The transfer window is now in full flow and some Premier League sides still have weaknesses that need to be resolved.
Last years runaway Premier League winners are the ones to catch this season, and this window is vital for their competitors to close that gap.
Also, the fight against the drop appears to be getting tighter and tighter every season. This now means that recruitment is as important as it has ever been.
With that in mind, I have identified the most important areas for each club to be strengthened.
The Gunners have secured the services of Willian and Gabriel so far this window. Last seasons recruit William Salbia is now available after returning from his loan move at St Etienne.
However, an attacking midfielder may be needed if Mesut Ozil is still no longer in Mikel Arteta’s plans.
The Midlands side desperately need a striker, Wesley is coming back from a long term injury but the jury was almost out on him before that. His replacement Ally Samatta did not set the world alight either. With Dean Smith’s mean just avoiding relegation last season, some firepower is desperately needed.
A midfielder who can create something out of nothing is needed for Sean Dyche’s side. The Clarets became over-reliant on Dwight McNeil last season who is still only 20-years old. Interestingly, Burnley only scored 43 goals last season, which was only two more than Aston Villa (41) who fought relegation. Perhaps a midfielder who can chip in with goals and assists could help them mount a serious Europa League place challenge.
Following Glenn Murray’s loan move to Watford, the Seagulls are looking thin up top in terms of goals. The three strikers have Brighton are left with (Connolly, Maupay and Andone) have lacked goals since their arrivals at the Amex stadium. A striker who can guarantee goals could see Brighton become a strong mid table side.
This one is an easy one, Chelsea simply need a goalkeeper. Kepa just simply is not the answer at Stamford Bridge, he conceded 47 goals last season which is too high. With the signing’s Chelsea have already made, could a safe pair of hands propel them to becoming title challengers?
Can Palace keep hold of Wilfred Zaha for another season? it would be remarkable if the London team could do this. Having already brought in Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze, keeping hold of Zaha could prove to be a successful window.
Everton needs a complete overhaul in midfield, with questions surrounding their current players with the exception of Andre Gomes. The Toffees are now heavily linked with James Rodriguez and Allan, who would massively improve this current side. A complete midfield could see Everton become outsides for a top-four finish.
The reason Fulham went down two seasons ago was their inability to stop conceding goals. With the likes of Knockaert and Mitrovic up top, Fulham will be a threat this season. So adding more Premier League experience at the back could improve their chances of staying up.
Having failed to sign Ben White following a hugely successful loan move last season, Leeds are desperate for a centre back. The way in which Bielsa sets his team up to attack could leave them vulnerable at the back. If they bring in a proven centre half, this could be a big season for Bielsa’s men.
A left-back is a priority after losing Ben Chilwell to Chelsea, but a new striker and centre back should also be targeted. Sadly, Kelechi Iheanacho has not impressed since his arrival and does not fill fans with hope if Vardy was to get injured for some time. Also, Çağlar Söyüncü had a brilliant season last year, but when he did not play at the end of the season, the team did not look the same.
Thiago Alacantara will he or won’t he? that is the biggest question surrounding the Premier League Champions this summer and he is just what they need. That creative spark in the midfield is just what the team needs right now going into a title defence.
Their move for Lionel Messi is still a thing of dreams right now, but City still have other priorities. Even after the arrival of Nathan Ake this summer, another proven centre back is needed. Also, given the injury history and the defensive errors he makes, competition for left-back Benjamin Mendy is also required.
United have just signed Donny van de Beek to play that holding midfielder role which was needed for them. However, all summer we have heard strong rumours about Jadon Sancho moving back to England from Germany but talks have stalled. There are more priority positions for United with a centre back and a world-class left-back urgently needed.
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The Magpies need a striker and it is as simple as that. Last season’s £40 million record signing Joelinton only managed two Premier League goals all season. With Dwight Gayle currently injured and Andy Carroll still having his fitness issues, a new striker is needed at St. James’ Park.
This is yet another side that will be needing a striker going into the new season. Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie failed to hit the heights that were expected last season. Their defence was the main reason they had such a strong first season back in the Premier League, if they want to build on that campaign they need goals.
The second half of the season turn around by the Saints was nothing short of remarkable, and now is the time to build on that. Their defence and strikers are looking solid now at St. Mary’s now, however after losing captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg leaving, some fresh blood in midfield is needed.
Jose’s side have made three solid signings in Joe Hart, Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg so far. If they can keep hold of some of their biggest names this window, then they can think of this window as a success.
Back in the Premier League after two seasons season away and the Baggies will be looking for fresh faces in the dressing room. The hardest parts of staying up are scoring goals and not conceding goals, West Brom will need to inject goals into their side but more defensive cover may be more of a priority.
Despite the impressive form of Michail Antonio at the end of the season, West Ham need a proven striker. Last summers signing Sebastian Haller failed to live up to expectations at the London stadium. If they want to avoid a season like their last, they need to bring someone in to score goals.
The obvious go-to is a replacement for Matt Doherty after his move to Spurs. But with João Moutinho turning 34 a the start of the new season, fresh legs will be needed if Wolves have any ambition of challenging for a top-four place.