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Best And Worst Buys Of The January Transfer Window.

Tuesday 31st January 2012
The January transfer window can swing both ways. We have seen some great bargains in the nine years that the transfer window has existed for but alternatively, the panic buys and inflated fees are just two of the factors which has seen this year's window become one of the most baron in any transfer period, leading to many pundits calling for the window in January to finally come to an end.

LUIS SUAREZ (2011 – 22.7 million)

It hasn't taken this Uruguayan long to fit into the Anfield way as he has become a fan favourite since his big money move on a cold January afternoon. His Liverpool career has been overshadowed by an eight-match ban due to actions against number two in this list. He has ensured his strike teammate Andy Carroll has been criticised by almost every pundit and fan alike since his move on the same day from Newcastle. His twelve goals from 35 matches, is double the amount of Carroll's strikes in the same match count.

PATRICE EVRA (2006 – Undisclosed)

Initially, the French defender came crashing down to earth in a Manchester derby in his debut. He would soon become club and country captain and one of the best full-backs on the planet thanks to the much-needed nurturing that Ferguson gave him. Evra has a lot of years in front of him after a decent six-year spell already at the club.

NEMANJA VIDIC (2006 – Undisclosed)

Vidic's move six years ago, coincided with Evra's move to the club but also a transitional period at the club – something in which these two signings were integral to United's comeback and milestone of nineteen league titles. The Serbian has become a fan favourite along with club captain and one of the best centre halves in the world. Astute bit of business with these two, Fergie.


Jamie O'Hara (2011 – to Wolves) – has been brilliant at the Midlands club so far.

Charlie Adam (2009 – to Blackpool) – pushed them towards their only Premier League campaign to date, making a name for himself.

Kevin Nolan (2009 – to Newcastle) – performed brilliantly for Newcastle in their quest to make the Premier League again.

Nigel de Jong (2009 – to Man City) – powerhouse, goes unnoticed in the City midfielder, all-round solid player.

Gary Cahill (2008 – to Bolton) – made a name for himself after Villa, recently signed for Chelsea.

Ryan Shawcross (2008 – to Stoke) – youngster at United before moving along for Stoke, going onto make debut for England.

Craig Mackail-Smith (2007 – to Peterborough) – arguably one of Peterborough's best ever signings, gained them promotion into Championship.

Kieran Richardson (2005 – to West Brom) – loan move but kept the Baggies up on the final day.


Let's all end with a laugh of the worst footballers ever to transfer during January..

ANDY CARROLL (2011 – 35 million)

Andy Carroll just hasn't clicked at Anfield has he? If you looked up the definition for January panic buy, you'd reach this ex-woman beater and ex-fan favourite on Tyne Side. However, his prolific period at Newcastle was replaced with a baron spell, as the Newcastle player has scored six goals in 35 matches, half of Suarez's tally in the same matches. His highlight came as he scored twice against Man City last April, he hasn't hit the ground running.

FERNANDO TORRES (2011 – 50 million)

Torres is on a current run of not scoring in 16 hours of football. This once world class centre forward has been reduced from his 81 goals in 142 matches to a poor spell of 5 goals in 41 matches – all because of the pressure that the 50 million pounds fee gave him. He ended a run of 903 minutes without a goal (15.05 hours) with his first goal in April 2011 but has since broken that record. He threatened to break into form with a stellar performance against Genk but not yet, Fernando, not yet.

DAVID LUIZ (2011 – 21.3 million)

You might say that this Sideshow Bob lookalike hasn't done too bad in his time at Chelsea. He has. He has been clumsy and the defender that Chelsea should've been looking to take the club forward with John Terry was sitting there the entire time – Alex. Since the Brazilian's departure to PSG recently, Luiz should be expected to be scrutinised further and he must up his game if Chelsea are going to even get a sniff at the Premier League title in the next three years.


Emile Heskey (2009 – to Villa) – need I say any more?

Wayne Bridge (2009 – to Man City) – was only spoken about when John Terry did the nasty with his girlfriend.

Jan Kromkamp (2006 – to Liverpool) – vacant and failure of a Dutch full-back in his time at Anfield.

Eric Djemba-Djemba (2005 – to Aston Villa) – he was rubbish at United* and he was rubbish at Villa.

Kiki Musampa (2005 – to Man City) – before City were big, remember him? Didn't think so.

Emmanuel Eboue (2005 – to Arsenal) – he was good, but then got pretty rubbish, in fact very poor.

Jonathan Woodgate (2003 – to Newcastle) – shocking signing on Newcastle's part, hit by injuries and soon found himself at Madrid.

Robbie Fowler (2003 – to Man City) – another smart business move by Leeds, selling on a player who was never able to re-kindle the scouse magic.

*although I did see one of his six goals for United at Old Trafford with a thunderbolt from one yard out against Panathanaikos in 2004.
Jake Doyle

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