So the special one has announced his return to Chelsea, and I can think of no better excuse to take a break from revision and look at what I think each team should do in the rest of this transfer window, which is just under 3 months.
First is Arsenal. And in a recent column I attacked Arsenal for not really going anywhere. And, whilst I many have taken a wee bit of flack for this from some Arsenal supporting friends, I can only see one way that they are going to improve and challenge for trophies once again, and that is to go out and buy a 20+ million player who is proven at European level. Actually make that 2, and attacking one, and a defender. I don’t think Williams is really the answer for them at the back, someone more proven than that for me. But if they could sign Higuain up front, that is exactly the kind of signing they want to be making.
Aston Villa have 2 goals in this transfer window. First and foremost is to keep a hold of Benteke. He was obviously their stand out player last year as he has everything you need as a striker. Secondly is a couple of more experienced player, not even to necessarily to play, but to help the youngsters learn off the pitch. I’d say at least one defender and one midfielder, particularly after Stan Petrov had to retire.
The first of the new boy, Cardiff, it’s obvious what the have to do. And that is sign some players with premier league experience, I’d say through the spine of the team. A center back, center midfielder and a striker. But there is enough quality in the squad that they don’t have to add too much to be in with a chance of staying up.
Now Chelsea, as I say the special one is back, and he will most likely address what I think may be a concern, which is a top quality center back. Luiz is more a midfielder, Cahill hasn’t been amazing for them and Terry looks like he’s coming towards the end of his career. What they really need though is a finisher up front. Neither Ba nor Torres will be good enough for title challengers, and whilst they’ve missed out on Falcao, Cavani is available and they should try and snap him up.
Crystal Palace. Now to be honest I’ve not seen a lot of them. But Glen Murray may well be the player like Holt and Lambert who finally gets a chance in the prem and takes it. With Holloway in charge it’ll be interesting, but if they want to stay up they need to defensively stronger than Blackpool were in his previous Prem outing.
Everton will want to try and keep Baines and Fellaini from former manager Moyes, but if they can’t they will obviously need a new left back and center mid. If the Martinez rumors are true I could definitely see them being Figueroa and either Maloney or McCarthy. I think what they have to do is keep Mirallas. He’s their best player if you ask me. And clearly the most pressing new face will be a manager, probably Martinez.
Fulham will obvious be prioritising keeping hold of Berbatov and Ruiz. But in terms of incoming players they need creative ones. Maybe McCleary or even Taarabt or Shaun Wright-Phillips from QPR.
I think Hull are a bit like Cardiff in they need to buy Premier league experience. The problem for Hull is that they probably need 7 or 8 players, and as QPR showed it can be hard to bring in that many players who are committed. If I’m honest I can’t see Hull still being in the Prem in a years time.
Liverpool have already agreed a deal for Kolo Toure as a replacement for Carragher, which on a free is very good deal, I think if they could bring in a younger center back, like Papadopoulos from Schalke, then that would be good buisiness. Obviously if Suarez leaves then we’ll need a new attacking player, personally I’d love to see Eriksen.
I think City will give funds to their new manager, probably Pellegrini. And if it is Pellegrini expect to see Isco follow him from Malaga. They’ll probably also challenge Chelsea for the signing of Cavani, and will want to try and bring Bale in from Spurs, which would be interesting to see how he fits in there.
United may be spoiled up front, but they need creativity in the midfield. Carrick and Kagawa can’t do it alone, whilst Cleverly and Anderson aren’t good enough and Valencia and Nani aren’t really David Moyes kind of players for me. Obviosly they’ve been heavily linked with Ronaldo (I seriously doubt it) and Bale (not sure they’ll spend that much on one player) but maybe someone like Hernanes at Lazio would be perfect for Man U or Gundogan from Dortmund.
Newcastle need to keep hold of Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Cabaye. Then they need to buy a top quality center back and a striker, as they never really replaced Ba. Finally they need to add a bit of depth to help deal with any injuries, as they failed to do last season. Over to you Ashley, open that cheque book. Oh and maybe branch out from France a wee bit.
Norwich need to add some creativity. There are players capable of scoring, but only really Snodgrass creates a huge amount. I think van Wolfswinkel will be a very signing for them, and will fit into Hughton’s system better than Holt has. But Maloney would be perfect player to bring into that system.
Southampton only have a couple of areas to strengthen, central defence and the goalkeeper. If the could get Julio Caesar it’d be a great signing for them, but as Arsenal want him maybe Rob Green or Alex McCarthy are more realistic. I think Southampton are more Ashley William’s level, but he wouldn’t move there from Swansea as there isn’t much to chose between the teams. Maybe a youngster like Pierce or Morrison from Reading.
Stoke are lacking a lot of creativity. I was going to write they needed wingers as their current ones don’t seem to be doing the job. But with Pulis gone there may well be a change of style. That said I’m not sure how Mark Hughes will go about it, I’d just suggest that he buy a bit more carefully than he did at QPR.
Sunderland’s big weakness for me is the defence. They need a new one. That’s what they need to ensure. If they can do that and get Fletcher fit they should be fine next season as I’m sure the likes of Sessegnon and Johnson will find their form. Finally they’ll have to try and keep hold of Mignolet, he’s a wanted man, but could be key in keeping Sunderland up next year.
Swansea are an interesting one. They don’t really have the money to make the next step up, and I’m going to include West Brom in here as well. I don’t think either has the funds to break into Europe so all they can really do is add a bit more depth to the squad. Swansea ill obviously have to keep Michu, whilst WBA will want to try and get Lukaku back for another loan spell if possible, if not then they will need a new striker.
Spurs need a new striker. Adebayor just doesn’t cut it at the top level, and Defoe has been so poor this year. If they could finally land Damiao that’d be what they need. If the do sell Bale then it’ll be for a lot. That might give them the funds to try and join the battle for Cavani. There are also rumors of Benteke wanting a move to Spurs. They’d need a new midfielder maybe either Hernanes or Gundogan. I also think that regardless of what happens to Bale, McManaman would be a good signing, he’d offer some squad depth, and he’d learn a lot off Bale if he chooses to stay. If Bale stays the Spurs need a couple, including a striker, if he leaves then they need 4 maybe even 5 quality signings.
Obviously West Ham would like to keep Carroll, but if they can’t then they would need to find a replacement. Maybe bringing Ba back would be a possibility, or getting Lukaku in on loan. But we know that Allerdyce will want to bring in big tough lads, and maybe a top quality winger to improve their deliveries into the box.
So that’s my thoughts of what teams need to do in the just under three months to the end of the transfer window. If you disagree on what your team should do I’d love to know.