Premier League winter transfers have always been tricky. Chelsea has splashed a lot of money in winter transfers but clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal are wary of the risk they face. This series covers the top 50 expensive Premier League winter transfers and how they have fared.
40 | Ugo Ehiogu | Middlesbrough | 12.2 M€
Current Tottenham Hotspur U-21 Team manager was at Middlesbrough for 7 years just managing 126 appearances as his injury ridden spell was clearly unsuccessful. Upon his contract tenure completion, he moved on to Rangers.
39 | Andrew Cole | Blackburn Rovers | 12.2 M€
Having scored 37 goals in 100 games for Blackburn Rovers, the ex-Manchester United forward had scored double digit goals in every season to ensure the Riversiders received a good return. However, upon his relationship taking a hit with manager Graeme Souness, he moved to Craven Cottage.
38 | Matthew Upson | West Ham | 12.6 M€
The centre back played 5 seasons at West Ham to see the Irons relegated from Premier League. He left the club upon his contract closure which coincided with their relegation.
37 | Alan Hutton | Tottenham Hotspur | 13 M€
Played only 66 games in 4 seasons for Spurs, Alan Hutton couldn’t make the impact that he was expected to. He was finally offloaded to Aston Villa at a loss of 65%.
36 | Wayne Bridge | Manchester City | 13 M€
Wayne Bridge’s signing quickly faded with arrival of Aleksandar Kolarov and Gaël Clichy. He just played for City making 58 appearances, loaned 3 times, signed a one year deal with Reading and eventually retired.
35 | Philippe Coutinho | Liverpool | 13 M€
Philippe Coutinho has settled into Liverpool’s squad quite easily and has so far scored 21 goals in 125 appearances over 3 and a half seasons. He had also made it to PFA Premier League Team in the 2014-15 season.
34 | Ashley Young | Aston Villa | 13.2 M€
Scored 38 goals, made 190 appearances and returned 36% profit from sale to Manchester United – quite a stellar signing for Villa. In 2007-08 season, he assisted 17 goals, only second to Cesc Fàbregas. He was also awarded PFA Young Player of the Year in 2008-09.
33 | Ryan Bertrand | Southampton | 13.34 M€
Only Southampton player to feature in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2014–15 season. This season hasn’t been as spectacular as the last one.
32 | Jonathan Woodgate | Newcastle United | 13.5 M€
Though he made only 37 appearances for Newcastle United, his presence at the back four always ensured solid defending. Inspite of his injury worries, Real Madrid had signed him on a 36% profit from Newcastle in just 2 seasons.
31 | Scott Parker | Chelsea | 14 M€
When he was expected to play as third fiddle to Claude Makélélé and Frank Lampard, it was certain he might not get ample playing time. Playing just 28 games for Chelsea he was sold on a 36% loss to Newcastle United.