Gems from the ‘Transfer Window’: Part 2

Deadline day may have disappointed City, Liverpool and United fans but it’s safe to say that this transfer window was one for the smaller (in terms of following) clubs. Following our the pick of the bunch as Premier League clubs splashed the cash in January:

Gianelli Imbula: Porto to Stoke City

Mark Hughes may not have won much with his previous clubs but there is no doubt that he buys quality players and spends a large amount of money wherever he goes. Imbula is one such example. Stoke spent 18 million pounds on the French defensive midfielder and what they’re getting is a physical and intelligent long shooter addition to their midfield.

Benik Afobe: Wolves to Bournemouth

Bournemouth have opted for the pace, strength and panache of the ex Arsenal academy prospect for an amount in the region of 12 million pounds. The English youth international has started to payback as well by netting two goals in three appearances. Hopefully, Afobe will help strengthen Bournemouth’s grip on Premier League safety.

Seydou Doumbia: Roma to Newcastle

Newcastle and Mike Ashley seem to have done the best business in this transfer window. Doumbia may just have only come on loan to Newcastle but half a season is more than enough for him to show his lethal finishing and blistering pace. With passers like Shelvey and supporting runner like Sissoko, Newcastle may just survive this season.

Emmanuel Adebyor: Tottenham to Crystal Palace

Yes, he the poacher from Togo is back! Whether the fans and viewers love him or hate totally falls upon his shoulders this season. Crystal Palace have been good defensively this season but it’s their attacking department that has been lagging behind. Alan Pardew may have found the perfect solution to his problems but who knows what kind of Adebyor turns up this time?

Steven Naismith: Everton to Norwich

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Norwich has found an unlikely surge under the management of Alex Neil and positive signings such as Mbokani and Naismith suggest that they sit back like they used to before. Naismith may have been a bit expensive (8.5 million pounds) as compared to Norwich’s spending budget but he has started to offer a return on investment in terms of his goal against Liverpool in the 9 goal thriller of a match.

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