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Grading Prem's 10 biggest transfers

Did Chelsea make the right move by acquiring winger Juan Cuadrado for 23.3 million pounds?
Did Chelsea make the right move by acquiring winger Juan Cuadrado for 23.3 million pounds?

The 2015 January transfer window is in the books, and while many fans and pundits will note the lack of activity that took place across the Premier League -- and elsewhere, for that matter -- there were a number of signings, both good and bad, that will have a significant impact on the title, top-four and relegation races this season and beyond.

Here is my analysis of the most significant signings that took place across England's top flight during the window, grading the Premier League's 10 biggest January transfers.

Notes: Grades were determined based on team need, player fit and cost value. The list focuses on permanent deals, not loans.

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Paul Lambert backs 'magic' Carles Gil to lift Aston Villa

Carles Gil
Gil, 22, signed from La Liga side Valencia in mid-January.

Paul Lambert has hailed the impact of Carles Gil at Aston Villa and believes he can be their inspiration.

The 22-year-old midfielder signed from Valencia on Jan. 13 and made a bright second-half debut in last week's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Gil could start in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Bournemouth and Lambert has already seen his quality against the Reds.

"To an extent it was a magic performance," said Lambert. "Carles gives us something we don't have but to come on and play the...

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Aston Villa's Carles Gil: I'm not up to standard of Man City's David Silva yet

Carles Gil
Aston Villa new boy Carles Gil.

Carles Gil has played down comparisons with David Silva after joining Aston Villa from Valencia.

Gil, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Villa Park, is a big admirer of Silva, who moved from the Mestalla to Manchester City for 26 million pounds in 2010, but accepts he has a long way to go to match the Spain star.

"I really like him as a player, when he was at Valencia and now at Manchester City," the attacking midfielder said. "He's such a huge player, he's the best in Europe. We...

Valencia warn clubs off Carles Gil

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo has issued a hands-off warning to Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers following speculation that the English clubs are circling the La Liga side’s highly-rated youngster Carles Gil.

Carles Gil is currently on loan at Elche.
 Carles Gil is currently on loan at Elche.

Gil, 21, a talented winger or mediapunta, has impressed hugely while on loan at newly promoted Elche in the Primera Division this season, earning a call-up to Spain’s under-21 squad.