For a team to improve over the course of a few transfer windows, they often must bring in key players who greatly improve the team while also letting the right players leave in order to make way for upgrades. Tottenham is a key example of a team that didn’t handle the transfer window well.
Here’s a look at the teams that capitalized on the most recent transfer windows in order to improve.
In an attempt to expand on two straight Serie A titles, the Bianconeri brought in the striking help they desperately needed. Over the summer they acquired former Manchester United and Manchester City star Carlos Tevez. So far El Apache has performed admirably; contributing 18 domestic goals as Juve once again look to take home the scudetto.
Another summer striker arrival was Fernando Llorente, who continues to provide a massive target in the box for Juve during set pieces. The team also brought in Angelo Ogbonna, a center back for the future, from cross-town rivals Torino. Antonio Conte’s squad made one addition during the winter, the signing of striker Dani Osvaldo on loan from English side Southampton.
Tevez, Llorente and Osvaldo filled a massive striker need for the Italian giants. However, some of their transfer window savvy also occurred in the sale of numerous other players. Young players such as Fausto Rossi and Richmond Boakye were able to find first-team opportunities on loan in La Liga, while the team also sold forward Alessandro Matri. Getting 11 million euros for Matri from Milan was a win in and of itself.
Roberto Martinez has lead Everton on a strong campaign so far. While not as high in the standings as Merseyside rivals Liverpool, the Toffees are in a position to potentially qualify for Champions League football.
The Spaniard brought in a contingent of players he previously had experience with at Wigan. These included the likes of defender Antolin Alcaraz, midfielder James McCarthy, goalkeeper Joel Robles and striker Arouna Kone. Martinez also brought in Irish winger Aiden McGeady to further strengthen his attacking options.
What’s most fascinating about Everton’s success is that they have brought in key contributors on loan. Gareth Barry, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku all joined up on a temporary basis. All three have been superb in their roles, with Barry providing a steady presence in the midfield, Deulofeu playing the role of spark-plug and Lukaku scoring a bevy of goals.