Power Ranking Most Influential EPL January Transfers So Far

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2014

Power Ranking Most Influential EPL January Transfers So Far

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    The dust has just about settled on the January transfer window in the Premier League, with new signings starting to settle in at their new clubs as the peak of the season approaches.

    Some have lit up their season with their transfers, taking the bull by the horns and hitting the ground running with their new team.

    However, some have found it tough in their new surroundings, struggling in the first few weeks following their move.

    For all those bad transfers, though, there were certainly some excellent moves made by Premier League clubs in the last window.

    Let's take a look at some of the very best.

6. Aiden McGeady

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    With the recent injury to Romelu Lukaku, Everton were in desperate need of some firepower in the January transfer window. That is sometimes hard to come across without spending vast amounts of money, but the signing of Aiden McGeady could be a masterstroke.

    He may not have grabbed a goal yet in the Premier League, but McGeady is a guy who certainly has an eye for goal, despite playing out wide.

    He has pace, excellent crossing ability and is one of the most skillful players around. The £2.5 million spent on McGeady could turn out to be priceless in the long run. A shrewd purchase by manager Roberto Martinez. 

5. Lewis Holtby

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    He's only played two games in the league for Fulham, but you get the impression the club's survival chances may well hinge on Lewis Holtby.

    The German provides a composing presence in the middle of the park for the Cottagers, as seen during Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

    He has a superb eye for a pass and will surely create plenty of chances for the Fulham strikers as the season continues.

    Tottenham's loss could quite easily be Fulham's gain. The 23-year-old will play a big role in the remainder of the season for his new team. 

4. Juan Mata

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    Juan Mata's impact at Manchester United hasn't been significant enough for him to transform the club's fortunes, but he has certainly had an impact on the side.

    Three games in the Premier League have produced three assists, but United have struggled to put together a decent run of form as they search for a Champions League place.

    If the Red Devils revamp their side in the summer, Mata's influence will surely grow, and he will become even more of a creative fulcrum.

    It has been a solid enough start for the Spaniard, but he fails to rank any higher due to the influence of those above him.

3. Shane Long

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    Hull City have been dragged back into a relegation battle in the Premier League, but if it wasn't for Shane Long, it could have been worse.

    Hull finally got their man when Long arrived in the January transfer window, after coming close to capturing him last summer. While £7 million is certainly a hefty sum for a newly promoted club, his goals could keep the Tigers up.

    He has two in four appearances so far, and his partnership with fellow new signing Nikica Jelavic will play a huge role in determining whether Hull stay up or go down.

    The Republic of Ireland international is one of the most deadly strikers on his day, and if he can maintain form through to the end of the season, Hull will have a great shout of survival. 

2. Thomas Ince

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    The fee was reported as undisclosed, but Thomas Ince has already started to pay back a chunk of that fee already.

    His first goal for the club against West Bromwich Albion has continued Palace's rapid revival, as they look to survive in their first season back in the Premier League.

    Could he even be a wild card for England's squad for the World Cup? Probably not, but he certainly looks to have a bright future, and does have age on his side.

    Several clubs were looking to land Ince from Blackpool, and Palace can count themselves lucky they got the deal done. He is already looking like a shrewd purchase.

1. Nemanja Matic

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    Matic has made five appearances so far in his second spell with Chelsea, since his big-money arrival from Benfica in the January transfer window.

    He has certainly caught the eye with his performances in midfield, and played a key role in their recent 1-0 win over Manchester City, ending their unbeaten home run in the process.

    WhoScored has him performing with an average score of 7.31, and he does look to have settled back into life in the Premier League with consummate ease.

    If Chelsea do hold on and win the Premier League in Jose Mourinho's first season back with the club, the role Matic plays will have played a huge part in the success.