This past weekend was one of the busiest in the Premiership football transfer market. Managers and chairmen had until 11pm on Monday 1st February 2016 to complete any last minute signings, who stayed and who went?
There were a number of big signings for Norwich City and Southampton during the latest transfer window. Alex Neil equalled Norwich City’s transfer record by signing Steven Naismith for £8.5m, the former Everton forward scored on his debut against Liverpool. The deal was offset by the £7m sale of Lewis Grabban to Bournemouth.
After conceding 43 goals, Norwich decided to make additions to their defence, signing Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb and Timm Klose from Wolfsburg. The 19-year-old midfielder James Maddison was a last-gasp signing from Coventry and he will spend the rest of the season back on loan with the League One club. James Maddison was highly coveted by big clubs and his addition to the Norwich City squad could be a coup.
It seems the priority for Southampton was not to lose any of their stars, mainly Sadio Mané and Victor Wanyama. Southampton also managed to sign a centre-forward, Charlie Austin was a bargain at £4m.
There are also a large number of players across the premier league who have been put on loan until the end of this season. Arsenal who have a number of players on loan only made one transfer. Arsène Wenger seemed to want cover in central midfield, a player with the capacity to play a defensive role so he got Mohamed Elneny, Mohamed looks like a good signing for Arsenal.
The biggest news from the premiership last week was whether Manchester United’s manager will remain in his current role due to the recent poor results of the team – who currently sit in 5th place. The poor results have left the fans booing Louis Van Gaal especially after their last defeat at home to Southampton.
Leicester city are still sitting top of the table, closely followed by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea are still struggling this season placing with the in the table and are still struggling with form ever since the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2015.
Liverpool are still trying to get themselves back up the table, currently in 7th place – places them just outside any of the European qualification spots for next season. With just over 4 months of 27th premiership session left – can Liverpool get themselves back up to the champion league spots??
Jürgen Klopp’s first transfer window as manager of Liverpool must have been a frustrating one, it was surely made worst by Shakhtar Donetsk’s €70m valuation of Alex Teixeira and the insistence that the Brazilian forward would not be sold until the summer.
Interest in Schalke defender Joel Matip also had to be put on hold until the end of the season, after which the Cameroon international will be a free agent. Liverpook did have success on Marko Grujic, however. Liverpool must be happy to have beaten Chelsea and Internazionale to a deal for Red Star Belgrade’s well regarded teenage playmaker.
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