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Ranking Top Five Premier League January Transfer Window Signings

Transfer Premier League 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Georgia Ireland's Robbie Brady

Another transfer window has slammed shut and the players who moved are preparing for life with a new club. Some of these will be a roaring success, whilst others may just flop.

Here, we give our opinion on the top five signings made by Premier League clubs this January.

5) Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton)

The 25-year-old Italian striker joined Southampton from Napoli for about £14 million on transfer deadline day.

Gabbiadini had fallen out of favour with Napoli fans but could become a hero with the Saints faithful. Despite not really fitting into their system, he scored 24 goals in 76 appearances.

Since Charlie Austin’s injury, Southampton have lacked something going forward and Gabbiadini could prove to be that missing ingredient.

GENOA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 01:  Manolo Gabbiadini of Napoli in action during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on November 1, 2015 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

4) Ademola Lookman (Everton)

Not much was known about Lookman when Everton paid Charlton Athletic a fee that could rise to £11 million for him. The England youth player had made 45 appearances for Charlton and he certainly has bundles of potential.

He scored on his Everton debut, after coming on as a 90th-minute substitute. The 19-year-old attacker is an exciting prospect, who looks more than capable of coping with the massive step up in level.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Ademola Lookman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on January 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

3) Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)

Several clubs had swooped to secure Snodgrass’ signature, but the Scottish winger opted to join West Ham. The 29-year-old has been exceptional in a poor Hull side this season, scoring seven and assisting three goals.

Not only can he score and create goals from open play, he also has a brilliant record of scoring goals from free-kicks and takes penalties.

All-in-all, he is an exceptional signing for a West Ham side looking to push for a place in Europe for next season.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Robert Snodgrass of Hull City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Hull City at The Hawthorns on January 2, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

2) Robbie Brady (Burnley)

Burnley broke their transfer record to secure the services of 25-year-old Brady from Norwich City, and he will be worth every penny.

Brady is a versatile player, adept at playing at left-back, wing-back, left-wing, central midfield and in attack. He has a brilliant footballing brain and can change a game with his set-pieces.

He has a number of critics, who claimed he never gave 100% in a Norwich shirt, but he should shine in a Burnley team currently exceeding expectations.

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring an 85th minute header to give Republic of Ireland a 1-0 against Italy in Lille to send them into the last 16. (NPHO/Donall Farmer)

1) Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace)

Sam Allardyce has pulled off a masterstroke in signing van Aanholt from Sunderland. Not only does it strengthen Palace but it also weakens one of their relegation rivals.

The £14 million transfer fee paid will be a drop in the ocean if the Dutch left-back helps keep the Eagles in the Premier League. Palace were missing a genuine left-back in their squad and van Aanholt fits perfectly.

He was a key player in Sunderland’s fight against relegation last season and has been one of their star players in this campaign. Big Sam will know how to get the best out of the 26-year-old and will be extremely happy to be reunited with him.

Despite critics questioning his defensive qualities, van Aanholt has made several important tackles, interceptions and clearances this season. He is also the second highest scoring Premier League defender of the last eighteen months, behind Palace captain Scott Dann.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Patrick van Aanholt of Sunderland celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and A.F.C. Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on January 23, 2016 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena

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