Monday 25 February 2013
While the focus of media attention on the January transfer window grows on an annual basis, deals made by clubs in the Barclays Premier League last month was down on the previous year, premierleague.com can reveal.
In January 2012, 58 new players were brought into the Barclays Premier League, but 12 months on, and despite the incentive of increased revenues from the television deal that starts next season, there were 57 arrivals, although this was an increase on 2011’s total of 53 (see graph gallery above).
Deadline-day dealing was also not so last-minute this year with the 23 players who moved on the final day of the month constituting 40% of the month’s total transfer activity, bucking a year-on-year trend that had previously been on the rise.
In January 2011, 27 new players (50% of the month’s total) were registered by the Premier League, while the following year that figure was up to 30 (52%).
Another statistic of note showed that in January 2013 there was an increase in international arrivals. The 36 players who signed from abroad were 14 more than 12 months previously. Barclays Premier League clubs were less likely to pick up players released by clubs, too. Only six of the players signed last month were free transfers, 10 fewer than last year.
It should be noted, however, that some top-flight clubs are turning to their own homegrown players rather than delve in the transfer market. This season, 47 of the 718 (or 15%) players to have been named on Barclays Under-21 Premier League teamsheets have made an on-pitch appearance in the Barclays Premier League.