Winners and Losers of the January Transfer Window – Premier League Clubs

Depending on what Premier League club you support, the January transfer window was either thrilling, dull, disappointing or, if you’re a Newcastle United fan, thoroughly depressing.

Here are the winners and losers in the January transfer window based on the Premier League clubs:

1. Chelsea

Chelsea had the best window of any leading European club. The Blues strengthened in midfield, are deeper on the flanks and younger in defense. Losing Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne and Michael Essien is unlikely to impact this season. The Blues made money in the window as well, after spending like mad over the past several years.

Grade A+

2. Sunderland

Good vibes around the club have continued with a masterful window from Gus Poyet’s staff. Excess players were shed (N’Diaye, Vaughan, Diakite, Karlsson and Graham) and the few signings could all make an impact. Marcos Alonso and Liam Bridcutt stand out as excellent signings.

Grade A

3. Tottenham Hotspur

Shed excess players (Holtby and Defoe) and can work on settling the bloated squad. Tim Sherwood made the right call rejecting Daniel Levy’s desire to bring Dimitar Berbatov back to White Hart Lane. Well played.

Grade A

4. West Ham United

Sam Allardyce was desperate to turnover his squad and he did just that. Antonio Nocerino, Marco Borriello, Roger Johnson, Abdul Razak and Pablo Armero all are players who can help the Hammers escape the drop. Only concern was not getting more cover in wide midfield positions where Stewart Downing, Matty Jarvis and Joe Cole have been underwhelming.

Grade B+


5. Fulham

A hodgepodge of moves beginning with Clint Dempsey’s return to Craven Cottage on loan and culminating with the signing of Konstantine Mitroglou. The best moves were dumping problem children Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov and Adel Taarabt. Addition by subtraction means the Cottagers have a chance of surviving the drop.

Grade B+

6. Southampton

Got Dani Osvaldo out the door which was the best that could have been hoped for.  The Saints held on to Luke Shaw and every other young player.

Grade B+

7. Everton

Roberto Martinez wisely loaned Jonny Heitinga on to Fulham which will save the club lots in wages on a player who serves no purpose for the team any longer. Brought in Lacina Traoré on loan from Monaco, a very good signing as is Aiden McGeady.

Grade B+

8. Cardiff City

New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær made several additions, probably the best of which was Wilfried Zaha on loan from Manchester United. The Bluebirds have improved across the pitch. I like the Kenwyne Jones signing as well.

Grade B+

9. Crystal Palace

Tony Pulis’s side did not get enough done in this window. The burden of the excessive spending of the summer by former manager Ian Holloway tied Palace down, but getting Tom Ince on loan from Blackpool will help.

Grade C+

10. Arsenal

The addition of Kim Källström gives the injury-ravaged central midfield of Arsenal a player with significant pedigree. However, the lack of depth at striker was not addressed. If Olivier Giroud goes down with an injury, Arsenal will likely slip out of the title race.

Grade C+

11. Liverpool

Honestly Liverpool did not do enough at the back in this transfer window. Thankfully the teams chasing the Reds didn’t get much better in January.  Brendan Rodgers’s side remains the favorites for the final Champions League spot, but just.

Grade C+

12. Aston Villa

The addition of Grant Holt does not do much and the central midfield problems haven’t been addressed. The Villans have enough to stay up and since that is the sum of Randy Lerner’s current ambitions, I suppose we should not have expected anything more than this.

Grade C

13. Stoke City

Peter Odemwingie is a good signing but the rest of the window was a waste for a club that needs more attacking edge and better defending.

Grade C-

14. Swansea City

Marvin Emnes is an interesting under-the-radar move that could really help the Swans especially with European action starting again soon. David Ngog also could be useful.

Grade B

15. Hull City

Shane Long could be one of the best signings of the January window.

Grade B

16. Manchester City

No activity with the exception of loaning John Guidetti to Stoke is a sign that Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his squad.

Grade B

17. Manchester United

Juan Mata a symbolic signing who helps the team, but the Red Devils didn’t address the problems in central midfield or central defense this window. Liverpool breathes a sigh of relief as David Moyes’s side certainly improved but perhaps not enough to catch their arch-rivals for fourth spot.

Grade B-


18. Norwich City

After overspending in the summer, the Canaries did not do much in this window. Jonas Gutierrez addition on loan should help but the club remains tenuously close to the relegation zone with too many players underachieving currently.

Grade D

19. West Bromwich Albion

Selling Shane Long still makes zero sense to me. Pepe Mel will have do very well to keep this side in the Premier League given the improvements of sides around them in the table.

Grade F

20. Newcastle United

Yohan Cabaye leaves for less money than he was worth, and Luuk De Jong, who has been disappointing at Borussia Monchengladbach, comes in. A lack of ambition was demonstrated in this window as it was during the summer.  Joe Kinnear’s stewardship of the Magpies is turning into a disaster.

Grade F

11 thoughts on “Winners and Losers of the January Transfer Window – Premier League Clubs”

  1. i’m a chelsea fan and even i have to scratch my head to the bias on display here.
    the ONE position we needed to strengthen was up top and we failed to do so. i can’t say i’m disappointed that we didn’t cuz i wouldn’t have wanted to spend silly money with the jan. transfer premium, but if we’re calling it like it is, this is still a big fail.
    i also think palace’s grade isn’t fair in 9th with a C+. i think they have probably done some of the best business for a small club and their signings will go a long way to helping them try to avoid relegation.

  2. So Chelsea won by selling off Mata, Essien going on a Free,and Kevin De Brunne. And get an A+ for just getting players back that they sold off to other teams. And than in Traore’s case loaning him away righ away? The bias is laughable

    1. It’s not bias…actually I cannot stand Chelsea. But they played this window well. Perhaps it’s a reflection of their poor planning and execution in previous windows that they had to sell KDB and buy-back Matic, but this grade is based on this window. Making close to 60m in transfer fees on surplus players especially after recent financial loses is a huge plus as they seek to comply with FFP.

      1. Also Chelsea resisted temptation to overspend big to sign a marquee striker. Something they were prone to do in the past with spectacularly poor results. Perhaps it shows that they are willing put title chances at risk this season in order to be more strategic in their market dealings.

  3. Not to mention there wasn’t much they could of done about the Cabaye situation. They either sell him for 20Mill now or wait for the summer and he just buys out the rest of his contract for 6mill and walks to another premiership club in champions league position…or they could of sold him for 20mill

    1. Yeah, I just saw that too. The Daily Mail reported he went back to Spurs, but they were incorrect. I’ll update the article shortly to reflect that.

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