League players worthy of Premier League transfer in January
The January transfer window has finally arrived as we move into the new year and Premier League clubs are looking for some good deals to strengthen their squads.
Just ten points separating 16th and 5th in the table, meaning a successful signing in the winter window could even be the difference between relegation and a European finish.
As always, the Championship has been entertaining, with several quality players plying their trade in England’s second tier. But which of these players is best equipped for a possible transition to the elite?
We’ll take a look …
Clubs he would integrate into: Arsenal, Leicester, Tottenham
It’s not often that a player moves from the league to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, but if anyone deserves it, it’s Emi Buendia.
The Norwich playmaker has been in excellent form this season with six goals and six assists so far, while he also proved himself in the Premier League last season.
With an asking price of around £ 20million he is affordable and would add creative quality and team depth to any team he joins.
Clubs he would fit into: Man City, Man Utd, Southampton
Another who stood out for Norwich in his doomed Premier League season last season, Aarons has continued to shine since the club’s return to the Championship.
Fast, strong, excellent for moving forward and strong defensively, the England Under-21 international would be excellent depth and competition for a top six.
He’s more than enough to keep himself a starting place, where his attacking skills can flourish the most. With the Saints looking for a new full-back, they could do worse than look at a division for their best option.
Clubs where he would fit: Brighton, Crystal Palace, West Ham
Josh Dasilva went through Arsenal academy but left for Brentford to ensure first-team football and has excelled ever since.
At just 22 years old, Dasilva has a great frame and is technically strong enough to be a standout artist in the above division already.
Brentford have been known to let their players go for the right price – although mid-season during another promotion could raise their price a bit.
Clubs he would fit into: Arsenal, Everton, Leicester
The man who ended Liverpool’s unbeaten season last year, Sarr has lost a division this year with Watford but is certainly good enough for the top level.
He may not have had enough goals or assists this season to justify a potential £ 40-50million fee that was touted last summer, but his overall performances have been fantastic and he is largely the reason Watford is in the playoff spots.
Pace, skill and youth on his side, Premier League clubs should line up to have him on board.
Clubs he would fit into: Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Brom
Old-school center-back Dael Fry has been excellent under Neil Warnock at Riverside this season.
The 23-year-old Fry has won an impressive 7.1 aerial games per game this season – second for defensemen in the division.
At 6 feet tall, he’s not a giant, but he’s pointy and able to read the game well.
Palace’s defensive options age as Burnley could look to replace James Tarkowski ahead of his departure and Fry is said to be a typical Sam Allardyce defender. One to watch out for.
Clubs he would fit into: Fulham, West Ham, Wolves
Skillful, young and versatile, Josh Koroma has crossed the pyramid of the Football League and thrived on all levels.
He joined Huddersfield from Leyton Orient after winning the National League and lit the second tier in an inconsistent squad.
At 22, the young forward has a lot to learn and improve, but in a camp where he would be encouraged to use his shooting and passing skills he could take it to another level.
Clubs he would integrate into: Arsenal, Leicester, Southampton
After a year of absence with a knee injury, David Brooks returned to good form for Bournemouth in the championship.
The winger’s beautiful footwork and eye for a pass have seen him score five assists in 13 league starts this season as the Seasiders seek an instant return to the top flight.
Clubs that are good at developing youth and playing attacking football would suit him best and he would be able to compete for a starting spot among all in current form.
Clubs he would fit into: Fulham, Leeds, Southampton
Highly energetic with an excellent performance in goals and assists, 19-year-old Michael Olise has been one of the best players in the league this season.
He currently leads the league in assists (seven) and has also scored four goals, while playing across the frontline as Reading battled in the playoff mix.
Excellent eye for a pass, he’s also a great dribbler and set-piece shooter and could be the wild card at the highest level for either of these teams.