January Transfer Window is a tricky time for all the clubs around Europe, as they are never sure about the position they want to strengthen or the player they want to sign. This all makes up for an entertaining spell of 30 days where clubs are battling against each other to get their No.1 Targets.
This January Transfer Wndow was no different. Many big names changed their allegiance and some opted for a fresh challenge in their career. Biggest attraction of the January Transfer window came on the deadline day where Andre Schrulle and Juan Cuadrado dominated the headlines to see their proposed move go ahead in the end.
There were many other eye-catchy deals to consider in the last 30 days’ time. This brings me to pick my Top 5 Signings for the recently concluded January 2015 Transfer Window.
5. Fernando Torres (Ac Milan to Atletico Madrid) – Free
What a story we got when Fernando Torres returned to his boyhood club after a torrid last 3 seasons at Chelsea and AC Milan combined. Torres was becoming the most unwanted player in the game after Chelsea and AC Milan virtually terminated his contract, just to get rid of him.
Diego Simeone showed immense faith in Torres when he decided to call his former team-mate and Atletico’s favorite son back to Atletico Madrid. Torres made his heroic return in front of 45,000 fans at Vicente Calderon. Torres has not let Simeone down as since his return, Torres has scored against Real Madrid and Barcelona to justify Simeone’s call to being Torres back to Atletico.
4. Gabriel Pauliste (Villarreal to Arsenal) – £11.2 Million
If Torres story was picked for the reasons of sentiments, I think Gabriel Pauliste should be on the list for the sheer reason of Arsenal needing to sign a central defender. It was almost getting to a point when every single Arsenal fan (aging from 6 to 60) knew that Arsenal needed a defender but Wenger delayed and delayed.
Arsene Wenger was quite vocal about the possibility of signing a player in the January Transfer Window. Several players were linked and I have to be honest, I did not see Gabriel Pauliste being the player who would join Arsenal. I had my money on Winston Reid. Anyways, Pauliste impressed Wenger with his stats and performance this season for Villarreal and Wenger decided to splash some cash on the defender.
3. Andre Schurlle (Chelsea to Wolfsburg) – £23 Million
For the drama involved, this should have been the #1 Transfer of the window but I am going by the merit and ranking it at #3. Jose Mourinho continued to remove the unwanted players from his squad and even Andre Schurlle was spared, who has amore than decent Goals-to-minute ratio for Chelsea.
Schurrle was falling behind Willian in the starting 11 and thus needed a fresh challenge, a move back to Bundesliga turned out to be the best deal for all the parties involved. Wolfsburg are currently second in Bundesliga and on the back of their sensational 4-1 win over Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg would look to mount a serious title challenege and Schurlle could be vital for their aspirations.
2. Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina to Chelsea) – £23.3 Million
James Rodriguez was the superstar for Colombia at the Fifa World Cup 2015, but those who followed the tournament would agree that Juan Cuadrado was not far behind from James. Cuadrado was destined to seal a big money move in the summer but hesitations from Manchester United allowed Jose Mourinho to play his master stroke yet again by signing Juan Cuadrado on the Deadline Day to bloster his squad to take the final stride towards Premier League title.
Cuadrado will line up alongside Hazard, Fabregas, Oscar and Diego Costa to give a deadly look to Chelsea’s frontline. Cuadrado had to wait to seal his transfer to Chelsea due to hold in Schurlle’s transfer to Wolfsburg. Cuadrado will be eligible to play for Chelsea in the coming weekend against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
1. Wilfried Bony (Swansea to Manchester City) – £25 Million
Few would argue for Cuadrado to be at the top of this list but with a proven Premier League record I have decided to go for Wilfried Bony as the best Transfer Activity of the 2015 January Transfr Window. The Ivorian hotman will cost City around £25 Million initially, with fee expected to go as high as £28 Million.
Wilfried Bony was the top goal-scorer in the calender year 2014 in the Premier League. Bony joining City might prove to be a pivotal factor in Manchester City’s Premier League and Champions League ambitions. Wilfried Bony is currently away on International duty with Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations and will return in coming few days to add to City’s attacking options.
There are few who did not make to the list but were worth mentioning.
Martin Odegaard and Lucas Silva joined Real Madrid in the January Transfer window and are tipped to be the next big thing in the game of football. These two signings will give Real Madrid plenty to choose from their already established roster of superstars.
Enzo Perez joined Valencia from benfica and will be key in driving Valencia back to the Champions League places.
Victor Valdes joining Manchester United came as a surprise and is like a doule edged sword for United fans. They are pleased to see a world class keeper but at the same time they are worried about De Gea’s future at Old Trafford.