As the New Year bells ring out, wine is sloshed through clasping hands and auld lang syne is blasted through the jukebox hidden away somewhere in a secure location David Craig and the rest of the media hyperbole alliance patiently wait to be released.
For January the 1st means only one thing. The transfer window is officially open for business!
It’s long been said that there is no value for football managers hoping to conduct business during the first month of the year with clubs requesting ludicrous prices for their players that steadily increase as deadline day draws closer. It’s a period that brings out the worst in modern day football transfer culture as agent’s cackle in delight whilst holding their absurd commission whilst even the most insignificant of deals are given a the Sky Sports yellow ticker treatment. Transactions are rarely well thought out in January and are usually conducted on a whim. We’re still to be offered a feasible explanation from Kenny Dalglish after he blew £35 million on Geordie dud Andy Carroll.
12-months after the ex-Newcastle number nine left St James’ Park under a cloud the Magpies finally replaced him with Freiburg’s Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse. Following in the footsteps of Carroll and other Toon Army greats such as Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Jackie Milburn the 26-year-old has scored goal after goal since taking over the famous shirt including two stunning goals against Chelsea in mid-week. Cisse has now struck 13 times in just 13 games since moving to Tyneside going somewhere to dispelling the myth that there are no gems to be found in the January window.
But the Geordie supporters’ new goal getting hero isn’t the only player to make a new year move and prosper in the harsh environment that is the Premier League.