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    Three Winners & Losers from January Transfer Window

    "The logo for Sky Sports' Transfer Deadline Day show." (Credit to Sky Sports.)

    With the January Transfer Window closing yesterday, many Premier League sides took advantage by making some solid deals to kick off 2017. Many teams were looking for reinforcements to either propel up to the top or avoid a relegation fight at the bottom. Others were looking to sell players completely to make a profit, or loan players out that couldn't feature frequently for the first team.

    I decided to take a closer look at six Premier League sides that either made some smart decisions, or failed to pick up some top talent that they desperately needed.

    "Crystal Palace signing Patrick van Aanholt poses for the camera after joining from Sunderland." (Credit to the Sun.)


     First off here are my three winners of the January Transfer Window:

    1.) Burnley F.C. Manager - Sean Dyche. Current position: 9th
    One of the surprise stories during this 2016-17 Premier League campaign, Burnley currently sit in ninth under Dyche. They are coming off a 1-0 home win against Leicester on Tuesday, in which their home form has been a huge strength. First off, they brought back midfielder Joey Barton who had left Rangers F.C. Barton had featured for Burnley during their promotion campaign a season ago, before joining the Glasgow giants. I feel he provides an aggressiveness and physicality in midfield, while also being a veteran in the Premier League. They made two strong signings on Tuesday, bringing in midfielders Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood. Brady, who was signed for an undisclosed club-record fee, had previously been with Norwich City. Four goals, and four assists in 23 league appearances shows he can produce, while his position should be in midfield or down the wing. Westwood was brought in for £5 million from Aston Villa, and should fill in nicely. The 26-year-old will likely slide in for the injured Dean Marney who will be out for the rest of the season. He is a tidy midfielder that featured for Villa over 150 times.

    2.) Crystal Palace F.C. Manager - Sam Allardyce. Current position: 18th
    After being a mid-table finisher that past couple seasons, Crystal Palace have really struggled this season. Sam Allardyce was brought in just before Boxing Day to help turn things around. Yesterday's 2-0 win over Bournemouth was Allardyce's first league win since taking over. With a consistent striker in Christian Benteke, the main priority for Allardyce was to strengthen the back-line and midfield. Former Leicester midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp was signed for £12 million two weeks ago, and made an immediate impact. The 24-year-old needed playing time, and he started quickly for Palace. Despite being injured in Palace's F.A. Cup elimination last weekend, he should provide some needed pace and skill in midfield or wing-back. Next, Allardyce acquired Sunderland wing-back Patrick van Aanholt for £14 million which was a good buy. The Dutch LB is an improving talent in the Premier League, and slid in immediately on Tuesday for his first start. Defender Mamadou Sakho was brought in from Liverpool on-loan which should help in defence, while Luka Milivojevic was acquired from Olympiakos for £13 million. Overall, a good window for Palace who desperately needs results fast.

    3.) Everton F.C. Manager - Ronald Koeman. Current position: 7th
    Everton may have acquired many players, but they did improve the squad in a number of ways. Firstly, they acquired midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United for £24 million earlier this year. The 27-year-old fell out of favour at Old Trafford, but will see more playing time immediately under former boss Koeman. He is a good player that can fill in just ahead of the Everton back line. Also, Koeman brought in 19-year-old forward Ademola Lookman from Charlton Athletic for £11 million. He is a young talent, that will most-likely be more for the future. He has already featured for the England U-19's and U-20's. He also scored on his debut as a substitute against Manchester City. Everton were also able to get rid of some fringe players, mainly on loan. Wingback Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), midfielders Tom Cleverley (Watford), Darren Gibson (Sunderland), Gerard Deulofeu (A.C. Milan), and forwards Arouna Kone (Crystal Palace) and Oumar Niasse (Hull City) were all sent from the club in an attempt to clear some space. Maybe not the most-attractive window, but a lot of impressive spring cleaning done by Koeman and his staff.

    "Leicester's newest acquisition Molla Wague poses with the club's jersey." (Credit to LCFC.com.)


    And here are my three losers of the January Transfer Window:

    1.) Leicester City F.C. Manager - Claudio Ranieri. Current position: 16th.
    Leicester City have had a nightmarish season in the Barclays Premier League. After hoisting the league trophy last May, the Foxes have failed to live up to expectations as reigning champs. They are in a relegation fight at the bottom, despite making it to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Defensively, they are inconsistent at the back, while the loss of midfielder N'Golo Kante is showing its effect. Players like Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and Danny Drinkwater are a glimpse of what they were a season ago. They sold defender Luis Hernandez to Malaga for £2 million, after acquiring him last summer. They also sold Jeff Schlupp to Crystal Palace, which was a smart decision. However, the Foxes have failed to bring in many reinforcements. They acquired defender Molla Wague on-loan from Udinese, despite the 25-year-old making only six league appearances this season. Midfielder Wilfried Ndidi was acquired from Genk earlier this year, but needs time to prove his worth. While, striker Leonardo Ulloa was not sold, despite handing in a transfer request to Leicester and threatening to "strike". Overall, Leicester need some excitement in their squad, and they failed to make a big splash this window.

    2.) Sunderland A.F.C. Manager - David Moyes. Current position: 19th.
    Sunderland have teeter-tottered with relegation for the last couple seasons, but will really find it hard to stay up this year. David Moyes failed to bring in some top talent which they desperately need if they want to remain a Premier League club. They brought in three veteran players, who have all played under Moyes in the past. Defender Joleon Lescott was brought in on a free transfer to help in the back-end. The 34-year-old was with Moyes at Everton, but has also featured for Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion. Bryan Oviedo and Darren Gibson were brought-in from Everton, and have also been with Moyes in the past. They may be players that Moyes can trust, but they aren't the strong signings that Sunderland needed. Besides Jermain Defoe's 12 league goals this season, they have tallied four goals other than that. They need more goals, and they need to be strong in the back. Even with the moves they made, I cannot see Sunderland remaining a Premier League team next season.

    3.) Middlesbrough F.C. Manager - Aitor Karanka. Current position: 15th.
    Despite being a strong defencive team in the Championship a season ago, Middlesbrough have struggled to find consistent results in the top-flight. They also are in for a tough fight at the bottom, and haven't made a huge splash in the Transfer Window. They acquired midfielder Adlene Guedioura from Watford for an undisclosed fee, but the Algerian hasn't impressed much with the Hornets this season. Strikers Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford were also acquired in January, but haven't been consistent scoring threats in the top-flight. Gestede joined from Villa for £6-7 million, while Bamford has seen is career stall after being sent out on numerous loans from Chelsea. Striker Jordan Rhodes was sent to Sheffield Wednesday on-loan, which was a smart deal for both parties. Overall, Middlesbrough needed more flare in their attacking play and I feel they have failed to do that despite making some small moves.

    Only time will tell if these sides' acquisitions will make an impact with their new club. Be sure to check back on Premier League Preview for all the news, updates, and opinion regarding the E.P.L. Hope you enjoyed, and follow @lhenry019 and @PremPreviewMag on Twitter!

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