Players who moved in January have had time to settle in at their new clubs. Some have thrived and some have failed to kick on. It takes a special kind of player to make an impact straight away. A success story that’s instantly adored by the fans.
Here are our Top 5 EFL January signings –
Dion Charles – Accrington Stanley to Bolton Wanderers (£320,000)
Charles has been a perfect fit for Bolton since joining from Accrington Stanley for a reported £320,000. Bolton had been crying about for a clinical forward all season and Dion Charles has provided just that.
The Northern Irishman has scored six goals in 13 Bolton appearances, making him the clubs third top scorer this season.Embed from Getty Images
Dion Charles set the tone with a late screamer away at Shrewsbury Town, giving The Wanderers their first away win since September.
Charles’ best game came in Bolton’s 6-0 demolition of Sunderland back in January. The forward scored twice as well as providing an assist to round off a man of the match performance.
Bolton’s outstanding January transfer window has helped the club to revive their play-off hopes. They may not make it this season, but their business has put them in good stead for next season.
Steve Cook – Bournemouth to Nottingham Forest (Free)
After 10 years at Bournemouth, it was finally time for Steve Cook to venture off and find a new club.
The centre back would’ve been a fantastic addition for any Championship club, and it was Nottingham Forest who won the race for the 30-year-old.Embed from Getty Images
The ex-Premier League defender has certainly helped to sure-up the Forest defence after the play-off hopefuls have kept five clean sheets since his incoming.
This compares to a previous four clean sheets before January. Conceding goals was clearly an issue for Nottingham Forest but they’ve conceded just five goals in Steve Cook’s 10 starts.
Forest currently sit just three points from the play-offs, but momentum is on their side thanks to their threat going forwards and their tight defence.
Omar Bogle – Doncaster Rovers to Hartlepool United (Free)
Bogle was Hartlepool’s marquee signing of the January transfer window after he joined from Doncaster Rovers on a free.
Cardiff City signed the striker for £700,000 in 2017 but after falling out of favour at various clubs and a fall out with Richie Wellens at Doncaster, Bogle has seen League Two has an opportunity to revive his career.Embed from Getty Images
League Two is a place where the 28-year-old can thrive in. The striker scored 19 goals in 27 games for Grimsby Town in the 2016/17 season, which got League One and Championship clubs fighting over his signature.
Bogle is hopeful of doing the same again after scoring four goals in seven league games for Hartlepool United.
His goals have helped to steer the club away from the threat of relegation, but if he carries on this form, he’ll be hot property in the summer.
Cameron Archer – Aston Villa to Preston North End (Loan)
After a successful first half of the season at Aston Villa, the young talent moved to Preston North End on loan for regular first team football.Embed from Getty Images
It’s the 20-year-olds second loan spell after spending the majority of last season at National League side Solihull Moors.
After a hat trick against Barrow and a goal against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup for Aston Villa, Archer caught the eye of Championship clubs trying to capitalise on the loan market.
On the 24th January, Preston signed the striker on loan. Two days later, Archer scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory over West Brom.
Overall, Archer has scored four goals in nine Championship appearances, becoming an instant starter.
Kion Etete – Tottenham to Cheltenham Town (Loan)
Etete is another promising Premier League talent who’s thriving in the EFL.
After impressing at Northampton in League Two during the first half of the season, Tottenham recalled the youngster with a view of loaning him to a League One club.
Cheltenham Town were the side that managed to lure him in as he carries his form from League Two into League One.
A series of high-quality performance’s resulted in two goals and three assists, including goal involvements against top sides, Sunderland and Wycombe.
If Kion Etete carries on this impressive form, then Spurs should look at introducing him to the Championship. His constant progression indicates that he should succeed in the second division.