January Transfer XI

The transfer window has well and truly opened and I thought it opportune to look at the best players signed during the brief history of January transfer window.

It’s become fashionable to decry the January window, saying prices are over inflated but for every Jose Antonio Reyes there is a Christoph Duggary.

GK – Shay Given (2009 – Newcastle to Man City – £7m)

Not many goalkeepers get transfered in January but picking up Given gave Man City one of the best keepers in the league, and Newcastle were relegated without him.

RB – Danny Simpson (2010 – Manchester United to Newcastle – £500k)

Simpson has been one of the unsung heroes of Newcastle’s Premier League return, and looks a bargain at half a million quid.

CB – Christopher Samba (2007 – Hertha BSC to Blackburn Rovers – £450k)

Getting Samba for £450k was one of Mark Hughes’ best pieces of transfer business. Paired with fellow January arrival Ryan Nelsen, Samba has been key to Blackburn in recent years.

CB – Matthew Upson (2003 – Arsenal to Birmingham City – £1m)

Upson gambled and upped sticks to St Andrews when the Blues were in big danger of relegation. His partnership with Kenny Cunningham guided Birmingham to 13th that season and saw them challenge for Europe the next year. Six months after his move he won his first England cap

LB – Patrice Evra (2004 – Monaco to Manchester United – £5.5m)

When he was subbed off at half time of his debut against Man City he may not have looked like a good piece of business but since then Evra has gone from strength to strength.

RM – Theo Walcott (2006 – Southampton to Arsenal – £9m)

It didn’t happen overnight, but would anybody argue that Wenger’s acquisition of Walcott didn’t prove to be shrewd business. Still only 21 – what he might achieve in the next 5-6 years in frightening to imagine.

CM – Clint Dempsey (2007 – New England Revolution – Fulham – £2m)

Very tidy signing for the Cottagers who has contributed 27 league goals in 131 games.

LM – Charles N’Zogbia (2009 – Newcastle to Wigan – £6m)

Flounced out of St James’ Park when Joe Kinnear called him Charlie Insomnia. Wigan snapped him up and he was Player of the Season in his first year with the Latics.

FW – Christophe Duggary (2003 – Bordeaux to Birmingham City – £1.5m)

Many eyebrows were raised when the World Cup and Euro 2000 winner swapped Bordeaux for Birmingham. His cultured style and a run of five goals in five games earned him cult hero status amongst the Bluenoses.

FW – Jermain Defoe (2004 – West Ham to Tottenham – £6m, 2008 – Tottenham to Portsmouth – £6m & 2009 – Portsmouth – Tottenham)

I don’t think any player has been transfered more often in January than Defoe.

FW – Emmanuel Adebayor – (2006 – Monaco to Arsenal – £7m)

62 goals in 3 and a half seasons at the Emirates and a resale value of £25m mean that Adebayor is undoubtedly one of the transfer window’s success stories

Agree or Disagree? Leave a comment or tweet me @thejamesdixon

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