Rating the business of the Big 4 in the Winter Transfer Window
The big four clubs in England have obliterated the others when it comes to spending and acquiring quality for their squads but the winter window, the clubs have been relatively quiet due to major factors which have contributed to their abstinence. Clubs like Arsenal perennially pinch pennies while Chelsea and the Manchester couple are looking at a disappointing season, at the end of which a new manager would come in. Hence, the proverbial war chest is being readied for the new manager to make sure he can make his wholesome changes to the squad and get the most out of them.
Arsenal have been traditionally known to harbour rocks on massive wages until they leave on a free and spend relatively low in the winter window. Standout acquisitions include Arshavin for his almost immediate impact and Kim Kallstrom for his utter failure at the club
This season they have stayed on similar lines and have added Elneny while they relieved the likes of Debuchy and Sanogo of their red shirts and sent them on loan.
This constitutes a relatively decent output for an Arsenal side who had many important players out with injury but considering that Arsenal were in the title race, a splash in the transfer market would have been invaluable. Considering Arsenal’s baffling and hilarious injury record over the years, one would have forgiven Wenger if he would’ve brought in a big money impact player just as a support for the likes of Ozil and Sanchez.
But it was not meant to be and with Arsenal’s form withering away, the Gunners might be staring at what could’ve come the summer.
OUT: Debuchy, Sanogo
In a miserable season so far for the Blues, the London behemoths have been largely inactive by their past standards when they have made major acquisitions like Torres and Luiz as well as sales like Juan Mata. It was expected, though, and the moves have actually been logical if not complete. A key area where Chelsea missed out on was the defence as one injury to Terry or Cahill would force them to play safe or play kids.
With Pato coming in to alleviate the pain of watching Falcao on the bench and Ramires leaving the club for big money, effectively the club has done some brilliant business but it has not been of the standard the Blues’ fans come to expect
IN: Pato, Miazga
The club has been impressive on the field and their thorough 4-0 dismantling of Aston Villa vindicates their decision to not really strengthen in the window. With the likes of De-Bruyne and Kompany out, it can be a negative predicament for the Sky Blues if the injuries persist but considering they have Pep coming over in the summer, it can be understood why Pellegrini wasn’t given much money to play around with. The season has largely been predicated with Aguero’s injuries and Silva’s fall from grace and will be written off in case the club disappoint in the Champions League or in fact, the Premier League.
Youngsters like Roberts, Evans and Unal were sent out on loan in smart moves which might give them much needed playing time. It can be considered decent business for a largely impressive squad going through a transition period.
OUT: Roberts, Evans, Unal
The club has been in dire straits and keeping in mind their current form, a Champions League spot might be off the table. Liverpool as well as Tottenham have been plotting their moves to take over the spot and might largely do so in case the Red Devils slip any further in their quest for the title.
With it being clear that van-Gaal will not be staying past this season, it is reasonable for the club to be frugal in their dealings over the winter and they have only looked to offload unwanted players instead of signing any major player to galvanise the squad. The season has been written off at Manchester United and all the club will be doing now is to make sure that the next season doesn’t result in such a fiasco.
Players like Powell and Valdes have left the club, possibly for good, and will not be missed by the fans or the manager.
OUT: Powell, Valdes, Fletcher
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