Premier League transfer needs: Where each club must strengthen this summer

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With the transfer gossip in full flow, it is time to take a look at what each Premier League team needs this summer.

Most clubs have multiple needs, but below we’ve tried to narrow it down to one specific area where they need to strengthen.

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Right, let’s get to it as PL managers and chairman will be scheming on how to shift players on and bring in reinforcements before the summer window slams shut on September 1.

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Winger/CB Manchester City: The Citizens look like they might get Raheem Sterling but they need defensive reinforcements as Mangala is unproven, Demichelis is getting on and Kompany needs a big season.
source:  Center Back Chelsea: You worry that if either John Terry or Gary Cahill get an injury that Chelsea’s backline will be badly hit. Kurt Zouma provides cover but after adding Falcao, Chelsea needs one more CB.
source:  Strike/DFs   Manchester United:  The Red Devils are close to adding RB Darmian but Louis van Gaal needs lots of defender to strengthen his squad. With RVP on the way out, only Rooney and Wilson as recognized strikers will be an issue. Morgan Schneiderlin would be a fantastic buy.
source:   Wingers West Ham: Slaven Bilic has done plenty of business early on but he must look at strengthening the wide midfield position with Downing possibly on the way out and the likes of Jarvis underwhelming.

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Striker/DM ArsenalThe Gunners have signed Petr Cech to address their need in goal, but if they can grab a top class holding mid and forward, watch out Chelsea and Man City.
source:   RB Stoke City: With Steven Nzonzi gone, its likely that Geoff Cameron will slot into DM so they will be covered. However, RB will be an issue. The additions of Joselu and Wollscheid already this summer has addressed needs.
source:   CB/Striker EvertonRoberto Martinez has added Cleverley and Deulofeu in midfield but needs another CB. Only Jagielka and Stones are around. More competition for Lukaku is needed too.
source:   Striker/CM/CB Newcastle UnitedAnother team that needs fresh impetus after Steve McClaren’s arrival, Newcastle have been linked with Schalke’s Matip and PSV’s Wijnaldum. 
source:  Striker/CB WatfordThe Hornets will struggle but they can’t rely on Troy Deeney to get all of their goals. Capoue will strengthen midfield and Holebas will help in defense but another top CB would shore things up.
source:   CM/CB Southampton: Koeman is likely to lose Schneiderlin so a top class replacement like Clasie is needed in midfield. After missing out on Alderweireld, another CB would be helpful with a Europa League campaign.
source:   Striker/Winger Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have bolstered their defense but you would hope Pochettino could get rid of Soldado and Adebayor and give Kane some real support. Same could be said for Lennon, Townsend, Lamela. A clearout is needed to replace quantity with quality.
source:   Striker/Attacking mid SunderlandWe all know the Black Cats struggle to score, so Advocaat must look to boost the attack. Simple as.
source:   Striker/CM Aston VillaIf Benteke ends up leaving, Tim Sherwood must spend the cash wisely on a hungry strike. Charlie Austin? Delph is another who could leave, so CM would need shoring up.
source:  Striker  West BromThe Baggies have the likes of Brown and Anichebe but they have failed to support Berahino. Everyone is looking for top class striker, WBA are no different.
source:   Striker BournemouthThe Cherries could grab Gradel and need more firepower. They have signed Distin who has PL experience at CB. A few signings across the board needed to bolster the squad, but Howe will go with the young team who go them promoted.
source:  CB/DM LiverpoolSterling could be on his way out but Liverpool have enough attacking talents to cope with that. Rodgers has signed the likes of Ings, Firmino, Milner and Clyne this summer. But a CB and perhaps another holding mid would help the Reds improve.
source:   Striker/CB Crystal PalaceAt times the Eagles can still be a little vulnerable at the back and apart from Scott Dann, the likes of Hangeland and Delaney are injury prone. If they can seal the deal for Cabaye it would be a major coup. A top-class striker and Pardew’s men can push for the top eight.
source:   CB Swansea CityWith Garry Monk doing his business early to get Ayew and Eder in, plus signing Shelvey to a new deal, all the Swans need is more cover at CB.
source:   Striker/CM/CB Norwich City: Throughout the spine of their team, Norwich need to improve. Alex Neil’s side had an unlucky run through the playoffs but now is the time to spend big to try and stay up.
source:   Striker/CM Leicester CityWith no current manager in charge of the Foxes, who knows what will happen. A poacher up top will be necessary as Vardy, Ulloa and Nugent blew hot and cold last year.

Forster stars as 10-man Celtic beat Rangers, claim 10th-straight trophy

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At some point, Rangers supporters will be forgiven for thinking Celtic doesn’t have all the luck in Scotland.

The Bhoys, second best for most of the day, scored a 60th minute goal and then overcame a red card three minutes later to claim their 10th successive piece of Scottish silverware with a 1-0 win the Scottish League Cup.

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Celtic’s Chris Jullien prodded home a free kick before 18-year-old Jeremie Frimpong was sent off, and Rangers had already controlled the proceedings before seeing a 16-5 edge in shot attempts at the final whistle.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, the former Saints and Newcastle man, was outstanding in the win, even stopping an Alfredo Morelos penalty as the Rangers star failed to deliver.

From the BBC:

“It was just one of them days, it went my way today. I’m buzzing. There’s been days when it’s not gone my way, today it has. I can’t say how much it means to me. I didn’t really think about the penalty to be honest. I picked the way it went. I’ll take it.

“That’s why I came back; to play in games like this, to win silverware, to play European football.”

Rodgers: “Historic day” as Leicester City extends win streak

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Of course it’s early, but it looks like Leicester City is the Premier League’s lone bright hope of challenging Liverpool for the title.

And yeah, that’s a big deal, even after the Foxes claimed the most inexplicable title in top flight history just four seasons ago.

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But the Foxes remain leery about embracing their title credentials, even after setting a club record by winning their eight-straight via a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.

“I thought they were amazing,” said Brendan Rodgers. “It is a historical day for the club and the performance warranted that. It really does mean something special, it puts the team in the history books of Leicester City.”

Okay, but… just a little bit about the title fight, Brendan? No?

Perhaps goal scoring defender Jonny Evans would take the bait.

“We are up there and it shows we are playing well. Our performance was good, against one of the best Villa teams I faced in years. It shows we are capable of coming away and getting results. It is nice people are talking about us, we’re enjoying it and there’s great spirit in the club.”

Leicester is eight points back of first, the only team within 10 points of Liverpool. Man City is 14 back and Chelsea 17.

The Foxes host Norwich City before its next stretch of proving ground arrives via a League Cup quarterfinal at Everton prefaces league matches versus Man City and Liverpool.

Scrappy Sheffield United comes back to win again

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George Baldock had a goal and an assist as Sheffield United came back to beat poor Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday.

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Enda Stevens also scored for the Blades, who got back in the win column after a loss to Newcastle at midweek. United is eighth, the top of three teams on 22 points.

Alex Tettey scored Norwich’s lone goal, the Canaries locked in 19th and four points back of safety.


Three things we learned

1. Baldock’s banner day: The Blades dangerous right back loves to whip in a cross, and it’s no surprise he got his assist that way. He’s been quite lively around the box this year, and his turn and fire to make it 2-1 was a fitting finish given the 26-year-old’s day.

2. Basham gets VAR reprieve: Sometimes it’s not black and white, and you go to VAR, and VAR decides the shades of gray. Chris Basham was sent off for a vicious tackle on Kenny McLean, but the Sheffield United man saw VAR decide it wasn’t quite so dastardly and Blades continued with 10 men. A tough one if you’re a Norwich supporter.

3. Buendia stays bright: Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia is keeping the Canaries in games, the proverbial don’t write it, don’t write it, don’t write it canary in a coal mine. Five more key passes for Buendia to accompany more fine dribbling and a surprisingly good battle for a player as skillful as the 22-year-old Argentine.

Man of the Match: Baldock.


The Canaries went in front through Tettey inside a half-hour of kickoff, a corner dealt with poorly from the Blades that the Norwegian struck well for 1-0.

Norwich was good money for its halftime lead, with an 8-4 edge in shots, 53 percent of the ball, and six corners to the Blades’ zero.

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The Blades leveled things through Stevens, who headed in a Baldock cross before the assister became the scorer. The goal was no small ask, Baldock navigating the 18 to get off his shot.

Vardy, Iheanacho power 4-star Foxes past Villa

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Kelechi Iheanacho again collected a goal and an assist and Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City punished Aston Villa in an entertaining 4-1 at Villa Park on Sunday.

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Jonny Evans also scored for the Foxes, who maintain their place eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

Jack Grealish scored for Aston Villa, which stays ahead of 18th place on Southampton on goal differential.

Leicester City hosts Liverpool on Boxing Day, a date to circle on the calendar.


Three things we learned

1. Iheanacho emergence a new wrinkle: Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho was always lurking as a possible star during his time at Man City, but couldn’t break through and transferred to the King Power Stadium. Life hadn’t been easy at his new home, but a goal and an assist in consecutive Premier League fixtures can make a difference as Leicester hopes to challenge Liverpool. Resting Jamie Vardy on occasion without a big drop-off would be a potentially monumental development.

2. Vardy’s party a record bash: The 15th and 16th goals of Vardy’s PL run put him on pace for 38. That would be six better than Mohamed Salah‘s 38-game record and four better than the 42-game mark shared by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole. Even when he makes mistakes, he finishes.

3. Hobbled Mings a big worry: Villa star center back Tyrone Mings pulled up with an injury but attempted to fight through it. Full credit to him, as he’s been the easy star of the newly-promoted side’s start to life in the Premier League, but an absence or step back from the block and clearance machine will be a major blow to Dean Smith‘s side.

Man of the Match: It’s between Vardy and Iheanacho — James Maddison was also good — and we’ll choose Vardy because we gave it to Iheanacho at midweek.


Kelechi Iheanacho slipped Vardy through on goal, and the Foxes striker nearly blew his chance despite dribbling the keeper.

Ezri Konsa would’ve liked to challenge Vardy following the unusual mis-touch, but the defender was felled by his own sliding keeper.

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After Anwar El Ghazi just missed a promising bid to equalize, Villa’s Bjorn Engels slid to break up a Vardy pass to a wide open Iheanacho.

The Nigerian got his goal in the 41st, a James Maddison cross deflected goal ward and off his leg for 2-0.

Grealish bounced a shot through traffic and inside the far post after Vardy couldn’t clear a corner kick.

Leicester needed less than four second half minutes to restore its two-goal advantage, the unmarked Evans perfectly placing a back post header across goal off a corner kick.