The biggest deal of the January transfer window so far has been Wilfried Bony’s move from Swansea to Manchester City for around £28 Million. We have seen a tendency for clubs to buy strikers in January, so I’ve decided to take a look back at some of the buys from years gone by, and see how they fared.
Luis Suarez – Ajax to Liverpool, £22.8 Million, 2011
The controversial forward became a hero with the kop faithful, and for good reason. He may be most remembered for biting Branislav Ivanovic (or Giorgio Chiellini), or for being suspended for racially abusing Patrice Evra, but his record speaks for itself. 82 goals in 133 games meant that Barcelona forked out the third highest transfer fee ever for him last summer.
Demba Ba – Newcastle to Chelsea, Undisclosed Fee, 2013
Probably the one most similar to Bony in that he made the step up to a top-4 club, Bony will be hoping to make more of an impact in Manchester. Ba scored 14 goals in 51 appearances in the 18 months he spent at Chelsea, but it would be easy to argue he never got the kind of chance he was hoping for. Bony shouldn’t have the same problem at Man City this year.
Papiss Cisse – Freiburg to Newcastle, £9 Million, 2012
Ba’s former partner in crime at Newcastle set the league alight immediately after joining them, including THAT goal against Chelsea. But it’s fair to say he hasn’t hit the same heights since, scoring just two league goals in the 2013-14 season. He has showed signs of getting back to form this year though, and his return of 39 goals in 99 games is nothing to laugh at.
Andy Carroll – Newcastle to Liverpool, £35 Million, 2011
Signed by Kenny Dalglish at the same time as Suarez, Carroll became more of a laughing stock than a legend on Merseyside. He left to join West Ham in August 2012 where he has suffered badly with injuries. He can still be a handful for defenders, but a return of 24 goals in 98 games since leaving Tyneside doesn’t intimidate anyone anymore.
Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea, £50 Million, 2011
That it’s difficult to decide who was the bigger flop from January 2011 just goes to show how bad Torres was at Chelsea. He scored some crucial goals, yes, but he never reached double figures in the league in a season for the Blues. He played 30 more games for Chelsea than Liverpool at 172, but only scored just over half the goals with 45. Torres is now back home at Atletico Madrid, where he helped knock local rivals Real out of the Copa Del Rey last week.
There obviously others – Daniel Sturridge in 2013, and Edin Dzeko in 2011. But Dzeko may now find his place under threat from the latest addition to the list: Bony. Will Bony be more of a Suarez or a Torres? His record over the last 12 months would lead you to think the former. He is a finisher in a side who will create chances for him. It may seem a bit like a panic buy, but if that’s what Bony is then he’s a damn good one.