• Nathan Smith


While it was a quiet deadline day in terms of the usual activity, there were some great deals done by some of the 92 teams that make up the top four divisions.

But which signings were the most impressive?

Premier League

Ozan Kabak

Schalke to Liverpool – Loan with option to buy (£18m + add ons)

Out of the 10 Premier League deadline day signings, Liverpool’s much needed signing of centre back Ozan Kabak stood out as the best piece of business in England’s top flight.

Despite coming in from a struggling Schalke side, Kabak is a strong tackler who can lead a defence which for a 20 year old is impressive.

He is also technically strong, with a good eye for a pass which will bode well for him in a Liverpool team that looks to get the ball down and pass out from the back.

The one issue will be his work at his previous side, as Schalke have had a woeful season and Kabak has played a lot of games where his team have lost, which cannot be good for his confidence.

Whether he will be thrown in the deep end against Brighton or Manchester City is yet to be seen but this signing is one for the present and the future and could be another masterstroke by Liverpool’s recruitment team.

The Championship

Winston Reid

West Ham to Brentford – Loan

On the road to recovery from a horrible knee injury, Winston Reid has arrived at Brentford ready to help the Bees get that long awaited promotion to the Premier League.

An experienced head, Reid knows exactly what it takes to get promotion into the top-flight, and how to stay in it for a long period of time, as he achieved both of those feats with West Ham, whom he made 194 league appearances for.

A natural leader, the New Zealander could be the calm influence needed in the dressing room to help Brentford reach that next level and if he can recapture the form he had at West Ham, Reid will certainly make Brentford a stronger side.

While Swansea’s signing of Morgan Whittaker and Derby County’s loan of Teden Mengi were strong contenders, this signing may be the difference between promotion or another season in the Championship and therefore represents the best business done on deadline day.

League One

Adam Phillips

Burnley to Accrington Stanley – Loan

There were some impressive signings made by League One clubs on deadline day, with the likes of Matt Smith to Charlton and Max Clark returning to Hull in consideration, but it was Accrington Stanley’s loan signing of Adam Phillips that stood out in England’s third tier.

Phillips has had the best season of his career so far on loan at Morecambe and could be a crucial signing for Accrington as they look to mount a shock promotion push.

The midfielder has been at the heart of a lot of Morecambe’s best attacking work, scoring eight and assisting six, and while League One will be a step up, there is no harm in signing a player full of confidence.

Phillips will be looking to the weekend to make his first appearance for Accrington as he is ineligible for Tuesday’s game against Bristol Rovers, but he may be the man to give Stanley an extra push into the play-offs.

League Two

Marcus Maddison

Charlton Athletic to Bolton Wanderers - Loan

During the 2017/18 season, it looked like Marcus Maddison was destined for big things. With Championship clubs being regularly linked with the enigmatic winger, Maddison’s future seemed higher than League One.

However, it has not turned out that way for the Englishman as he now finds himself in League Two with Bolton Wanderers.

The winger knows how to get past his man but also has an eye for goal, especially from a dead ball situation as Maddison is known for his different free kick technique.

The former Peterborough man has received criticism from Charlton manager Lee Bowyer for not getting stuck in and after two unsuccessful moves in a row, Maddison will have to work hard in order to get his career back on track.

This season has not gone to plan for Bolton as they sit in 19th, in a division they expected to storm, but if Ian Evatt can get Marcus Maddison back to his best then Bolton may be a much bigger threat in the second half of the season.