Year after year the January transfer window, and more specifically Transfer Deadline Day, never fails to have football fans hooked. In the past the window has seen the arrival of some of the biggest names in the Premier League including the likes of Luis Suarez to Liverpool, Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic to Manchester United and Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.
Following suit, the 2016 window has seen the transfer of a few big names all of whom will be optimistic of having a successful spell at their new club. Firstly here is the long list of all new arrivals to the Premier League this month with the deadline day transfers highlighted in bold:
- Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)
- Juan Iturbe (Bournemouth)
- Benik Afobe (Bournemouth)
- Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth)
- Marius Adamonis (Bournemouth)
- Rhoys Wiggins (Bournemouth)
- Alexandre Pato (Chelsea)
- Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
- Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace)
- Randall Williams (Crystal Palace)
- Shani Tarashaj (Everton)
- Matty Foulds (Everton)
- Oumar Niasse (Everton)
- Demarai Gray (Leicester City)
- Daniel Amartey (Leicester City)
- Daniel Iversen (Leicester City)
- Marko Grujic (Liverpool)
- Steven Caulker (Liverpool)
- Anthony Caceres (Manchester City)
- Henri Saivet (Newcastle United)
- Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
- Andros Townsend (Newcastle United)
- Seydou Doumbia (Newcastle United)
- Steven Naismith (Norwich City)
- Timm Klose (Norwich City)
- Patrick Bamford (Norwich City)
- Ivo Pinto (Norwich City)
- Matt Jarvis (Norwich City)
- Ben Godfrey (Norwich City)
- Ebou Adams (Norwich City)
- James Maddison (Norwich City)
- Charlie Austin (Southampton)
- Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City)
- Lamine Kone (Sunderland)
- Dame N’Doye (Sunderland)
- Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland)
- Steve Harper (Sunderland)
- Alberto Paloschi (Swansea City)
- Leroy Fer (Swansea City)
- Ryan Blair (Swansea City)
- Shilow Tracey (Tottenham Hotspur)
- Costel Pantilimon (Watford)
- Nordin Amrabat (Watford)
- Mario Suarez (Watford)
- Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) [Loaned Out]
- Adalberto Penaranda (Watford) [Loaned Out]
- Sandro (West Bromwich Albion)
- Alex Pritchard (West Bromwich Albion)
- Sam Byram (West Ham United)
- Emmanuel Emenike (West Ham United)
With a number of new faces in the league, it is often difficult to know who to keep an eye on. A fair few names will also be familiar but the question is whether they will make an impact at their new club. Having had a look at who’s gone where this transfer window, here is a short-list of who I think has the potential to make an impact in the Premier League. You thought it was hard to pick a front three before? It’s about to get a whole lot more difficult.
Seydou Doumbia (Newcastle United)
As with the arrival of Victor Ibarbo at Watford in the summer, the arrival of Seydou Doumbia to the Premier League is one that was met with some excitement. Anyone who plays a bit of FIFA from time to time will know the threat that both of these individuals pose and on paper could therefore do some damage in the league. Doumbia will be hoping that his spell at Newcastle goes a lot better than Ibarbo’s at Watford, however, with the Colombian leaving on loan to Atletico Nacional.
The striker has scored 16 goals in 23 Champions League games during his career- demonstrating what the speedy player is capable of even in one of the strongest competitions. As we know, however, the Premier League will offer a completely different test for him and only time will tell as to whether he will be able to make the switch seamlessly. What is for sure is that if he can, Doumbia will be a quality addition to a struggling Newcastle team.
Benik Afobe (Bournemouth)
Since his arrival at Bournemouth earlier this month, Afobe has already shown what he is capable of. The striker’s talents were, in my opinion, being wasted at Championship level and it is already great to see him playing in a higher division.
In the three games he has featured in thus far, Afobe has already scored 2 goals against Norwich and Sunderland. Priced at just over £6 million, the Bournemouth player is still a bargain but has some tough tests ahead. Like Ighalo at Watford, however, Afobe will probably be vitally important to Bournemouth’s campaign to stay in the Premier League.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace)
As one of the most well known faces in Premier League history, and with a penchant for London clubs, Adebayor has now signed for his fourth club in the league. In recent times the striker has not been overly prolific, but his time at Arsenal, Manchester City and early in his Tottenham career was marked with a fair number of goals.
Now joining a Crystal Palace side who have seen the majority of their attacking creative sparks sidelined through injury, the arrival of Adebayor could be a good outcome for both parties. The only question is whether his time out in the cold at Tottenham recently has affected him. This being said the imposing striker will always offer a threat and with the likes of Zaha supplying him could be a great addition.
Steven Naismith (Norwich City)
I have previously voiced my happiness regarding the transfer of Naismith from Everton to Norwich and it is a move that I feel will be hugely beneficial for both player and club. The striker has already opened his account for the Canaries, scoring in the 5-4 thriller against Liverpool.
Together with the arrival of Patrick Bamford, Norwich have rightfully bulked up their attacking ranks and if the duo click will provide a threat up front that the club haven’t had so far this season. Naismith is also only priced at £5 million so if he makes the impact that is expected of him, that price will surely only increase as the weeks go on.
Charlie Austin (Southampton)
As one of the bargains of this transfer window, the arrival of Austin at Southampton was a great bit of business. Despite only playing twelve minutes at his new club, the striker has already made his mark by scoring the winning goal against Manchester United.
If Austin’s time in the Premier League with QPR is anything to go by, then you would have to be optimistic of the striker scoring a fair few between now and the end of the season- Especially when you consider the calibre of players around him in the Southampton squad.
Emmanuel Emenike (West Ham)
West Ham have had a decent transfer window, initially signing young defender Byram and then top FIFA striker Emenike. Many will be clueless about the Nigerian, who signed for the Hammers on loan during the window, but he has the potential to make a real impact for the side.
Playing in the Premier League will be his toughest test to date but he is a quick player who will hopefully work well with the likes of Payet. With injuries to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho and the recent sale of Mauro Zarate, Emenike has arrived at the perfect time to get an opportunity in the first-team. Again only time will tell as to whether he will make an impact in the Premiership but if he can strike up a partnership with the already in-form Valencia then it will be a great piece of business by the London club.