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Sky Sports pundit rates Newcastle United January transfer business the best in the Premier League

3 years ago

Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith has reviewed the business done by each Premier League club in the January transfer window.

The former Arsenal and England striker giving each club a grade for the business they have done and explaining the reasons.

Ironically, the very month when Mike Ashley finally allows Rafa Benitez to buy a player  with a modern day Premier League price tag, there is relatively little money spent elsewhere.

Yesterday, there were 12 Premier League deals (including Miguel Almiron) totalling £50m, whereas deadline day in January last season saw £150m spent (figures via Deloitte).

The total of January 2019 spending is £180m and this is a massive £250m down on the £430m spent by Premier League clubs in January 2018.

Newcastle’s eventual final January trading:


Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United) (Undisclosed but reported as being £16m plus £4.7m add-ons eventually)

Antonio Barreca (AS Monaco) (loan fee reported to be £750,000 with buyout option of around £8m)


Achraf Lazaar (Sheffield Wednesday) (loan)

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) (loan)

Jacob Murphy (West Brom) (loan)

Callum Roberts (Colchester) (loan)

Josef Yarney (Chesterfield) (loan)

Liam Gibson (Accrington Stanley)

Elias Sorensen (Blackpool)

Jamie Sterry (Crewe)

Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith has graded Newcastle United top of the class with an ‘A-‘, Crystal Palace the only other to get one that high, their big signing was Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea.

Newcastle United write up and grades for all clubs below.

Alan Smith on Newcastle United:

“They have had one of the best windows with the timely club-record signing of Miguel Almiron.

“So Rafa Benitez has been given the funds but can he now hit the ground running?

“At least it has given the fans a lift though.”

Alan Smith’s grades for each club’s January business:

(A-) Newcastle United, Crystal Palace

(B+) Chelsea, Fulham, Huddersfield, Leicester, Man City, Wolves, Bournemouth

(B) Brighton, Watford, West Ham

(B-) Burnley

(C) Arsenal, Southampton

(No Grade) Cardiff, Everton, Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham


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