Which clubs should be happy with their business and which ones will be ruing the missed opportunity to strengthen for the rest of the season?
The January transfer window has finally slammed shut, bringing an end to the rumors, gossip and fantasies which take over the internet twice a season. Although this window certainly lacked much excitement, it remains a pivotal part of the season, and the impact of good January signings can determine who wins the league or avoid the trapdoor into the Championship.
The League leaders have done some brilliant business yet again and not just in bringing in quality, but selling those on the fringes of the squad deemed surplus to requirements for quite hefty fees.
Andre Schurrle, who played just 443 minutes this season, mostly coming off the bench, has ended up at Wolfsburg for more or less the amount Chelsea paid to Fiorentina to bring in star Juan Cuadrado, who drew many eyes after his impressive World Cup performance with Columbia, whilst last January's signing Mohamed Salah has been sent in the opposite direction on loan.
The West Londoners may be lighter in terms of numbers, but Jose Mourinho will certainly be delighted with the added quality in his squad.
It’s somewhat unusual that deadline day comes to pass and Arsenal fans are extremely relaxed and that is testament to the impressive business boss Arsene Wenger had sorted in the earlier weeks of the window.
Central defender Gabriel has arrived from Villarreal with the defensive depth issues in the squad finally being corrected and most significantly, Wenger has recalled 23 year old Francis Coquelin from his loan spell at Championship side Charlton, with the midfielder excelling in the holding midfield role which has troubled the Gunners in the past.
The North Londoners are now in a better position to continue pushing for yet another finish in the Champions League places.
The Selhurst Park faithful should be more than pleased with the business done by new manager Alan Pardew, with the former Newcastle United boss beginning to shape a team in his image.
Recently, Palace have been built on stern defensive performances, but Pardew has brought in a number of attacking talents to bolster his strike force and push the Eagles up the table. Wilfried Zaha has had his loan turned into a permanent deal for a reported £3 million (via BBC Sport), making a £12 million profit on the Manchester United flop, 24 months after Palace received £15 million for the wide man.
Premier League veteran Lee Chung-yong was brought in from Bolton Wanderers, whilst Pardew added Yaya Sanogo and Shola Ameobi to his squad. Former Cardiff City man Jordan Mutch was also signed from QPR.
It seems as though QPR’s Premier League nightmare will continue as the club aims to escape relegation having not significantly strengthened in the January transfer window. With QPR still yet to register a single point away from home this season, this could prove costly in the coming months
Mauro Zarate remained the only incoming player throughout the whole window, but was involved in a bizarre deadline day twist: QPR attempted to send the Argentine back to West Ham United in order to bring in Matt Jarvis on loan instead, only for the Premier League to put an end to that move – a truly messy situation.
The only silver lining for QPR fans is that they managed to keep hold of top scorer Charlie Austin, after rumored interest from Liverpool and Arsenal, whose goals could prove to be the difference between a stay in the top tier or a relapse to the Championship. QPR have also parted ways with veteran manager Harry Redknapp, officially due to his knee surgery, but his resignation just hours after the end of the window points to the possibility that he was not given the board backing to bring in the players he wanted.
Hull City may have hoped to conclude a number of deals towards the end of deadline day, but it seemed to be a transfer window full of nearly's for Steve Bruce's side.
Early on, Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo decided to join Crystal Palace instead of Hull, which was quickly followed by the Jermaine Defoe’s arrival at the Stadium of Light, despite Bruce admitting to being interested in the England international.
However, the Tigers were able to conclude the signing of Senegalese international Dame N’Doye after being granted extra time by the FA. Hull may be in big trouble still though and will definitely be looking down the table towards the bottom three, rather than upwards to the relative security of mid-table.
A club which has now become a mainstay in the Premier League, Swansea could have been a team with different ambitions had they been able to properly replace Man City bound Wilfried Bony.
The £28 million fee received for the striker, currently on international leave at the African Cup of Nations with new team mate Yaya Toure, meant that keeping the star forward would become almost impossible, but having a want-away player in Bafetimbi Gomis as a back-up could prove fruitless. Swansea lack a real goal threat, with Michu still recovering from an ankle injury whilst on loan at Napoli.
The Swans showed a more resilient side to their game at the weekend and may have to produce a similar approach all season, but ultimately, the performances of Gylfi Sigurdsson, amongst others, so far, should be enough to ensure that they will be in the Premier League when the Summer Transfer Window opens in a few short months...