Leicester sparked widespread excitement across the fraternity of Foxes in breaking their transfer record to sign Croatian marksman Andrej Kramaric.
The former HNK Rijeka striker cost a reported £9m and Nigel Pearson and co will be banking on his goals being enough to ensure the club stave off relegation, a feat they’re currently 11/10 to achieve.
Though in splashing out for a striker in January, a transfer that saturated the bulk, if not all of their transfer budget, Leicester have committed the cardinal sin of winter shopping.
Recent history suggests prioritising quantity over quality is the way for drop-dodging hopefuls to play it during the mid-season transfer window.
Crystal Palace and Newcastle provide the most clear cut examples, with the former recruiting five players to play a part in Tony Pulis’ survival master plan.
The Welshman spent just £7m in bolstering his squad to reshape them into a competent top-tier outfit, broadening his options in a number of positions.
Interestingly, none of these acquisitions plied their trade up top, as Pulis deemed it more important to improve the team’s creativity.
Pearson lamented Leicester’s lack of ingenuity in their 1-0 defeat against Stoke, in which Kramaric made his debut from the bench.
Having already spent a record sum on Leandro Ulloa in the summer, perhaps the Foxes’ issues revolve around conjuring opportunities, not converting them.
Another team to spend shrewdly in January was Newcastle in the 2012/13 campaign.
They didn’t empty the coffers on a marquee centre-forward either, refurbishing a leaking backline with three additions and improving their chance creation potential through Moussa Sissoko’s signing too.
In total, six players were drafted in and £18.7m was splurged.
Fulham took a similar approach in 2007/08, sourcing six signings at moderate prices, the most notable being centre-back Brede Hangeland.
Under Roy Hodgson’s guidance, the Cottagers ultimately survived on goal difference.
Instead of reverting to this strategy when danger threatened in 2013/14, Fulham squandered £11m on Kostas Mitroglou.
The Greek was one of six arrivals, though he was the only who cost a significant sum.
Two of them, Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe, were low-cost signings for the future (another foolish move when trying to get out of trouble) while two more were on loan.
Had John Heitinga commanded a transfer fee, he could well have been unaffordable after the Cottagers’ heavy outlay on a striker who made just three appearances in the Premier League and didn’t score a goal.
Another massive money disappointment was experienced by QPR, who thought Christopher Samba warranted a £12.5m price tag.
Loic Remy was also signed by the west Londoners in the winter of 12/13 and, although the Frenchman proved something of a success, the combined £20.5m spent here could’ve been used to draft in an array of competitors with the appropriate battling qualities to heave the club out of bother.
Birmingham fell into a similar trap in 2007/08, opting to spend £5m, which was double the amount their second-most expensive signing of that season cost, on Everton’s injury-plagued striker James McFadden.
History suggests bottom-placed Leicester will pay for pooling their proverbial eggs into one Kramaric-shaped basket with relegation, so back them to go down at 13/20.