Not necessarily the most glamorous transfers ever, but a bunch of Premier League clubs made some very random moves this January that we did not see coming.
It’s been a quiet one this January on the transfer front, but these signings at least kept us entertained during the last month.
Ryan Babel to Fulham
A move that came out of nowhere, Babel arrived in south London as part of the mass exodus of footballers from Turkey, whose top football teams are enveloped in a financial shitstorm.
The former Liverpool winger was the butt of jokes during his time at Anfield, but he has gone through something of a renaissance in recent years, earning a recall to the Netherlands squad while at Besiktas and even put in an impressive performance on his Fulham debut against Spurs.
Victor Moses to Fenerbahçe
Moses has gone in the other direction, departing the leafy environs of south west London for humid Istanbul. The Nigerian winger has dove straight into the deep end of Turkey’s footballing crisis, joining the relegation-threatened Fenerbahce. It’s a far cry from his situation just a couple of seasons ago, when he did a bang-up job as a makeshift wing-back in Chelsea‘s title-winning side.
Reece Oxford to Augsburg
After breaking into the West Ham United first team at the age of 16, Reece Oxford’s senior career has stalled big time. To paraphrase Charles Monty Burns, I’m beginning to think he’s not the brilliant player I thought he was.
Then again, he’s only just turned twenty, so there’s plenty of time for him to improve. Or get worse…
Peter Crouch to Burnley
Crouch’s days in the top flight looked for all the world to be well behind him, but where there’s English managers playing direct football, there will always be a demand for 6″7 beanpoles.
— Jonathan Walters (@JonWalters19) January 31, 2019
Lazar Markovic to Fulham
Another Liverpool reject on his way to Craven Cottage, the Serb has been slowly wasting away behind the scenes at Anfield, last making an appearance for the Reds back in 2015. Markovic has gone on loan four times in four years, including a spell at Hull City when the Tigers got relegated in 2017.