1 transfer every top-6 club of Premier League needs in January-window
The January transfer window is upon us. The much-awaited window opened on 1st January and closes on 31st January. The Premier League sides would be hoping to beef up their squad ahead of a busy season as four sides from England have qualified for the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League as well. Back at home, Liverpool is at the top of the pile, followed by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at second and third respectively.
We take a look at one position that every top six team of the Premier League needs to bolster in the upcoming window.
1. Liverpool (Left back)
Liverpool has been top of the table in the premier league, mostly due to their unbreachable defence. The Jurgen Klopp side has conceded just 7 goals this League campaign. The credit for this goes to the trio of Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and goalkeeper Alisson. Roberston has been a constant threat down the left flank and his superb speed helps him get back in time to defend.
The only back up for Robertson is Alberto Moreno who is prone to mistakes. Klopp doesn’t trust Moreno a lot and only opts for him when he desperately wants to rest Robertson. It might not be wrong to say that Liverpool is a Robertson’s injury away from a crisis in defence. An adequate cover for Robertson is the need of the hour.
2. Tottenham Hotspur (Central midfielder)
Injuries to regulars like Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama has left Tottenham short of options in the central midfield. Pochettino has started Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp to support Moussa Sissoko in the midfield in recent weeks. While Sissoko has improved a lot, Winks and Skipp are still unfinished products.
Both are very young and are still coming to terms with the pace of the Premier League. For a team hoping to challenge for the title, Spurs need better options in the middle of the pitch.
3. Manchester City (Defensive midfielder)
Who would have thought that an injury to the 33-year-old Fernandinho would come to haunt the defending champions in the Premier League? Manchester City’s campaign has been derailed in December, suffering defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City. The player which was missed the most during these defeats was Fernandinho.
Pep opted for John Stones against Crystal Palace in place of Fernandinho while Ilkay Gundogan started at Leicester. Both of them struggled to break down opposition attacks, resulting in City conceding 5 goals in two games. Fernandinho has played more than 2000 minutes in the league and looks knackered.
4. Chelsea (Striker)
Chelsea looked very good at the beginning of the season and was considered as title contenders with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. However, they have lost steam during the past few matches. Much of the blame for that goes to their forward line. Chelsea currently has two very good strikers who are woefully out of form.
While Alvaro Morata has netted 5 league goals this campaign, Olivier Giroud has scored just one. The fact that Maurizio Sarri has opted for Eden Hazard in the false no. 9 role speaks volumes about Chelsea’s striker troubles. Callum Wilson from Bournemouth has been in red hot form this season and might just be the striker Chelsea desperately need.
5. Arsenal (Centre back)
Arsenal started the season with a problem of plenty at the back. They had four fit centre-halves at the start of the season in the form of Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos. However, at the halfway mark of the season, they have lost Holding and Mustafi to injury.
Laurent Koscielny made his much-awaited return from injury after a 7-month layoff but the former French international has struggled. If Granit Xhaka is made to play as a centre-half, it speaks a lot about the lack of options at the back. Unai Emery has himself hinted that he wants to sign a centre back during the transfer window.
6. Manchester United (Centre back)
Last season, Manchester United were very impressive at the back as they conceded only 29 goals. The red devils have conceded a whopping 31 goals this league campaign. Although they have a lot of options at the back in Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, none of them aspires too much confidence in their fans.
Jose Mourinho was desperate to have a centre half in the summer transfer window but could not land one at Old Trafford. The caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should target Uruguay captain Diego Godin who has a release clause of £20m.