A boring January transfer window is just fine

Ollie Irish

2nd, February 2021

Here we go, but quietly. That was not a dramatic transfer deadline day for the Premier League.

Liverpool signed some defensive back-up (Ozan Kabak from Schalke, and Ben Davies from Preston) but they needed to: Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and now Joel Matip are all out for the season, which is just astonishing bad luck.

Arsenal loaned out a couple of players (Joe Willock went to Newcastle, Ashley Maitland-Niles went to West Brom – both should get plenty of playing time). Everton signed forward Josh King from Bournemouth. Southampton nabbed Takumi Minamino (pictured) – who Jurgen Klopp does not seem to fancy at all – on loan from Liverpool.

Fulham signed striker Josh Maja on loan from Bordeaux. West Brom brought in imposing Turkish midfielder Okay Yokuslu on loan from Celta Viga. Brighton bucked the loan trend, signing 19-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo from Independiente del Valle for £4m – the BBC’s South American football expert Tim Vickery called him a “special talent”.

That was it. No panic buying (there’s enough panic to go around anyway right now), more a sense that a handful of clubs in need addressed the weak points of their squads. There were no WINNERS! or LOSERS!

Whilst this may disappoint Sky Sports and the billions of football experts on Twitter, it was a refreshingly sober, responsible window. Premier League clubs have the most money of course, but they are not immune to the effects of this pandemic, and I’m glad they set some sort of an example.

Premier League deadline day deals in full:

Joshua King [Bournemouth – Everton] Nominal

Takumi Minamino [Liverpool – Southampton] Loan

Josh Maja [Bordeaux – Fulham] Loan

Ainsley Maitland-Niles [Arsenal – West Brom] Loan

Ozan Kabak [Schalke – Liverpool] Loan

Ben Davies [Preston – Liverpool] £2m

Joe Willock [Arsenal – Newcastle] Loan

Okay Yokuslu [Celta Vigo – West Brom] Loan

Moises Caicedo [Independiente del Valle – Brighton] £4m

And a reminder of how things were done in the era of the brown envelope:

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