The transfer window of January has been little quiet this time in Premier League terms as most of the managers are content with their squads. But there have been some interesting moves among the clubs.
Gabriel Jesus- Palmeiras to Manchest City
Gabriel Jesus, the name has been lingering around the background of the club in the entire first half of the season under Pep Guardiola and his transfer was arranged in summer. But it was completed last week. He made his debut of 13 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham. The potential of the 19-year old player was seen and it is believed that he can be a real deal in the game.
The legendary Brazil striker Romario said that he is likely to become Brazil’s next great number nine. City had very few options to back up Sergio Aguero. Jesus has the ability, pace and he can score goals with his clever movement. City is in need of someone who can get this season going again and Jesus might be their saviour.
Tom Carroll- Tottenham to Swansea
The Tottenham fans may not agree with the fact that Carroll has the potential of an excellent footballer. He has plenty of footballing intelligence but his only difficulty at Tottenham was that he found the wrong skillset for the style promoted by Pochettino.
They are based on physicality and players who are good runners but pure ball players like Carroll cannot shine in the midfield. Swansea is the correct place for Carroll and he is returning to his familiar territory. They appreciate technical talents and must give Carroll some time to evolve as a player.
Nathan Ake- Bournemouth to Chelsea
Nathan Ake is not being transferred to Chelsea but returning from a loan spell at Bournemouth. But it is definitely one of the exciting moves in January’s transfer window.
The majority of youngsters that Chelsea send out on loan have very little chance to return back and there are 35 players out on loan. Ake was specially beckoned by Antonio Conte due to his extremely impressive performances on the south coast. Last season he was performing extremely well from the left-back and this season he seems more comfortable in the middle at centre-back.
That makes him the perfect player for the left-sided slot in Conte’s back three and might take Chelsea’s game to the next level. He could prove to be very useful in Chelsea’s title charge.
Morgan Schneiderlin- Manchester United to Everton
It is difficult to understand why it did not work out for Morgan Schneiderling at Manchester United. He was the most effective defensive midfielder in the final season with Southampton. But he looked restrained and lacked technical sense under both Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
Everton might be a better match for him than Manchester United. Ronald Koemen, the manager of Everton was in charge of Schneiderlin at Southampton and Koemen might set him free to play more of an all-action role.
Jeffrey Schlupp, Leicester City to Crystal Palace
Schlupp did not adjust with the system created by Claudio Ranieri for playing. His defence was well organised and slender whereas Schlupp is an attack-minded player who pushed ahead whenever it was required.
The slot provided to him on the left-sided midfield didn’t suit him. He is one of the forgotten players of Leicester’s title winning season and he was also voted Players’ Player of the Year in 2014-15 for his brilliant performance down the left.