Top Seven Signings in January Sales

By: Matt Sims 13th March 2019

The January transfer window witnessed several high profile signings and loan deals and we look at the seven most likely to make an impact in the Premier League.

Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea, Striker)

With Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri seemingly losing faith with both of his central strikers - Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata - for major matches, and instead often option to play star man Eden Hazard as a "false nine", it was inevitable that he would attempt to lure a big name striker to Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season.

Although on the books of Juventus, Higuain had been loaned out to Italian rivals AC Milan for the first half of the campaign, scoring six goals in 15 appearances before making a four month switch to London.

Higuain's goalscoring record is impressive, having averaged more than a goal every two games for each of his last three clubs - Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus - as well as scoring 31 goals in 75 games for Argentina.

Denis Suarez (Arsenal, Midfielder)

Having been much of a fringe squad player during his three years at Barcelona, wide man Suarez sealed a loan move to Arsenal for the second half of the season.

Although the Spaniard's scoring record is relatively modest - just three goals in 46 appearances across all competitions during his time at the Nou Camp - he is arguably more of a creator.

That being said, just 13 La Liga assists since 2014/15 suggests that Suarez should not be expected to reward managers with a flurry of points for the remainder of the campaign.

Miguel Almiron (Newcastle, Midfielder)

In contrast to Suarez, Newcastle's new attacking midfielder had a very impressive scoring record for his previous club, scoring 21 goals in 62 games for Atlanta in the MLS.

Admittedly, the Premier League is a considerable step up from the Major League, but a £20m price tag suggests that the Paraguayan is likely to be a key figure for the Magpies during this season's run-in and beyond.

Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace, Striker)

Belgian Batshuayi returns to the Premier League as the third loan deal since signing for Chelsea in 2016.

After successful stints at both Standard Liege and Marseille, Batshuayi was little more than a bit-part player for the Blues in his one and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge, but still scored some important goals - none more so that the winner against West Brom to clinch the 2016/17 Premier League title.

Although Batshuayi scored seven goals in 10 games whilst at loan at Borussia Dortmund last season, his time at Valencia was cut short after failing to impress.

However, 12 goals in 22 games for the national team suggests he is perfectly capable of playing at the top level and will be competing with fellow Belgian Christian Benteke for a starting berth at Crystal Palace.

Ryan Babel (Fulham, Midfielder)

Ryan Babel is another player with a point to prove, returning to the Premier League for Fulham after seven and a half years abroad.

Babel's spell at Liverpool began in 2007 after impressing at Ajax, but often failed to display the consistency that the Anfield supporters expected from him.

The Dutchman scored just 44 points (12 goals and four assists) throughout his three and a half Premier League seasons at Liverpool before signing for German side Hoffenheim.

Babel has since plied his trade in Turkey, Abu Dhabi and Spain, scoring 22 goals in 62 games for his most recent side, Besiktas.

Samir Nasri (West Ham, Midfielder)

Frenchman Nasri has experienced several highs and lows in his career, making a name for himself at Marseille.

His performances for them attracted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, with whom he spent three seasons - scoring 22, 20 and 32 Fantasy League points respectively.

Nasri then moved to Manchester City, scoring 130 points over five seasons - reaching a peak of 45 in Manchester City's title winning season of 2013/14.

Two unsuccessful loan spells followed and was banned for 18 months for receiving an intravenous drip containing nutrients, signing for West Ham as a free agent on 1 January.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester, Midfielder)

Tielemans was twice named Belgian Young Footballer of the Year and once as Belgian Footballer of the Year during his time at Anderlecht, before moving to Monaco in 2017.

However, the midfielder largely failed to impress for the French side, leading to a loan deal at Leicester for the second half of the season.


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