January Transfer Round Up

By the Ai Scout

With a relatively slow start to the January Transfer Window, some clubs are starting to become more active, whether it’s to move players out or bring in reinforcements for the rest of the season. We’ve analysed some of the more high profile transfers over the last few weeks to predict whether they could be a good fit for their new club.

January Round Up

Martin Ødegaard – Real Madrid to Arsenal (Loan)

The young Norwegian burst onto the scene at a young age, with a high profile move from Strømsgodset to Real Madrid in 2015 after some impressive performances. The move generated a lot of excitement with many believing he had the potential to become a world class player. After a relatively hit and miss start to life with Real Madrid, he’s found himself being loaned out to find more game time which seems to have aided his development. However, he is yet to nail down a first team place under Zidane this season, with another loan move, this time to Arsenal, being confirmed. Arteta has been on the look out for more attacking flair to add to his armoury and the AiA Simulator suggests he could be a good fit. His high predicted Chemistry with Arsenal’s team suggests it won’t take him much time to integrate into the team, although a slightly lower Playing Style Suitability rating indicates he might take slightly longer to adapt to Arsenal’s tactics.

Mesut Özil – Arsenal to Fenerbahçe (Permanent)

Arsenal have used this window to move players on from the club, marking the end of Mesut Özil’s Arsenal career. The German has been at the centre of a lot of media attention over the last couple of seasons with him dividing opinion, whilst others believe his attacking abilities are what The Gunners are missing, with others believing his work rate doesn’t suit Arteta’s playing style. Either way, Özil has moved to his boyhood club which could prove to reinvigorate his career. The AiA Simulator indicates that his predicted Chemistry shouldn’t be an issue, which comes as no surprise given his Turkish heritage. Despite Fenerbahçe expressing their inability to pay a significant transfer fee, the cost benefit rating is still relatively low, which is to be expected if they are paying anything close to his staggering Arsenal wage.

Willian José – Real Sociedad to Wolves (Loan)

Since the horrific injury to Jiménez, Wolves have struggled to fill the gap left by the prolific Mexican. In his absence, Fábio Silva has been given the opportunity and despite some positive performances, Wolves have stepped up their search for a short term replacement. Patrick Cutrone has been recalled from loan, which would suggest they already had enough resource to call upon. Nevertheless, they’ve recruited Willian José on loan from Real Sociedad and it’s clear to see why. Simulating José into the Wolves team, his playing style is very well suited, and on a short term loan, he could be an ideal option. Depending on performances, Wolves may also look to make the move permanent in the summer, with the clubs reported to have agreed an £18m option to buy.

Fikayo Tomori – Chelsea to AC Milan (Loan)

With the addition of Silva in the summer, Tomori has found his first team involvement limited and as such has followed fellow compatriots Loftus-Cheek and Barkley with a loan move away from the club. A phone call from Maldini influencing his decision to move to AC Milan, and he looks like he could be a hit for the Serie A club. A high predicted Chemistry and Playing Style Suitability rating indicates he might make an instant impact in the first team. With his lack of senior appearances in the Premier League, and a reported £25m option to buy, this would suggest a slight risk. With the arrival of Thomas Tuchel after the dismissal of Frank Lampard, could this have improved his chances of game time at Chelsea under the new manager?

Time will tell which will be the best deal, but what is for certain, is the importance of smarter decision making in the January Transfer window. Read our blog here, where we analyse January moves over the years and how Ai Abacus’ predictive intelligence can help.