Just quietly, Newcastle have had a very smart window. They haven’t spent anything on permanent transfers, as might be expected while Mike Ashley concentrates on selling the club to the Saudis, but they have retained their best players and brought in good options on loan. Nabil Bentaleb is a hugely gifted midfielder from Schalke with Premier League experience at Tottenham; Valentino Lazaro racked up plenty of assists in the Bundesliga at Hertha Berlin before his move to Inter, and the 23-year-old brings quality in wide areas; Danny Rose is still one of the best left-backs in England and at 29 has plenty more to offer. For once, things may just be looking up at St James’ Park.
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The Portuguese has moved to Arsenal on loan with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer. The full-back has always seemed like a player with the talent to play at a higher level, having performed ably for Portugal and in the Premier League over the past few years, and under Mikel Arteta he could thrive playing as a full-back with the freedom to attack. He will have to battle Hector Bellerin for minutes, but the prize at the end of it is a potential bumper deal with one of the biggest clubs around.
The Dane has got his wish to move away from Tottenham after five productive years in north London. His first choice was always the big clubs of La Liga but in Inter he has found a club on the up and immediately thrown himself into a battle for the title. With Tottenham falling away over the past six months or so, he may come to reflect on a well-timed exit.
The arrival of Sander Berge from Genk represents a major signing for Sheffield United as they look to establish themselves in the Premier League. In the 21-year-old, Wilder has acquired a powerful midfielder who can do just about everything well, and someone who looks well equipped to thrive not only in this free-flowing Blades side but also in the physical Premier League. The club have also added Jack Robinson from Nottingham Forest and Jack Rodwell on a free transfer.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes is a major boost for Manchester United, but it will bump others down the pecking order. Fred and Scott McTominay have been two reasonably bright lights in a dim season for the club, while Paul Pogba will always be on the team sheet when fit, but the Brazilian Andreas Pereira is likely to find himself pushed to the fringes. The midfielder, who has made 21 appearances so far this season, has often played the role of attacking presser, squeezing high up the pitch and encouraging teammates to follow, but this is something at which Fernandes is particularly adept. Jesse Lingard could also see his chances to start further limited.
The Chelsea manager made clear at the beginning of the window that he needed reinforcements, at left-back and particularly in attack, and that need was only exacerbated by the recent injury to Tammy Abraham. So the manager was left frustrated come deadline day with no deals done and nothing seemingly in the pipeline. If Chelsea fall short of Champions League qualification in May, you suspect Lampard will at least in part blame a boardroom that has failed to deliver.
Roy Hodgson wanted a strong squad to add momentum to Palace’s chase of a top-half spot, but it hasn’t really happened. The arrival of Cenk Tosun does provide a little extra firepower but Palace’s efforts to sign Jarrod Bowen from Hull fell flat, with the winger set to join West Ham United. They are also chasing right-back Nathan Ferguson, but that deal could fall through due to a fitness issues, and it seems Hodgson will have to carry on overperforming with the limited tools at his disposal.
Josh King… if he stays
The Norwegian international had the rare opportunity to head back to Old Trafford, having graduated through Manchester United’s academy and begun his career with the club, when they came knocking at just about every door they could find on deadline day. But Bournemouth were not interested in selling – understandably so, midway through a season in which their Premier League status is at threat – and the move is looking unlikely this late in the day. With respect to King, it is hard to imagine United will be quite this desperate for a striker again any time soon.