Everyone is aware of how tight things are at the summit of the Championship, and with transfer window now closed, some teams looked to strengthen while others remained quiet.

Derby County, for example, added experience and quality with the likes of Darren Bent and Tom Ince to what already was a strong squad, albeit on loan. Ipswich also added Premier League experience through the addition of Freddie Sears and Noel Hunt, already proving their worth in their search to return to the top tier.

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However, for the pace setters in the Championship, AFC Bournemouth, there were no additions to speak of. It remains to be seen whether the lack of transfer activity will come back to haunt them, but don’t forget that this is a team who made 10 changes to their consistent League team and saw off West Brom in the League Cup 4th Round.

There is still the option for loan moves to take place later on this month, so teams still have the opportunity to add to their squads which they may indeed look to do. However, with many of the key players such as Matt Ritchie and Harry Arter signing new long term deals, it could be argued that the best bit of business Bournemouth did this transfer window was keeping together their deep and talented squad.

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