Three of the most intriguing January transfers so far

The January transfer window is always interesting, mainly due to the fact that most teams operating heavily in it are doing so because their seasons are not going to plan. It can be a time where long-term strategies fly out the window in favour of short-term gain.

Many managers or club directors will tell you that it’s a good sign if a team makes no signings in the January transfer window, as it will mean that the previous summer’s recruitment has been a success. However, sometimes dipping into the market is unavoidable, leading to some exciting stories for football fans.

Even though we are still in the early days of 2023, let’s take a look at three interesting additions made by Premier League clubs so far, and how they might impact those placing a bet on the winners. 

Cody Gakpo – PSV to Liverpool

As one of the star strikers of the recent World Cup in Qatar, it was no surprise that Cody Gakpo’s name was being bandied about as someone who could turn up on English shores in the January transfer window.

And so it proved, as Liverpool splashed the cash to bring the PSV Eindhoven man to Anfield. The Reds now have three exciting young forwards in their possession, with Gakpo joining Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz as Liverpool attackers with star potential, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that Gakpo can hit the ground running and salvage his team’s stuttering season. 

Gakpo is a striker who can do a bit of everything, and he possesses great composure in front of goal, as evidenced in his three well-taken goals in Qatar. Liverpool have a real prospect on their hands, that’s for sure.

Max Wober – RB Salzburg to Leeds United

It’s been a strange sort of season for Leeds United. It was hoped that they would kick on in this campaign after narrowly avoiding relegation last season under Jesse Marsch, but once again they have struggled to sustain any kind of consistency.

To try and shore up their defence, Leeds have brought in centre-back Max Wober from RB Salzburg, a player who previously played under Marsch whilst he was in charge of the Austrian outfit. The 24-year-old will bring much-needed competition for places in the starting 11, as Leeds seek to streak clear of the muddy waters of the relegation zone. 

David Fofana – Molde to Chelsea

It’s been a turbulent season for Chelsea. The arrival of their new American owners brought differences of opinion between the hierarchy and Thomas Tuchel, ultimately leading to the German’s departure from Stamford Bridge. Graham Potter is the man tasked with taking the club forward, but he has struggled to adapt to life at the helm since moving to one of the world’s biggest teams.

Potter has made his first signing as Chelsea boss though, with the capture of striker David Fofana from Norwegian side Molde. The Ivory Coast international, aged 20, will put pressure on the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz in an area of the pitch where they have struggled at times this season.


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