January Transfer Window 2022 – the most interesting acquisitions

January Transfer Window 2022 – the most interesting acquisitions

Last update: 3 February 2022 Tags: Transfer Window, Premier League. Categories: Premier League, Featured.

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Yes, it’s finally February and we can say goodbye to those January blues! Woo hoo! Not only have we got that to celebrate but there are plenty of new signings for us to enjoy in the Premier League too. Many new faces (some pretty familiar) to look out for with a lot of business being done throughout the window, and quite a bit on Deadline Day.

Here are some acquisitions that have caught the eye this month:

Phillipe Coutinho (Loan) – Barcelona to Aston Villa

Now doesn’t this just sum up Steven Gerrard. Who the hell saw this one coming at the start of 2022? He has one hell of a contact book that's for certain but this just proves how much players want to work with him. Of course, they did play together at Liverpool but even still this shows the manager's pulling power whilst also marking a big upgrade in the midfield department at Villa Park.

Not only is this particularly big for Villa, but so too for Coutinho himself. The Brazilian international is looking to get his career back on track, after his tumultuous time at the Nou Camp, and with this return to the Premier League he could well do that.

Wout Weghorst (12m) – Wolfsburg to Burnley

After the surprise departure of Chris Wood to Newcastle, it was clear that Burnley would need to recruit a suitable replacement. Weghorst more that fits that bill.

The Dutchman arrives in England having scored six goals in 18 games in the Bundesliga this season.  At 6-foot 6-inch he's a forward that will slot nicely into the Burnley target man archetype that’s been so well developed under Sean Dyche. There's plenty of room for improvement, yes. Especially if they want to evade relegation this season.

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Christian Eriksen (Free) – Free Agent to Brentford

Now this is just so great to see. After the trauma of Euro 2020 for the Dane, the 29-year old’s Premier League comeback is quite the story. Eriksen left Inter Milan in December by mutual consent after being suspended by the Italian medical authority from playing in Serie A due to a rule prohibiting the use of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) device which he has since had fitted after his cardiac arrest.

He joins Brentford linking up with fellow Dane Thomas Frank who coached Eriksen as Denmark U17 boss 13 years ago. He also connects with international team-mates Christian Norgaard and Mathias Jensen.

Let’s hope this return to the Premier League gives him the chance to show what he can do and absolutely no one can begrudge him the chance to do so.

Dele Alli (40m) – Tottenham Hotspur to Everton

If this doesn’t scream deadline day signing, then I don’t know what does. After plenty of rumours these last few years, Dele Alli has finally left Tottenham Hotspur for pastures new. He joins Everton, currently going through a transition period with the recent appointment of Frank Lampard, looking to reignite his career and get back to regular first team football having been condemned to the side lines at Spurs for a good while.

Lampard was reported to be a big factor in Alli making the move to Goodison, and this comes as no surprise. It’s certainly going to be interested to see this new era unfold on Merseyside.

Luis Diaz (49m) – Porto to Liverpool

From one side of Merseyside to the other and Liverpool finally made an acquisition of their own, right at the tail end of the transfer window. And what an exciting signing this is.

The Columbian international arrives at Anfield, despite a strong pursuit from Spurs, which reportedly accelerated Jurgen Klopp’s plan to bring him into the fold. Spurs wanted to sign Diaz during the current window and were willing to pay up to £46m, but the winger preferred a move to Liverpool.

Diaz is a rather interesting signing from Klopp and provides the German with yet more attacking options as Liverpool look to solidify their Premier League position and the trophy hunt this season. Not only that but it provides more solid competition in the winger position as Sadio Mane and Mo Salah return from AFCON and Diogo Jota continues his great form this season.

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 Bruno Guimaraes (40m) – Lyon to Newcastle

 Yes, of course Newcastle would get at least one mention here and indeed this is quite the statement from the Magpies.

Guimaraes, who has three caps with his native Brazil, comes into his own when his attacking qualities are examined. Not limited to merely carrying out defensive midfield duties, he is as effective in the opposition half and attacking areas and is quite the powerful midfield player. The Brazilian tops the ranking in Ligue 1 this season for passes completed in the opposition half and sits joint-top with Marseille's Dimitri Payet for passes completed in the final third.

It’s clear he upgrades Newcastle’s midfield options. Not only that but provides Eddie Howe with something different in the middle with a more box-to-box approach.

Rodrigo Bentacur (21.5m) – Juventus to Tottenham Hotspur

 As Dele Alli and others exit, a new midfielder enters the fray at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. The Uruguayan international switches Italy for England as Antonio Conte looks to stamp his own authority on his Spurs team and add players that better fit into his system.

The 24-year-old made an impressive 181 appearances for the Turin-based Juve, scoring three goals and creating 18 in the process. Those statistics may not instantly impress, but for a player who loves to sit in a deep-lying role and dictate play, it’s his technical ability that will provide Conte with a high-quality option in the centre of the park.

With Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil now out on loan, it’s clear that Bentacur will go straight into that Spurs first 11 as Spurs look to push on this season and climb the table.