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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, it’s time to take a look back at the best moves from the January transfer window.
Benik Afobe, Bournemouth (from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Afobe joined Bournemouth from Championship-side Wolves with the Cherries still in a relegation battle, but that changed quickly when he got on the pitch. The 23-year-old striker scored four goals in his first eight matches, helping the club maintain Premier League safety. Bournemouth took 10 of a possible 12 points from the matches in which Afobe scored.
Lamine Kone & Wahbi Khazri, Sunderland (from Lorient/Bordeaux)
Big Sam’s winter signings proved massive to Sunderland’s survival hopes, as both Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri came over from France to help the Black Cats stay up. Kone started all 15 matches at center-back after joining from Lorient and helped keep four clean sheets, while Khazri gave Sunderland a creative option in the attack, something they sorely lacked early in the season.
Giannelli Imbula, Stoke City (from Porto)
The Potters spent a club-record $26 million to bring Giannelli Imbula from Porto to the Premier League, and the 23-year-old was very impressive. The box-to-box midfielder slotted right into Stoke’s starting lineup and will be a key figure in the club’s plans to grow over the next few seasons.
Ivo Pinto, Norwich City (from Dinamo Zagreb)
Ivo Pinto was a bright spot in a relatively dull season for Norwich City. While the Canaries were relegated, Pinto impressed at right-back and was one of the club’s better performers down the stretch. With Norwich going down, they can expect some calls from Premier League clubs regarding the availability of their Portuguese defender.