By Joe Harker
January is a good time for some Premier League managers and a problem for others.
There's a month long opening of the transfer window, allowing clubs to make alterations to their squad and refresh their options. Making the right moves in the January transfer window can help a club survive relegation or catch up in the title race. After a few months of seeing how their squad operates during the season, the chance to make changes can be extremely valuable.
Some players wanted a move in the summer but were unable to push through a deal. Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez is one such player who could be moving in January, with Arsenal and Spurs reportedly interested in signing him. As Arsenal are looking increasingly likely to lose star forward Alexis Sanchez without getting a player in return, a January move for Mahrez could be a useful addition to the squad. It would also help settle the player in sooner, even if it means throwing him in at the deep end.
There could be some other good players on offer in January, with PSG reportedly willing to part with Angel Di Maria and Lucas Moura so they don't fall foul of Financial Fair Play. The riches of the Premier League could mean they are both bound for England where they could add a new dimension to a team's attacking lineup. Clubs need to take opportunities when they arise and January could be the opportunity some clubs have been waiting for.
Relegation battles can also be affected, with new West Ham manager David Moyes reportedly being given money for January signings to get the club to safety. The Daily Star believe that he will use that funding to sign four new players that will be tasked with turning around the fortunes of the team. Some players could also leave, but squads in dire need of reinforcement will also be looking at January as the time when the relegation battle could be won or lost.
However, not every club is planning to spend money. Liverpool are reportedly willing to ship out four players, with some of them being loan moves to help academy players fight their way back into the first team. While teams could benefit from new signings, it is also a good opportunity to remember that there could be useful talents in the academy squads that could be given opportunities instead. Some players signed in January are short term solutions that end up disrupting a player's development, but clubs could do well to hang on to their money and give the kids a go.