Premier League transfer needs: Where does each club need to strengthen?
Where does each club need to strengthen during the January transfer window?
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Here’s a quick look at all 20 Premier League teams and the business they should do, if possible, over the next few weeks before the window slams shut on February 2.
Let’s get to it, as PL managers and chairman will be scheming on how to shift players on and bring in reinforcements.
|Striker||Manchester City: The Citizens have been hit with injuries up top and adding a new forward will bolster their charge in the UCL and the PL. Playing Milner in the false nine role should not be an option. Will Wilfried Bony arrive?|
|Center Back||Chelsea: An injury to John Terry or Gary Cahill would be pretty disastrous right now. Kurt Zouma & Ivanovic can step in, but Jose should look to bolster his slightly leaky backline. Maybe Micah Richards?|
|Defenders||Manchester United: Well, United certainly do not need forwards. Reports continue to link the Red Devils with Mats Hummels. That would be a perfect buy.|
|Center Back||West Ham: The Hammers are going to lose Winston Reid on a freebie and although they’ve signed Doneil Henry, he’s one for the future. Big Sam has a little work to do.|
|CB/Holding Mid||Arsenal: Ah, the Gunners. Every transfer window they should sign a new center back or holding midfielder... then they go and buy another forward. Arsene, never change. Expect for this window, as Morgan Schneiderlin and Moussa Sissoko could arrive.|
|Striker||Stoke City: Mark Hughes’ men are pretty well stocked across the board but they could certainly do with some more goals. Peter Crouch has been linked with a move to QPR. Maybe Hughes can trade him in for a younger, more prolific model?|
|CB/Striker/GK||Everton: Roberto Martinez has spoken about getting a new ‘keeper in during Tim Howard’s injury as Joel Robles has struggled. The Toffees need a new CB and a striker too, as their PL woes continue. They are in the knockout stages of the Europa League, so need reinforcements.|
|Defender/GK||Newcastle United: With Alan Pardew gone and no new manager in place, the Magpies need more than a few new faces. With Tim Krul out, an experienced ‘keeper on loan could do the business. But they must not let Sissoko and others leave.|
|Striker||Burnley: We all know Burnley have the lowest budget in the PL and probably won’t do much business. If they are going to stay up, against all the odds, they need to score more. Getting a striker in on loan is a must.|
|Striker||Southampton: Saints are set, despite losing a few players to injury and the Asia Cup and African Cup of Nations. They have already signed Eljero Elia on loan and may need one more attacking option in case Graziano Pelle goes down.|
|Winger||Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs are looking decent, with DeAndre Yedlin arriving and Kyle Walker coming back from injury, they look okay across the board. Rumors of Pochettino buying Jay Rodriguez persisted in the summer. Can Spurs afford him? Maybe Delph will turn up?|
|Striker/Attacking mid||Sunderland: With Jozy Altidore likely to head out of the door in January, Sunderland will replace him and need goals. The third-lowest scoring team in the PL have been linked with Brown Ideye from West Brom.|
|Striker/Winger||Aston Villa: Talking about low-scoring, Villa have scored 11 times in 20 games this season. Awful. The Villains need a new man to partner Benteke, but all the rumors are about Delph, Vlaar and others leaving.|
|CB/Striker||West Brom: Tony Pulis is now in charge at the Hawthorns so expect him to wheel and deal this January. Does he get the final say on deals? He should do, as the new guys brought in this summer are struggling. Crouch could arrive, but Berahino may leave.|
|Center Back||QPR: Going forward the R’s look dangerous every game. They just need to shore things up at the back. With Richard Dunne and Rio Ferdinand not getting any younger, is Virgil van Dijk the answer?|
|CB/Striker||Liverpool: The Reds will need to get another forward in if their recent upsurge is to continue. Balotelli and Lambert just aren’t doing it and who knows how rusty Sturridge will be? Bony and Berahino should be their main targets. Also, another CB and more is needed badly. Work to do.|
|Striker/CB||Crystal Palace: With Alan Pardew on board, he needs to strengthen his squad to sustain a battle against relegation. Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan has been rumored, another CB would be decent too.|
|Striker/Center mid||Swansea City: Bony could leave so the Swans will need to line up another forward. They have Nelson Olivera arriving on loan from Benfica, but he’s young and unproven. With Jonjo Shelvey struggling, they need extra bodies in midfield too.|
|Striker/CM/CB||Hull City: Steve Bruce went for it on the summer window, but not all of those moves have panned out. The Tigers have been linked with Vedran Corluka but have been priced out of a move for Jermain Defoe.|
|Striker/CB||Leicester City: Defoe is the main man linked with Leicester as Nigel Pearson wants to add more goals to his front line (who doesn’t?). Some more experienced bodies here and there will help the Foxes, big time.|