January window: Arsenal, Chelsea & Man United
It’s almost the halfway mark in the January transfer window, and the big clubs in England have largely yet to make serious moves.
The exception are Chelsea, who have spent almost 60 million pounds securing Christian Pulisic’s summer arrival.
Arsenal fans are hoping for some deals. The Gunners have looked porous at the back, and lacking in creativity in midfield.
As for Man United, defenders continue to be linked to Old Trafford. But will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bring in any additions to aide his charge for a top four finish?
Danny Murphy doesn’t like January moves
Writing in his weekly column in the Mail on Sunday, Danny Murphy has revealed he doesn’t like the January sales.
Murphy has voiced his belief that neither Arsenal, Chelsea nor Man United should sign anyone in the window.
Why? Instead of opting for the usually touted ‘there’s no value in January’ line, Murphy believes it’s a social issue:
Why am I down on January signings? Because no matter how talented or strong you are, fitting into a new group in the middle of the season and making an impression is daunting.
When you arrive, everyone else is in a rhythm, they know the training schedules, understand the manager’s philosophy and, most importantly, already have strong bonds and friendships in the dressing room.
Danny Murphy on Tottenham
So where is the evidence to support Murphy’s claim that moving in January is tough socially?
Has the Match of the Day conducted a study into January loanees, canvassed opinions, and evaluated the data?
No, he’s relied on his own subjective experience when he moved to Spurs:
I moved in January once, from Charlton to Spurs… I spent most of that first season as a substitute.
Spurs had a strong team but it took me time to acclimatise. In contrast, my summer moves to Liverpool, Charlton and Fulham were a lot calmer, I had time to blend in and start on the right foot.