January Transfer Window: 10 Ways It's Affected the EPL

James WillisAnalyst IFebruary 1, 2011

January Transfer Window: 10 Ways It's Affected the EPL

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    The January Transfer Window has closed as of January 31st at 11pm GMT.

    There were a number of big moves concluded by the end of the day with Chelsea target, David Luiz, finally completing his move to Stamford Bridge as well as a number of in-comings at Blackpool.

    The biggest news of the day however came when the British transfer fee record was broken twice in a matter of hours.

    Liverpool confirmed the £35 million signing of Newcastle striker Andy Carroll soon after the window had closed before Chelsea went on to announce the £50million signing of Fernando Torres just minutes later.

    With clubs now having their squads confirmed for the rest of the season, here's a look at how the transfer window has affected each club.

Tottennham Will Have To Settle For Europa League

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    I'm not writing off Tottenham qualifying for the Champions League again, it's still a real possibility for the club. Chances are though that they ultimately will have to settle for a Europa League place.

    Currently the club's nearest rivals for fourth place is Chelsea who have just strengthened their squad with both David Luiz and Fernando Torres, making them seemingly unlikely to slip outside the top four again.

    Manchester United and Arsenal also appear to both be on top form this season, enough to not even have to worry about slipping outside of the top four. Manchester City meanwhile are also on good form at the moment and while they may now seem the most likely to slip down into fifth, Tottenham's failure to sign a new striker during the window may cost them.

Chelsea Will Mount a Late Title Challenge

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    There's not a club in the world that would turn down the opportunity to have a striker force consisting of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.

    Chelsea had a strong squad anyway; but with the return of Frank Lampard coming closer by the day, and Fernando Torres adding an extra spark up front, don't be surprised to see Chelsea make a late push to the top of the table.

    The club has also managed to shore up their defense with David Luiz signing for the club from Benfica.

Liverpool Will Make a Late Challenge For The Europa League

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    So Fernando Torres may have left the club, and that would immediately make people think that the club is going to struggle even more in the second half of the season.

    When you see that they've brought in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll as a new striker force though, the rest of the season looks like a completely different proposition.

    Liverpool may not rise as high as fifth, but they should be able to challenge for another one of the Europa League positions (depending on who wins the FA Cup).

Blackpool Will Remain in The Premier League For Another Season

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    Blackpool staying in the Premier League for a second season already looked like a real possibility before the transfer window, let alone now.

    Despite the club's new signings, it will no doubt come as a huge boost to the team that Charlie Adam remained at the side despite having a late offer from Tottenham accepted.

    The club also brought in Sergei Kornilenko, James Beattie, Andy Reid and Jason Puncheon to strengthen their squad elsewhere, which should be enough to see them secure their place in the Premier League for at least another season.

West Ham Will Make a Late Attempt To Escape Relegation, But Fail

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    The loan signing of Robbie Keane will spur West Ham on to a good battle to avoid relegation in this latter half of the season.

    Ultimately the club doesn't have enough depth in each position to avoid the drop though, and chances are they will still fall to the claws of the Championship.

    Were this to happen, it would see Robbie Keane move back to Tottenham, and most likely Scott Parker also moving the same way.

    If that were to happen, West Ham could quickly become another average Championship team, a fate that they will definitely want to avoid.

Daniel Sturridge Will Win His First Full International Cap

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    Daniel Sturridge has long been touted as a future England star, but has yet to make the step up to international level.

    He has played for England under 16's to 21's in his career, a clear sign of his ability.

    Now 21, Sturridge has not played as much first team football of late, being behind both Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in Chelsea's pecking order, but his loan move to Bolton Wanderers will see him earn much first team football.

    Whenever it happens, it shouldn't come as a surprise if Daniel Sturridge wins his first full England cap this year, having achieved more first team football.

Andy Carroll Will Become an England Regular

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    Rooney has been partnered with Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole over recent years and has even been tried out as a lone striker for England, but all with little success so far.

    Now with Rooney also struggling for form, Peter Crouch having hit 30, Emile Heskey retiring, Jermain Defoe struggling with injuries and Carlton Cole being off form, it shouldn't come as a surprise if Andy Carroll quickly becomes an England regular.

    The youngster made his England debut in the recent friendly against France, and now being able to link up with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, his chances for a regular starting place can only be on the increase.

Newcastle Will Slip Into a Relegation Battle

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    Newcastle has had a very inconsistent season so far, but the loss of Carroll on deadline day will make it an even tougher second half to the season.

    It's not only that the loss of Carroll will have weakened their attack, but it could also have demoralised the players.

    They did manage to bring in Stephen Ireland, but a lack of first team football for him this season combined with him struggling for form makes it hard to see him having too much of an impact on an already struggling squad.

Giovani Dos Santos Will Prove His Worth To Tottenham

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    Giovani Dos Santos has had a difficult time since signing for Tottenham, having struggled to break into the first team in his 3 years at the club.

    He proved he still has bags of ability at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finishing as runner up in the 'Young Player of the Tournament' Award category behind Golden Boot winner Thomas Muller.

    Having moved on loan to Racing Santander until the end of the season, Dos Santos will get plenty of chances for first team football at the club; and if he performs to the best of his ability there is no reason that he won't be able to break into the Tottenham squad on his return to the club.

Aston Villa Will Pull Clear of The Relegation Zone and Battle For a Top 10 Place

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    The loan signing of Michael Bradley is expected to prove a great acquisition by a club struggling for form.

    Bradley is a tireless work horse on the pitch, and combined with the experience of Robert Pires and Stiliyan Petrov in the club's midfield, he should be able to help create more chances for the strikers.

    Any chances that are created will be expected to be hit straight into the back of the net by fellow new signing Darren Bent who, when on top form, can score goals for fun.

    With Gerard Houllier settling into the club slowly, expect Aston Villa to drag themselves up from the bottom half of the table a fight for a solid top ten position by the end of the season.