6 worst January transfers in EPL history
We have passed the midway point of the European footballing season and by now we have a clear picture of how the title race is shaping out to be in most of the leagues, with the serious contenders having been separated from the pretenders.
It also signals the resumption of transfer activities, with the winter window offering clubs a chance to strengthen their squads, by restocking in perceived areas of weaknesses to help them achieve their season objectives.
The timing of the window means that most buys are mostly panic purchases, as clubs are usually desperate to get their hands on players who they perceive can help them either stave the drop down to relegation or help with their title quest, with the result being that more often than not, players signed during the winter transfer are usually tagged as flops.
While there been some genuinely brilliant purchases conducted during the winter transfer window as was the case with Luis Suarez, Virgil Van Dijk and Nemanja Vidic, there are far more cases of the contrary.
In this piece, we would be taking a look at the six worst transfers made in Premier League history during the winter window.
#6 Juan Cuadrado
Fiorentina - Chelsea
Date of arrival - 2 February 2015
Transfer fee - £23.3m
Having impressed significantly in the Italian Serie A, first with Lecce and then Fiorentina, Juan Cuadrado earned a move to Stamford Bridge in February of 2015 in a deal reportedly worth £23.3m, with new Liverpool darling Mohamed Salah going the other way on loan.
The Colombian international came highly revered, with his pace and direct running setting him up to be a success in the Premier League, but it all went horribly off-course.
Cuadrado found playing time extremely hard to come by, having to settle with a spot on the bench or not even being part of matchday squads, before being shipped out on loan to Juventus less than six months after arriving.
In six months at Chelsea, Cuadrado was only able to make 15 appearances in all competitions of which only three were starts without scoring any goal.
He, however, flourished at Juventus, being an integral part of the club's Italian dominance so much so that his loan transfer was made permanent which must have left Chelsea fans wondering what went wrong for the 30-year-old at Chelsea.