Premiership Transfer Window Review – Part Two
David Walker continues his review of the January transfer window and how the moves will impact each team’s success, or survival at the end of the 2005/06 season.
After spending the 918kiss early part of the season facing a relegation battle the only reinforcements came in the form of Alan Stubbs, joining from Sunderland for his second spell at the club.
Two players have left the club – Marcus Bent to Charlton and Per Kroldrup to Fiorentina. The Danish defender arrived in a £5 million switch from Udinese but returned to Italy for substantially less after making just one league appearance.
At 10 points clear, Everton look safe from the drop but you may be tempted by the 33/1 relegation odds.
Fulham are battling against relegation and have made five new signings. Goalkeepers Tony Warner and Antti Niemi joined from Cardiff and Southampton respectively while New Zealand international Simon Elliott arrived from Columbus Crew. Defender Wayne Bridge and midfielder Michael Brown joined from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on loan.
Without an away win all season, Fulham’s strength and key to survival lies in their form at Craven Cottage. 26 of the 29 points accumulated have come from home wins and manager Chris Coleman will need to keep up this momentum. Fulham can be backed at 14/1 for relegation.
Third in the table and a favourable draw in the Champions League has seen further recruits arrive at Anfield. Defender Jan Kromkamp arrived in a swap deal from Villarreal which saw Josemi return to Spain while Danish defender Daniel Agger cost £5.8 million from Brondby.
A host of fringe players left on loan deals but all transfers were eclipsed by the return of striker Robbie Fowler, five years after leaving Anfield. Fowler scored 120 goals in 236 Premiership matches for the Reds previously and with Manchester United wobbling, Liverpool could eclipse them in second position. They are three points behind in third but have two games in hand. Rafa Benitez’s side can be backed at 6/5 to win the Premiership in the “without Chelsea” market.