The January 2022 transfer window was one big surprise of an entertainment show. While there were certain expectations of what was likely to happen, no one anticipated what happened. With deadline day passed us and the dust settled around the transfers, let’s look at the Transfer XI of January 2022. We have chosen a 4-3-3(defence) formation for this team to suit the players that moved in this window, whether on loan or permanently.
Manager – Frank Lampard
January is a month of change in the world of football. Around this time, clubs trim bloated squads, add to small squads, and change managers if they see fit. Everton was one such club.
Since being bought by the Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri, Everton has been spending crazily to replicate the Man City formula. However, they have little success to show for it. They appointed great managers like Ancelotti and Benitez, which still didn’t work. Now they have pipped their hopes upon a young Frank Lampard.
Everton would hope that Lampard can replicate what he did with Chelsea, which, while wasn’t an acceptable standard at the London club, is undoubtedly good at the blue half of the Merseyside.
You likely have not heard of him, but the French goalkeeper is slowly rising through the ranks in France and is set to succeed Hugo Lloris as the French Number 1 in the future. Bought by Angers in 2019, he moved to Saint-Etienne on loan last month.
In a surprising move, Everton sold one of the pillars of their squad, Lucas Digne, this January to Aston Villa due to his relationship with the then manager Rafa Benitez having broken down. It became even more of a shock for the Toffee fans when the Spanish manager was sacked days after the Left back was sold. Aston Villa, however, was extremely pleased by this signing, with Digne having scored and assisted already for them.
Newcastle United was expected to spend big to boost their chances of survival, and they did so. Dan Burn was one of 5 signings that were made by the Magpies. The 6’7” centre-back left Brighton for a fee of 13m pounds.
Callum Chambers left Arsenal to join Steve Gerrard’s Villa project on a free transfer. The 27-year-old had been a great option for Arsenal for several years, having been a starter for them too. However, he lost his place in Arteta’s team and moved on a free to Aston Villa.
Kieran Trippier was the first and perhaps the marquee signing for Newcastle this window. The 31-year-old right back left title-contending Atletico Madrid for relegation battling Newcastle for a fee of 15m Euros.
The 24-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder – Bruno Guimaraes was the most expensive Newcastle signing, costing a fee of £33.3m. He has been highly praised and sought after for his performances at Lyon and is expected to be a leader in the new era of Magpies.
Van De Beek finally left Man United on loan to Everton. The Dutch mid-fielder had barely gotten any minutes since he signed for United in 2020. He had been looking for game time to make it to the World Cup this year, and Frank Lampard offered him the opportunity to do so and help the new Everton manager till the end of the season.
Since Pochettino left Spurs, and probably even before that, Dele Alli declined drastically. He never made it under Mourinho and has struggled for game time. Alli moved on deadline day to Everton for around 40m.
While Philippe Coutinho’s loan deal to Villa is looking like a steal, it is Luiz Diaz who the world is looking forward to. Luis Díaz is a pacy wide forward who presses, progress the ball well, and takes shots like a strike, exactly what Liverpool love. He will likely succeed Mane by the end of the season and form a new trio of Diaz – Jota – Salah.
Adama Traore returned to his boyhood club Barcelona this January. With Xavi needing heavy reinforcements up front, Traore was picked by the club. The bulky, pacy winger will be expected to link up with Depay and Aubameyang to help Xavi save the season.
The sought after Serbian Dusan Vlahovic finally moved to a bigger club this window. He was approached by many clubs but eventually settled for Juventus.
Bench – Maduka Okaye, Nahan Patterson, Axel Tuanzebe, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Denis Zakaria, Tanguy Ndombele, Phillipe Coutinho, Dejan Kulesevski, Ferran Torres.
This XI was made based on multiple factors, including form, previous records, the impact they would likely have, etc. Do you agree with this? Please comment and share!