Grading the Top EPL Sides on Their January Transfer Moves

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalFebruary 5, 2013

The Premier League’s 2013 January window wasn’t nearly as exciting as some we’ve had before—most notably the 2011 edition, which saw Chelsea and Liverpool sign Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll respectively.

But there were still some intriguing goings on.

Liverpool completed deals for Daniel Sturridge and the promising Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho. Chelsea let Sturridge go, but brought in Newcastle striker Demba Ba for a relative snip at £7 million.

Newcastle put that cash towards a shopping binge on French footballers. Moussa Sissoko has already repaid their faith with a match-winning double against Chelsea.

Arsenal surprised everybody by making a signing on deadline day. They desperately needed cover at full-back, so Nacho Monreal seems like a good fit. If only he were eligible for the Champions League last 16.

Their North London rivals Tottenham added Ezekiel Fryers and Lewis Holtby, two promising players with potentially bright futures—the latter having already proved himself in Germany. They didn’t bring in the striker they so badly needed though.

In this clip, B/R’s Will Tidey and Mike Cummings grade the January activity of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.