Our fortunes improved considerably this month, fortunately.
We are now in 7th place and a 4th place, or even a 3rd place, is not far off if we just work hard enough.
Leicester 2 - 3 Everton
Wolves 0 - 3 Everton
Newcastle 1 - 1 Everton
Everton 1 - 1 West Ham
Swansea 1 - 2 Everton
Everton 2 - 1 Liverpool
Everton 5 - 2 Man City
We won the Merseyside Derby against 3rd placed Liverpool as well as demolishing 2nd placed City, who are trailing 9 points behind their Manchester rivals United. The team also won against old boy Darron Gibson's new club, Wolves. We also progressed to the next round of the FA Cup after defeating Leicester 3-2 in the Third Round, where they almost fought back but our defense proved too strong.
It has been a very tiresome transfer window as I struggled to bring in targets because of the lack of funds. With me spending 30M on ten players in the summer, Bill refused to allocate any more funds and that almost made me go crazy as I had to look around the market for cheaply-priced players or loans. My entire squad was plagued by injuries and it was very frustrating as many of my players couldn't rest, a key example being my central defenders with the only back ups to Phil Jagielka
and John Heitinga
being two youngsters in my U18s who had incredibly low match fitness.
The only funds I had was 2 million, that we got after the sale of Gibson to Wolves. I couldn't loan any more players from a fellow Premier League club either, meaning I either had to buy them instead of loaning or don't touch them at all, because I already had Javier Hernandez
and Kevin De Bruyne
, loaned from United and Chelsea respectively, in my squad. Arsenal wanted 4 million for Johan Djourou
so I had no choice but to dig into their reserves.
was of lower class than Djourou but he was still a central defender, and a cheaper option too. The deal was wrapped up quickly and Miquel penned a short-term Everton contract that would run until June 2014, wearing the No 13 shirt.
The only arrival after Miquel was Brazilian and Santos midfielder Felipe Anderson
on loan, with a 5 million future fee in case I decide to keep him at Goodison permanently, and he will wear the No 21 shirt for Everton.
So that basically wrapped up our January transfer window.