At 11 pm on the first of February, the 2016 winter transfer window came to a close and all of the Barclays Premier League clubs will have to make the most of the squads they have until the end of the season. And now, it’s time to reflect on the month and show off the biggest transfers in and out from the winter transfer window.
No. 5 – Alexandre Pato – Corinthians to Chelsea (Loan)
Valued at around £7million, the skillful Brazilian is a smart investment for the London club. Known for his flair, pace and technical ability he made his mark for Italian club Inter Milan, scoring 51 goals in just 117 games. After a successful six years at the club, he returned home to Brazil for two years. Now, his debut in the Premier League will prove whether he still has what it takes to be successful for a big name club.
No. 4 – Ramires – Chelsea to Jiangsu Suning
Sold for a large fee of over £25 million, Ramires Santos do Nascimento began a successful career in his home country of Brazil, playing for both Joinville and Cruzeiro. He showed promise and transferred to the Portuguese league in 2009 before joining Chelsea a year later. Ramires furthered his successful career over a six year period, proving his defensive and attacking capabilities. However, his older age has seen a decline in his number of performances in recent seasons. As a result, the Chinese club decided to take advantage and signed him for what many may call an unreasonable fee. Now, only time will tell if he will have the massive impact that Jiangsu desire.
No.3 – Seydou Doumbia – Roma to Newcastle United (Loan)
Newcastle United have high hopes for the 28 year old man from Cote d’Ivoire who has proven himself for not only club, but also country. His 33 caps show him as an experienced player and his incredible goal tally proves his ability. Doumbia’s early career saw him play for lesser known clubs, keeping him under the radar for many years. His career boomed when he transferred to Swiss club BSC Young Boys, there, he showed his attacking talent, netting 50 goals in just 64 games. His performance for the Young Boys attracted the attention of Russian club CSKA where he stayed for five years before moving to Italy to play for Roma, from where he is currently being loaned. His experience in multiple different countries will hopefully allow him to have an impact on Newcastle’s disappointing season so far.
No.2 – Charlie Austin – Queens Park Rangers to Southampton
Impact striker Charlie Austin began his career playing non-league football, showing off his true talent for Southern League Premier Division side Poole Town. He managed to score 48 goals in just 42 games, an impressive feat, which caught the attention of Swindon Town. His performance for the club saw him achieve a move to Burnley, and then subsequently Queens Park Rangers. Austin spent three years at the West London side, scoring 45 goals in 82 games in both the Premier League and Football League Championship. Now aged 28, Austin hopes to have an impact on the Premier table and help Southampton to increase their goal tally and finishing position.
No.1 – Wahbi Khazri – Bordeux to Sunderland
The French born Tunisian midfielder has already made an impact on relegation candidates Sunderland’s season. Having already scored once and set up multiple goals in his first three games, Khazri seems to be the technical player that the club needs. Khazri has already proved that he can have an impact, as shown by his six seasons with Bastia, which saw them get promoted to the first French league. As a result of his talent, Bordeaux made the decision to sign him on in 2014, where he has been until now. Only time will tell if he will be the much-needed difference for Sunderland, but if the opening games are anything to go by, the future is promising.