Weirdest Transfer XI of the Season
With the end of the January transfer window signifying the end of the transfer window for this season, it may not have been the usual frenetic transfer period with hectic deadline days of old, but there were some truly weird and surprising signings across Europe's top leagues. While some players have had to take a step back due to lack of first team opportunities, there are some for whom the biggest teams have been willing to splurge.
There are some notable instances which have not made it to this list. Rob Green of 2010 World Cup infamy finds himself at Chelsea, Paulinho moving back to Guangzhou Evergrande from Barcelona, Newcastle smashing their transfer record by signing Atlanta FC striker Miguel Almiron for £21 million, and Shinji Kagawa going on loan to Besiktas are instances of just how topsy-turvy the transfer period can be.
Here is an XI comprising of the weirdest transfers of the season. Some may not seem as weird due to how successful they have been so far this season. Nonetheless, these moves did raise eyebrows when they first took place. These include loan signings, undisclosed deals and player exchange deals. We will be going with a 3-5-2 formation.
Goalkeeper: Kiko Casilla (Real Madrid to Leeds United - Free)
At the start of this season, Kiko Casilla, at one point Spain's backup goalkeeper behind Iker Casillas and David de Gea, saw his already dim Real Madrid future become even dimmer with the arrival of Thibaut Courtois.
While his departure from the Bernabeu was expected, nobody expected the owner of three Champions League medals to end up in West Yorkshire at Leeds United for free. Though his game fits Marcelo Bielsa's style quite well, his first outing in a Leeds shirt saw them lose to fellow promotion hopefuls Norwich City 3-1.