The Start of the January Transfer Window, and as you may well know (due to selling some assets off in the Summer), that I have a bit of money to spend on new signings now. We also had a program of league and cup fixtures to contend with, but with our confidence high, we set to work in the new year.
S. GIVEN - Aston Villa - £5.8m
J. BECKFORD - Leicester City - £5m
C. GUNTER - Nottingham Forest - £4m
P. B. DIOP - West Ham United - £650,000
L. OSMAN - Free Agent - 0.00 (As pointed out earlier, I was a fool to release Leon, so I've managed to secure his signature back to Everton).
1-0 WBA (FA CUP RD 3)
Aston Villa 2-2 Everton
- Gueye, Vellios
Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Everton (FA CUP RD 4)
- Vellios, Jelavic
2-1 Blackburn Rovers - Rodwell, Jelavic
1-1 Manchester City - Gueye
This month went very smoothly, with a further 5 points added to our Premier League total from 3 games
, and a progression into the FA Cup 5th round
(this could be our passage into Europe for next season). I must say that, although a little nervous to face WBA (a team above us at the time in the league), I was much more nervous to face Tranmere away from home, especially if you remember what happened last time I faced a lower league team (they knocked us out of the League Cup). We are still in 14th place in the Premier League
, but we now have 26 points, a full 10 clear of the relegation zone
, which is currently occupied by Swansea, Sunderland and Norwich
. In qualifying through the 3rd round of the FA Cup (vs. WBA), we got awarded £67,500.
Getting through Round 4 (vs. Tranmere), we got awarded £90,000.