12 January Transfer Window Deals That Will Make Instant Impact
12 Transfers To Make An Impact This Season
The January Transfer Window has come to a close today and as expected, there was some heavy activity throughout the month – but especially on the Deadline Day – as most teams wanted to improve their squads for the second part of the season.
While there were almost no mega deals signed during the first month of 2014, some of the moves made will definitively make an impact and some others will even change the landscape of some of the top European leagues as the soccer season is starting to come to their second part where titles and accolades will be decided in the near future.
And out of all the moves that were made, there are 12 specific transfers that will affect the soccer world and will make an instant impact.
It must be said that some of the biggest deals signed won’t be listed here because the players involved won’t join their new teams until the 2014-15 season. That way, we will see that the deal that sent Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich or the deadline transfer where Chelsea bought defender Kurt Zouma aren’t included in this list since they won’t affect what will happen in the rest of this campaign.
There are some other deals that will make a huge impact as some of the players involved can easily turn a team around with their talent. So without further ado, read on to find out which January transfers will make the biggest impact in the European top leagues for the second part of the season.
12. Helder Postiga to Lazio
Lazio needed a striker to partner up with Miroslav Klose – who might leave once the season ends – and they got their man in Helder Postiga. The Portugal international didn’t have a positive stint in Valencia, but his skill set is better suited for the Serie A where his aerial ability can be used against tough defenses. He should be able to make an instant impact for a Lazio team that is looking to climb a few spots in the standings.
11. Dimitar Berbatov to AS Monaco
AS Monaco suffered the loss of Radamel Falcao – who tore his ACL and won’t return until the next season – but they have their replacement after signing Dimitar Berbatov in a move that appears like a perfect match for all parties involved.
The Bulgarian striker will have playing time to showcase himself until his contract ends at the end of the year and the Ligue 1 side added an experienced, proven striker to continue their quest for a title against Paris Saint-Germain.
10. Diego Ribas to Atletico Madrid
Brazilian midfielder Diego Ribas has agreed to join Los Colchoneros for the second time in his career as he will be loaned from Wolfsburg until the end of the season. Diego Simeone had been looking for a playmaker to slot behind Diego Costa and David Villa and the former Santos star will do wonders for Atletico Madrid down the stretch.
9. Eduardo Vargas to Valencia CF
Eduardo Vargas didn’t fare well in Napoli during 2012, but after a great 2013 in Gremio, the Chilean international will have a second chance to prove his doubters wrong after joining Valencia. ‘Los Ché’ are aiming to turn their year around down the stretch and the former Universidad de Chile star can be key in that sense as his skill and pace are made to be successful in La Liga.
Just ask Alexis Sanchez.
8. Nacho Scocco to Sunderland
‘The Black Cats’ needed a spark on their attack and they got a huge one after landing Ignacio Scocco. The former Newell’s Old Boys star has been included several times in the Argentina National Team and a good stint in Sunderland could even make him earn his place in the 23-man roster that will play in the 2014 World Cup.
7. Konstantinos Mitroglou to Fulham
Fulham hasn’t had a good season so far in the Premier League and they needed to strengthen their attack before the market closed. The Craven Cottage outfit had several players on the radar, but Rene Meulensteen made Konstantinos Mitroglou his priority and the club confirmed the deal on the Deadline Day. The Greek international has been one of the hottest strikers all over Europe this season and he improves the team’s attack drastically.
6. Radja Nainggolan to AS Roma
It appears like the signing of the Belgian midfielder is what ultimately triggered Michael Bradley’s return to Toronto FC, but there’s a strong reasoning behind the move there. Radja Nainggolan has been regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in the Serie A in the past two seasons and with several important teams aiming to sign him – like PSG and Inter Milan – AS Roma snapped him up to make their midfield area even stronger.
5. Keisuke Honda to AC Milan
The former CSKA Moscow star is supposed to be one of the leaders of a struggling AC Milan team and he appears to be up to the task. Keisuke Honda has a similar playing style to Kevin-Prince Boateng and he should thrive with the Rossoneri, as they only aim to finish in a European berth thanks to a slow start to the season.
4. Hernanes to Inter Milan
Inter Milan has been slowly playing like they should, but they needed a creative spark in midfield so they went out and signed former Lazio star Hernanes, who should boost the team immediately.
The Brazil international is one of the best playmakers in the Serie A and the society he could create with the likes of Ricky Alvarez and Fredy Guarin bodes well for Inter’s immediate and long-term plans.
3. Nemanja Matic to Chelsea
Chelsea offloaded Michael Essien to AC Milan and with Ramires and John Obi Mikel as the only options to pair up with Frank Lampard in midfield, The Blues went to the market and signed long-time target Nemanja Matic from Benfica. The Serbian international is a threat on both ends of the pitch and he has enough talent to make it at the Premier League level.
2. Yohan Cabaye to PSG
With Thiago Motta decreasing his level, Marco Verratti being heavily targeted by many teams and Blaise Matuidi not sold on staying with the team, PSG needed to secure a world-class player to strengthen their midfield and Yohan Cabaye is just what they need. The former Newcastle United star is a prototypical box-to-box player and he can make an impact with set pieces, during open play and even on the defensive end as he is also a consummate defender.
1. Juan Mata to Manchester United
The greatest move during the January Transfer Window was made by the team that needed it the most.
Manchester United has been a disaster this season – according to their expectations and their history – and David Moyes wanted to strengthen the midfield zone while also adding a boost in the attack so they signed former Chelsea star Juan Mata to a record deal worth €45M.
While it’s unlikely that Mata will be enough to turn the season around, the 25-year-old will immediately improve the side and Manchester United might wake up with the arrival of the Spain international.