The 2015 January transfer window is now closed and now all us silly season enthusiasts will have to wait until the summer before we can gorge ourselves in transfer rumors. Here are the top 10 transfers (only permanent transfers, no loan deals) that clubs in the English Premier League made during this short, but intense transfer window:
1. Wilfried Bony (Man City from Swansea)
Bony has proven himself to be a top-level Premier League forward during his time with Swansea, where he scored 25 goals in 54 league appearances. Bony will offer Manuel Pelle grini with a great option up front in addition to Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko. Bony will most likely be the second choice in the pecking order after Aguero, but depending on the formation and if Aguero gets injured, Bony will see plenty of playing time for the Citizens.
2. Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea from Fiorentina)
Cuadrado has been a hot commodity since his strong showing for the Colombian national team during the World Cup in Brazil and was on the wish list for several of the top clubs in Europe. The speedy winger has been tearing up defenses in Serie A for the last couple of years, and it will be interesting to see how quickly he can adjust to the more physical play of the Premier League. Can also be used as an attacking right back.
3. Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal from Villarreal)
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal has been lacking options in the central defender position since Thomas Vermaelen left for Barcelona during the summer. With the capture of Gabriel Paulista, the Gunners now have a solid option if Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny goes down with an injury. He’s a speedy guy that likes to step up and try to break up plays early. Impressed during his time with Villarreal in La Liga.
4. Victor Valdes (Man Utd from free)
If someone told you two years ago that Victor Valdes would be a backup keeper for Manchester United in 2015, you would think that person was bonkers. But, due to injury and the fact that many clubs that fits Valdes’ reputation are already set at the goaltender position, it’s now reality. Getting Valdes to mentor and back up David de Gea is a luxury for the Red Devils. And seeing that there’s a lot of rumors surrounding de Gea’s future at Old Trafford, having Valdes in place offers some reassurance for fans.
5. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton from Chelsea)
Southampton has been the surprise of the season so far. After losing a whole slew of players during the summer, Ronald Koeman has put together a team that can compete with the top and might very well end up with a Champions League spot at the end of the season. Ryan Bertrand has been really impressive during his loan spell from Chelsea, and Southampton must be delighted about making the move permanent. With Bertrand commanding the left back position, most Southampton fans most likely don’t even miss Luke Shaw, who was one of the players that left during the summer.
6. Andrej Kramaric Leicester from HNK Rijeka)
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Kramaric was presented as a Leicester City player. The young Croatian international forward was coveted by several clubs and was even linked with a move to Chelsea, but ended up signing for Leicester. He had a great scoring record in the Croatian league with 37 goals in 42 appearances for HNK Rijeka. Kramaric has been described as a versatile striker and Croatian national coach Niko Kovac compared him to legendary Croatian striker Davor Suker.
7. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace from Man Utd)
Zaha is a Palace fan favorite, and new coach Alan Pardew made himself look even better when he managed to buy him back from Man Utd for an initial payment of about a third of what United paid for Zaha back in 2013. Zaha is a game changing player for a team like Palace, and he can be effective on both wings.
8. DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham from Seattle)
Yedlin was one of many players that got his breakthrough during the World Cup last summer with team USA. The right back has lightning-fast speed and will be a real pest for opponents trying to get past him. He can also be used as a winger and he will not have a problem with the physical style of play in the EPL as the MLS is also a very physical league.
9. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland from Toronto)
Defoe has shown throughout his career that he can score goals. Last season he tallied 11 goals in 19 games for Toronto in the MLS. He will be a definite upgrade over Jozy Altidore who went the opposite way from Sunderland to Toronto. He still has a couple of good years left in him, and his game has never really relied of his speed, but more about his positional play and being in the right spot at the right time. He scored his first goal for Sunderland in his second game.
10. Kyle Naughton (Swansea from Tottenham)
With the addition of Yedlin for Tottenham, Kyle Naughton was deemed as expendable as he would be too far down the pecking order with Yedlin and Kyle Walker ahead of the 26-year-old Sheffield native. Naughty featured in 22 league games last season for the Spurs, and will be a welcomed addition to Swansea’s defensive core. He will probably go straight in as the first choice at the right back position.