Total Spent Comparison
Just six times in the last decade have Premier League clubs been more shy with the chequebook in January. Only a handful of clubs made significant
investments in the past month, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal collectively responsible for 54 per cent of all the the money spent.
It was all a far cry from the historic window of 2011, when a record £235m was spent by clubs in the top flight. Chelsea and Liverpool collectively
spent almost as much on the final day of that transfer window alone (£134.64m) than all 20 current Premier League clubs put together across the entirety of this window.
£49.8m traded hands on the final day, yet there was little in the way of last-gasp shocks. The big move of the day, Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea for
£29.4m, had been on the cards for a few days prior.
When it was spent
This year’s window took a while to get going. While Swansea got the ball rolling early (and passed everyone by) with the £1.67m signing of Matt Grimes,
West Ham were the next to break ranks from the rest of their frugal competitors a full five days later with the £1.7m signing of Doneil Henry (yeah,
we’d already forgotten too). In fact, not until the financial juggernaut of Manchester City finally got their way with Wilfried Bony on 14
January did the cumulative spend of the league finally break the £10m mark.
Deadline day was unsurprisingly the busiest day of the window as 30 players grabbed their last chance to switch clubs.
Buys vs Loans
Just over half of the signings made by Premier League clubs - 52.7 per cent to be exact - actually came with a transfer fee attached.
Nine players arrived as temporary adjustments on the loan market, while a number of clubs looked to snap up a bargain with an out of contract
player. The only two goalkeepers signed this January - Victor Valdes by Manchester United and Mark Schwarzer by Leicester City - both arrived
on free transfers.
Most Popular Position
Most clubs looked to shore up in midfield and defence, with 15 and 11 players of either position joining a
new Premier League club.
Although just eight out-and-out strikers were purchased, clubs still had a focus on boosting their firepower in the final months of
the season. Transfermarkt.co.uk define 10 of those 15 midfielders as either wingers or “attacking midfielders”.
Where they came from
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of transfers were domestic deals with 67 per cent of players bought from English clubs.
With little time to scour the globe for an uncovered gem, clubs looked to stick to the familiar and the easily available.
A dash down the M1 on deadline day is a lot easier than flying through four different time zones.
Just over 44 per cent of all signings were bought from other Premier League clubs, while the Championship was the next
most popular hunting ground.
EPL spend vs Europe
Dominance in European competition, pioneering styles of football, a thriving hub of homegrown players - all areas the Premier
League is lacking in comparison to its European rivals. But if there is one sector in which it continually crushes its competition,
it’s the capacity to spend, spend, spend.
Even in a year lacking in bombast, the Premier League still spent more than double that of its closest competitor Serie A, whose
clubs spent a collective £66m.
Chelsea and Manchester City both spent more this January than the whole of Ligue 1 put together.