Following Benik Afobe's £10 million move to Bournemouth, Michael Lintorn charts the most prolific ever Premier League winter signings...
"Cisse's first 12 appearances yielded 13 goals, including a winner off the bench on his debut and four separate braces, two of which single-handedly beat Liverpool and Chelsea. Four years on, those goals still count for 36% of his all-time English top-flight total."
The biggest purchase to date of the Premier League's 14th January transfer window saw Bournemouth spend £10 million on Wolves striker Benik Afobe. Relegation odds of 8.07/1 - they were once as short as 1.58 - suggest that their hefty investment will be vindicated with survival.
The Arsenal academy graduate scored 13 times upon moving to Molineux midway through last season. If he repeats that tally on the south coast, he will be the joint-most prolific addition since the winter window came into existence. Here are the current trailblazers...
Papiss Cisse - 13
Cisse's form for Newcastle from February 5 to May 2 in 2012 isn't just the most impressive January impact in Premier League history, it represents three of the finest months of form the division has ever seen from any player. His first 12 appearances yielded 13 goals, including a winner off the bench on his debut and four separate braces, two of which single-handedly beat Liverpool and Chelsea. Four years on, those goals still count for 36% of his all-time English top-flight total.
Daniel Sturridge - 10
Now that Liverpool are a side who can muster only 22 goals in 20 Premier League games, it is easy to forget that once they were swamped with attacking riches, adding Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho mid-season to a 2012/13 line-up that featured Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling. An eight-figure fee was steep for a forward who netted 13 times in 63 Chelsea league appearances, but ten goals in his first 11 Reds starts gave the infamous Liverpool transfer committee some rare glory.
Darren Bent - 9
This is the precedent of perhaps the most relevance to Bournemouth as an Aston Villa team worried about the drop poured the majority of their transfer budget - £24 million to be precise - into a new front man to fire them to safety and were rewarded with nine goals. Those were enough to lift them from 17th at the moment that he arrived to ninth at the close of the campaign. The remainder of his Villa Park career wasn't so triumphant though, and he wound up leaving for free last summer.
Nikica Jelavic - 9
The Croatian striker made headlines for the first time in a while at the weekend by opening his West Ham account to secure an FA Cup win over Wolves, yet four years ago he was commanding far more attention. Following a £5.5 million switch from Rangers to Everton, Jelavic exposed the idea that he wouldn't handle the step-up from Scottish Premiership to English Premier League as foolish with nine goals in ten starts in his initial four-and-a-bit months. Like Cisse and Bent, he didn't sustain it.
Daniel Sturridge - 8
No, this isn't a typo, Sturridge really does feature in this top five twice. Before his opportunity to sign for Liverpool arose, he had already highlighted his ability to transform a club after joining in the winter when on loan at Bolton in 2011, notching eight times in just 11 Premier League starts.