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Every Premier League club’s January 2019 transfers graded 12 months on, including Arsenal’s loan flop and Chelsea’s big money move

The January transfer market is a notoriously difficult place to negotiate with teams often panic buying or paying over the odds out of desperation.

Some teams do make the right decision, like Liverpool’s signing of Virgil van Dijk in 2018, but there are far more that get it wrong.

Christian Pulisic was signed by Chelsea last January but loaned straight back to Borussia Dortmund

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Christian Pulisic was signed by Chelsea last January but loaned straight back to Borussia Dortmund

Last January saw a far more cautious approach from the top sides with only Chelsea spending money on a player, due to fears of an impending transfer ban that prevented them from signing players in the summer.

The teams nearer the bottom of the table were more active in the transfer market.

Here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at all the current Premier League clubs’ January 2019 signings and graded them one year on.

Arsenal

Denis Suarez, Barcelona (loan) – F

A disastrous loan spell that was hampered by injuries and fitness problems. Only made six total appearances for the Gunners.

Aston Villa

Lovre Kalinic, Gent (£5.4m) – D

The Croatian played a handful of games in January and February last season and conceded eight times in his first three matches.

He has not played for the club since with Orjan Nyland preferred after Tom Heaton’s injury.

Frederic Guilbert, Caen (£4.5m) – C

Was sent straight back on loan to the Ligue 1 club but has been solid for Dean Smith’s side this season in the Premier League.

Tyrone Mings, Bournemouth (loan) – A

Was excellent for Villa as they got promoted to the Premier League last season.

They signed him on a permanent deal in the summer and has earned an England call-up due to his performances.

Tyrone Mings helped Aston Villa get promoted to the Premier League

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Tyrone Mings helped Aston Villa get promoted to the Premier League

Kortney Hause, Wolves (loan) – B

Hause played some important minutes for Villa on their way to promotion but did not have the same impact as Mings.

Villa were impressed enough to make the move permanent in the summer.

Bournemouth

Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool (loan)- C

Clyne made 15 appearances for the Cherries in his loan spell until the end of the 2018/19 season with some solid performances.

Chris Mepham, Brentford (£12m) – B

The defender has become a regular for Eddie Howe since his £12m move from the Championship club last summer. A solid signing for Bournemouth.

Dominic Solanke, Liverpool  (£17m) – D

The striker has struggled to get goals for Bournemouth since his move from Liverpool.

His first goal, in 31 games, came in their FA Cup third round match with Luton.

Dominic Solanke has struggled for goals at Bournemouth

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Dominic Solanke has struggled for goals at Bournemouth

Brighton

Tudor-Cristian Baluta, Viitorul Constanta (£2m) – D

The 20-year-old defender has only made one appearance for Brighton since joining and has spent time with their Under-21 team.

Jan Mlakar – Maribor (£2.7m) – D

Mlakar has not made an appearance for Brighton since his move.

He spent the second half of last season back at Maribor and has been on loan at QPR in the Championship.

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Burnley

Peter Crouch, Stoke (Player exchange for Sam Vokes) – D

The former England striker made just six appearances in the twilight of his career without scoring.

He was released at the end of the season and subsequently retired.

Chelsea

Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund (£58m) – B

He was loaned straight back to Dortmund for the rest of the 2018/19 season and has showed glimpses of his potential in a Chelsea shirt.

His best moment do far came against Burnley in October with a brilliant hat-trick .

Gonzalo Higuain, Juventus (loan) – C

The striker scored five goals at Chelsea but failed to produce in big games when his side really needed him.

Gonzalo Higuain was on loan from Juventus

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Gonzalo Higuain was on loan from Juventus

Crystal Palace

Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea (loan) – B

The striker impressed on his brief spell at Selhurst Park and scored six goals in 13 appearances.

Palace are rumoured to want to take the Chelsea man back on loan this January.

Lucas Perri, Sao Paulo (loan) – n/a

The goalkeeper came in as cover and never actually saw any playing time. Hard to grade someone who didn’t play but didn’t do enough to force some game time.

Bakary Sako, West Brom (free) – F

The striker made just four appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side before leaving the club last summer. He is currently at Denizlispor.

Everton

None

Leicester

Youri Tielemans, Monaco (loan) – A

The midfielder was seriously impressive on his loan spell from the Ligue 1 side.

Leicester managed to fend off interest from other clubs in making him a permanent signing in the summer.

Youri Tielemans was then signed by Leicester for £35m in the summer

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Youri Tielemans was then signed by Leicester for £35m in the summer

Liverpool

None

Man City

None

Man United

None

Newcastle

Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United (£20m) – C+

The Paraguayan has played relatively well for Newcastle since his then club-record signing from the MLS.

He finally broke his 27 Premier League game goal drought when he netted against Crystal Palace. Plenty more still to come from him.

Miguel Almiron scored his first Newcastle goal in their 1-0 win against Crystal Palace

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Miguel Almiron scored his first Newcastle goal in their 1-0 win against Crystal Palace

Antonio Barreca, Monaco (loan) – F

Rafa Benitez was clearly not a fan and used the defender just once, from the bench, during his brief loan spell from Monaco.

Norwich

Philip Heise, Dynamo Dresden (£225k) – D

The left-back has not played a game for the club since joining last January. He is currently on loan at FC Nurnberg.

Southampton

None

Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood, Brighton (£2m) – A

Norwood was originally on loan and he impressed so much that they decided to make the deal permanent and £2million proved to be a bargain.

He was named in the Championship’s team of the season as they got promoted to the top flight.

Gary Madine, Cardiff (loan) – C

The striker was used mainly from the bench by Chris Wilder and scored three times in 16 total appearances before returning to Cardiff.

Kieran Dowell, Everton (loan) – C+

The midfielder made a decent impact in the loan spell and contributed two goals in 16 games on their way to promotion.

Scott Hogan, Aston Villa (loan) – C-

Hogan played just eight times for the club while on loan from Championship rivals Aston Villa but did score twice.

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Tottenham

None

Watford

Adam Parkes, Southampton (free) – n/a

The young goalkeeper was signed as a future prospect from the Saints and has yet to see any first-team action.

West Ham

Samir Nasri, Free agent – D

Injuries severely hampered his time at the Hammers following the end of his drugs ban.

He made just six appearances before being released at the end of the season.

Samir Nasri is likely to leave West Ham

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Samir Nasri is likely to leave West Ham

Mesaque Dju, Benfica (free) – n/a

The 20-year-old forward was has not played for West Ham yet and was signed as a prospect for the future.

He also suffered a serious knee injury in August that hampered his development.

Wolves

Jonny, Atletico Madrid (£18m) – A

A top signing by Wolves last January when they made his loan move permanent.

He has been vital for Nuno Espirito Santo as they have climbed from the Championship to a top six Premier League contender.


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