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Premier League - transfers every club needs

Posted: Jan 11, 2021

And so return the heady days of the Winter Transfer window, and it's worth wondering what every Premier League club needs in the transfer window. Some like Chelsea had expensive summer outlays, others like Burnley were far less impressive. Of course, there's a new ownership team at Turf Moor now, so who knows? We might get a big transfer or two.

Done Deals

Some deals have already happened, of course. West ham have cut their losses on misfiring £45 million striker Sebastien Haller, letting the Frenchman join Ajax for a fee about half that. They've also parted ways with veteran winger Robert Snodgrass, with the Scot switching West Ham for West Brom. Wolves have bolstered their ranks by recalling two loanees, Patrick Cutrone and Morgan Gibbs-White. Brighton have a similar boost, with striker Percy Tau finally getting his work permit post-Brexit and cutting short his loan at Anderlecht. Arsenal have allowed William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac to depart on loan, with neither having had game time this season. Manchester United have finally got their hands on Amad Diallo, the winger arriving from Atalanta amidst fanfare after a deal was agreed in the summer.

But there's still a fair bit of activity yet to come. With that in mind, I attempt to see what every club might need in this transfer window!


Who they signed last summer: Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos (loan), Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Runar Alex Runarsson

Premier League transfer they need: A creative midfielder. The rift with Mesut Ozil is irreconcilable, but he would've been exactly what was needed. There was a genuine case earlier for Arsenal to be considered as part of a relegation scrap, such was their malaise. Bukayo Saka, and more recently, Emile Smith-Rowe have done well, but they can't do it all. Lyon's Houssem Aouar is a possible option, and he may be tempted to leave Lyon. Another striker could be a good investment, with all three of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Nketiah inconsistent in the league. Another centre-back could be signed as well, with Mustafi, Luiz and Holding all having unconvincing moments.


Aston Villa

Who they signed last summer: Matty Cash, Emiliano Martinez, Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Ross Barkley (loan)

Premier League transfer they need: Another midfielder. Dean Smith has turned to youth, bringing Jacob Ramsey into the midifield in recent times. He doesn't trust other options, and some depth would be good. Wesley struggles last season, and although he is nearing fitness, another striker to support Watkins could be necessary. Aston Villa are 8th in the table, 3 points behind the Champions League places. The form of Jack Grealish, his connection to Ross Barkley, and the recent form od berrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi means that they wouldn't need to break the bank.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Who they signed last summer: Joel Veltman, Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, Andi Zeqiri

Premier League transfer they need: Danny Welbeck has added a few goals to a misfiring forward line. Percy Tau will return for some attacking reinforcements, but that won't solve all their problems. They could do with a better central midfielder to partner the impressive Yves Bissouma. An actual left-back would be good, too. Dan Burn is unnatural at left-back or left wing-back and Solly March is a winger. With Mat Ryan falling out of favour, some goalkeeping competition for Robert Sanchez is necessary.


Who they signed last summer: Dale Stephens, Will Norris

Premier League transfer they need: They've made a huge signing already - their new owners. Ambitious owners who are ready to back the coach provides some impetus for Sean Dyche. Burnley started horribly, having to wait until their 8th league game for their first win, although one loss in their last five is clear improvement. He could do with reinforcements in central midfield despite academy youngster Josh Benson's rise, and on the wings. Creativity from out wide has been missing this season with Gudmundsson's injury. Their midfield depth is flimsy, and the outgoing centre-back Ben Gibson wasn't replaced, so that's another position to improve. Right-back is another spot that could do with depth and competition.


Who they signed last summer: Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy

Premier League transfer they need: You'd think the one club that wouldn't need a January outlay would be Chelsea. Yet here we are. It's all gone horribly wrong for Frank Lampard's side in recent weeks. After a long unbeaten run and a string of impressive run, it's all come crashing down. They have had problems in defensive midfield. N'Golo Kante can't play every game, while Jorginho and Kovacic aren't up to the task. Declan Rice would be a dream signing, although this may no0t be the correct window for that. Bringing the fantastic Conor Gallagher back from his loan at West Brom will improve the squad. Maybe another winger? All three of Pulisic, Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi are injury prone. Oh, and keep hold of Olivier Giroud.

Crystal Palace

Who they signed last summer: Eberechi Eze, Michy Batshuayi (loan), Nathan Ferguson, Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Butland

Premier League transfer they need: It's been mixed. There have been some flashes of brilliance, but far too often, they have surrenderde meekly. Crystal Palace with Wilfried Zaha and Curstal Palace without Wilfried Zaha are completely different teams. There's hardly any creativity without the Ivorian. Eze has emerged as a fantastic option, however, and Jairo Riedewald has been redefined as a defensive midfielder. Batshuayi clearly hasn't worked out, so that's one deal better cut short. Instead, they should target another striking option. Another option to cover for Zaha's absence would be good. They do need a centre-back, with Sakho error-prone and Cahill not as quick anymore. Clyne's contract should also be extended at least till the end of the season.


Who they signed last summer: James Rodriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Ben Godfrey, Robin Olsen (loan), Niels Nkounkou

Premier League transfer they need: Full-backs. Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman were injured, which led to Ancelotti playing Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate as make-shift full-backs. Depth in these positions will be important. Another striker will be necessary too, as the explosive forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin will need respite as well as competition. An explosive start, then a run of defeats, and a resurgence. It's left them 7th in the table, level on points with 4th.


Who they signed last summer: Antonee Robinson, Ola Aina (loan), Kenny Tete (loan), Tosin Adarabioyo, Joachim Andersen (loan), Terence Kongolo, Alphonse Areola (loan), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan), Mario Lemina (loan), Ademola Lookman (loan)

Premier League transfer they need: It has mostly been torrid. They've only won two games so far and are in 18th place with just 11 points. There are signs of improvement, however. They have found defensive stability, with a back four of Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen and Aina doing well in the last few games. They do need a striker. Mitrovic is out of sorts and out of favour. Scott Parker needs a good striker with aerial presence and one who can hold up the ball well. Lookman has impressed, but Cavaleiro's end product leaves a lot to be desired. Another winger is needed to share the attacking responsibilities.

Leeds United

Who they signed last summer: Helder Costa, Ilan Meslier, Jack Harrison (loan), Rodrigo, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Raphinha, Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville

Premier League transfer they need: Another defender. They've had a mixed bag of results - 5-0 and 5-2 wins have impressed, but two 4-1 losses and 6-2 loss to Manchester United leaves a lot to be desired. Their defensive injury crisis hasn't helped. With Diego Llorente, Robinm Koch and Liam Cooper all injured, so Luke Ayling is playing beside the young Pascal Struijk. Another option, may be a short loan, will help them in the second half of the season. Central midfield is another position where reinforcements might help. Jamie Shackleton is their only real option beyond the stqarting pair orf Matuesz Klich and Kalvin Phillips. With Rodrigo playing deeper, another striker to compete with Bamford could be on the cards.

Leicester City

Who they signed last summer: Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Cengiz Under (loan)

Premier League transfer they need: One more centre-back. Wes Morgan cannot play as much any more, while Caglar Soyuncu is injured long-term. A back-up for Jamie Vardy has long been needed. Making that signing this window will help them in the title quest they find themselves in. Nampalys Mendy has deputised well when Wilfred Ndidi has been missing, although Hamza Choudhury may look for a move away. Cengiz Under has done well in few minutes, and Brendan Rodgers should use him more. Ayoze Perez has done well in a slightly different role. Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani will probably leave, so signing another winger could be on the cards as well.


Who they signed last summer: Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Kostas Tsimikas

Premier League transfer they need: A central defender. Nothing's utterly necessary for Liverpool, but a centre-back may be nice. Van Dijk's injury was compounded by Joe Gomez's injury. Joel Matip is also injury prone, which has often left Fabinho as the only senior player capable of playing there. Youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams have done admirably, but they're inexperienced, and a more experienced option would help in the business end. Other than that, everything looks set. Thiago's return from injury will improve the midfield, and the rise of Caioimhim Kelleher has reduced Klopp's dependency on error-prone Adrian.

Manchester City

Who they signed last summer: Ferran Torres, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Scott Carson (loan), Pablo Moreno, Yan Couto

Premier League transfer they need: A striker, and a left-back. This may not be the window best suited for marquee signings, but they'll still need players in those positions. Sergio Aguero has been injured almost constantly, while Gabriel Jesus is inconsistent. Guardiola has used Sterling, Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne as make-shift forwards. He also called up youth team striker Liam Delap. A more definitive option is needed, like much touted Erling Haaland. Left-back is a problem position. Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko aren't the best suited options, with the latter converted from midfield. Otherwise, it looks like a settled squad. A Leroy Sane replacement might be too much to ask for in January.

Manchester United

Who they signed last summer: Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani, Odion Ighalo (loan), Facundo Pellistri

Premier League transfer they need: Amad Diallo's arrival gives them an actual winger to pick. They are pretty well endowed in most positions, particularly central midfield. Bruno Fernandes has taken Manchester United level on points at the top with a game in hand. They could do with another centre-back, with Maguire, Lindelof and Bailly all having some iffy moments. With Diogo Dalot in Milan, a right-back to compete with Wan-Bissaka is needed too. Things look pretty good otherise for their aquad. They should get rid of some of the deadwood, like Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

Newcastle United

Who they signed last summer: Mark Gillespie, Jeff Hendrick, Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis

Premier League transfer they need: It is difficult to pin-point what they need. Joelinton has had a torrid time since arriving on Tyneside, and Andy Carroll hardly scores, so another striker to compete with Callum Wilson would be good. Jamal Lewis has been good at left-back. Signing a quality centre-back will improve their lime-up. Jacob Murphy has been a good revelation mid-season and reduces the need for signing another winger. A defensive midfielder would be nice, but a more consistent creative midfielder is more needed.

Sheffield United

Who they signed last summer: Wes Foderingham, Aaron Ramsdale, Jayden Bogle, Max Lowe, Ethan Ampadu (loan), Oliver Burke, Rhian Brewster

Premier League transfer they need: On paper, it looks like a good squad. Rhian Brewster is yet to score, however. Lys Mousset seems to have lost his scoring touch. David McGoldrick has played well, but Oli McBurnie has been injured for spells, robbing Sheffield of probably their best strike pairing. John Lundstram, John Fleck and Enda Stevens have underwhelmed. They could do with a centre-back to fill in for injured Jack O'Connell and a creative, goalscoring midfielder. Mostly, though, they need their strikers to fire if they are to survive somehow.


Who they signed last summer: Kyle Walker-Peters, Mohamed Salisu, Ibrahima Diallo, Theo Walcott (loan)

Premier League transfer they need: They've come a long way since that 9-0 defeat to Leicester. They've done well, and the win over Liverpool is sure sign of progress. They're 5th, and have a good squad. They could do with a winger and competition at full-back, but that's about it. Che Adams and Oriol Romeu have vastly improved this season, and Jannik Vestergaard is one of the best this season at centre-back.

Tottenham Hotspur

Who they signed last summer: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Gareth Bale (loan), Carlos Vinicius (loan), Joe Rodon

Premier League transfer they need: They may have fallen behind a little, but they're definitely in the title race. Mourinho has built a great squad that covers all bases, and you'd be hard-pressed to find gaps. Maybe another winger? Bergwijn, Lucas, Lamela and Bale have all flattered to deceive. Probab;y a right-back, too. Aurier could be unpredictable, and Doherty hasn't exactly impressed.

West Bromwich Albion

Who they signed last summer: Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangana, Cedric Kipre, David Button, Callum Robinson, Branislav Ivanovic, Conor Gallagher (loan), Filip Krovinovic (loan), Karlan Grant

Premier League transfer they need: Where to begin? Karlan Grant has only scored once, so a more prolific forward. Sam Allardyce has the nous to keep the side in the top flight, but he will need signings. Another centre-back would be good, with Ivanovic off the pace. Sam Johnstone has been brilliant in goal, but he need his defence to help. A creative midfielder and a winger would be quite perfect for West Brom's squad.

West Ham United

Who they signed last summer: Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson (loan), Said Benrahma (loan)

Premier League transfer they need: West Ham were expected to be relegation fodder under Moyes this season. Yet, they lie 10th in the table, only three points off the Champions league slots. They have really well this season. Michail Antonio has kept up his goalscoring record. Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals have been brilliant in attacking midfield. Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are solid together in midfield. The defence has improved too. with Coufal a top acquisition, The sale of Haller means another striker is a priority. A cenre-back will be good too. Otherwise, Moyes should stick with this squad.


Who they signed last summer: Matija Sarkic, Fabio Silva, Marcal, Vitinha (loan), Ki-Jana Hoever, Nelson Semedo, Rayan Ait-Nouri (loan)

Premier League transfer they need: Raul Jimenez's unfortunate head injury has left them short up front. Fabio Silva is unconvincing, and the returning Patrick Cutrone struggled last time at the Molineux. Diego Costa would be a great signing. He's a free agent, and proven at the Premier League level. Otherwise their squad is alright. The form of Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence has ensured Diogo Jota's absende hasn't been felt. M0rgan Gibbs-White will ad another creative midfield option.