The 2017/2018 January transfer window is proving to become the best winter transfers signings in a decade. European clubs who benefited in the window have witnessed a rapid improvement to their squad. Having seen players settled at their new clubs faster than players that came in during the summer signings.
Barely few weeks in his new club, Mitchy Batshuayi has become one of biggest revelation this season. The Belgian forward had left Chelsea on a loan deal to Dortmund in order to improve his chances in the Belgian national team for the Russia 2018 World Cup. Batshuayi has netted a whopping 5 goals in just 3 games for Borussia Dortmund, averaging a goal in every 45 minutes.
The Batman as he is popularly called served as a substitute striker to Diego Costa in Chelsea’s title winning season and again to newly signed Morata in the first half of this season before deciding a loan move to Dortmund.
Aubemayang and Giroud settled very fast at their two London clubs, scoring a goal and providing an assist on their debuts respectively. The €55m rated Gabonese striker came to the Emirate as an upgrade to the French striker, Oliver Giroud who moved to Stamford Bridge.
The winter transfer of Batshuayi, Aubemayang and Giroud was a triangular signing, involving Arsenal and Chelsea FC, both of London and Borussia Dortmund of Germany by exchanging strikers.
Manchester United outcast, Mkhitaryan put up the man of the match performance on his debut for Arsenal against Everton. Mkhitaryan provided 3 assists in a 5-1 victory against the Merseyside Blues. The former red devils has often been a subject of criticism in his former side as fans thinks that his former managers’ style of play did not favour him. The player is being touted to for more success at the Emirates.
Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez’s start at Manchester United was not as rosy as that of his counterparts, but many pundits believes he would excel at the Theatre of Dreams.
Coutinho, the most expensive January transfer signing moved from Liverpool to Barcelona and scored on his debut after coming on a substitute to help Barcelona qualify for the Copa del Rey quarter final in a 2-1 thrilling encounter against Espanyol. The £149 million rated player forced his move out of Liverpool to join the Camp Nou giants after a disappointing summer transfer. The Brazilian forward has since settled at his new club with the help of Suarez, who was his former team mates.
The early performance of players signed in the January transfer could as well serve as an inspiration for many Premier league managers who thinks the winter window is a distraction for their squad. The dividends of this year’s January transfer window will be the manifestation of these players performance at their respective Clubs.