January Transfer Window Needs For All Teams

In this article, i’ll be listing my personal opinion on all 20 premier league teams and what they require to either survive relegation , stay in the hunt and push for a trophy. From the bottom of the current table to the top.


 

Aston Villa 

  • After surviving relegation last season, the villains haven’t gotten off to the start they envisioned, the loss of Benteke and Fabian Delph have left them in shambles, Bench boss Tim Sherwood has already been replaced and Remi Garde is the new man in the firing line.
  1. A new striker – Gabriel Agbonlahor isn’t carrying his weight and some new depth is required.
  2. A new centre back – After the release of Ron Vlaar the team hasn’t been solid defensively, the team has conceded the 3rd most goals thus far.
  3. Goaltending competition – Brad Guzan hasn’t been as reliable as he was in the past, the defence hasn’t helped, but a young / hungry goalie to push Guzan to fight for his position might spark a fire.

 

Newcastle United 

  • $50 million dollars invested in the summer transfer window haven’t payed dividends. New boss Steve McClaren is on the hot seat, and the atmosphere around tyne side is quickly escalating into one of seasons past.
  1. A holding midfielder – With Cheick Tiote sidelined and subpar performances from Vernon Anita and Jack Colback, the team has been struggling to stay competitive.
  2. A new Centre Back – Fabricio Coloccini is ageing, he goes from exceptional performance to a dismal display. New summer signing Chancel Mbemba has looked promising, he needs a new partner if not two. Possible : Joel Matip – Shalke.
  3. Goaltending Competition – With Tim Krul still sidelined, the team has landed in Rob Elliot’s hands. They need a more capable backup if not a new starter. Possible : Victor Valdes – Manchester United or Stephane Ruffier – St. Etienne.

 

Bournemouth

  • After an encouraging start, the Cherry’s have started dropping like flies. They’ll need a major shake up to keep this fantasy alive.
  1. A new Striker – Callum Wilson had 5 goals in 7 starts and since his injury the team hasn’t had much luck in finding the back of the net.
  2. A new winger – A lack of creativity from the flanks haven’t helped, Junior Stanislas can only do so much.
  3. A new defensive back line – having allowed a league leading 30 goals thus far, the team needs a few fresh faces to sure up the back line. It won’t be easy with the limited budget.

 

Sunderland

  • Not many people are surprised to see Sunderland where they are, A lack of summer signings and the upcoming retirement of Sam Allardyce weighing heavy over head has left them in a position that’s destined for relegation, unless some defensive solidity and creativity is brought into the new year.
  1. A new striker – The 8million Sunderland spent on Fabio borini hasn’t panned out, he’s failed to score in his appearances and the team cannot continue to rely on Jermain Defoe.
  2. A new centre back – Younes Kaboul and John O’Shea have failed to creative a sturdy back line and Sunderland will require something special to survive.

 

Norwich City

  • After a positive start, the Canaries have started to flatline. Time has levelled the playing field and the subpar start that other teams had, have begun to turn around leaving Norwich somewhere near relegation .
  1. A new creative winger – Robbie Brady isn’t living up to expectations and his previous facilitating skills haven’t been on display.

 

Swansea City

  • After 8 points out of a possible 12 to start the season things have turned upside down, Garry Monk is on the hot seat, and the team will either replace him before the window or give him one last shot to make things happen.
  1. A new striker – Bafetimbi Gomis started exceptionally, his form has slowed to a standstill, a player of equal or greater skill is needed to push and get the best out of Gomis.
  2. New holding midfielder – With Gylfi Sigurosson’s playing in the number 10 role, Garry monk really needs someone to be a defensive force to allow Gylfi to go up the pitch to score and create wonderful plays with Andre Ayew.

 

Chelsea

  • Last years champions have certainly not lived up to expectations. With so many outgoing loan moves the team has been left shorthanded. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have been almost invisible this season, if Chelsea want to crack the top 4 they will need their big guns to start firing and consistently.
  1. A new centre midfielder – The team cannot rely on Fabregas and Matic to perform especially the way they have. Possible: Paul Pogba – Juventus , Granit Xhaka – Borussia Monchengladbach.
  2. A new striker – Diego Costa has been subpar and Falcao is all but gone, his loan deal with be moved on to another team at the earliest possible time. Possible: Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais.
  3. A new centre back – John Terry’s seemingly never ending run of form has most certainly run out, Gary Cahill is inconsistent, Kurt Zouma has been the only bright spot. Possible: Aleksandar Dragovic – Dynamo Kiev

 

West Bromwich Albion

  • West Brom is probably right where we all anticipated if not slightly better, Tony Pulis has continued to instil a team that thinks defensively first
  1. A new striker – With the imminent sale of Saido Berahino, the team will struggle to find someone of equal talent and value. With the money they will receive they could do any number of things.
  2. A new left / right back – The defence has been solid, but to really move forward the team needs some help from the back, a speedy wingback to supply crosses and make intelligent runs.

 

Stoke City 

  • After a somewhat dismal start, Stoke has started to heat up, the loss of Asmir Begovic was seen as a negative for the team, however upcoming goalie Jack Butland has been sensational and is being widely regarded as the next elite goaltender for club and country.
  1. A new centre back – With Butland playing so well, a solid line in front of him would only push him to another level.
  2. A new striker – The front line is not getting things done, Peter Crouch is beyond expired and the other options haven’t been much better.
  3. Xherdan Shaqiri was heralded as a player that would tip things for Stoke, possibly see them crack the top 10 and really stay there, its been the opposite, the Swiss international is yet to adapt in the English Premier League. The team needs to get him going and a way to do that is to bring in a competitive player to really push him.

 

Watford

  • The top promoted team has really impressed thus far, they’re intelligence going up the field has made them a real threat for any team.
  1. A centre midfielder – Watford need a proper ball distributer, they would really start clicking if they had the creativity and movement under a skilled midfielder.

Southampton

  • This point last season Southampton were still challenging for a top four position. After another summer where the team was gutted its beginning to show. Clyne and Schneiderlin were important cogs and they are being missed.
  1. A new striker – Pelle is back to form this season, however with no real backup the team could look to solidify the position.
  2. Not losing key players – Sadio Mane has been terrific and the threat of losing him will only damper the mood.
  3. A center midfielder – The loss of Morgan Schneiderlin has been felt and the team really needs to find a like for like replacement ( easier said then done ).

 

Everton

  • An up and down season has showed some real encouraging signs. The team has shown the ability to score at will and yet allow some easy goals as well. The play of Gerard Deulofeu has sparked the ability of other players around him, Lukaku is beginning to show his real potential and if the team can keep the current squad of players intact the future looks bright.
  1. A new left back – Leighton Baines is past his prime and these continues injuries will only hamper his on field ability, Loanee Luke Garbutt will hopefully make a positive impact upon his return from Fulham.
  2. A new centre back – If Everton can hold onto John Stones then they only need one replacement if he leaves, two would be needed, Jagielka has his ups and downs and some protection would be most welcome.

 

West Ham United

  • They continue to surprise week after week. The summer signings have panned out and despite a few key injuries they will look to maintain their position.
  1.  A new striker – With a few forwards linked to transfers the team will look to bring in similar if not greater quality players, Enner Valenica will be most welcome upon his return from injury.

 

Crystal Palace

  • Form has been consistent this season, not too good not too bad. Selhurst Park continues to be a hard park for any visiting team. In the summer transfer window, the team competed their highest paid transfer and its been a great success, Yohan Cabaye has smoothly transitioned back into the Premier League.
  1. A new centre back – The team has been able to combat offence with offence of their own, if they want to climb higher they will need to sure up defensively.
  2. Don’t change – The chemistry of this team seems to be in a sweet spot and a loss or even an addition could unbalance the teams current form, just continue with whats available and progressively get better from there.

 

Liverpool

  • The season sure has turned around and the current mood around Anfield is one of positivity. Brendan Rodgers has been sacked and Jurgen Klopp has turned the team around in what seems a fortnight. All thats needed now is consistent play and as few injuries as possible.
  1. A new centre back – Mamadou Sakho has only showed his true colours under Klopp, however just as things were settling nicely an untimely injury has disrupted his preferred back line, Lovren is still a shaky unreliable presence and Skyrtel’s age and style of play don’t seen to fit in the new regime. Possible: Aymeric Laporte -Athletic Bilbao, Nicolas Nkoulou – Marseille
  2. A new holding midfielder – With Liverpool’s injury bug, the squad can always use another top talent in their ranks. Possible: Adrian Rabiot – PSG

 

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Having not dropped any points since match day 1, the Spurs find themselves in a very nice position, The defence has been quite good and the form of Hugo Lloris is never in question. An added bonus in recent weeks is Harry Kane is back up to form.
  1. A new striker – Harry Kane is the only real option the Lilly whites have, and it needs to be rectified in order to keep Kane under pressure and performing.
  2. A new centre midfielder – There’s this feeling that if Dembele goes down injured then the squad will be in real trouble. Someone of similar ability or even slightly more defensive could be a good addition to the squad.

 

Arsenal

  • Having finished last season campaign so wonderfully, may expected Arsenal to start with a bang, and it was a few weeks before they found the form they needed. However now with some massive injuries the squad is set to show how tough they can be.
  1. A new striker – Giroud has been good when called upon and Walcott’s new position has suited him well however with Walcott injured along with Welbeck, the squad needs a new face to challenge for the position. Possible: Karim Benzema – Real Madrid, Gonzalo Higuian – Napoli
  2. A holding midfielder – Now more then ever the team absolutely need a new man, with Francis Coquelin injured the team will require a new ball winner, one with the same mentality and tenacity. Possible: William Carvalho – Sporting CP
  3. A new centre back – Arsenal’s back to are prone to have a bad game, Mertesaker is past his prime and a quality replacement is needed. Possible: Holger Badstuber – Bayern Munich

 

Manchester United

  • After a few season’s of change we are beginning to see a similar reflection of the Manchester teams of old. Van Gaal has spent cash freely and it’s begun to pay dividend. The one missing piece is an offence that creates and entertains week in and week out.
  1. A new winger – With Di Maria departing and Memphis not currently living up to the billing, the squad is looking for a speedy winger to supply and score goals. Possible: Sadio Mane – Southampton, Lucas Moura – PSG, Gareth Bale – Real Madrid.
  2. A new centre back – While Smalling is currently playing fantastically, his partners have changed, Phil Jones has looked encouraging in the time allowed to him, however a proper back is needed. Possible: Mats Hummels – Dortmund.
  3. A new left back – While Luke Shaw was brilliant before his injury the team hasn’t been able to cope with his injury too well. Therefore a new signing is required. Possible: Ricardo Rodriguez – Wolfsburg, Daryl Janmatt – Newcastle United.

 

Leicester City

  • What a start, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. Jamie Vardy and his timely goals and the terrific play of Mahrez have inspired this team to heights never achieved before.
  1. Don’t lose players – If the squad were to lose a key player at this moment the momentum gained would surely be lost.
  2. A new centre back – The teams offence has been undeniable, however the back four could use a shake up.

 

Manchester City 

  • After a string of 5 wins, the team slumped a bit, the injuries of Aguero and Silva didn’t help, however the team has showed its spirit and have stayed competitive while they await them.
  1. A new left / right back – Kolorov and Sagna have been excellent, yet their date of expiration is fast coming, if Manchester City want to have continued success they need to have suitable replacements waiting and trained.
  2. A new striker – With Aguero’s injury bug always a factor the team really needs a proper backup, Bony has been given opportunities and hasn’t quite delivered.

Whose flipped the skript?

10 games into the season and the writers must have their eyes crossed. A top 5 including West Ham & Leicester while current Champions – Chelsea sitting in 15th and already 11 points off the top… Aliens.

The influx of cash into the Premier League has turned up the entertainment value. Within a short window we’ve seen the balance of power shift and a level playing field emerge.

Teams that looked good on paper, haven’t shown it yet.

Naturally at the top of that list is Chelsea. A squad that didn’t need rotating last year seems completely out of touch. Mourinho’s brilliance has slowed, and his star’s haven’t performed. Reigning EPL player of the year Eden Hazard has been invisible, Diego Costa hasn’t found the form that made him runner up for the golden boot last season, and Cesc Fabregas hasn’t strung more then two passes together. Not sure what the future holds but if this stays the norm i’m fully expecting a massive overhaul or a new coach.

Liverpool has already changed managers, the era of the Brodge is over. Let the Klopp begin. After an encouraging start things slowly started slipping off, a lack of goal scoring ( still happening ) and just generally a lack of excitement. Coutinho is still looking to hit his stride, a string of injuries leaves the Reds quite shorthanded, new signing have been encouraging ( poor Danny Ings). I expect more to come once injuries and the new regime starts gelling.

Louis Van Gaal’s Army are marching to the beat of a drum, just not sure it’s his. United have pleasantly surprised, they’ve been lacklustre one game and stellar the next. Not gonna lie i’ve had a big foot in mouth moment over Anthony Martial, a move out of left field has turned into something special, he’s making Memphis look very foolish. Competing for the title seems quite possible, once certain injured players return ( Luke Shaw ) things could shape up quite nicely.

Arsene has been on a slippery slope for a while now, yet he always has this ability to turn things around right as the foot is about to slip. Arsenal have looked good, bad, brilliant and atrocious in the 10 games played so.. they are playing Arsenal football. Petr Cech has been everything and more, they’ve needed a goalie like this for a long time and he’s finally here. Ozil is seemingly back to his old self, influencing and creating chance after chance. Walcott has found a position he can play in and has been healthy thus far ( fingers crossed). It all looks rather promising, if Petr could get some help on the defensive side things would look even better.

Manchester City started with a bang, and the pattern seems to conclude that they would, win the championship .. they take a year off .. then win it again and so on. After a long season following the World Cup of 2014, it seems that all of City’s players have had a chance to take a breath and regain their composure. Vincent Kompany has returned with a bang, and up until his injury David Silva was a powerhouse. However now with Sergio Aguero out and the workload being left to the new kids on the block, only time will tell if they can keep the pattern going.

That’s all for now! not currently interested in writing about Spurs or Southampton, maybe next week.

Champions League Week 1 – Recap

Chelsea vs M. Tel-Aviv – 4-0 Chelsea

A comfortable win for Mourinho’s men. They played a squad that doesn’t normally see the pitch and it worked out quite nicely, we’ll have to see if this translates to the Premier league. Hazard still doesn’t look up to snuff and his first half penalty miss proved that. However the other 10 players played well and finally gave the Chelsea faithful something to cheer about.

Chelsea won’t have a problem exiting the group stage this year.

Dinamo Zagreb vs Arsenal – 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb

Arsenal qualified for their 18th consecutive Champions League group stage, and Wenger’s men working looking to make quick work of lesser opposition Zagreb. However an early Oxlade Chamberlain own goal followed by sending off of star striker Oliver Giroud left Arsenal seriously shorthanded. A late goal by Theo Walcott couldn’t save the visitors. Wonderful game for Zagreb and encourages them to move forward in what is a semi-difficult group.

I see Arsenal coming back.

Manchester City vs Juventus – 1-2 Juventus

Another season, another difficult group for Sky Blue fans. Week one featured a giant clash between the front runners to exit the group. At home City had a chance to really prove their intent this season and they really didn’t show us much. Yes they had possession and controlled the play quite easily, however on the counter they look vulnerable and Juventus  took advantage of that. Buffon also played like only he can. Pure class.

City will hope to rebound in week 2.

PSV vs Manchester United – 2-1 PSV

Memphis didn’t have to wait long to have a return game at his former ground. However his former team had a nasty surprise for him. The Atmosphere was wonderful, such a loud and beautiful stadium. The game began with United showing their prowess and control of play, They were dealt a real blow 30 minutes in when Luke Shaw was stretchered off, it’s a big loss for United. Memphis didn’t have to wait long to find the net, a beautifully worked move and a tidy finish say the red devils take the lead. It didn’t last long and when the half time whistle blew it was 1-1.

The second half showed a more confident PSV side. The late goal only spurred them on, and they no longer looked afraid of the giant across the pitch. The match ended and PSV secured on of the larger upsets in recent memory.

United have a reasonably easy group, so i’m expecting them to bounce back and more then likely take tops of the group.

Financial fair my ass.

This is but a small taste of the disparity between teams in the English Premiere League, this analysis is done by Transfermarkt.com and only evaluates the player worth on teams, it doesn’t take into account other factors ( sponsorships, attendance, brands, jersey sales, TV rights etc ). This is up to date as of Sept.1/2015

1 – Chelsea – 531.75 Million

2 – Manchester City – 480.85 Million

3 – Arsenal – 402.25 Million

4 – Manchester United – 377.25 Million

5 – Liverpool – 330.25 Million

6 – Tottenham – 288.00 Million

7 – Everton – 194.30 Million

8 – Southampton – 185.75 Million

9 – West Ham United – 165.00 Million

10 – Newcastle United – 157.50 Million

11 – Swansea – 129.25 Million

12 – Crystal Palace – 116.75 Million

13 – Stoke – 116.25 Million

14 – Sunderland 113.25 Million

15 – Aston Villa – 105.55 Million

16 – West Bromwich Albion – 93.50 Million

17 – Leicester City – 89.90 Million

18 – Watford – 82.5 Million

19 – Norwich City – 72.65 Million

20 – Bournemouth – 52.55 Million

No wonder its only a 6 man fight with these gaps. Financial fair play is trying to close the gap, however there are too many loop holes in the system and like baseball its far too late to impose a salary cap.

Manchester City F.C.

After a rather disappointing season, the Sky Blues are back on top. It seems as if the wear and tear of that 2014 World Cup seemed to hinder many of their players, however now with adequate time off and a chance to dispel all those nagging aches and pains the squad is back on form and look as dangerous as ever.

Big money spenders, Last summer it was their rivals in red that splashed the cash this year the Citizens returned the favour. Bringing in Raheem Sterling from liverpool and a late move for Kevin De Bruyne really showed their financial muscle. Not to mention a well known centre back in Nicolas Otamendi and some midfield depth in Fabian Delph.

Manuel Pellegrini who looked to be on his last two legs last season has been given new life, a squad with all the capabilities to compete in all competitions. However i have a feeling no matter how well the team does domestically it won’t matter. The sponsors are clamouring for victories outside of England, and without that we’ll see a coaching change next summer.

Perfect. Thats how City have started the season, not only that but they’ve yet to concede a goal & have scored prolifically thus far.

David Silva looks like he’s literally on fire this year, we’ve all known how special he is but this season. .  the man is a lunatic, creating goal scoring opportunity after another.

I hate to say it, especially this early but this is looking like a one man dash. Hopefully for the good of the league and fan entertainment they slow down and we have a proper title clash.

Prediction : Safe – 1st