The January transfer window is a stressful time in the life of a football fan. But that stress is often worth it when a team signs a player that can impact the squad in a positive way.
A few managers were able to make those game-changing signings this January. Here are a few that can have a profound impact on the way the Premier League table looks...
Manchester United signed the unsettled Spaniard from Chelsea in a bid to save their season and qualify for Champions League football. Ever since the summer transfer window, it's been obvious that David Moyes has been looking for a playmaker that can inject the creativity that his squad had been missing.
Who better than Juan Mata to do that? The Spaniard had an incredible two years at Chelsea and has become one of the best in the league. What's left to see is if he can change United's luck this season.
Holtby's time at Tottenham was rather uneventful for the youngster. He didn't get much playing time and was often overshadowed by more experienced players. His move to Fulham will not only benefit him, but the struggling London side as well. Fulham are currently in the relegation zone and young players like Holtby could be key to their survival this season.
Clint Dempsey's return to Fulham didn't come as a surprise. The American would need to be facing talented opposition week-in week-out in order to remain sharp in preparation for the World Cup. His loan at Fulham is an opportunity for him to help the club where he became a star player as well as continue to develop himself.
Wilfried Zaha was retained Manchester United during the summer transfer window after being promoted with London side Crystal Palace while on loan back at Selhurst Park.
Sir Alex Ferguson was said to have been in awe of the youngster's talent, but he hasn't had many chances to show off said talent under David Moyes. Zaha's loan to Cardiff City will give him the opportunity to play 90 minutes almost every week if he's determined.
Matic's signing came as a surprise to many Chelsea fans who watched the midfielder leave in a swap-deal for David Luiz two sesaons ago. Butnhe's a much different player than he was when he left.
Matic is an all-round midfielder that does his defensive duties just as well as his offensive ones. He has the ability to sit back and defend in front of the back four, but when it comes time to attack, he has the pace and creativity to rattle any defence.
While these are the clubs that did good business in January, there were also those left empty-handed like Liverpool, Manchester City, Southampton, and Tottenham.
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