Premier League Transfers: Winners and Losers so Far This January Window

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2013

Premier League Transfers: Winners and Losers so Far This January Window

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    The Premier League's January transfer window is one week old.

    There's been a flurry of activity from many clubs. New signings have already had an impact on the field, suggesting some signings may be more valuable than others.

    I've compiled a list of clubs who will be pleased with their business dealings thus far.

    And just for good measure, it's also worth looking at the team who be silently weeping in the nearest corner.


Winners: Chelsea

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    The signing of Demba Ba for £7 million is a shrewd piece of business for Chelsea (via The Daily Mail). For many clubs, bringing the injury-prone striker in would have been a major risk.

    Stoke City decided Ba's papier-mache knees weren't worth bringing in, before he joined Newcastle. Indeed, the reason Alan Pardew's side lost Ba for such a cheap price was due to a contract clause that suggested the Magpies were taking a punt on his fitness.

    For the posse from Stamford Bridge, this minimal fee is nothing but petty cash. Ba is a short-term fix for Chelsea's lack of strikers and provides a goalscoring alternative to Fernando Torres. As we witnessed in the 5-1 win over Southampton, Ba's two debut goals are likely to be the first brace of many.

    Daniel Sturridge's exit from Chelsea should also be seen as a victory for the club. While the 23-year-old is hugely talented, there was little point letting his promise waste away on the bench. Rafa Benitez didn't intend on using the Englishman, so shipping him off to Liverpool is an acceptable result from a disappointing spell in London.

Winners: Arsenal

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    While nobody has been brought in at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger is using January to get rid of dead wood (via The Guardian).

    Loan deals see both Johan Djourou and Marouane Chamakh leave the club for Hannover and West Ham respectively (via BBC Sport).

    With a little luck, these players will perform admirably at their temporary employers. If they do, expect their transfer fees to rise in the summer.

Winners: Tottenham Hotspur

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    Andre Villa-Boas is assembling some frightening strength-in-depth at White Hart Lane.

    The Portuguese manager loves useful players who offer his side a sense of versatility. Deals for Standard Liege's Zeki Fryers and Schalke's Lewis Holtby are already complete (via BBC Sport), indicating one or two of Spurs' underused players could be on their way out (via ESPN).

Winners: West Ham United

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    Joe Cole's return to West Ham is long overdue.

    The former England ace needs a run of games in the Premier League to remind audiences of his best. His ability has been hampered by injury and a lack of confidence for too long.

    Naturally, Cole performed brilliantly on his reintroduction to the East End faithful. He provided both assists In the 2-2 FA Cup draw against Manchester United. More impressively, Cole's confidence made it feel like the winger had never left.

    Sam Allardyce should be commended for signing Cole on a free transfer (via The Guardian).

    With regards to Marouane Chamakh, well, we'll see.

Losers: Newcastle United

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    Only one Premier League club has lost a key player during the current transfer window.

    As with everything else at Newcastle right now, Alan Pardew can't catch a break. Demba Ba's exit puts great pressure on Papiss Cisse and younger members of the Magpies squad. Pardew's top goalscorer and forward talisman left without so much of a whimper.

    If things carry on this way, Newcastle's Premier League status will do the same.

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