The January transfer window has ended, and after a ton of speculation for the past few months, all of the transfers in and out have been completed.
But which top Premier League clubs did better than others? I’ve rated Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs below:
Transfers in (former team listed in parenthesis)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)
Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina)
After plenty of speculation, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have been reunited under Arsene Wenger. Considering the dearth of goals from Alexandre Lacazette since the start of the season, the Gunners needed a striker who could find the back of the net more consistently.
Aubameyang has proven to be a pacey, instinctive striker. In the past two seasons in the Bundesliga, he’s scored 25 goals and 31 goals, respectively, edging Robert Lewandowski for golden boot honors in 2017. With Mkhitaryian again at his side, Aubameyang is sure to give the Gunners a boost in the goal department. In their last season together at Dortmund in 2015-16, they combined to score 59 goals and assist on 31 others. Alongside Mesut Ozil, the two should infuse a sense of confidence across the club as evidenced by the 5-1 win over Everton this past weekend.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is a promising 20-year-old center who’s spent the last two seasons in Superleague Greece. He’s a strong, fast, athletic center back who’s excellent in the air and will provide the Gunners with more options in the back beyond Rob Holding or Calum Chambers. Don’t be surprised is he’s loaned out to accelerate his development, but he has what it takes to do well in the Premier League.
Transfers in (former team)
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
Emerson Palmieri (Roma)
While Chelsea’s signings are solid, don’t expect them to give the Blues an immediate boost. These moves were about improving the club’s depth.
Barkley is a fantastic player but it’s unlikely that he’ll break into the starting 11 often considering that Eden Hazard has fulfilled a role in the #10 position as of late. Unless Hazard moves to striker over Alvaro Morata, Barkley probably not start in the near term.
Antonio Conte made it clear that he wanted a big, tall striker over the January transfer window as he went after veteran players like Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch. Giroud’s move to Stamford Bridge will allow Chelsea to play more direct, but as with Barkley, the Frenchman will almost always come off the bench. He’s made his name by being a super sub, who can come on, provide energy, and change the pace of the game. But Chelsea should be looking to dominate games without having to revert to a backup plan. Since the arrival of Barkley and Giroud, Chelsea have lost 3-0 to Bournemouth and 4-1 to Watford, not exactly an ideal start.