Soccer: 2021 January Transfer Window Winners & Amp; Losers

We have gone thru the January Transfer window and while some teams made their moves, others stayed relatively quiet!

Many across the world thought this transfer window was rather quiet to begin with. A lot had to do with COVID-19 related matters, and in other instances with financial decisions being made. With that said though, allow me to share with you who I thought were the winners and losers in this transfer window.

Winners: January Transfer Window.


One of the best things out of this window was the amount of American talent transferred. While a surprising treat, a very convincing one as well for the US Men National Team and its future. Qatar 2022 could bring a serious spotlight for the USMNT and for all the right reasons. Here are a few of those transfers:

Other notable transfers were:

  • DeAndre Yedlin heading out of Newcastle to Turkish giants, Galatasaray.
  • Chris Richards on loan from Bayern Munich to Hoffenheim.
  • Bryan Reynolds completed his move from FC Dallas to AS Roma.

English Premier League

The Premier League was also sensational in certain areas. If you are a Brighton and a Liverpool fan, you are satisfied with the reinforcements obtained during this transfer window.

  • Liverpool: Obtained a couple of sharp defensive options and much needed ones too!

  • Brighton Hove & Albion: Managed to get Ecuador’s Moises Caicedo and also signed Jack Wakely via loan from Chelsea!
  • Everton: Been saying this all along, they need another offensive piece and boy did Ancelotti pull the move needed. Everton got Josh King! Royalty coming to Goodison Park!

Another notable winner was Southampton who pulled a major coup and got Minamino from Liverpool via loan for the rest of the season! Congratulations on a great move, Saints.


Now onto the losers of this transfer window.

For starters, many were hoping to see Dele Alli finally depart Tottenham. However, if you know Daniel Levy, you know he never makes it a smooth transition and the deal got hit with too many bumps on the road. Loser here is Tottenham as they are doing nothing with Alli and yet are struggling to make way in the EPL.

Another major loser in this window was Diego Costa. The powerful and talented striker failed to secure a new home after being terminated from Atletico, leaving into question for many clubs around the world his true value.

Arsenal also lost big time in this transfer window as they let Maitland Niles go on loan to a West Brom team looking to avoid relegation. While many can agree both parties lost here, Arsenal lost big time here though as they could’ve sold him and made a financially educated move to secure funds for a big signing in the summer.

Lastly, another loser was Real Madrid who could’ve taken advantage of this window to make an ambitious move needed. The Madrilistas continue to struggle in the Spanish la Liga and are in need of a major rebuild. The January window offered that opportunity at lower costs than what the summer will bring and yet Zidane did nothing!

Final Thoughts

While the January transfer window brought in some last minute drama, I am inclined to think that financially, the summer window may not be very busy as many may think.

The pandemic has caused in several leagues around the world for no fans to be in the stadiums, making it very costly for teams to secure funds and make deeper investments for their teams. Loan deals in this window were very popular and likely to be the case in the next window, which will give many teams an opportunity to then build enough capital and come 2023, make true investments and offer larger contracts.

In the meantime, expect the South American League and the MLS to be the target of many transactions for European major leagues as the cost of doing business in these two leagues continue to be lower than any other league in Europe. Opportunities for Americans and younger talent out of South America will be plentiful.

As a side note, keep following the Yellow Card Podcast which was a main source for many locally to stay ahead of the transfer window! The Yellow Card Podcast can be found on Twitter @podcastcard and it is brought to you by Couch Guy Sports.

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-Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ on Twitter)

Diego Galvis

Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Boston, MA. Boston-Based DJ VP of Operations at Couch Guy Sports.

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