As Manchester United unveiled their last-minute capture of a 30-year-old former Watford striker on loan from the Chinese Super League, it was clear that this was not going to be the most gripping deadline day ever. In fact, this year had the lowest net spending on deadline day in a decade.
The January transfer window as a whole was not the most eventful either with United repeatedly failing to land a reliable centre forward and Chelsea baffling everyone by fighting to rescind their transfer ban and then not actually signing anyone.
That doesn't mean, though, that there weren't a few big deals made and big players on the move. And more than a few players who could prove the crucial final piece in a puzzle which tips their team over the thin line between failure and success.
Here, then, are the ten transfers from across the football world during the recent transfer window that are most likely to make the biggest difference, prove the smartest deals and just maybe set their new clubs on a path to glory.