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January transfer window: How Rotherham's relegation rivals fared

Rotherham’s chances of staying in the Sky Bet Championship this season are not only affected by what they did in the January transfer window, but also what their rivals did.

The window also gave the chance for Bolton, Charlton, Bristol City and Fulham the chance to strengthen and that’s what most of them did, some more impressively than others.

Here’s a look at the business Rotherham’s relegation rivals did last month.


Ins: N/A

Outs: Lawrie Wilson (Peterborough, loan), Francesco Pisano (U.S. Avellino 1912, loan), Prince-Desire Gouano (Gaziantepspor, loan).

Facing a financial meltdown and battling High Court rulings meant that Neil Lennon was unable to recruit and that could prove fatal for the bottom club. However, they were boosted by being able to hold on to both Mark Davies and Zach Clough, their best two players, while only losing squad men. Still, you’d think that might not be enough for Wanderers.

Rating: 3/10

Bristol City

Ins: Scott Golbourne (Wolves, undisclosed), Lee Tomlin (Bournemouth, loan), Ben Gladwin (QPR, loan), Alex Pearce (Derby, loan), Richard O'Donnell (Wigan, undisclosed).

Outs: N/A

On paper it looks a stunning month for the Robins, who despite being managerless recruited top quality players right through the spine of the team. Richard O’Donnell was the best goalkeeper in League One last season, Derby’s Alex Pearce is a rock solid Championship defender, Ben Gladwin is a talented central midfielder and Lee Tomlin was a key player in Middlesbrough’s promotion bid last season which ended one game short at Wembley. Scott Golbourne is a talent at left-back and they also fended off interest in ex-Miller Kieran Agard. If all those signings gel, City should pull away.

Rating: 8/10


Ins: Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough, loan), Jorge Teixeira (Standard Liege, undisclosed), Roger Johnson (Unattached), Diego Poyet (West Ham, loan), Rod Fanni (Al-Arabi SC, loan), Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal, loan).

Outs: Joe Pigott (Luton, loan), Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Cambridge, loan), Oliver Muldoon (Dagenham & Redbridge, loan), Tony Watt (Blackburn, loan becoming permanent at end of season), Ricardo Vaz Te (released), Franck Moussa (released).

A couple of weeks can be a long time in football. Looking dead and buried after shipping 11 goals in two away games, Charlton have taken four points from two games, including Saturday’s whipping of Rotherham, and now added fresh bodies to their squad. However, how much of an impact those signings will make remains to be seen as Jorge Teixeira was shaky against the Millers while Rod Fanni is a 34-year-old who has been playing in Qatar and Yaya Sanogo, though of Arsenal pedigree, has no Championship experience and even fewer goals to his name. Charlton still should be a side the Millers hope to finish above.

Rating: 5/10

MK Dons

Ins: Jonny Williams (Crystal Palace, loan), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton, loan), Alex Revell (Cardiff, free), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (QPR, loan).

Outs: Harry Hickford (Dagenham & Redbridge, loan), Mark Randall (Barnet, free), Simon Church (Aberdeen, loan), Dale Jennings, released), Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock, loan).

Nobody has scored less goals than MK Dons this season (scarily almost 1/6 of their total goals came in the season-opener at Rotherham) and boss Karl Robinson has done something to address that with the deadline-day swoop of Alex Revell and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Millers fans need no introduction to Revell of course, while Emmanuel-Thomas is an undoubted talent equally capable of being rubbish or brilliant. Jonny Williams and Jake Forster-Caskey will add presence to the Dons’ midfield and Robinson will think his squad is in a better position than at the start of the month. He might be right.

Rating: 6/10


Ins: Michael Madl (Sturm Graz, loan), Rohan Ince (Brighton, loan), Zakaria Labyad (Sporting Lisbon, loan).

Outs: Adam Taggart (Perth Glory, undisclosed), Sean Kavanagh (Mansfield, loan), Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury, loan), Nikolay Bodurov (FC Midtjylland, loan).

It’s been too easy to say that Fulham’s quality will see them pull away from the relegation zone, but make no mistake they are in the mix having won less games than the Millers. The majority of that quality in their squad has been provided by Ross McCormack and the best news for the Cottagers is that they managed to keep hold of him, despite him wanting to leave. Recruitment has been mixed, with unknown foreigners Michael Madl and Zakaria Labyad coming in. Madl is an Austria youth international and Labyad a Morocco international so both clearly have talent but they will undoubtedly need time to adjust to the rigours of the Championship, though that will be tempered by the arrival of experienced Rohan Ince. It’s hard to say how much impact their arrivals will make, so all eyes will be on McCormack.

Rating: 6/10

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