It’s time for our biannual Deadline Day awards – but who wins what?
Well, it may not have been the most exciting Deadline Day we’ve had in recent years, but it certainly wasn’t a quiet one.
Remarkably, none of the top seven sides in the Premier League added to their ranks. However, there was plenty of wheeling and dealing in the bottom half of the table – not to mention a handful of huge deals and surprises in the lower divisions.
So who wins this window’s Ladbrokes News Deadline Day Awards? Find out below…
Big Spenders – Burnley
Heading into the final day of the January transfer window, nobody would have expected Burnley to smash their record transfer fee. But that’s exactly what they had to do to secure the services of Robbie Brady.
Sean Dyche didn’t stop there though. As well as the £13m he spent on Brady, he parted ways with another £5m for Aston Villa’s Ashley Westwood.
A good, albeit expensive, day all round for the Clarets.
Biggest letdowns – The Top Six
It was always going to be wishful thinking of us to expect anything other than a quiet day in the way of arrivals at the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
But they could have given us something.
Aside from Chelsea trying and failing to land Inter Milan forward Jonathan Biabiany, we saw nothing from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Here’s to a better summer!
Most improved – Wigan Athletic
They may be sitting in 22nd place in the Championship right now, but that could all change for Wigan in the coming weeks and months.
And it’s all to do with their activity in the final 24 hours of the window.
Hull City duo Alex Bruce and James Weir were joined by former Manchester United ace Gabriel Obertan.
But it doesn’t end there.
The Latics went deep into the Football League to source Josh Laurent from Hartlepool and Omar Bogle from Grimsby Town, as well as adding Eastleigh prospect Mikael Mandron to their ranks.
Add to that the acquisitions of Man City midfielder Jack Byrne and former Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks, and Wigan boss Warren Joyce has really added strength in depth.
Biggest shock – Matty Taylor
Without question, this was the most controversial deal of the day.
In fact, we’re struggling to think of any transfers in recent years which even come close to this one in terms of how surprising they were.
The spearhead of Bristol Rovers’ attack in League One, Matty Taylor had already grabbed 16 goals for the Gas this season.
But their local neighbours came calling yesterday.
And remarkably, the former Forest Green Rovers man agreed to sign for Bristol City. Suffice to say Rovers fans were not best pleased – and this tweet didn’t exactly help…
— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) January 31, 2017
Most exciting buy – Luka Milivojevic
Just one of many deals which took us completely by surprise yesterday, Sam Allardyce added Serbia international Milivojevic to the Crystal Palace ranks for a fee estimated to be worth £13.6m.
He’s thought highly of too, having netted six goals this season in 18 games from midfield for former club Olympiacos.
This’ll be the fourth country Milivojevic has played in. Does that mean he struggles to settle or he’s constantly looking to better himself? We don’t know yet, but we can;t wait to see what he brings to the Premier League.
The one that got away – Leonardo Ulloa
We feel for the Leicester City man. Whether or not he was in the right by announcing his desire to leave the club having been ‘betrayed’ by Claudio Ranieri, he faces a lonely few months at the King Power Stadium.
The Argentine was linked with a move to Sunderland and West Brom, with the former launching three bids – all of which were rejected by the Foxes.
Surely it would have been better for all parties for Ulloa to move on. Instead, he now faces the backlash of an angered bunch of supporters.
Bring on the next Deadline Day!
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