With the transfer deadline coming to a close on Monday, Premier League teams have precious few days left to find fixes for what ails them (or strengthen their depth).
Manchester City – Depth at the back can help City deal with the congested schedule of a late season run through European and English competitions. When will Vincent Kompany return?
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Arsenal – The mistake people make when saying Olivier Giroud is under-appreciated is not realizing Arsene Wenger can carry multiple out-and-out strikers. Another point man up top sure would help the title push.
Tottenham Hotspur – At the risk of sounding like a broken record across so many of these team needs, Spurs could use another striker to pair with Harry Kane. A center back to help out in the absence of Jan Vertonghen would be a boon, too.
Manchester United – There’s a lot of quality on United, and it’d be a good look for Louis Van Gaal to fiddle with his tactics. In terms of additions, though, why not take a look at a veteran attacker, or even a low-cost option like Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes.
West Ham United – Rhodes makes sense here, too, but Slaven Bilic has been linked with a loan for Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike. Cover at the back could also be welcomed at the Boleyn Ground. Sam Byram looks the part to help that in a big way, though.
Liverpool – Still could use options to help their center back depth in the wake of injury and continued European play, and competition for Alberto Moreno isn’t a bad idea, either.. Should also allow their new-ish players more time to adapt to England, as Roberto Firmino will continue to improve.
Southampton – Honestly would do well to get rid of the malcontents Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama, but only if they can find suitable replacements in the interim. Also like the idea of Matty Phillips joining his ex-QPR teammate Charlie Austin at St. Mary’s.
Chelsea – Gamers. While Chelsea has sold Ramires and added Alexandre Pato and maybe USMNT back Matt Miazga, Guus Hiddink could use the sort of players who would sell the farm to a win a ball. That’s not a position, per se, but undeniably a need.
West Bromwich Albion – The Baggies need offensive flair and attacking, but Saido Berahino is rooted to the bench and, given Tony Pulis‘ defense-first managing style, maybe this is about the tactics, not the technicians.
Swansea City – Like everyone else, Swansea could use depth at striker. Also could use someone to fill the Jonjo Shelvey role since the Englishman has been sold to Newcastle.
Bournemouth – Really, the Cherries need better health for their team altogether. Otherwise, they may have enough to stand pat.
Norwich City – A stalwart defender or two. Think of the 6-2 loss to Newcastle and the 5-4 loss to Liverpool; Make a stop, boys.
Newcastle United – Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s track record says he’ll start finishing his chances eventually, but that can’t be enough for Steve McClaren. Newcastle needs to add a striker, and could use depth at the back as well.
Sunderland – A metronome would be nice, though Sunderland still lacks consistent scoring beyond Jermain Defoe.
Aston Villa – Quality everywhere. Not being harsh, but Remi Garde will do far better once he’s flipped some of Tim Sherwood‘s mistakes.