Another PCN transfer window has come and gone with plenty of clubs making moves to put themselves in position to make a push for a title, make the playoffs or survive relegation. With so many ins and outs within the league during the midseason window, it’s time to assess what moves could have the biggest impact on how Season 17 concludes. Here are our Top 5 most important transfers of the midseason transfer window.
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5. Chimp l5l to AS Monaco
One move that’s already paying huge dividends is AS Monaco swooping in for Valencia’s well-rounded defensive specialist, Chimp l5l. Since acquiring the powerhouse primate Monaco have gone on an impressive 6-1-1 run in all competitions and have climbed the Super League table up to 7th spot, one point outside of a Super Cup playoff spot. Chimp’s influence on the defensive side of the ball for Monaco is proving why Masta Roshiii shelled out a transfer fee ($11.6M) of nearly double the player’s value ($6.6M). Adding a defensive stalwart to a team with already the fifth least amount of goals conceded in SL could prove to be a masta-ful move come season’s end.
4. Bxkardo to Toronto FC
Looking to get back to League One after being relegated in S16, Toronto FC pulled off another shrewd defensive signing in PCN by adding Super League-proven defender Bxkardo. TFC manager DIDI SOUL purchased the centerback from Celtic for a modest $5 million price tag. He’s already proving to be worth it during his six matches at the club as his side has only allowed three goals and held three cleansheets during that span. While the Canadian outfit have some work to do to challenge for a guaranteed promotion spot, they sit comfortably in a playoff position and their current form since Bxkardo’s arrival is cause for tremendous optimism. His signing could be exactly what they need to yo-yo back up the PCN ladder.
3. Fuji Hermann to Aston Villa
To say Aston Villa got off to a rocky start in Season 17 would be quite the understatement. After a managerial change, x Erickson has the Villains very much on the come up with just a point separating them from safety. Perhaps the most impactful midseason acquisition for Villa to ensure their place in League One is that of standout goalkeeper Fuji Hermann. The Super League veteran was brought in from Wolves for a hefty $10 million fee to solidify the back and has already made an immediate impact. Through his first four matches at the club, he’s recorded one cleansheet, made 13 saves and has been a part of three wins, including a six-save performance in a 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich. With the addition of a star goalkeeper along with several other new high profile signings, there’s no reason Villa can’t shoot up the table and make what seemed like a sure relegation season into a very solid one to build on.
2. Gato Bravo9 to Atletico Madrid
xl Oswald lx’s overhaul of his squad has caught the attention of many around PCN. Atletico Madrid have revamped their roster throughout the season with some big-named acquisitions. However, their signing of Gato Bravo9 during the midseason window could be just what the doctor ordered to push them over the edge. With a very narrow margin separating a host of teams vying for a playoff spot in League One, Atleti will need all the help they can to ensure they’re fighting for a promotion spot come August. If the early returns are any indication, this signing could play a major role in the L1 playoff picture. With two assists and two key passes from the outside mid spot in his first three matches at the club, Gato seems to be exactly the creative cog he was brought in to be.
1. x Bymst to Sporting CP
Barring a collapse of epic proportions, Sporting should have the League One title and promotion to Super League wrapped up. However, MessiMike22 wasn’t about to leave any doubt so he went out and made the most expensive signing of the midseason transfer window just to be safe. The legendary Portguese club splashed the digital cash by bringing in x Bymst from Benfica for a whopping $25 million. While the signing may not be hugely important for a title race per se, it’s the highest valued transferred player and the most expensive move of the entire window, so it would be a bit hypocritical for it not to come in at the No. 1 spot. Bymst will undoubtedly add even more quality to a side spoilt for choice. The questions for Sporting should now only be: How many points will they win L1 by and can they keep the momentum going once they reach the top flight?