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7 Most Impactful January Signings In EPL 2023

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There’s been some scintillating business done by Premier League clubs in the January transfer window over the years, the question is which one had the biggest impact on their new clubs in terms of on-field performance?

The winter transfer window also known as January window it’s a difficult period, where managers or club’s owners do the business of recruiting players who could solidify their team.

While this window is known to be typically quiet period than the summer window for clubs in terms of doing business, recent history have shown mega-money signing in January can prove impactful.

So as we approach the end of 2022-22 campaign, here at Naijnaira we’ll take you through the top 7 most impactful Premier League January signings in 2023.

Pablo Sarabia – (PSG – Wolves, £4.4m)

Wolverhampton Wanderers squad restructuring in January brought about the signing Sarabia from Paris Saint-Germain for a bargain.

The Spanish midfielder endured a disappointing campaign at PSG, falling to register a goal or an assist in 14 games but his 20 goals contributions on loan at Sporting CP last season gives Wolves the courage to bring him onboard in January.

This season for Julen Lopetegui’s side he has played 11 games and scored one goal, while influencing play from midfield for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Enzo Fernandez – (Benfica – Chelsea, £106.8m)

Fernandez’s decision to join Chelsea in the January transfer window can be said to be a wrong decision considering the form Chelsea are in this season.

However, despite Chelsea’s horrendous form this season the World Cup winner has shown he can be one of the club most trusted and dependable gladiators.

Since joining Chelsea in January, Enzo has played 10 matches and averaged 86 passes per match, 88% pass completion rate and 2 assists despite Chelsea’s messy season.

Jorginho – (Chelsea – Arsenal, £12m)

Jorginho may not be as exciting as Leandro Trossard has been for Arsenal since joining, but the Italian has undoubtedly bring onboard more quality into the Gunners team.

While Jorginho’s signing was questioned and criticized by the Gunners fans when he joined, his performance against Aston Villa shut doubters up on what to expect from the midfielder.

Jorginho hasn’t really feature in lot of games for Arsenal, but the few ones he’s been involved in he has shown great quality and impact.

Keylor Navas – (PSG – Chelsea, Loan)

It is safe to say the loan signing of Navas from Paris Saint-Germain to Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window was the best business done by the club’s hierarchy.

When Dean Henderson picked up an injury it was important for the club to bring onboard a new goalie, and thankfully they brought in an experience goalkeeper who has achieved a lot in the world of football.

In the absence of Henderson the Paris Saint-Germain loanee has proven to be the club’s best player in terms of on-field performance.

Cody Gakpo – (PSV – Liverpool, £35m)

Gakpo joining Liverpool in January 2023 was one of the biggest footballing surprise, after many thought the Dutchman would head to Manchester United if he decides to leave PSV.

While this season has shown to be one of the bad season for Liverpool in terms of performance, Gakpo has proven to be a fine addition with the little impact he’s had in attack for the Reds.

The 23-year-old has proved to be a vital component of Liverpool since joining from PSV in January for £35m playing 14 games and registering 4 goals for the Kop.

Marcel Sabitzer – (Bayern Munich – Manchester United, Loan)

Like Arsenal’s move for Jorginho, Manchester United were forced into the transfer market after their Danish midfielder Eriksen picked up an ankle injury.

In replacing the Dane, Sabitzer was signed on-loan from Bayern Munich in January and he has since had a remarkable impact on the team, scoring a brace against Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday.

Should the Austrian continue displaying amazing performance the club’s hierarchy won’t hesitate to sign him permanently.

Leandro Trossard – (Brighton – Arsenal, £21m)

The January 2023 transfer window which opened on the first day of the said month in UK proved to be a great period for the Gunners when they signed Trossard from Brighton for £21 million.

According to Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, it is believed Premier League clubs spent a record £815 million in the January transfer window and amongst those who recruited in the winter is Arsenal.

If there’s any player who has impressed remarkably at Arsenal this season having joined from Brighton in January, it is Leandro Trossard for his remarkable start to life at the Emirate Stadium.

Trossard’s incredible start to life at Arsenal has seen him voted the club’s Player of the Month for March, having made 13 appearances for the Gunners since joining in January.

This article was updated 2 months ago


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