Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham were amongst the headlines today as they all saw players put pen to paper.
Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey today made a £12 million move to Newcastle United, marking the largest transfer fee paid for a player so far this month.
The former Liverpool midfielder had not been guaranteed a starting place by interim Swansea manager Alan Curtis, therefore a transfer away from Wales was perhaps one some could see coming.
He has undeniable talent and, if focused and on top of his game, could add both creativity and fight in abundance to Steve McClaren’s side. The England International will add some much needed Premier League experience while his passing ability could prove to be crucial in feeding striker Aleksandar Mitrović’s aerial ability as well as allowing the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko to break forward with more freedom.
Newcastle’s latest signing comes not long after the club secured the services of Senegal midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux.
While Newcastle fans will be pleased with the arrival of fresh faces, many will be worried about Shelvey’s commitment to a potential relegation battle having seen his recent performances for Swansea.
Nevertheless, both players are capable of adding more energy and grit to the Newcastle side.
Jurgen Klopp today brought in central defender Steven Caulker on loan from Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.
Caulker has been on loan at Southampton this season and could face Arsenal for his new side on Wednesday.
Klopp commented on the signing, explaining how he was keen to bring in Premier League experience. He added: “We want to press the opponent and so they have to play long balls. If they play long balls, you need people in the last line who can help you with headers and we’ve found it with Steven Caulker.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City defender will be keen to made a good start to life at Liverpool after his last outing for Southampton ended in a 6-1 Capital One Cup defeat to his new Merseyside employers.
Mauricio Pochettino didn’t make any new signings at Tottenham today, but he did tie down Dele Alli with a new contract that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021.
The 19 year old has impressed in his first season at the London club, adding goals and creativity from midfield to help soften the burden on Harry Kane.
His performances earned him his first call up to the England national side in Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania. He also went on to score with a powerful long range effort in a friendly against France a month later.
Alli’s energy and fight in addition to his goal threat and positivity has made him a favourite amongst Spurs fans, while also cementing a place in the starting line-up and in Pochettino’s plans.
A busy day in the Premier League. The January transfer window is now well underway.