English Premier League : Top 5 Hit Signings of the January Transfer Window

Abhijit RajaCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2011

English Premier League : Top 5 Hit Signings of the January Transfer Window

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    The January transfer window has been a busy one this year with a number of high profile transfers. 

    This is proven by the fact that all twenty clubs were active in the transfer window with players coming in and going out.

    The international break means that the next set of premier league matches are scheduled in April. Hence, it's already two months that the new signings have been at their new clubs.

    Some of the signings have been great for their new clubs, while some still have not been able to make the impact that they were expected to make. 

    The list looks at the top five signings of the January transfer window who have already made an impact on the Premier League.

5. Wayne Bridge

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    Old Club : Manchester City

    New Club : West Ham United

    Price : Loan

    The former England and Chelsea defender has earned a new lease of life after coming to West Ham. 

    He had fallen down the pecking order at the City of Manchester Stadium and was allowed to leave on loan by Roberto Mancini.

    After a dreadful start to his West Ham career, when he had been tormented by Theo Walcott, he has put in more consistent performances for the Hammers, most notably in the 0-0 draw at White Hart lane.

    He has been one of the reasons for West Ham's improved defensive showing in the past few weeks.

    Bridge's signing could turn out to be the shrewdest piece of business done in the January window and Grant would be hoping that Bridge continues to put in impressive performances for the Hammers.

4. Daniel Sturridge

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    Old Club : Chelsea

    New Club : Bolton Wanderers

    Price : Loan

    With strikers like Drogba, Anelka and Kalou present in the squad, Sturridge was not able to get much playing time at Chelsea.

    With the addition of Fernando Torres to the club as well, the playing time for Sturridge was expected to become even lower. 

    He had been linked with a move to Liverpool as well, but Chelsea did not want to lose such a promising striker. Hence, he made a loan move to Bolton.

    He has been a revelation since joining Bolton scoring four goals in six appearances so far.

    He became only the sixth player to score in his first four Premier League appearances for a club in the process and has now become one of the most important members of the Bolton attack.  

    Bolton had Jack Wilshire as a loaned player recently, and he has been doing really well in Arsenal this season with even Fabio Capello touting him as a future England captain.

    Owen Coyle would be hoping that he is able to make the loan deal permanent in the summer as he would like to take Bolton forward rather then turning it into a finishing school for the big clubs.

3. Demba Ba

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    Old Club : Hoffenheim

    New Club : West Ham United

    Price : £7 million

    On another day, Demba Ba could have been a Stoke player, but for a failed medical. His relations with Hoffenheim had already broken down beyond repair and West Ham offered him a lifeline.

    West Ham United had an awful goal-scoring record in the first half of the season and were in urgent need of attacking options to save itself from relegation.

    The Senegalese has already scored four times in four league appearances for the Hammers and has started to form a good partnership with Carlton Cole. It has given the fans a lot of hope about the prospect of West Ham staying afloat in the Premier League.

    It is no coincidence that there are two West Ham players on the list and the team currently finds itself in sixth position in the form table in the Premier League.

2. David Luiz

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    Old Club : Benfica

    New Club : Chelsea

    Price : £20 million

    Chelsea had been going through a defensive crisis with injuries to Alex and Terry mid-season. And it showed the need for another signing in the center of defense for the Chelsea squad.

    Abramovich did not disappoint the Chelsea fans either and he loosened his purse to get one of the most exciting prospects, David Luiz from Benfica.

    Though, everyone expects players to take some time to adjust to the Premier League, Luiz has impressed everyone with his performances for the Blues right from the first match. 

    He has been very solid at the back and seems to be forming a great partnership with the Chelsea captain, John Terry at the back. 

    He has also been an aerial threat for Chelsea in set-pieces and has already scored two goals, while the more expensive Torres is still to find the back of the net.

    Even the most vociferous critics of Chelsea have taken note of this future star of the Premier League. 

1. Luis Suarez

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    Old Club : Ajax Amsterdam

    New Club : Liverpool

    Price : £23 million

    Liverpool had become too dependent on Fernando Torres for its goals and his poor form had been one of the reasons for Liverpool's dismal showing in the season.

    The new owners, FSG, decided to spend some cash to bring in Luis Suarez to partner Torres. Though Torres did not stay, Suarez has been able to breathe a new life into the Liverpool squad. 

    He has already scored twice and provided three assists in his five appearances, including a very impressive performance against bitter rivals, Manchester United. 

    Though no one doubted his ability, there were questions with regard to his adaptability to the physical nature of the Premier League. 

    He displayed his superb skills in his contribution to the first goal against Manchester United as well as in the second goal against Sunderland and seems to be another Liverpool "No.7" legend in the making.

    Even though Kenny Dalglish has been credited with bringing the smiles back on the faces of the supporters, it has been Luis Suarez who has been one of the reasons for Kenny's success as a manager.

    His absence was very much noticed in the Europa matches, where he was ineligible to play.

    With Andy Carroll also returning from injury, Suarez and Carroll do have the potential to form one of the most lethal striking partnerships in the Premier League. 

Honorable Mentions

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    There have been other players as well who have made an impact at their new clubs.

    Darren Bent has already scored thrice for Villa and Carlos Vela twice for West Brom since their January transfers. 

    In the midfield, Sulley Muntari and Stephen Pienaar have been impressive for Sunderland and Tottenham respectively as well.

    There have been others like Andy Carroll, who have not had a chance to impress yet due to injuries.

    And the Chelsea supporters are hoping for an impact from Fernando Torres soon as well.

    There may be agreements or disagreements over the players on the list. The readers are encouraged to share their opinions on the same.