The tale is a familiar one. A tricky start to the season has revealed glaring holes in your team, through either injury, departures, or just a glaring lack of talent. So when the clock hits midnight on New Year’s Eve, you aren’t thinking about resolutions or the promise of a new year ahead. No, you’re focused on one thing and one thing only – do you think we could sign Peter Crouch? The January transfer window is a beautiful thing, and we thought we’d take a look at the best winter signings of all time:
Suarez, Vidic, Arteta: The best January transfers of all time
Straight off the bat, we’ve got to point to Liverpool’s move for Luis Suarez in the 2011 window. Coughing up £22.5 million for the Uruguayan striker, Suarez would go on to become one of the most prolific forwards in world football. A controversial figure, the now 31-year-old made waves in his time in English football.
Arteta joined Everton from Real Sociedad in 2005, and would become one of the Toffees’ most adored players. David Moyes relied on the Spaniard for a great number of years, and owes a lot to him for the successes of that period.
Manchester United snapped Evra up for £7 million in January of 2006. The Frenchman would become one of the best left-backs on the world, and a hallmark of those late era Sir Alex Ferguson teams.
In the same window, United signed Spartak Moscow centre-half Nemanja Vidic for £7.2 million. The Serb, like Evra, became entrenched the back four of Sir Alex for what felt like a century. Not a bad window, ey?
Allow me to jog your memory with regards to Christophe Dugarry. Floundering near the bottom of the table in the 2002/03 season, Birmingham City turned to the French striker in their hour of need. Pitching in with five crucial goals, the former Bordeaux forward helped his new side avoid relegation.
Back in 2007 – the days when he was an electrifying winger, Young made the move from Watford to Aston Villa. A superb bit of business from the Midlanders saw their man become a reliable attacking output, and an England international. In the summer of 2011, the Stevenage-native was sold to Manchester United for £18 million.
The New England Revolution striker arrived at Craven Cottage in 2007, and would appear in 184 games for Fulham in his time at the club. A Premier League legend, some Whites fans watch his 60 goals for the club every night before they go to bed. Or, so I would think.
The Benfica midfielder was snatched up by Chelsea in 2014, with the Serb returning to Stamford Bridge for his second spell at the club. The lofty two-way threat became well known for his assured performances in the centre of the park, before being somewhat confusingly sold to Manchester United.
In 2015, Manchester United finally cut their losses on Wilfried Zaha and shipped him out to Crystal Palace. Quite the mistake… At Selhurst Park, the Cote d’Ivoire international became a force to be reckoned with in the 2017-18 season, scoring a career-high nine goals.
It seems as though Liverpool know what they’re doing in the January market! In the dying hours of the 31st of January 2007, the Reds secured a deal for the West Ham midfielder. Signed in nefarious circumstances, Rafael Benitez pounced to snap up the physical Argentine. Along with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso Mascherano played a part in one of the best midfields the Premier League has ever seen.
Virgil Van Dijk
And we couldn’t leave this man off! Since arriving on Merseyside, Virgil Van Dijk has transformed the fortunes of Liverpool FC. Once famously porous, Liverpool have learned how to defend with the Dutch colossus in the defensive line.