yet to start and cancelled his honeymoon, according to ESPN Soccernet, in order to realize his dream of a Premier League career.

    Bolton paid $27.5 million for Ream, which is the highest price for a player from the MLS. I have the feeling that Ream will rise to the occasion in the Premier League.

6. Stuart Holden

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    Stuart Holden signed with the Bolton Wanderers in January 2010 as a transfer from the Houston Dynamos (MLS). According to ESPN Soccernet, Holden scored two goals, two assists and 34 shots in 26 matches.

    Holden's last match was against Aston Villa, in which he played the whole match. During the game, it was found during a routing examination that he had damage to his cartilage.

    Holden is currently resting until he recovers.

7. Tomas Rincon

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    Tomas Rincon transferred to Hamburger SV on a loan basis from Deportivo Tachira in January 2009.

    The loan became permanent at the end of the year.

8. Mauro Alonso

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    Mauro Alonso transferred to different clubs in January during separate years. In 2010, Alonso transferred from BATE Borisov to Ekrana Panevezys.

    Alonso transferred from Ekrana Panevezys to FC Brasov in January 2011.

9. Bernd Leno

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    Bernd Leno transferred from VfB Stuttgart to Bayern 04 Leverkussen in January 2012, according to

    I have the feeling that a lot will be expected from Leno, and he will deliver.

10. Gojko Kacar

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    Gojko Kacar signed with Hertha BSC in January 2008 as a transfer from FK Vojvodina. Kacar stayed with Hertha BSC until he signed with Hamburger SV in 2010.

    According to ESPN Soccernet, Kacar has zero goals, one assist and seven shots in 14 matches of the current Bundesliga season.


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    The attempt was made to discuss 10 young talents who changed clubs during January transfer windows.

    There are more, but these are some that have yet to receive publicity, with the exception of players from the Premier League.

    I would like to thank you for taking the time to look at this slide show. I hope there are more to come.