The week that was in the Premier League – Matchweek 24

News

Alexis and Micki do a little switcharoo

Unless you have been living under a rock you would have heard that Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have switched teams. Sanchez joins Manchester United on a four-and-a-half year deal, earning A$877,000 a week. In an exclusive interview with Manchester United, Sanchez said he was thrilled to be joining the “biggest club in the world”.

“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.”

“The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”

After only 39 games over a season and a half at Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be looking to resurrect his career at Arsenal. Mkhitaryan was crowned Bundesliga Assist Leader in 2015/16 and has been voted Armenian Footballer of the Year eight times.

“I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here. It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history,” Mkhitaryan said in an exclusive interview on the Arsenal website.

Both players will wear number 7 at their new clubs.

Marco Silva sacked by Watford

Credit: Sky Sports

It’s incredible to think a manager so highly regarded could be sacked so early in his tenure. But as is the case in modern football, Marco Silva is now looking for a new gig.

Silva made his desire known that he wanted the Everton job after only eight games in charge of Watford. At the time Watford were sitting fourth on the table. Since then the Hornets have slipped to 10th, winning one of their past 11 games.

Former Malaga manager Javi Gracia has been appointed Watford’s new coach on a 18 month deal.

The 47-year-old is the 10th manager to work for Watford under the Pozzo family since 2012.

Pioneer Regis passes away

Cyrille Regis, known as the pioneer for black footballers in Britain passed away aged 59. Regis began his career with West Brom in 1977, scoring two goals on debut against Rotherham United. At the Baggies, Regis played with fellow black players Laurie Cinningham and Brendon Batson. The three were given the nickname ‘Three Degree’s’ and were racially abused by opposition players and fans. Despite the abuse, the three became known as trailblazers and inspired the second generation of black footballers. Former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin last week recalled the impact Regis had on his life.

Results

Brighton 0-4 Chelsea

West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth

Stoke 2-0 Huddersfield

Leicester 2-0 Watford

Everton 1-1 West Brom

Burnley 0-1 Manchester United

Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle

Brighton 0-4 Chelsea

Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

Swansea 1-0 Liverpool

Sir Alex Ferguson of the week

The Sir Alex Ferguson of the week is awarded to the best-performed team of the week.

Chelsea

A flawless performance by a Chelsea side under heavy scrutiny. Heading into the game the Blues had played in three consecutive scoreless draws. But from the get go Chelsea looked a team in form. Chelsea took the lead in the third minute through Eden Hazard before Willian capped off a brilliant build up play to double the lead three minutes later.

Hazard then scored a delicious solo goal in the 77th minutes, before Victor Moses capped off a dominant display by finding space behind the Brighton defence.

After this performance do Chelsea still need Peter Crouch?

Bebe of the week

Bebe is widely considered Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst ever signing. The Bebe award is given to the most disappointing team from the week.

Liverpool

How can you not give it to the boys from Merseyside. A week after trouncing the top of the table Manchester City, Liverpool somehow managed to lose to bottom place Swansea. Liverpool have a habit of disappointing their fans, but surely this has to be one of the most disappointing. Swansea look a rabble, but against the Reds they looked like a ‘silky gazelle’ (credit: Will Ferrell).

In the wake of their horrendous defeat here is my version on the crazed ‘Sugar Sugar’ song sweeping through Merseyside.

Losers doo doo doo doo do do,

Liverpool are losers doo doo doo do do.

You go and beat Man City,

But you can’t beat Swansea.

That’s right you can’t because you suck!

Player of the week

Eden Hazard

How can you go past the magician from Chelsea? Hazard’s performance against Brighton had it all. Two magnificent goals, nine dribbles and to cap it off, he gave his shirt to a young fan in the crowd, showing what a genuine good guy he is.

Imagine where Chelsea would be this year without him? I can guarantee they wouldn’t be in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

 Sportdot Goal of the week

Sergio Aguero

It seems every goal of the week award has a sponsor so why should I not do the same? Aguero’s goal is all about the incredible set up by Leroy Sane. Sane has been electrifying this year and showing signs of being a future Ballon d’Or winner. His dribbling is Messi esque. This goal can be replayed time after time.

 Retro clip of the week

Malcolm Allison v Alan Mullery

I came across this clip earlier in the week and thought I needed to create a segment to show the wider public this incredible video. The confrontation takes place in the wake of the 1970 World Cup. Malcolm Allison was the manager of Manchester City at the time and was doing some television work for British network ITV during the World Cup. Allison criticised the performance for Alan Mullery, who later got word of this and thought it was wise to challenge Allison live on air. Truly captivating television that will never be seen again.

 

English Football Transfer Wrap (Week 3)

Marcus Edwards – Tottenham to Norwich City (Loan)

Jason Cummings – Nottingham Forest to Rangers (Loan)

Ricky Holmes – Charlton Athletic to Sheffield United (A$701,260)

30-year-old Ricky Holmes said his move to Sheffield United was a no brainer. The winger has been heavily criticised by Charlton fans on social media, but Holmes said at his age, moving to Sheffield United may be his last chance to play in the Premier League. The Blades sit in the playoff positions in the Championship and are potentially 19 games away from promotion to the top tier. For Holmes, the decision to leave Charlton for Sheffield was about completing a life-long dream.

https://twitter.com/ricky_holmes/status/952939959777923072

Russell Martin – Norwich City to Rangers (Loan)

Kean Bryan – Manchester City to Oldham Athletic (Loan)

Jack Payne – Huddersfield Town to Blackburn Rovers (Loan)

Michael Madl – Fulham to Austria Vienna (Undisclosed/Market value: A$1.6 million)

Michael Madl departs Fulham.

Keshi Anderson – Crystal Palace to Swindon Town (Undisclosed/Market value: A$155,840)

Cameron Jerome – Norwich City to Derby County (A$2.65 million)

Derby have boosted their attacking options with the signing of 31-year-old striker Cameron Jerome. The deal is seen as a huge step towards promotion for the Derbyshire club. The Rams sit second on the table but have had little output from their strikers. Attacking midfielder Matej Vydra has netted 15 goals this season, nine more than forwards David Nugent and Sam Winnall. Jerome has only scored one goal for Norwich this season, but has netted 124 goals in his career.

Martin Samuelsen – West Ham to Burton Albion (Loan)

Marko Grukic – Liverpool to Cardiff City (Loan)

Marcus Tavernier – Middlesbrough to MK Dons (Loan)

Deniss Rakels – QPR to Cracovia (Loan)

Theo Walcott – Arsenal to Everton (A$35.06 million)

Walcott unveiled at Everton.

After 12 years of service, Theo Walcott departed Arsenal with his belongings in a bin bag. The winger has been at the Gunners since the age of 16, but a lack of game time this season has seen him move to Everton. Walcott thanked Arsene Wenger for giving him the opportunity at such a young age and said he is looking forward to working with Sam Allardyce. Walcott was the third-highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League last season with 19 goals, behind Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Brandon Comley – QPR to Colchester United (Undisclosed)

Cameron Carter-Vickers – Tottenham to Ipswich Town (Loan)

Daniel Pinillos – Cordoba to Barnsley (Undisclosed/Market value: A$ 468,300)

*Market value’s courtesy of Transfermarkt.co.uk 

Press for success – How Liverpool beat Manchester City

Liverpool did it.

Manchester City’s unbeaten run is over. The Reds 4-3 victory over the top of the table City makes them the one in 22 and 1.

Liverpool fans can rejoice, while the rest of the Premier League can take note; Manchester City are not unbeatable as once thought.

But how did Liverpool achieve the feat that 18 other Premier League teams failed accomplish?

When Manchester United took on City in early December, Jose Mourinho set his side up to defend first and counter City on the attack. The tactics were rightfully criticised and the result all but confirmed City as the title winners.

Liverpool also went out to defend, but instead of sitting back and waiting for City to attack them, the Reds intended to defend on the attack.

“The plan was to defend as well as we could all over the pitch and then attack them when we could,” Liverpool’s Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlin said after the game.

City and Liverpool are the top two scorers in the league. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are known for their attacking play and the match was always built up to be an exhibition of attacking football.

Klopp’s philosophy is all about pressing. Klopp has previously said his teams pressing is ‘out of this world’ and the stats prove the press has been a success.

Since taking charge of Liverpool in 2015, the Reds have scored 187 goals at a rate of 2.1 per game.

This year with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino up front, the Reds have scored 54 goals.

Outscoring City was the only way Liverpool were going to win and to do that they had to be ruthless in front of goal.

City have been unstoppable, but there was always a question mark over their defence.

In their 0-0 draw to Crystal Palace at the start of 2018, City were pressed high up the pitch, which isolated their defenders in one on one battles with the Palace forwards. Whilst defending individually City’s defence made uncharacteristic errors and conceded a clumsy penalty. Fortunately for for the Sky Blues, Palace failed to capitalise on the mistakes.

Against better opposition City would not be as fortunate, as was the case against Liverpool.

The Sky Blues set up in a 4.3.3 formation and tried to play out from the back as much as they could. They went down a goal, courtesy of an Oxlaide-Chamberlin screamer, but levelled the scores just before half time through Leroy Sane.

The second goal City conceded was all to do with Liverpool’s press. Georginio Wijnaldum and Oxlaide-Chamberlin double teamed Kevin De Bruyne, who lost possession of the ball, before Oxlaide-Chamberlin put through an inch perfect pass for Firmino to finish off with a goal.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlin double teaming De Bruyne. Image courtesy of BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’.

The third goal was again created by pressure. Four Liverpool players swarmed Fernandinho, who coughed the ball up in the middle of the ground, which then led to a Mane stunner.

Four Reds swarm Fernandinho. Image courtesy of BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’.

The final goal was all to do with perceived pressure. Ederson has a pass completion rate of 85.3 per cent, but with the speedy trio of Mane, Firmino and Salah hot on his heel, the goalkeeper ran out of his box to win the ball and then erratically gave the ball away to Salah, who scored a long range chip.

Despite three of the four goals coming off the back of pressure, the best example of the Reds press came in the 74th minute, when left-back Andrew Robertson performed a continuous press that saw him end up in the right wing position.

Some people believe pressing is a simple task that can be performed by any fit side. But if that was the case, every team would have been able to achieve what Liverpool accomplished and Manchester City would not have been undefeated in 22 games this season.

According to Alan Shearer on the BBC’s Match of the Day, teams need “energy, pace, legs, courage and belief” to play the way Liverpool did.

Shearer also said only Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have the capability to deploy the same tactics.

But that won’t stop other teams from trying. The rest of the league will try to deploy the same tactics and force City’s defence into one of one defending.

The first challenger will be Newcastle this weekend and it will be interesting to see how they set up against the wounded ladder leaders.

English Football Transfer Wrap (Week 2)

Kevin Mirallas – Everton to Olympiakos (Loan)

Kevin Mirallas

Jamie Murphy – Brighton to Rangers (Loan)

Joe Lumley – QPR to Blackpool (Loan)

Jake Clark-Salter – Chelsea to Sunderland (Loan)

Charles Vernam – Derby County to Grimsby Town (Loan)

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona (A$192 million)

Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ has been broken up after the Red’s accepted Barcelona’s offer for the Brazilian star. The A$192 million fee is the second largest fee paid for a player. Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre claimed Liverpool slashed their price for Coutinho, which has been poorly received by Liverpool fans, who were assured the club did all they could to keep hold onto the playmaker. The deal has been in the pipework’s since Barcelona sold Neymar to PSG in the summer transfer window. It will be interesting to see how Liverpool invests the money.

Barcelona new man Philippe Coutinho

Emilio Nsue – Birmingham City to APOEL Nicosia (Undisclosed/Market value: A$2.32 million)

Kieffer Moore – Ipswich Town to Barnsley (Undisclosed/Market value: A$309,000)

Jack Price – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Colorado Rapids (Undisclosed/Market value: A$1.03 million)

Jack Livesey – Partick Thistle to Burton Albion (Undisclosed)

Yosuke Ideguchi – Gamba Osaka to Leeds United (Undisclosed/Market value: A$1.52 million)

Yosuke Ideguchi – Leeds United to Cultural Leonesa (Loan)

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – Tottenham to Burnley (Loan)

Elijah Adebayo – Fulham to Cheltenham Town (Loan)

Ben Pringle – Preston North End to Oldham Athletic (Loan)

Adam Armstrong – Newcastle United to Blackburn Rovers (Loan)

Ryan Leonard – Southend United to Sheffield United (Undisclosed/Market value: A$ 771,780)

Ryan Delaney – Burton Albion to Rochdale (Undisclosed/Market value: A$ 154,360)

Moritz Bauer – FK Rubin Kazan to Stoke (A$ 8.65 million)

Luke Hendrie – Burnley to Shrewsbury Town (Undisclosed/Market value: A$385,890)

James Wilson – Manchester United to Sheffield United (Loan)

It’s been a tough time for James Wilson. After recovering from an ACL injury, Wilson has had to shoulder the goal scoring burden for the relegation bound Manchester United under 23 side. Wilson began the season slowly but has recaptured his best form and scored seven goals in his final eight games. The striker will being hoping he can help Sheffield United claw there way back into the automatic promotion places in the Sky Bet Championship. The Blades won only one game in December and now sit sixth on the table.

James Wilson

Lee Evans – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Sheffield United (A$ 1.4 million)

Ryan Blair – Fulham to Falkirk (Loan)

Matty Virtue – Liverpool to Notts County (Loan)

Ivan Toney – Newcastle to Scunthorpe United (Loan)

Donovan Wilson – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Port Vale (Loan)

Laurens De Bock – Club Brugge to Leeds United (A$2.66 million)

Francis Coquelin – Arsenal to Valencia (A$21.86 million)

Coquelin has been much maligned during his time at Arsenal. But in his first press conference after departing Arsenal for Valencia, the defensive midfielder said the only reason he left the club was for the sake of his career. After returning from a loan spell at Charlton in 2014, Coquelin became an integral part of the Gunners midfield, playing his best football when partnered with Santi Cazorla. This season has been a struggle for the Frenchman, who only featured 13 times for the Gunners in all competitions. Coquelin departs after making 160 appearances for the Gunners.

Benjamin Whiteman – Sheffield United to Doncaster Rovers (Undisclosed/Market value: A$234,270)

Ryan Kent – Liverpool to Bristol City (Loan)

Isaac Buckley-Ricketts – Manchester City to Oxford United (Loan)

Harry Charsley – Everton to Bolton Wanderers (Loan)

Noor Husin – Crystal Palace to Notts County (Undisclosed)

Alex Pritchard – Norwich City to Huddersfield Town (A$19.30 million)

Former Tottenham academy product Alex Pritchard joined Huddersfield Town on a three and a half year deal. The attacking midfielder made nine appearances for Norwich this season, scoring one goal and creating two assist. Huddersfield manager David Wagner said Pritchard is the perfect type of player he likes to work with. “Alex is a young, British player who arrives as one of the top performers in the Sky Bet Championship and with a desire to prove himself in the Premier League.”

Nathan McGinley – Middlesbrough to Wycombe Wanderers (Loan)

Fousseni Diabate – GFC Ajaccio to Leicester City (A$3.13 million)

 

*Market value’s courtesy of Transfermarkt.co.uk 

The Hulk Hogan sex tape

Hulk Hogan, the man children of the 80’s so fondly admired has successfully sued website Gawker, US$ 115 million for publishing a sex tape involving the wrestling icon and his best friends wife.

I know what you are all thinking. Who the hell would want to see a balding, 62 year old man, with the dress sense and vocabulary of a tween, performing moves in the bedroom, resembling his last great performance at Wrestlemania 3?

Of course it would have to be the same people who get a thrill from watching a balding, 62 year old man, with the dress sense and vocabulary of a tween doing his best work in a wrestling ring.

Well that’s what Gawker believed when they published the sex tape.

So lets begin from the start of how this incident occurred. Hogan said his friend, Bubba ‘The Love Sponge’ Clem (what is a love sponge?) told him in a phone call that his wife, Heather wanted to have sex with him.

Hogan, shocked but ever so generous, accepted the invite to sleep with his best friends wife.

Hogan had a suspicion that his friend may have been recording the relations, but for reasons that could not be explained, the Hulkster carried through with the deed.

Speaking in court, Hogan said he felt “humiliated” by the video and had not been the same man since it was published.

The last time Hogan felt this humiliated, he was swinging on a wrecking ball, wearing a thong.

But how humiliated was Hogan by the sex tape. Gawker lawyers went out of their way to prove Hogan has never been afraid to shy away from the topic of sex, as heard in a radio interview from 2006.

The interview centred around Hogan’s (cough) manhood. Yes we mean his Willy Wonka.

Gawker lawyers wanted to prove the Hulkster’s manhood is not as big as he proclaims.

The discussion was so off topic that we will skip the remainder of it for the sake of our readers.

To lighten up the mood, here’s a gif of a cute panda.

Now back to the main event. Gawker lawyers claimed that Hogan was humiliated by the video as it showed him racially vilifying his daughter’s boyfriend at the time, rapper Stacks.

The racial rant led to the WWE firing Hogan last year and removing all Hulk Hogan related products from their online store.

The only other time the WWE has abandoned someone so abruptly was when superstar, Chris Benoit murdered his son and wife before committing suicide.

The Gawker wanted to prove that Hogan’s lack of income in the past year was the reason behind his decision to sue the website.

But with his home town jury supporting him, Hogan was the victor in the grudge match that ended with him becoming $115 million richer and feeling good about himself once again.

The Collingwood and Richmond trade war

It was a war that should never have happened. A war that saw one club bankrupt and the other on the brink of extinction.

Collingwood and Richmond have never gotten along.The cross-town rivals have shared a history that dates back to the 1920s, when the Tigers claimed their first premiership in the 1920 grand final.

Collingwood sought their revenge by trouncing the Tigers in three successive grand finals between1927 to 1929.

Tensions between the clubs were so fierce that Richmond immortal Jack Dyer confessed he could not watch black and white television because of his hatred for the Magpies.

But for all of their history, nothing would prepare the clubs for the bitter trade wars of the early 1980’s.

Richmond and Collingwood began the decade by squaring off in the 1980 Grand Final. In front of 113,461 fans, the Tigers defeated the Magpies by 81 points to win their 10th VFL premiership.

With a side full of youth, the Tigers were expected to dominate the decade and be become one of the most successful teams in VFL history.

However, the Tigers failed to make the finals in 1981 and sacked coach Tony Jewell.

Former player Francis Bourke was appointed coach in 1982 and guided the Tigers to the Grand Final. But in wet conditions the Tigers were no match for Carlton, who ran away with an 18-point victory.

While Richmond was mourning the Grand Final defeat, Collingwood were in the midst of an evolution.

For the first time in six years the Magpies failed to make the finals. The Collingwood board were criticised for being conservative and the lack of improvement saw rebel groups challenge the board for power of the club.

One of these rebel groups was the ‘New Magpies’, who were led by well know media identity and businessman Ranald McDonald.

McDonald and the‘New Magpies’ promised fans if elected onto the board they would embark on one of the biggest recruiting campaigns ever seen in VFL history.

Ranald McDonald

An election was called and the ‘New Magpies’ gained power of the club.

Collingwood historian Michael Roberts recalls the ‘New Magpies’ early promises.

“They [the ‘New Magpies’] went out to spend big money and buy a premiership. It was a charged environment under that regime and that mean’t they were spending big money and that mean’t clubs who were poached by Collingwood got a bit more pissed off.”

Richmond was one of the clubs annoyed by the Collingwood recruiting strategy.

In the wake of the grand final defeat, club legends David Cloke and Geoff Raines asked for pay increases to compliment their service to the Tigers.

According to former player Dale Weigtman in his book ‘Saving our skins and other tiger tales’, the duo had requested pay increases after discovering 20-year-old forward Brian Taylor was on a larger salary.

Livid by the perceived lack of respect shown towards the club, Richmond secretary Graeme Richmond did not accept the request.

“Graeme Richmond had this attitude that you don’t tell us what you are worth, we tell you,” Richmond historian Bill Meaklim said.

Graeme Richmond

News of the player unrest reached Collingwood and the Magpies offered the pair the money they were seeking.

Losing the well-loved players to their fiercest rival infuriated Richmond, who began plotting their revenge.

“Guys like Cloke and Raines were royalty at Richmond and Richmond were understandably pissed off,” said Roberts.

David Cloke and Geoff Raines

The Tigers tried signing Collingwood icon Peter Daicos, but a conversation with his father persuaded Daicos to stay at the Magpies.

With Daicos rejecting a move, the Tigers set their sights on Phil Walsh and John Annear.

Walsh was named Collingwood’s best first year player in 1983 and the move hurt Magpie fans.

“He [Walsh] was a very popular player,” Roberts said.

“The fans loved him and from that moment it was a realisation that this was a war.”

Collingwood hit back by securing Brian Taylor in 1985, while Richmond poached Wally Lovett, Neil Peart and Craig Stewart.

But the effects of the war were beginning to take its toll. While Collingwood were getting the best out of their recruits, Richmond’s signings failed to impress.

“What we did was dopey,” Meaklim said.

“While Collingwood were get- ting hundreds of games from Cloke, Raines and Taylor, we got ordinary players who played under 50 games.”

“The money we spent on transfers would have been enough to pay Cloke and Raines what they wanted.”

Collingwood returned to the finals in 1984, while Richmond struggled in the lower half of the ladder.

Over a four-year period, the ‘New Magpies’ spent $1.8 million on player acquisitions.

In 1986, the Magpies were on the verge bankruptcy, but found enough money to pay off their debts.

“We got a stay of execution of a couple of weeks and that gave us the time we needed to settle things down a bit,” Roberts said.

Richmond were not so lucky. Disappointing on-field results saw the club sack four coaches in a five-year period. In 1990 Richmond declared they needed to raise $1 million by October 31 or face extinction.

The Save Our Skins campaign was established and saw the club rattle tins for survival.

“Tins were taken everywhere to raise the money. A legend match was planned at Windy Hill and it got a crowd of over 23,000,” recalls Meaklim.

Amongst the many who donated to the cause was the Collingwood Football Club.

It is unclear why the Magpies donated to the Richmond fund. But what is clear is no matter how strained the relationship became, both clubs needed each other for survival.

English Football Transfer Wrap (Week 1)

Josh Barrett – Reading to Coventry (Loan)

Tim Krul – Newcastle United to Brighton & Hove Albion (Free)

Virgil van Dijk – Southampton to Liverpool (A$129.42 million)

Viktor Gyokeres – IF Brommapojkarna to Brighton & Hove Albion (Undisclosed/Market value: A$ 777,000)

Mikel Merino – Borussia Dortmund to Newcastle United (A$10.87 million)

Louis Moult – Motherwell to Preston North End (A$863,000)

Emiliano Marcondes – FC Nordsjaelland to Brentford (A$3.88 million)

Diego Costa – Chelsea to Atletico Madrid (A$98.36 million)

Ahmed Hegazi – AL Ahly to West Brom (A$6.90 million)

Adrien Silva – Sporting CP to Leicester City (A$38 million)

It took four months but Leicester finally landed their man. In September Sporting announced the sale of the midfielder, but FIFA rejected Leicester’s application to register Silva after they reportedly missed the deadline by 14 seconds. Leicester failed to appeal the decision, leaving Silva to train alongside his new teammates without the prospect of playing. Silva finally made his debut in the Foxes scoreless draw with Fleetwood Town in the third round of the FA Cup.

Adrien Silva playing for Leicester

Terence Kongolo – AS Monaco to Huddersfield Town (Loan)

After a less than impressive start to life at AS Monaco, Dutch centre-back Terence Kongolo will be hoping to show why Monaco paid A$23.1 million for his services in the summer, while on loan at Huddersfield. Terriers manager David Wagner was keen to bolster his defensive stocks in the hope of avoiding relegation. Wagner said Kongolo’s mobility will enable him to fit well into the side.

Daniel Rowe – Ipswich Town to Lincoln City (Loan)

Sylvain Deslandes – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Portsmouth (Loan)

Stephy Mavididi – Arsenal to Charlton Athletic (Loan)

Sean Goss – Queens Park Rangers to Rangers (Loan)

Sean Goss

Jordan Maguire-Drew – Brighton & Hove Albion to Coventry City (Loan)

James Hanson – Sheffield United to Bury (Loan)

Connor Ronan – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Portsmouth (Loan)

Adam Phillips – Norwich City to Cambridge United (Loan)

Yeni N’Gbakoto – Queens Park Rangers to Guingamp (Undisclosed/Market value: A$3.1 million)

Rafael Mir Vicente – Valencia to Wolverhampton Wanderers (Undisclosed/Market value: A$1.6 million)

Billy Bodin – Bristol Rovers to Preston North End (Undisclosed/Market value: A$765,000)

Billy Boden has been a shining star in an otherwise disappointing season for Bristol Rovers. The striker netted 11 goals in 24 games this season, before crossing to Preston North End. Rovers chairman Steve Hamer said the departure of Bodin was “probably” inevitable as the striker was to become a free agent in six months. It will be interesting to see if Bodin can make the step up to life in the EFL Championship.

Tom King – Millwall to Stevenage (Loan)

Sid Nelson – Millwall to Chesterfield (Loan)

Paul Jones – Norwich City to Exeter City (Loan)

Josh Kay – Barnsley to Chesterfield (Loan)

Jimmy Dunne – Burnley to Accrington Stanley (Loan)

Jared Bird – Barnsley to Yeovil Town (Loan)

Ike Ugbo – Chelsea to Milton Keynes Dons (Loan)

Conor Ripley – Middlesbrough to Bury (Loan)

Cameron McGeehan – Barnsley to Scunthorpe United (Loan)

Prince Oniangue – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Angers (Loan)

Robert Dickie – Reading to Oxford United (Undisclosed)

Konstantinos Mavropanos – PAS Giannina to Arsenal (A$3.28 million)

Arsenal snapped up the highly rated 20 year old centre-back for a merely A$3.28 million. According to Greek football journalist George Tsitsonis from AGONASport, Mavropanos was considered one of the best defenders in Greece and is known for his ball-winning capabilities and aerial prowess.

 Aaron Drinan – Waterford to Ipswich Town (Undisclosed)

Max Love – Derby County to Shrewsbury Town (Loan)

Marcus Barnes – Southampton to Yeovil Town (Loan)

Lewis Wing – Middlesbrough to Yeovil Town (Loan)

Jonathan Edwards – Hull City to Woking (Loan)

Jake Kean – Sheffield Wednesday to Grimsby Town (Loan)

Corey Whelan – Liverpool to Yeovil Town (Loan)

Aaron Ramsdale – AFC Bournemouth to Chesterfield (Loan)

Shay Facey – Manchester City to Northampton Town (Undisclosed/Market value: A$612,000)

Ross Barkley – Everton to Chelsea (A$26 million)

Having not played for seven months with a hamstring injury and with only six months left on his contract, Chelsea were able to purchase the talented Barkley on the cheap. Barkley’s valuation was cut by half from the summer when Chelsea offered A$52 million for his services. Aged only 24, Barkley has already made 150 appearances in the Premier League and by paying such a small total in todays market, Chelsea have completed the bargain of the transfer window.

Ross Barkley unveiled at Chelsea. Credit: Sky Sports

Liam Walsh – Everton to Bristol City (Undisclosed/Market value: A$383,000)

Gethin Jones – Everton to Fleetwood Town (Undisclosed/Market value: A$383,000)

Cenk Tosun – Besiktas to Everton (A$47 million)

Everton announced the four-and-a-half-year contract with the 26-year-old Turkey international striker at half time in their FA Cup tie against Liverpool. Everton manager Sam Allardyce said Tosun in “the best in the world” at that price. Tosun scored 20 goals for Besiktas last season and has so far netted eight league goals and four Champions League goals this season.

Callum Johnson – Middlesbrough to Accrington Stanley (Undisclosed)

 

*Market value’s courtesy of Transfermarkt.co.uk