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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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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4. Gary Medel
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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
9. Bernd Leno
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10. Gojko Kacar
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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.