Ranking the Premier League Clubs on Their January Transfer Window Success

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

Ranking the Premier League Clubs on Their January Transfer Window Success

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    The January transfer window is complete.

    Premier League clubs have made their moves. Numerous signings took place across the month with plenty of world class players opting to ply their trade somewhere else.

    It's time to rank each team on their transfer market success. Taking into account best signings, other acquisitions and departures, a clear picture emerges. Has every manager purchased smartly?

    Let's take a look.

20. West Bromwich Albion

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    Main Success: N/A

    Other transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Craig Dawson (loan to Bolton), Gonzalo Jara (loan to Nottingham Forrest), Sam Mantom (Walsall), Chris Wood (Leicester)

    Steve Clarke is the only Premier League manager who failed to sign additional talent during the transfer window. The likes of Craig Dawson and Gonzalo Jara have left the Hawthorns on loan deals—important moves that ensures the duo will receive first team football.

    As deadline day progressed, Peter Odemwingie selfishly stole the headlines for the Baggies (via BBC Sport). His idea of driving to Loftus Road in order to secure a move to QPR was ridiculous and typical of a player who often acts in the heat of the moment.

    Clarke should have sold the Nigerian international—or at least loaned him out for the rest of the season. Back in September, Odemwingie was once again ruled by emotion after receiving a red card against Fulham. He indicated he would make amends—but right now—he continues to let the club down (via The Daily Mail).

19. Manchester City

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    Main success: Godsway Donyoh (Free agent)

    Other transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Godsway Donyoh (loan to Djurgardens), Alex Nimely (loan to Crystal Palace), Reece Wabara (loan to Blackpool), Jeremy Helan (loan to Sheffield Wednesday)

    Manchester City's underwhelming transfer window saw one player arrive at the club and immediately be sent out on loan. Godsway Donyoh's signing is a remarkable story for Ghana's Right to Dream charity, and it'll be interesting to see how the 18-year-old develops at Djugardens (via MCFC official website).

    Mario Balotelli's departure leaves City down one striker—unless Roberto Mancini is ready to finally use John Guidetti. The Premier League champions are ranked just above West Brom due to signing an individual who possesses promise for the future.

18. Swansea City

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    Main Success: Roland Lamah (loan from Osasuna)

    Others transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Danny Graham (Sunderland), Jamie Proctor (Crawley), Leroy Lita (Sheffield Wednesday), Curtis Obeng (loan to York City), Ashley Richards (loan to Crystal Palace)

    Michael Laudrup's eye for a smart deal could strike again with the loan signing of Roland Lamah. The 25-year-old is an experienced midfielder who will strengthen an impressive selection of individuals behind Michu.

    The Swans may have left themselves short on out-and-out strikers. Danny Graham's £5 million transfer to Sunderland means Laudrup's limited attacking options must remain fit (via The Guardian). With this in mind, the Welsh club drops in towards the bottom of this list.

17. Everton

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    Main Success: John Stones (Barnsley)

    Other transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Ross Barkley (loan to Leeds) Anton Forrester (Blackburn Rovers)

    Frustration crippled Everton's success in the January transfer window. While John Stones is a promising young defender, he doesn't match up against Leroy Fer, whose move to Goodison Par collapsed due to medical concerns (via The Guardian).

    David Moyes has limited funds and a small squad. He needed to bolster the Merseyside club with intelligent signings. Much like his fellow Scot at Manchester United, Moyes obviously doesn't think there is much value in the winter market.

    Everton have made a smart investment in Stones—but could have used additions to the midfield and attack.

16. Southampton

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    Main Success: Vegard Forren (Molde)

    Others transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Steve De Ridder (loan to Bolton), Dan Seaborne (loan to Bournemouth), Ryan Dickson (loan to Bradford) Jonathan Forte (loan to Sheffield United), Sam Hoskins (loan to Stevenage), Lee Barnard (loan to Oldham)

    Southampton's main task throughout the transfer window was to ensure key players remain at St. Mary's. Mauricio Pochettino held onto his vital crop and added defensive quality with Vegard Forren. A functional month for the relegation candidates.

15. Aston Villa

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    Main Success: Yacouba Sylla (Clermont Foot)

    Other transfers in: Simon Dawkins (loan from Tottenham)

    Transfers out: Stephen Warnock (Leeds)

    Aston Villa have been crying out for experience this campaign—so naturally—Paul Lambert brings in a 22-year-old. The under pressure manager will be hoping his new defensive midfielder can tighten up the gaping holes in front of Villa's defence.

    Simon Dawkins recently enjoyed a decent spell with the San Jose Earthquakes. The attacking midfielder could make a real name for himself if he adapts to work at Villa Par. Even so, Lambert's men reside near the bottom of this list due to the manager's inability to identify suitable targets.

14. Arsenal

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    Main success: Nacho Monreal (Malaga)

    Other transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Johan Djourou (loan to Hannover 96), Marouane Chamakh (loan to West Ham), Chuks Aneke (loan to Crewe), Emmanuel Frimpong (loan to Fulham)

    A disappointing transfer window from Arsenal in the end. Links to David Villa were a waste of time (via The Independent). Another Spaniard made his way to the Emirates late on, as Nacho Monreal adds real quality to Arsene Wenger's leaky defence. The former Malaga man is a star and suited to Arsenal's flowing football.

    Important loans for a number of reserve players should prove to be useful. Although class has been brought in, Arsenal fans will have been craving something a little more spectacular from Wenger.

13. Wigan Athletic

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    Main Success: Paul Scharner (loan from Hamburg)

    Other transfers in: Angelo Henriquez (loan from Manchester United), Joel Robles (loan from Atletico Madrid), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City),

    Transfers out: Mauro Boselli (loan to Palermo), Rob Kiernan (loan to Brentford)

    Paul Scharner has Wigan in his blood. The towering Austrian spent four years at the DW Stadium between 2006-10 and will add a sense of guile to the club's relegation fight. Roberto Martinez has worked the market well, securing loan deals for useful players including Angelo Henriquez and Roger Espinoza.

    Wigan sit just outside the top 10 with a decent dabble into the market. Smart signings and departures all round.

12. Norwich City

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    Main Success: Luciano Becchio (Leeds)

    Others transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Steve Morison (Leeds), Jacob Butterfield (loan to Crystal Palace), Elliot Ward (loan to Nottingham Forrest), Declan Rudd (loan to Preston)

    No matter how hard Norwich tried, they couldn't seal a move for Celtic's Gary Hooper (via Sky Sports). The Scottish striker would have been a major signing for Chris Hughton. A partnership with Grant Holt could have flourished—but alas—it wasn't meant to be.

    The considerable quality of Luciano Becchio is a great acquisition for the Canaries. He has netted 15 Championship goals for Leeds this season and should play a vital role in ending Norwich's winless streak of seven Premier League games.

11. Chelsea

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    Main Success: Demba Ba (Newcastle)

    Others transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Lucas Piazon (Loan to Malaga), Billy Clifford (loan to Colchester), Sam Walker (loan to Colchester), Patrick Bamford (loan to MK Dons), Todd Kane (loan to Blackburn)

    Demba Ba's transfer seems like a lifetime ago. Despite being an excellent player, Chelsea toil outside the top 10 for self-inflicting their own problems. As expected, Ba's arrival ensures rotation in the European Champions' forward line. Exchanging minutes with Fernando Torres is all well and good—but neither have maintained momentum.

    Daniel Sturridge's Stamford Bridge exit was long overdue. Chelsea should be pleased with the £12 million received for the English striker (via The Daily Mirror).

10. Manchester United

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    Main Success: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

    Others transfers in: N/A

    Transfers out: Wilfried Zaha (loan to Crystal Palace) David Petrucci (loan to Peterborough), Scott Wootton (loan to Peterborough), Angelo Henriquez (loan to Wigan), Robbie Brady (Hull), Josh King (Blackburn), Luke McCullough (loan to Cheltenham), Federico Macheda (loan to Stuttgart)

    A typical January transfer showing from Sir Alex Ferguson, who believes prices rocket towards insanity during the season. Even so, Manchester United captured one of English football's brightest young talents in Wilfried Zaha (via The Daily Mirror).

    Although he won't link up with his Old Trafford teammates until July, Zaha's signing could be important across the next few years. United make the top 10 for beating teams to the player's signature and also loaning unneeded talents to welcoming clubs.

9. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Main Success: Lewis Holtby (Schalke)

    Others transfers in: Zeki Fryers (Standard Liege)

    Transfers out: Jermaine Jenas (QPR), Andros Townsend (loan to QPR), Heurelho Gomes (loan to Hoffenheim), Simon Dawkins (loan to Aston Villa), Alex Pritchard (loan to Peterborough)

    Andre Villas-Boas will be delighted with Lewis Holtby's decision to join Spurs. The German international has all the markings of a future superstar. Zeki Fryers also adds unproven quality to the defensive lineup at White Hart Lane—although he is unlikely to see much action this season.

    These signings add to a fantastic squad. Spurs would have pushed themselves up the rankings with a late flurry for Leandro Damiao—or indeed, any other striker—but an extra smattering of class joins the London club instead (via Sky Sports).

8. Fulham

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    Main Success: Urby Emmanuelson (loan from Milan)

    Other transfers in: Emmanuel Frimpong (loan from Arsenal), Stanislav Manolev (loan from PSV Eindhoven), Chris David (FC Twente)

    Transfers out: Stephen Kelly (Reading), David Stockdale (loan to Hull City)

    Martin Jol purchased well with limited resources. Urby Emmanuelson's loan deal from Milan should have Fulham fans excited—the Dutch international could provide a creative spark for the struggling side. The decision to offer Emmanuel Frimpong a loan deal also adds a combative element to the flimsy midfield.

    Chris David finally joins from FC Twente (via BBC Sport), while experienced defender Stanislav Manolev joins on loan from Eindhoven. Fulham are in at number eight for strengthening the squad in important areas. Jol has managed to address most problems with a strategic scouring of the market.

7. Reading

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    Main Success: Hope Akpan

    Others transfers in: Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Nick Blackman (Sheffield United), Daniel Carrico (Sporting Lisbon)

    Tranfers out: Jordan Obita (loan to Oldham), Gozie Ugwu (loan to Plymouth), Dominic Samuel (loan to Colchester), Michael Hector (loan to Cheltenham)

    Hope Akpan has the potential to be a huge star. He played excellently in the recent 2-2 draw with Chelsea and brilliantly assisted Adam Le Fondre for Reading's first goal.

    Brian McDermott has also enlisted the help of Stephen Kelly, Nick Blackman and Daniel Carrico—who may have had to Google the team before joining (via The Sun).

    Plenty of quality coming in for the Royals. Compared to many other relegation candidates on this list, Reading will feel more optimistic about staying up after bringing in a diverse selection of players—especially when important individuals remain at the club.

6. Sunderland

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    Main Success: Danny Graham (Swansea)

    Other transfers in: Kader Mangane (loan from Al Hilal), Alfred N'Diaye (Bursaspor)

    Transfers out: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City), Louis Saha (Contract terminated), David Meyler (Hull), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull), Blair Adams (Coventry), Jonny Maddison (Crawley), Ji Dong-won (on loan to Augsburg)

    Sunderland have the basis of a competitive side. Martin O'Neill's decision to bring in Danny Graham finally allows Steven Fletcher the opportunity to establish a partnership.

    Alfred N'Diaye has already shown fantastic potential for the Black Cats and the arrival of Kader Mangane—a powerful central defender—also suggests the club is in a great position to push up the table.

    O'Neil has done an excellent job of cutting lose unwanted players. Louis Saha and Fraizer Campbell added nothing to Sunderland's game and needed a chance to make it somewhere else. Genuinely brilliant business from the Northern Irish manager.

5. West Ham United

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    Main Success: Joe Cole (Liverpool)

    Other transfers in: Wellington Paulista (loan from Cruzeiro), Marouane Chamakh (loan from Arsenal), Sean Maguire (Waterford United)

    Transfers out: Stephen Henderson (loan to Ipswich)

    West Ham kick off the top 5 with a handful of interesting deals. Joe Cole's return is a natural one that already looks to be taking shape. His debut duo of assists against Manchester United summed up exactly why Big Sam worked so hard to free him from Liverpool.

    Wellington Paulista could make an impact—but might need time to adjust. Marouane Chamakh also fleshes out offensive options at the Boleyn Ground. He certainly has a point to prove. No major losses move away from the club as Mohamed Diame's future rests in claret and blue.

4. Stoke City

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    Main Success: Jack Butland (Birmingham)

    Others transfers in: Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

    Transfers out: Jack Butland (loan to Birmingham), Matthew Upson (loan to Brighton), Michael Tonge (Leeds), Danny Higginbotham (Sheffield United), Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers), Rory Delap (loan to Barnsley)

    How Tony Pulis convinced Jack Butland to join Stoke we'll never know. Although the 19-year-old keeper won't make a Brittania appearance until next season, his transfer was one of deadline day's real shocks. He is joined by American attacking midfielder Brek Shea who should be excited to advance his career from the MLS.

    As with many other Premier League clubs, Stoke have let squad members move on. The Potters rock up at number four with the signing of Jack Butland alone. The English stopper has immense potential and is rightfully viewed as Joe Hart's international deputy.

3. Queens Park Rangers

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    Main Success: Loic Remy (Marseille)

    Other transfers in: Tal Ben Haim (Free Agent), Christopher Samba (Anzhi Makhachkala), Yun Suk-Young (Chunnam Dragons), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham), Andros Townsend (loan from Tottenham)

    Transfers out: Djibril Cisse (loan to Al Gharafa), Michael Harriman (loan to Wycombe), Frankie Sutherland (loan to Portsmouth), Anton Ferdinand (loan to Bursaspor), Alejandro Faurlin (loan to Palermo), Rob Hulse (loan to Millwall), Jordan Gibbons (loan to Inverness CT), Kieron Dyer (Released), Ryan Nelson (Toronto)

    Where to start with QPR? Harry Redknapp's arrival ensured transfer mayhem. Once again, a plethora of experienced players enter Loftus Road. Once again, Redknapp delivers a huge signing with the snatching of Loic Remy.

    Christoper Samba should plug the gap left by Ryan Nelson. Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas both need to show consistent quality if they are going to break into the starting 11. This could work well for QPR, as a competitive squad is likely to raise the performance of the entire team.

    Old 'Arry takes third for being completely mental. While £100,000 per week is completely crazy for Samba, this sum will barely register if QPR remain in the Premier League (via The Independent). All in all, some terrific signings.

2. Newcastle United

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    Main Success: Mathieu Debuchy (Lille)

    Other transfers in: Kevin Mbabu (Servette), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux), Massadio Haidara (Nancy), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier)

    Transfers out: Demba Ba (Chelsea), Conor Newton (loan to St. Mirren)

    Newcastle's French Revolution has already begun. The 2-1 win over Aston Villa gives Alan Pardew's new faces a perfect platform to build on. The likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran have proven quality, while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is one of the most exciting young defenders in the world.

    Pardew's adeptness in securing value for money has been nothing short of sensational. Sure, Newcastle might be known as Newchateau from now on, but the St. James Park faithful shouldn't mind. Will the influx of French players gel? I can't wait to find out.

1. Liverpool

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    Main Success: Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)

    Other transfers in: Phillippe Coutinho (Inter Milan)

    Transfers out: Nuri Sahin (back to Real Madrid, loan to Borussia Dortmund), Joe Cole (West Ham), Danny Wilson (loan to Hearts), Adam Morgan (loan to Rotherham), Alexander Doni (Botafogo), Michael Ngoo (loan to Hearts)

    Brendan Rodgers has a vision. He was given the Liverpool job to install that vision. As we can see, the January transfer window allowed the former Swansea manager to continue sculpting his Anfield revolution.

    Daniel Sturridge is already exciting with his direct play. Phillipe Coutinho has developed admirably across the last three years at Inter Milan and has plenty of room for improvement. This 20-year-old has the ability be the vital link between Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

    Liverpool top the rankings for a number of reasons. Not only is Rodgers' plan taking shape, he is slowly ridding the club of wasted talent. Alongside this, youngsters including Adam Morgan and Danny Wilson are gaining valuable experience away from Merseyside.

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