With the chaos of the January transfer window in full swing, we take a look back at some of the deals that raised eyebrows in the previous window, and how they have faired with their new sides this season.
Eden Hazard - Chelsea
Firstly we focus on young Belgium winger, Eden Hazard. Indisputably the most gossiped and sought-after signature of the entire window, Hazard began to turn heads throughout world football after standout performances at Ligue 1 side, LOSC Lille.
Hazard was linked to countless different clubs before finally settling for Champions League victors Chelsea. His performances this campaign for the Blues has been consistently high, achieving the most caps for his club with a staggering 37 appearances in all competitions.
Hazard’s quick-footed dribbling along with his defence splitting passes have left many of the top Premier League defenders dazzled in his wake as he continuously manages to find space with the ball.
The Belgian playmaker currently has eight goals and 12 assists thus far, making him an undoubted success since his arrival.
Gunners add firepower
Much like Chelsea, Arsenal played a significant part in the mayhem of the summer transfer window, bringing in a number of fresh faces in an attempt to fill the void left by former club captain Robin van Persie.
Arsenal successfully managed to put pen-to-paper on two world-class deals, securing the services of German international Lukas Podolski and Spanish magician Santi Cazorla.
Podolski sent fans into frenzy with the announcement of his signing from FC Köln - however with little game time at his preferred position of centre forward, the German has had a relatively quiet debut season, appearing in 27 games and scoring 10 for the Gunners.
Cazorla, on the other hand, has adapted to English football with ease. Now one of the first names on the teamsheet for Wenger’s XI, Cazorla, along with English prodigy Jack Wilshere and the consistent Mikel Arteta, now form the heart of Arsenal’s midfield. His dangerous runs and ability to create something out of nothing has led him to achieve a very respectable 29 appearances, managing to find the back of the net on seven occasions, with the same number of assists to his credit.
United go Dutch
Manchester United, notoriously big players in the transfer market, treated the 2012 summer window like no other. Fresh off the back of losing the title to local rivals Manchester City, United fans were delighted when Sir Alex Ferguson splashed the cash to ensure there would be no repeat performance the following season.
After missing out on Hazard to Chelsea, attention soon fell to young Borussia Dortmund starlet Shinji Kagawa.
After winning the Bundesliga Player of the Year award, Kagawa was quickly snapped up by the Red Devils. However, due to niggling injuries Kagawa’s match time this season has been minimal, managing only 11 appearances with two goals. After securing the Japanese international's long-term future, attention turned to Robin van Persie who announced his intention to leave Arsenal.
With United and City fighting for his signature, it was the red half of Manchester that eventually won that battle, Van Persie moving to Old Trafford on a four-year contract.
After the introduction of the 2012 Golden Boot winner into the already star-studded line-up, critics were sceptical about his role within the club. With the likes of Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in blistering form, many wondered how the Dutchman would fit in at United, but Van Persie soon allayed those fears, scoring 18 league goals in just 21 appearances.
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