Are Wolves the real winners after the transfer window?
Although Chelsea spent around £70 million, Liverpool paid £57.8m for two strikers and Aston Villa paid £24 million on a goal machine it looks like Wolverhampton Wanderers may have made the most important signings in January.
Staring relegation in the face going into the transfer window wolves spent just £500,000 but their two signings are helping to drag them away from the drop. In 18th and unbeaten in four games including a 3-3 draw with Spurs and an away win at Villa, Wolves are full of confidence which wasn’t there at the start and there is no doubt that Adam Hammill and Jamie O’hara are key to this.
Adam Hammill signed from Barnsley may not be a glamour signing at just £500,000 but he’s full of pace and trickery that mirrored with their other winger Matt Jarvis are causing defences problems. Against Villa he was a constant problem for their inexperienced left back Nathan Baker creating chances all the time and even came close to scoring himself barring a good save from Friedel. If he keeps up the good form the 23 year old could join Jarvis in the England squad.
Jamie O’hara signed on loan from Tottenham had not played in the Premier League all year due to injury and being out of favour with spurs boss Harry Redknapp but since moving to Wolves he has recreated the form seen when he was at Portsmouth last year that earned him rave reviews. He was linked with a number of top flight clubs including Newcastle but opted for the Midlands and hasn’t looked back. The central midfielder has been key in all of Wolves good build up play creating bagfuls of chances for strikers Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher. He has even chipped in with two goals in six games.
All the media attention has been on the expensive signings of Torres, Carroll, Suarez and Dzeko but if Hammill and O’Hara can help keep Wolves in the Premiership they may be making the headlines in May.