The title may be all-but decided but - with plenty of interest remaining in the season - Adrian Houghton picks out the players who moved to the EPL that have fired or faltered
By ADRIAN HOUGHTON
Week 33 of Goal.com's EPL Fantasy saw Manchester United take a step closer to winning their 20th league crown, while the race for top-four positions intensified.
The relegation battle is also becoming tenser by the week, with several signings made in January becoming important for teams at the top and bottom of the table.
With just a month remaining of the season, it is as good a time as any to examine the best and worst acquisitions that were made in January.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool (£11,170,000): the young Brazilian has made a bright start to his Anfield career, averaging an impressive 13 points per week.
Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle United (£7,560,000): Bought for snip at £1.8 million from Toulouse, the defensive midfielder has scored some wonderful goals and been a Fantasy revelation.
Lewis Holtby – Tottenham (£5,320,000): the ex-Schalke midfielder has struggled to establish himself with Spurs and has been averaging less than five points per game.
Danny Graham – Sunderland (£5,100,000): the former Swansea man is yet to make an impact at the Stadium of Light, failing to score from eight appearances for his new club.
John Terry – Chelsea (40 points)
The Chelsea captain has been crippled by injuries this season, but scored a brace against Fulham in his side's emphatic victory – £9,290,000
Sylvain Distin – Everton (36 points)
Never gained an international cap for his native France and one must wonder how. Distin is an incredibly reliable defender, who continues to defy his age – £8,610,000.
Robin van Persie – Manchester United (32 points)
Broke his scoring drought with two goals in four days for the Red Devils and remains Fantasy's top scorer – £11,600,000.
Scott Sinclair – Manchester City (6 points)
Was a bargain buy in Fantasy competition last season, but has floundered since his move to the reigning league champions – £4,340,000.
Darren Bent – Aston Villa (4 points)
At 29, the former England international is not getting any younger and is on the periphery with Villa due to his poor performances – £5,350,000.
Peter Crouch – Stoke City (2 points)
Experiencing another barren spell in front of goal and the talented striker looks shot for confidence – £4,660,000.