From Kulusevski to Diaz: The Premier League’s January arrivals who are making an immediate impact




Watching the second-most expensive January transfer window in history slam shut last month, there is no doubt that teams from across the Premier League will already be planning for the summer.


However, while Aston Villa might have broken the bank in bringing both Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne to the Midlands, the likes of West Ham were hugely frustrated to have not seen a single new arrival come through their doors.


With the battles at both ends of the Premier League table really starting to heat up, we have taken a look at a handful of January arrivals who are making an immediate impact in England’s top-flight.


Dejan Kulusevski – Tottenham


While Tottenham fans might have spent the majority of January’s transfer window frustrated

by their lack of activity, many were wondering if the arrival of Juventus’ Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur would be enough to keep Antonio Conte happy.


Despite watching Uruguayan midfielder Bentancur already suffer an injury blow last week, Swedish starlet Kulusevski has certainly made a seamless transition to life in the Premier League.


Once again finding the net away at Elland Road on Saturday lunchtime as Spurs cruised their way to a 4-0 romp against Leeds, the 21-year-old has received a host of plaudits since arriving in north London.


Opening the scoring as Conte’s men landed that remarkable 3-2 win away at Manchester City on February 19th, Kulusevski appears to be the perfect option to complement the deadly duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.


Initially making the move from Juventus on an 18-month loan, Conte’s side could already be wishing they had snapped up his signature on a permanent basis.


Luiz Diaz – Liverpool


Getting a start at Wembley on Sunday afternoon and already lifting a first piece of English silverware as Liverpool secured a thrilling penalties victory against Chelsea in the EFL Cup Final, Luiz Diaz has become an immediate hit at Anfield.


Once again receiving a host of praise following his display over the weekend, the now-former Porto man appears to be another smart piece of business following his £37million move from Portugal.


With both Tottenham and West Ham also keen on striking a deal for the 33-cap Colombia international, Diaz also bagged his first Premier League goal with a fine finish against relegation scrappers Norwich earlier in the month.


Already appearing to be enjoying life playing alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, the 25-year-old certainly adds another dimension to a Liverpool attack that already has a host of superstar options.


Dan Burn – Newcastle


Heavily linked with both Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Lille’s Sven Botman last month, Newcastle made it no secret throughout January that they were desperate to bring in defensive reinforcements.


While England international Keiran Trippier might have really impressed prior to picking up his foot injury, there is no doubt that Dan Burn has really hit the ground running since returning to

his boyhood club.


Making the move from Brighton and with his £13million deal announced on Deadline Day, the towering central defender has become an immediate fan favourite at St. James’ Park.


Guiding Eddie Howe’s side to a deserved 2-0 win away at fellow Premier League relegation scrappers Brentford, Burn has played a vital role in Newcastle’s charge away from the drop zone.


With the Magpies extending their top-flight unbeaten run to seven matchups on the spin, the

29-year-old has conceded just a single strike since making his debut in Newcastle’s 1-0 win against Aston Villa on February 13th.


Wout Weghorst – Burnley


Watching attacking talisman Chris Wood become part of the Saudi-backed Newcastle resurge after agreeing to a £25million deal with their fellow bottom-three contenders, many around Turf Moor knew how important it was to bring in a new number nine before the window slammed shut.


Announcing the arrival of Wout Weghorst from German outfit Wolfsburg on Deadline Day, it is fair to say that few across the Premier League would have expected the immediate impact the 6ft 6in forward has had.


Already appearing to be a key man in Sean Dyche’s bid to avoid the drop this season, the 29-year-old bagged his first English strike in Burnley’s shock 3-0 romp away at Brighton on February 19th.


Looking like he has already formed an immediate relationship with both Jay Rodriguez and Maxwel Cornet, Dyche’s new number nine appears to have been a real shrewd piece of business from the Turf Moor hierarchy.


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