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January 2020 Transfer Window: Guiding Your Expectations

January 2020 will be a busy month for the Premier League now that it has already confirmed the dates and times for the transfer window.

The clubs eagerly await this time of the year where they can finally re-configure and re-strategize for the matches ahead.

When will the 2020 transfer window happen?

As confirmed, the transfer window will be from January 1 until January 31, 2020, 11 pm. It was finalised and confirmed during the meeting of the twenty teams. 

The transfer window officially opens on the same day in France, Germany, and China. In Spain, Italy, and Portugal, it will be open on January 3 while in Russia, on January 22.

This would allow all the clubs to plan ahead of time and improve their teams while participating in the transfer market. Teams in the Premier and Football Leagues get a chance to buy, sell, and loan players. 

Changes to the transfers

Clubs can still make changes to their teams throughout the period. Resubmission is only allowed until February 5, 2 pm.

Completing deals for international transfers

Deals can be made even after the deadline, via the Deal Sheet completion. The Deal sheet can be submitted on Deadline Day, between 9 and 11 pm.

FIFA’s Transfer Matching System requires complete information before issuing a clearance for international signings.

Emergency loan windows are no longer implemented. If the club needs a goalkeeper, the club needs to tap the services of the free agents. They can join the club while the goalkeeper is trying to recover from his injuries.

What to expect during the January 2020 transfer window?

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that the club would be active in January. He also said that marquee signings are difficult and hefty during mid-season. 

The Red Devils are eyeing to expand the team to include a midfielder and striker. The club needs to bolster its rankings with one or two signings including Reading’s Danny Loader.

And without Scott McTominay who skipped matches due to an injury, the club needs to juggle its midfield options.

Paul Pogba is also struggling physically. There were also fears that Pogba would leave the club earlier in the season. He stuck with the Red Devils, though.

Leicester City

Leicester City claimed that the transfer window is an ongoing preparation. 

The City needs a winger, especially in the right-wing. The club is eyeing an addition to Ayoze Perez.

However, Brendan Rodgers may have to loan Filip Benkovic for someone more aggressive as a centre-back. 

The club also needs a strong striker, someone better than Kelechi Iheanacho.

The club may also lose James Maddison to Manchester United.

Liverpool

Liverpool is currently targeting Ryan Fraser. However, Arsenal and Everton are said to eyeing Fraser as the newest team member of their club as well.

Chelsea

Chelsea has a transfer window ban, wherein its appeal will be heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), December 4, 2019.

FIFA sanctioned the Blues due to violations of Articles 18 and 19 of the regulations concerning the third-party influence and the regulations on the status and transfer of players, respectively.

CAS is yet to decide regarding the appeal. Deciding in favour of the club, Chelse would be able to participate in the January 2020 transfer window.

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8 Football Players Who Were Booed by Their Own Fans

With Piers Morgan calling it a ‘disgrace,’ Granit Xhaka was under fire as he told the Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ following the crowd’s booing. Unai Emergy was firm in saying that Xhaka is ‘wrong’ for doing so.

The fans booed Xhaka after it took some time for Xhaka to get out of the field after a call for substitution. He was subbed due to his lacklustre performance.

As the booing got stronger, he cupped his ear, removed his shirt, ignored Emery’s handshake, said the words and storm through the tunnel.

As a captain, the reactions of the fans, as well as the Twitterverse, were consistently against him. 

Xhaka was not the first to be booed by their owns, however.

Here are football players who received the same fate.

Jorginho (Chelsea)

While substituting Ross Barkley in a Europa League’s match against Malmo, Jorginho was booed heavily by Chelsea diehards as he approached the field. 

Although it was considered the Maurizio Sarri was behind the dislike, the fans were actually hating on Jorginho’s style of play. Other than his sideways pass, fans noted that Jorginho offers little to no excitement while playing on the field.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Bale has a string of titles and honours on his name. He may be known for his acrobatic goals. However, he struggled in one aspect: real consistency. 

In a 1-0 home defeat in a match against Barcelona, Bale was substituted in the 61st-minute mark and prompted a loud booing from the fans. 

Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Torres has earned boos from both Chelsea faithful and that of the opponents’ supporters. His dire performance following a big-money move was behind the booing. In 172 appearances, Torrest has only netted 45 goals.

On his 100th club appearance against Swansea, Torres received relentless booing from the crowd. The crowd also went wild when Demba Ba substituted for him in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal)

Eboue was booed by the Arsenal during a Premier League match against Wigan. Arsenal was leading with 1-0, but the then head coach, Arsene Wenger decided to substitute for Eboue in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Saying that he did bad is an understatement. He tackled a teammate and gave the ball away twice. Wenger pulled him off after 9 minutes of action in the field amidst the caterwauling boos.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Ferdinand was the subject of the fans’ ridicule during the 2005 preseason friendly games. He was the star player then but was caught meeting up with Peter Kenyon, chief executive to Chelsea.

The fans concluded that Ferdinand was cooking up a move to another club. The fact that he stalled the negotiations between the Red Devils and him despite the £100,000 weekly offer.

Hossam Ghaly (Tottenham)

In May 2007, Ghaly subbed for Steed Malbranque as he sustained an injury. The substitution happened during the first half and on the second half, Ghaly was substituted for someone else. Martin Jol, the former manager of Tottenham, was not satisfied with his performance.

Ghaly took it heavily, ripping his shirt as he was getting off the pitch. He even flung it in front of Jol. The crowd immediately went into a booing frenzy. Every time he plays on the pitch since then, the fans would greet him with resounding boos.

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5 Talking Points of the Premier League

The 2019-20 Premier League season just started barely a month ago, and it is already a hotbed of talking points for the spectators to mull over. Early on in the season, the spectators have already an inclination of how the entire season would go.

Here are some things to know about what happened to the league, the clubs, and the players so far.

1) Arsenal still struggles defensively

Arsenal has done well over the summer in terms of transfers and signings. Nicolas Pepe, the marquee signing, joined David Luiz and Kieran Tierney to strengthen The Gunners defence. And yet, the club is still considered as the weakest. 

It shows with their game against Tottenham Spurs wherein they cannot stop the Spurs from scoring. Countering their attacks proved to be fruitless. They also struggled to keep hold of a point when they should’ve already made the goal.

Not to mention, the errors of Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka committed in their last matches are not helping Arsenal.

2) Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the season

Four games into the season and two clubs have already been showing how strong contenders they are to win the title. This means Liverpool and Manchester City stay ahead of the Big Six, the rest of which—Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham—have been slow this season thus far.

The strong start would be more encouraging for Liverpool, which hasn’t won a title since 1990. The club takes pride in its first clean sheet of the season, though—the same with the Citizens.

3) Manchester United’s stumbling away performance

The Red Devils started their campaign solidly. Hope floats, giving the club a new shot at the title from their sixth finish during the last season. 

However, the story is different when the club’s away performance is discussed. It appears that when they are not playing in Old Trafford Stadium, they limp at breaking down resilient defences. That’s despite bringing in prominent defenders such as Harry Maguire.

Nothing’s been proven. For one, the players made only two points during their last three matches. Second, it has not won a Premier League game since February.

4) Leicester City gatecrashing the Big Six

Although it is still too early to say, the Foxes are already displaying their football prowess. The club is unbeaten to date.

Now the fans can set aside their fears when Maguire left Leicester for Manchester United. The rest of the club members are determined to show that they can do without him.

Kasper Schmeichel, Yourie Tielemens, James Maddison, and Jamie Vardy display good plays throughout the games. It’s safe to assume there’s more to expect from these Foxes.

5) Sheffield United put up a good fight

From the looks of it, Sheffield would be relegated this season. They lack the quality, but the club and especially the players have shown deep commitment on the field.

They are still fighting to extend their stay, combining the best of the players’ grit and quality. The display of athleticism is undeniable, putting up the fight as they should.

 

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