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Where each PL club needs to improve in the summer transfer window

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.  

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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, instead of looking back, we’re going to look ahead to the summer and break down what your club needs to improve in the transfer window.

TEAM MAIN NEED
source: CM Leicester City: After winning the PL title by ten points, it’s hard to find an area of weakness in Leicester’s side. With the chance of losing N'Golo Kante, depth at central midfield may be needed.
source: Striker Arsenal: Every offseason the same story arises: If Arsenal buy a top-quality striker, they can win the league. After failing to sign an outfield player last summer, Wenger needs to get a goalscorer in his side.
source: Striker Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane will continue to lead the line for Spurs, but he needs some backup. Should Kane go down injured or hit a bit of a slump, Tottenham will be in trouble as they are thin up-top.
source: CB Manchester City: Pep Guardiola will surely make loads of changes to this side when he takes over, but center-back will be his top priority. Vincent Kompany is aging and can’t stay healthy, while the partnership of Mangala and Otamendi is not up to Pep’s standards.
source:  CM/Striker Manchester United: Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both past their prime and have seen their minutes in the midfield decrease, while another striker will be crucial to take some pressure off the young Martial and Rashford.
source: CAM Southampton: A central playmaker would be a nice addition to Koeman’s side, which already has strong midfield depth with the likes of Wanyama, Davis, Mane, and Tadic.
source: Striker West Ham United: Andy Carroll finished the year strong, but the Hammers are looking to spend big on a striker. With the move to the Olympic Stadium and the emergence of Dimitri Payet as one of the Premier League’s elite talents, a top striker could push West Ham into Europe.
source: CB Liverpool: Kolo Toure is out of contract, Martin Skrtel took a massive step backwards this season, and Mamadou Sakho faces a long ban after failing a drug test. Klopp loves to attack, but he must bolster his back-line first.
source: Striker Stoke City: Jon Walters is a Stoke legend, but he’s not going to score you 20 goals a season. With the attacking trio of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri, the Britannia could be a surprisingly attractive destination for a quality goalscorer.
source: CM/Striker Chelsea: When Antonio Conte takes over this summer, he’ll immediately start making this Blues’ side his team. In Conte’s highly-organized system, the center of midfield if the most important position on the pitch, and he’ll also be keen to get some support for Diego Costa.
source: RB/CB Everton: There is going to be a lot of turnover at Goodison Park this summer, starting with the manager. Defense has a major problem for the Toffees, and with an aging Phil Jagielka and a young John Stones tipped to leave, the back-line needs reinforcements.
source: Winger Swansea City: Andre Ayew proved to be a legitimate Premier League striker, while Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero continued to impress in the midfield. With another clever winger on the outside, Swans could push up the table.
source: CAM/Winger Watford: Currently without a manager, Watford’s look next season is a bit unclear. However, an attack-minded midfielder or winger would help the Deeney-Ighalo partnership see more of the ball as the Hornets scored just 40 goals in 38 matches this year.
source:  Striker West Bromwich Albion: The only team to score fewer goals than West Brom was Aston Villa, as the Baggies averaged less than a goal per game. Tony Pulis‘ system isn’t the greatest for strikers, but they need some help nonetheless.
source: Striker Crystal Palace: Three players finished tied as the Eagles’ leading scorer last season, with Connor Wickham, Yohan Cabaye, and Scott Dann all tallying five times. Four of Cabaye’s five came from the penalty spot, and Dann is a central defender. Striker much needed.

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RB Bournemouth: The Cherries conceded 67 goals this season, the most by a PL club not named Aston Villa. With Tyrone Mings returning from injury on the left, Eddie Howe could add another young defender on the right.
source: Striker Sunderland: Jermain Defoe finished the year in fine form, but at 33-years-old, he’ll need some help carrying the load. Big Sam knows how to buy the right players, and he’ll surely be making moves come July.

Who can Premier League clubs draw in the Champions League knockout rounds?

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All four Premier League entrants join a quartet of La Liga squads to comprise half of the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds field.

Atletico Madrid and Atalanta scored the final two berths with wins on Wednesday, giving us the 16 teams left in the race to meet in Istanbul on May 20.

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Serie A and the Bundesliga have three teams in the final 16, with Ligue 1 putting two in the fray.

Teams can neither be drawn against teams from their own domestic league nor UCL group.

Seeded teams

Barcelona
Bayern Munich
Juventus
Liverpool
Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain
RB Leipzig
Valencia

Unseeded teams

Atalanta
Atletico Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea
Lyon
Napoli
Real Madrid
Tottenham Hotspur

Who can PL sides draw?

Chelsea: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig

Liverpool: Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Real Madrid

Manchester City: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Napoli, Real Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur: Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Valencia

Bayern Munich tops Spurs 3-1 behind Davies, Coutinho

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Ryan Sessegnon scored his first Spurs and Champions League goals as Tottenham Hotspur rested many of its top players in a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in a group stage dead rubber on Wednesday.

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Kingsley Coman, Philippe Coutinho, and Thomas Muller scored for group-winning Bayern, who got an absolute star show out of 19-year-old Canadian left back Alphonso Davies.


Three things we learned

1. Spurs depth gets valuable time: Being a dead rubber, both teams left key components out of the fray or at least the Starting XI. Jose Mourinho left Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Jan Vertonghen out of the 18 and both Heung-Min Son and Davinson Sanchez on the bench. That didn’t stop his men from a strong showing in a very difficult venue, though Bayern rested David Alaba and put Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka on the bench to start the match.

2. Coutinho beats old nemesis again: The longtime Liverpool man was at his very best on Wednesday, and his wonderful second-half goal means he’s now scored against Spurs for Liverpool, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich (also assisting against the North Londoners while with Inter Milan). That’s also because his 14 matches against Spurs are the most he’s played against one club in his senior career.

3. Canadian super show from Davies: Alphonso Davies turned 19 just over a month ago but already looks a man in his prime. He registered an assist and hit the post in addition to making seven successful dribbles and winning five tackles, also completing almost 90 percent of his passes. There are shades of teammate David Alaba in his game. That’s high praise, but Davies potential may be higher than the Austrian.

Man of the Match: Davies was absolutely electric at left back. It’d be too easy to give it to Coutinho, who was just as good, and like Spurs manager we relish the chance to be contrarian.


Early chances were there for both sides, Paulo Gazzaniga the busier of the keepers and making a fine save on Benjamin Pavard.

Serge Gnabry tried to find Philippe Coutinho through a sea of defenders, but his pass bounded off Moussa Sissoko and onto the path of back-post residing Coman for the opener.

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Spurs leveled the score in the 20th minute when Sessegnon collected a deflected shot and buried it past Manuel Neuer.

Sissoko led a rush but couldn’t get cross over the fray as Spurs looked better money for a second goal.

Then Joshua Kimmich saw a yellow card for standing firm as Giovani Lo Celso wandered into him.

Bayern had the better of the final 15 minutes of the half, when Muller was in prime position to deposit Alphonso Davies’ rebound off the goal post.

Coutinho tried to put the match to bed in stoppage time, but his blazing shot from distance was touched off the bar by Gazzaniga.

He’d get his goal via another audacious shot, this time zipping a lay-off from Alphonso Davies through traffic and inside the far post.

Heung-min Son had a late breakaway saved by Neuer.

Saint-Maximin absence to ask more of struggling Almiron, Joelinton

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Newcastle United lightning bolt Allan Saint-Maximin is going to miss a month with a hamstring injury suffered late in the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat of Southampton at St. James’ Park.

The ebullient Saint-Maximin played deep into the match despite a minor injury, and was on of the main reasons Newcastle won. He helped set up the winning goal, but left the stadium on crutches.

That left Steve Bruce questioning his decision to keep “ASM” in the match.

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Now the electric Frenchman is set to miss fixtures against Burnley, Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Everton, Leicester City, and an FA Cup third round match versus either Boston United or Rochdale.

Saint-Maximin’s absence will hurt Newcastle all-around, but especially when its counter-attack tries to take down bigger sides. His 4.5 dribbles per match makes him one of just three players in the Premier League with more than 3.1 (Adama Traore and Wilfried Zaha).

Ultimately, though, this could provide struggling Joelinton more looks at performing on the wing opposite of Miguel Almiron. The Brazilian will have to work center forward at times as Andy Carroll certainly can’t go every game, and Dwight Gayle, Christian Atsu, and Yoshinori Muto could also be asked to play prominent roles.

And, of course, this will demand much more from industrious but sloppy Miguel Almiron, whose expected goal total is 2.5 (he has zero).

Sessegnon beats Neuer to score first Spurs, Champions League goal

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Ryan Sessegnon has his first Spurs goal, which also happens to be his first UEFA Champions League goal, and he’ll love telling the tale of it.

The 19-year-old Englishman ripped a rocket past Manuel Neuer of all people, collecting a deflection to equalize early in Tottenham’s match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

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Sessegnon entered the day with an assist in 30 minutes spread across three appearances for Spurs, and needed just 20 more minutes to find a goal.

He made a big money move from Fulham this summer, having made a remarkable 120 senior appearances. Almost all of those came before he turned 19, and he’s scored 25 times with 18 assists.

Kingsley Coman has Bayern’s goal as the teams remain locked at 1 after Bayern hung 7 on Spurs in England earlier in the group stage.