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All the moves! Winter transfer grades handed out

The Chinese Super League’s winter transfer market came to a close last night with a number of teams trying to get in last day moves. Wild East Football has summarized all the moves for you and handed out grades to each side. Nobody really dominated with their move, but Shandong have done the most to strengthen their side, followed closely by Beijing, though everyone’s still chasing Evergrande, who just keeps getting stronger.

Beijing Guoan
Who’s in: Zhao Hejing, Song Boxuan, Li Yunqiu, Chen Zhizhao; Ha Dae-sung, Pablo Batalla
Who’s out: Mao Jianqing, Zhu Yifan, Lee Chiho, Li Tixiang, Wang Xiaolong; Frederic Kanoute, Egor Krimets
Summary: With Song and Ha, Guoan has picked up two very talented players, and Ha’s already made an impact in the ACL. Li looks like one for the future, whereas Zhao was just a depth move. The big question marks are Chen and Batalla. Will Chen be able to recapture his form of 2010? Will Batalla be able to avoid the dreaded shui huo label?
Remaining domestic moves: 1
Domestic grade: B+
Foreign grade: B
Overall: B

Changchun Yatai
Who’s in: Li Ngai Hoi; Rafael Coelho, Walter Iglesias
Who’s out: Zhao Mingjian, Zhang Wenzhao, Wang Dong; Isac
Summary: The northeastern side that managed to stay just a point above relegation last year will likely be one of the favorites to go down after losing the core of its team in the transfer market. Coelho and Iglesias both look like good moves that will help, but will they be enough? What the club does have going for it is a lot of moves available when the window reopens
Remaining domestic moves: 4
Domestic grade: D
Foreign grade: B
Overall: C-

Dalian Aerbin
Who’s in: Zhang Jiaqi; Niklas Backman, Leon Benko, Nashat Akram, Bruno Meneghel
Who’s out: Zhao Hejing, Liu Yu, Chen Lei, Dong Xuesheng, Wang Jingping, Sun Haosheng, Xue Yanan, Lee Addy; Fabio Rochemback, Guillaume Hoarau, Nabil Baha, Daniel Mullen, Seydou Keita
Summary: Losing all five foreigns is never good, that sort of turnover can lead to a lot of problems and they failed to fill all their foreign spots. Of the four foreigners, at least one of them is likely not going to adjust to China. Getting Zhang looks like a good move considering his background, but he doesn’t have a lot of competitive experience.
Remaining domestic moves: 4
Domestic grade: C
Foreign grade: C+
Overall: C

Guangzhou Evergrande
Who’s in: Liu Jian, Mei Fang, Hu Bowen, Dong Xuesheng; Rene Junior, Alessandro Diamanti
Who’s out: Yang Jun, Yi Teng, Li Weixin, Gao Zhilin, Li Jianbin; Dario Conca
Summary: The loss of Conca was thought to be big but Diamanti made everyone forget about him in the first ACL match. The club was able to keep all of its important players and added Liu Jian and Mei Fang, two important parts.
Remaining domestic moves: 1
Domestic grade: B
Foreign grade: B+
Overall: B

Guangzhou R&F
Who’s in: Jiang Zhipeng, Zhu Baojie, Wang Xiaolong, Li Jianbin; Park Jong-woo, Jang Hyun-soo
Who’s out: Shi Xiaotian, Li Wenbo, Gao Zengxiang; Rafael Coelho, Yakubu, Eddy Bosnar
Summary: Arguably the blue side of Canton came up with the prize of the window, signing Jiang. In Wang they’re also picking up someone who can serve as an instant starter and will contribute some goals. R&F appear to have left two foreign spots open though the two Koreans they brought in should have an impact.
Remaining domestic moves: 2
Domestic grade: B-
Foreign grade: C+
Overall: B-

Guizhou Renhe
Who’s in: Wu Dingmiao, Zhao Jun, Ge Yuxiang; Hyuri, Krzystot Maczynski
Who’s out: Yan Xiangchuang, Li Kai, Liu Qing, Lu Qiang, Wu Wei; Nano, Rafa Jorda
Summary: None of Guizhou’s domestic moves inspire confidence that the league’s lone southwest side is more competent than a year ago. Their two foreign moves also don’t help add to the confidence, though young Hyuri will be the x-factor
Remaining domestic moves: 2
Domestic grade: C-
Foreign grade: C+
Overall: C

Hangzhou Greentown
Who’s in: Yang Zezhi, Wu Wei; Gilberto Macena, Anselmo Ramon, Son Dae-ho
Who’s out: Song Zhiwei, Yang Zi, Huang Fengtao, Liu Bin, Teng Shangkun, Wang Xuankai, Fang Zhengyang, Wang Zhipeng; Kim Dong-jin, Mazola, Masashi Oguro
Summary: Not much to say about their moves. Wu will be able to help out on defense for another season or two and Yang’s a youngster who has never clicked. Macena will certainly help to score goals and Son will shore up the defense, though Ramon seems to be a striker who can’t score.
Remaining domestic moves: 3
Domestic grade: C-
Foreign grade: C
Overall: C-

Harbin Yiteng
Who’s in: Tan Long, Wang Jingping, Lu Yuefeng, Gao Jianxuan; Dori, Noh Hyung-goo
Who’s out: Chen Yongxin, Li Gen, Wu Dingmiao
Summary: In their inaugural season in the top flight, Harbin will be relying on a quartet of Dalian players to help them out. They add Dori, who excelled in China League One but, like the club, will be making his CSL debut, but despite all the talk of investment, the club look like transfer market losers.
Remaining domestic moves: 1
Domestic grade: C
Foreign grade: C
Overall: C

Henan Jianye
Who’s in: Lu Qiang, Luo Zuqing, Mirahmetjan Muzepper, Zhu Yifan, Yang Kuo; Ryan Johnson, Lee Ji-nam, Rafael Marques
Who’s out: He Bin, Li Zhaonan; Christopher Katongo
Summary: Henan make two longterm loans permanent with Muzepper and Zhu, both players who know what their manager expects and will be excited to be back in the top flight. Their foreign pickups look suitable but unimpressive, with nobody to fill the dynamic Katongo’s shoes.
Remaining domestic moves: 0
Domestic grade: C+
Foreign grade: C
Overall: C

Jiangsu Sainty
Who’s in: Roda Antar, Dejan Damjanovic, Elias, Yoon Sin-young
Who’s out: Jiang Jiajun, Bari Mamatil, Wang Jie, Qian Zhelong, Liu Qing, Sun Xiang, Zhu Chao, Wang Guanyu, Xiong Tao, Jiang Hao; Aleksandar Jevtic, Kamoliddin Tajiev, Hamdi Salihi, Cristian Danalache
Summary: Not a single domestic move and losing Mamatil and Jiang is certainly going to hurt the Nanjing based side. Damjanovic looks like an inspired pickup and Antar is a serviceable CSL player, if a little old. In light of what they lost and the turnover, its hard to be impressed but Damjanovic holds up the grade.
Remaining domestic moves: 5
Domestic grade: F
Foreign grade: C+
Overall: D

Liaoning FC
Who’s in: Zhang Yonghai, Zhang Tianlong, Yi Teng, Shi Xiaotian, Ding Haifeng; Alexsandar Jevtic, Kevin Oris, Artyom Filiposyan, Billy Celeski
Who’s out: Yang Jin; Edu, Milos Trifunovic, Pablo Brandan, Shavkat Mullajanov
Summary: Ding and Yi are decent enough pickups for the northeastern side while the motivation for bringing in Zhang Yonghai seems about bringing a hometown hero home for one last runout. Their new foreign talent look like solid additions, though not really above what they lost.
Remaining domestic moves: 0
Domestic grade: C
Foreign grade: C+
Overall: C

Shandong Luneng
Who’s in: Zhang Wenzhao, Wang Dalei, Dai Lin; Walter Montillo, Aloisio, Junior Urso
Who’s out: Liu Yang, Zhou Haibin, Xia Ningning, Ma Long, Yuan Weiwei, Geng Xiaofeng, Gao Di, Otkur Hasan, Yang Kuo; Gilberto Macena, Roda Antar, Leonardo Pisculichi
Summary: While Jiang Zhipeng was the most desired player, Luneng pulled off the best move (and biggest shock) by adding arguably China’s top keeper, Wang Dalei. Zhang was also someone a number of sides were hoping to get. Their new foreigners look good, especially Junior who could be a younger version of Antar, but the turnover is likely to have its effects.
Remaining domestic moves: 2
Domestic grade: A-
Foreign grade: B-
Overall: B

Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
Who’s in: Gao Di, Geng Xiaofeng, Luo Xi, Chen Po-liang, Liu Bin; Cho Byung-kuk, Paulo Andre, Luis Carlos Ruiz
Who’s out: Wang Dalei, Dai Lin, Song Boxuan, Yan Song; Patricio Toranzo, Rolando Schiavi, Dady
Summary: What can you say about this side? Gao Di looks like a pretty good pickup and Geng was in the national team pre-Thai disaster, but losing Dai and Wang, who were in many ways the heart of the team, along with Song really has to hurt. While Cho and Andre look like decent pickups, both are defenders making it appear a waste of foreign spots, especially considering Luo and Liu are both defenders. The club didn’t leave any space for the summer making this an across the board screw up, par for the course for Shenhua, seems things aren’t changing under Greenland.
Remaining domestic moves: 0
Domestic grade: D
Foreign grade: C
Overall: D+

Shanghai Shenxin
Who’s in: Sun Kai, Jiang Jiajun, Wu Yizhen, Zhang Wentao, Hou Junjie, Yang Wenji, Tang Jiashu, Duan Yijie; Lim You-hwan, Radomir Dalovic
Who’s out: Jiang Zhipeng, Zhu Baojie, Wang Jian, Wang Jiayu; Michael Marrone
Summary: Losing Jiang was a big loss for Shenxin, but it was expected. The addition of Sun and Jiang and keeping their Shanghai nature, with almost all their signings coming from Shanghai (and a few decent youth signings). Lim for Marrone is a like for like switch.
Remaining domestic moves: 2
Domestic grade: C
Foreign grade: C
Overall: C

Shanghai East Asia
Who’s in: Wang Jiayu; Daniel McBreen, Tobias Hysen
Who’s out: Li Yunqiu, Hu Bowen, Geng Jiaqi, Sun Kai, Zhang Wentao, Hao Shuai, Mao Jiakang; Luis Carlos Cabezas, Bernie Ibini-Isei
Summary: Xu Genbao will be happy he kept Wu Lei, but it may have been at the cost of losing much of his squad from last year, putting East Asia in a precarious position. The hope is that Xu’s academy can quickly replenish the team, while both McBreen and Hysen should be able to contribute to the scoring.
Remaining domestic moves: 4
Domestic grade: D
Foreign grade: B
Overall: C

Tianjin Teda
Who’s in: Zhou Haibin, Yuan Weiwei; Mohammed Ali Khan
Who’s out: Cai Xi, Sun Zhengyang; Erik Paartalu
Summary: This side wasn’t very active in the market this year, making Zhou’s loan permanent and bringing Yuan home. Both will help the side and their key players were held onto during the window. Paartalu’s departure is certainly going to hurt, but Khan looks like he is capable enough.
Remaining domestic moves: 4
Domestic grade: C+
Foreign grade: C
Overall: C

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Christopher Atkins

    01/03/2014 at 14:56

    Hard to disagree too much. Think Jiangsu have done better than stated, given that their domestic ranks are strong and Bari is a pretty terrible striker anyway. Changchun, too, I think could surprise this year (gut feeling). I worry for Liaoning, to be honest. Foreigners carried the team last year and they’ve lost Edu, while I don’t rate Jevtic at all.

  2. bcheng

    02/03/2014 at 23:05

    I might have been a little harsh on Jiangsu, but they are far from a complete team and I think they passed up a chance to put themselves in contention by not making a single domestic move. Bari’s always struck me as a quality player, a ton of speed down the wing, but he just seems to have too many problems, maybe its time to give up on him, I’m sure he’s going to excel in Xinjiang.

    It does make sense to have concerns about Liaoning, losing Edu (and Trifunovic) they end up losing a large number of goals last season, but between Jevtic and Oris, one of them is going to work out, plus Chamanga is a great CSL player. Liaozu always has a way to build young talent and to perform well as a team. From everything I can tell the Yan Shanping saga ended working out for them and so that’s a big plus on defense. Not sure how things will work out without Ma Lin, but I think they should be okay.

    I can’t say the same about Changchun. I have no idea where their goals will come from (beyond maybe Coelho) and they don’t have a lot of talent, but we’ll see how things work out starting this weekend.

  3. Dan

    05/03/2014 at 21:32

    Wow, Jiangsu getting C+ for Dejan Damjanovic while Shandong getting A- for Wang Dalei… I think it’s a bit skewed. For one base player, this seems a bit off considering many consider Dejan one of the best (proven) strikers in Asia (and Korea) where as Wang has lingered much in the China NT and solemly kept it up at Shenhua but even then… I do not agree with such grades.

    • bcheng

      05/03/2014 at 23:43

      Wang Dalei has been CSL’s best keeper past year or two, plus Shandong picked up Zhang Wenzhao who was one of most sought after players on the market. Jiangsu getting Dejan was big, but their other foreign players aren’t that inspiring and failure to add any domestic talent mean they failed to improve that much.

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