February 1, 2013, 1:04 PM
More than a few Premiership clubs were very busy this past week trying to sign new players ahead of the transfer deadline.
Notably, it was four teams in the lower half of the table that made major moves.
Stoke City (10th) hoped to have bolstered its attack with the addition of American winger Brek Shea from FC Dallas. Shea, 22, is considered one of the brightest young prospects in American soccer, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can add some width and punch to a Stoke attack that has only mustered 24 goals this season.
Fulham (12th) added depth its midfield with a loan deal for Dutchman Urby Emanuelson from AC Milan. A quick player who has also played as a left back, Emanuelson should add some dynamic play to Fulham’s attack and with any luck link up effectively with Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov.
Norwich (14th) took Argentine Luciano Becchio from Leeds United in a swap for fellow striker Steve Morison. With Morison gone, it’ll be up to Becchio to step in and take some of the goal-scoring burden off of Grant Holt’s shoulders.
And Queens Park Rangers (20th) spent big to pry Congolese defender Christopher Samba away from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. QPR manager Harry Redknapp heralded QPR Samba as a player who is “great in the air, quick, a leader.”
All of which raises the big question: Which last minute transfer signing will make the biggest impact in the Premiership?
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