Saturday 23 September 2017

January Transfer Window Dream XI

Victor Valdes has signed for Manchester United.
Victor Valdes has signed for Manchester United.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Here is the pick of the Premier League transfers that took place before the close of the window.

Goalkeeper

Victor Valdes (Manchester United)

The free signing will bring a wealth of experience to Old Trafford and with speculation still surrounding David de Gea's future, could be a great bit of business for the club.

Defence

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Saints fans were rightly dismayed when Luke Shaw departed for Man United and the loan signing of Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand did little to allay fears of an inferior replacement. However while Shaw has struggled at Old Trafford, Bertrand has been a model of consistency and his deal was made permanent before the close of the window.

Robert Huth (Leicester City, loan)

Not the most glamorous player in the team by any stretch, the German is a no-nonsense centre-half who will provide the steel that struggling Leicester City badly require at least until the end of the season.

Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal)

The Gunners have been crying out for a centre back and Arsene Wenger could well have made one of the signings of the window after picking up the Brazilian from Villareal.

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Phillip Wollscheid (Stoke City, loan)

Stoke City like to build their team around a solid defence and any player who has won international caps for Germany in the last couple of years has to be a classy operator. Only a loan deal at present, manager Mark Hughes has already singled Wollscheid out for praise.

Midfield

Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea)

The most eye-catching signing of the window, the attacking Colombian will do well to break into Jose Mourinho's side such is the strength in this area of the squad. Demonstrated at the World Cup that he has all the skills to take the Premier League by storm.

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Juan Cuadrado after signing for Chelsea from Fiorentina

Darren Fletcher (West Brom)

West Ham's loss is the Baggies gain and the Scotland international will be a huge addition to Tony Pulis' squad once he can overcome the illness that has dogged his career in recent years.

Krystian Bielick (Arsenal)

The 17-year-old Pole signed for just over €3m and is a highly regarded prospect. Perhaps too young now to solve the immediate defensive midfield area.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Will look to put his time at Man United behind him and re-discover the form that made him one of the hottest young properties in English football.

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Wilfried Zaha has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Crystal Palace

Attack

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)

Many have wondered how much game time the Ivory Coast international will see at the Etihad, but most are agreed that if he plays he will score goals. A powerhouse of an attacker, he could be an effective foil for Sergio Aguero if Manuel Pellegrini decides to play two up front.

Jermaine Defoe (Sunderland)

Sunderland need goals and the diminutive former Tottenham man scored on his second appearance at the weekend. Still only 32, the England striker will be keep to put his Canadian nightmare behind him and help the Mackems up the table.

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Jermain Defoe scored Sunderland's second goal

January Transfer Window Dream Team (4-4-2)

Victor Valdes; Ryan Bertrand, Robert Huth, Gabriel Paulista, Phillip Wollscheid; Juan Cuadrado, Darren Fletcher, Krystian Bielick, Wilfried Zaha; Wilfried Bony, Jermaine Defoe.

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