January transfer window: What does each Premier League club need?

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The January transfer window is open and Premier League clubs can start making moves until Jan. 31 at 6pm ET when the window shuts.

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Let the deals flow in the final hours.

Some clubs need more than others, and given the current situation with absentees across multiple teams, the finish to the January transfer window could be busier than usual.

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Add into the mix that the top four, top six and relegation battles are all so close, and that means plenty of clubs will be on the hunt for new additions to kick on in 2022.

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Below we take a look at the main needs for all 20 Premier League teams in the January transfer window and we will update this article throughout the month as deals are done.


Arsenal – Central striker, central midfielder

With Alexandre Lacazette’s contract situation unclear and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of the captaincy and his future uncertain, Arteta needs to start planning for who will be up top next season. Eddie Nketiah is an option but it’s likely that Arsenal will be looking to add a young center forward in the coming transfer windows. They made a big play for Dusan Vlahovic, but it seems like he is heading to Juventus. Back to the drawing board for Arsenal, as they’re also looking at central midfielder options with Bruno Guimares, Tyler Adams and Ruben Neves all linked.


Aston Villa – None

Villa’s squad is strong and the likes of Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Morgan Sanson haven’t featured much this season due to injury. Steven Gerrard has used his connections superbly to bring in Philippe Coutinho and adding Lucas Digne at left back was a big upgrade. Villa look set in all departments and luxury buys are the main aim, as Luis Suarez may even head to Villa Park in the summer.


Brentford – Right back, No. 10

The Bees are team which has been hit hard by injuries, so they will hope to get plenty of starters back soon. The only area they could use some help is at ring wing-back. Bringing in a true right back there will allow Sergi Canos to play further forward and Brentford could do with his creativity in attack. They signed Christian Eriksen on a short-term deal, which is amazing to see, and gives them a huge boost with their creativity.


Brighton and Hove Albion – Central striker

This has been the main need for the Seagulls for many years. Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck will get you 7-12 goals per season each, which is more than fine, but can Brighton find that 20-goal striker to take them to the next level? It’s tough. Brighton have been linked with Dele Alli on loan, which would make sense with the way they like to play and Graham Potter is obviously a fan of creative attacking midfielders.


Burnley – Central striker

See above. Burnley are solid defensively and have a lot of honest players but Chris Wood was sold to Newcastle and Ashley Barnes has been missing for most of the season. Some help in attack for Maxwel Cornet is crucial for their survival hopes.


Chelsea – Left wing-back

With Ben Chilwell going down with a season-ending injury and Marcos Alonso their only recognized left back, Chelsea should strengthen here. Also, keep an eye on the Blues potentially bringing back some of their best loan players (they have about 6,543 players out on loan) to help with their injury issues.


Crystal Palace – Defensive midfielder

Patrick Vieira’s squad is fairly deep across most areas but there is a slight need for an upgrade in central midfield, especially the holding area. Palace have some great experienced pros but a tough defensive midfielder would be a nice addition. They tried to add Donny van de Beek late in the window on loan but it didn’t work out.


Everton – Left back, right back

Lucas Digne has left and they have to stop playing players out of position at left back. Bring in a new left back, and probably a new right back with Seamus Coleman struggling. This January transfer window has been a mess for Everton because they fired Rafael Benitez and are yet to hire a new boss.


Leeds United – Center back

Marcelo Bielsa has had tons of injuries to deal with and losing Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper to injuries for the opening months of 2022 isn’t good. If Patrick Bamford is back fit then that’s a huge plus, as they’ve badly missed him up top. Bringing in some experience in central defense is key if Leeds are going to stay out of the relegation scrap. They just have to stay healthy.


Leicester City – Center back

The Foxes have a big squad and they’ve needed that with so many injuries. They’ll get Wesley Fofana back soon, which is huge, but the other center backs may need more competition. Vestergaard hasn’t settled well, while Soyuncu and Evans have struggled at times. Leicester need to invest in a new long-term center back.


Liverpool – Central striker (DONE)

A luxury buy. Jurgen Klopp’s side could do with having one more attacking option as Roberto Firmino struggles with his form and Diogo Jota is a little better starting out wide. They signed Luis Diaz who fits their style perfectly and gives them extra options in attack. Maybe they will have to start looking (reluctantly) for a Jordan Henderson replacement soon?


Manchester City – Central striker

See above. They will likely make their move for Erling Haaland in the summer but don’t be surprised if Pep Guardiola tries to push to sign a new central striker in January to beat the competition.


Manchester United – Defensive midfielder

Fred and Scott McTominay are decent players but United need a true ball-winning, deep-lying playmaker in midfield. That would help protect their sometimes brittle defense and give them balance. Boubacar Kamara from Marseille and USMNT’s Tyler Adams are two players to keep an eye on as United may well look to sign younger players with potential under Ralf Rangnick’s leadership. Right back is also an area they can upgrade.


Newcastle United – Right back (done), center back, central midfielder

They have signed Kieran Trippier, which is a great buy. Lille center back Sven Botman and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos were their center back targets but neither deal looks likely. In the first window under their new owners, Newcastle have a lot of money to spend (everyone knows that) so they will make moves but they may have to pay over the odds. Improving their defense is key if they want to stay in the Premier League under Eddie Howe. Bruno Guimares from Lyon is a quality signing and adding Dan Burn and Matt Targett on deadline day would be an upgrade on their current options.


Norwich City – Center backs, striker

They will want to try and strengthen everywhere but realistically they won’t spend much. That said, if they get their injured players back soon they are in with a chance of staying up as it looks like the bottom four are there to stay for the season. Dean Smith may head back to Villa for a few loan signings and Norwich need to score more goals and concede less. A crucial combo if you want to stay up…


Southampton – Goalkeeper, striker

Saints strengthened well last summer and their main need is a new goalkeeper. Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster are still battling for the number one spot and Saints have been linked with West Brom’s Sam Johnstone. If they don’t sign a new goalkeeper in January they will sign one in the summer. Also, they are looking to sign Chelsea loanee Armando Broja on a permanent deal given his superb form. $33.75 million would be a club-record buy but Broja is the real deal.


Tottenham Hotspur – Central midfielder, winger, center back

USMNT star Weston McKennie has been linked with Tottenham and that would be a good fit. Spurs need a player who can bring the energy Conte demands and also knit midfield and attack. Attack-minded Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli are surplus to requirements under Conte and they have some fine defensive midfielders, but not many (if any) number eight types. Adding a winger (Adama Traore went to Barcelona and Luis Diaz went to Liverpool) is key this month, and long-term a new center back is needed. A few Juventus midfielders could arrive on deadline day.


Watford – Center back

Defensive reinforcements are key for Watford. Going forward they look just fine and have plenty of options but new manager Roy Hodgson has to tighten things up at the back to give Watford a chance of staying up.


West Ham United – Central striker, center back

A luxury signing. Michail Antonio can’t play every single game and if West Ham want to make a splash in Europe and push for the top four, they need someone who plays like Antonio to come in and start centrally. A center back on loan to cover for the injured Ogbonna may be necessary too. A late move for Darwin Nunez appears to be too late.


Wolverhampton Wanderers – Central striker (done)

Bruno Lage has a lot of options in midfield and defense but if Raul Jimenez goes down, they need someone to hold the ball up. Hwang Hee-Chan (who is currently injured) is a great secondary striker and has made his loan move permanent, but a luxury buy would be bringing in another true number nine to give Jimenez a break from time to time.

USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?

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Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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