January Transfer Window is never an ideal opportunity for bigger clubs to sign top quality players as no one is made easily available. The winter transfer window is often seen as the first aid opportunity for teams struggling at the bottom or battling on the injury front.
Over the past few years, we have seen some players make a January move and take the Premier League by storm. With the deadline day upon us, we decided to take a look at Premier League’s top 10 January Transfer Window signings of all time.
The Swedish striker joined United from Helsingborg in his off-season and added a new lease of life to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. He scored 3 goals in 13 appearances and despite Sir Alex wanting to extend his loan stay, Larsson went back to Helsingborg.
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City, 2011)
While it may seem as a controversial selection but Edin Dzeko’s stay in Premier League was a more fruitful than critics give him credit for. Yes, he was under the shadow of Sergio Aguero, but it was Dzeko who had scored the equalizer against QPR to drag Manchester City to their first ever Premier League title.
Robert Huth (Leicester City, 2015)
On 2 February 2015, Huth joined Leicester City on loan until the end of the season but ended up becoming a permanent player after a stellar display in first 4 months as Leicester City player. The following season, Huth combined with Wes Morgan to guide Leicester City to a historic Premier League title.
Jermaine Defoe (Sunderland, 2015)
On 16 January 2015, Jermaine Defoe joined Sunderland after agreeing to a three-and-a-half-year deal, as part of a player exchange deal sending Jozy Altidore to Toronto FC.
Little anyone knew at that time that Defoe would turn out to be the savior for the Black Cats as he ended up scoring in double figures and guided Sunderland to safety for two seasons in a row.
Juan Mata (Manchester United, 2014)
One of the few things David Moyes got right at Manchester United was his decision to sign Juan Mata from Chelsea. Mata since then has played under Louis Van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho and continues to be a vital player for The Red Devils.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea, 2014)
Nemanja Matic re-signed for Chelsea in January 2014 in a £21million deal and has been one of the best Premier League signings in recent seasons. Jose Mourinho allowed Matic to bed in at Stamford Bridge and unleashed him in 2014/15 season which saw Chelsea win their 4th Premier League title (3rd under Mourinho) since 2005.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool, 2013)
On 26 January 2013, Liverpool agreed a £8.5 million fee with Inter Milan for Philippe Coutinho and perhaps pulled off one of the best bargain deals of 21st century. Coutinho has gone on to become one of the best modern day playmakers and is now a target for FC Barcelona.
At this time, Coutinho is Liverpool’s most influential player and is at heart of everything creative for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Coutinho recently signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2022.
Patrice Evra (2006)
Manchester United pulled off a coup by agreeing a £5.5million transfer with AS Monaco for Patrice Evra, who would eventually go on to become one of club’s all-time great and most loved players. Evra went on to win 5 Premier League and 1 Champions League title with Manchester United.
Nemanja Vidic (2006)
On his day, probably the Premier League defender of the modern era and unfortunately for the strikers, Nemanja Vidic hardly ever enjoyed an off day. Signed from Spartak Moscow for a fee of £7million, Vidic led United’s defense for 8 years and guided the club to 5 Premier League and 1 Champions League title.
Luis Suarez (Liverpool, 2011)
Talk about a deadline day special, Luis Suarez joined Liverpool on 31st January 2011 from Ajax in a reported £22.8million deal. Suarez became a fearsome striker and almost led Liverpool to their first top flight title in over 2 decades with a remarkable 2013-14 season.
Suarez scored over 30 Premier League goals (despite missing 8 games due to a ban) and hit a tally of 69 goals in 110 appearances for the club. Well and truly, Luis Suarez stands out as the best ever Premier League January transfer window signing.