Four January deals set to light up the Championship
The January transfer window slammed shut bringing to an end to weeks of rumours, speculation and conjecture from journalists across the nation and, indeed, Europe.
The need to improve can often lead clubs to panic and spend money on players that will not benefit the club's long-term plans, but there are also some terrific pieces of business done during the winter window.
In the Championship especially, clubs need to make their recruitment count, so we take a look at the best four January buys completed by teams in the second tier and rate their short and long-term impact.
4. Tariqe Fosu
From: Oxford. To: Brentford
The talented winger had been enjoying the most productive spell of his career under the tutelage of Karl Robinson at Oxford United. He'd played for the former MK Dons boss at Charlton and thrived playing on the left side of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
He completed the most dribbles of any player in League One and was snapped up by Brentford in a double-deal done on deadline day
Short-term impact: Given his form, Fosu can certainly help Brentford this season as they push for promotion. 7/10
Long-term impact: The winger is still only 24 years old and could have a bright future with the Bees. Even if his move doesn't work out, the player still has good sell on value. 7/10
3. Ravel Morrison
From: Sheffield United. To: Middlesbrough
Morrison is one of the most frustrating players in recent football league history. He has been described by former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as 'the best he's ever seen' but a lack of discipline and focus led to a wayward career. If he can make an impact, then Middlesbrough's Championship betting odds of 100/1 to finish in the top six could shorten substantially.
Short-term: Morrison could have a big impact before this season finishes which is why Jonathan Woodgate risked signing him. 9/10
Long-term: This has the feel of a very temporary arrangement, so there is little long-term value in this move. 4/10
2. Kamil Grosicki
From: Hull City. To: West Brom
Kamil Grosicki is a decent signing for West Brom and should help them achieve promotion after arriving from Hull City for an undisclosed fee.
Short-term: Grosicki is an excellent addition in the short-term. He has been superb for Hull and will help them seal a top-two finish this season. 9/10
Long-term: The Polish international is 31, so he will not be a long-term prospect for the Baggies. 3/10
1. Shandon Baptiste
From: Oxford United. To: Brentford
Buzzing to get started. Let’s go🐝 pic.twitter.com/s4bZnFtKKT— Shandon Baptiste (@shandonn8) January 31, 2020
Shandon Baptiste gave Jack Wilshere the run around when Oxford dumped West Ham out of the League Cup this season. He is easily the best purchase made by any Championship side during the winter window and a cracking signing for the Bees.
Short-term: Baptiste certainly has the ability to play in the Championship, but he is surely more one for the future. 5/10
Long-term: This young man has every chance of being an England star of the future, a great piece of business from Brentford yet again. 10/10