Sunday 18 February 2018

Worth a punt? Successes and failures of previous January windows Bad buys

Good buys

JANUARY 2006

Pedro Mendes, Noé Pamarot and Sean Davis (Tottenham-Portsmouth, £7m combined). Harry Redknapp's spree kept Pompey up.



  • JANUARY 2007


Rory Delap (Sunderland-Stoke, free) Signed despite a broken leg incurred on loan, recovered to propel Stoke into top flight -- and keep them there.



  • JANUARY 2008


Nicolas Anelka (Bolton-Chelsea, £15m). Scored more than 50 goals since, and created many more for Didier Drogba.



  • JANUARY 2009


Matthew Etherington (West Ham-Stoke, £2m). Gave Stoke a different dimension and helped keep them up.



  • JANUARY 2010


Craig Gardner (Aston Villa-Birmingham City, £3m). A regular in Blues' midfield.

Bad buys



  • JANUARY 2006


Danny Murphy (Charlton-Tottenham, £2m). Never settled at White Hart Lane and soon left for Fulham, where he has since flourished.



  • JANUARY 2007


Anthony Stokes, left (Arsenal-Sunderland, £2m). Lacked goals and discipline, eventually being sold to Hibernian for £500,000.



  • JANUARY 2008


Marlon King (Watford-Wigan, £3.5m). One goal, twice loaned out, then sacked after he was jailed for sexual assault and Actual Bodily Harm.



  • JANUARY 2009


Jimmy Bullard (Fulham-Hull, £5m). Chronic knee injury meant he was barely able to help Hull in their unsuccessful relegation fight.



  • JANUARY 2010


Benni McCarthy (Blackburn-West Ham, £2.25m). Never fit enough to play 90 minutes last season. Yet to score.

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