Summer Transfer Window

As football clubs look to strengthen for next season, here’s who I think some of the big Premier League teams need  to buy.

We start off with Chelsea.  It’s quite difficult to see an area that isn’t world class already and with Radamel Falcao joining them on loan, they definitely have two world class strikers, him and Diego Costa.  I think a world class right or central midfielder would strengthen them a lot, with Willian being not the best RM ever and Ramires is not guaranteed to be fit all the time.  Definitely with Petr Cech leaving for Arsenal they need a good back-up keeper to Courtois although Asmir Begovic is almost certain to move to them from Stoke.

Manchester City.  They need to have someone magic in midfield.  Liverpool have Coutinho, Chelsea have Hazard, Arsenal have Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United have Di Maria (yes, he can be magic sometimes).  Yaya Toure and David Silva are the closest City have but they are not magic.  Paul Pogba, an obvious City target, is magic.  Another suspected City target, De Bruyne, would also greatly enhance their midfield.  They also need another good striker to act as a backup to Aguero, as Dzeko is possibly leaving for Roma and City are relying on Aguero’s goals too much.  Sterling is almost certain to join City but at 50 million it is the craziest and silliest thing I have ever heard.  He scored ELEVEN goals last season.  ELEVEN.  City are willing to spend 50 million on him!   Defence should be their main priority, though, because with only 7 defenders, one week, because of injury and suspension, they could be left with Demichelis, Clichy, Zabaleta and Sagna as their back four.  Not too bad but not the kind of defence you need if you are going to mount a serious title challenge.  A world class CB and a world class LB or RB would be enough.

Arsenal.  They need a good striker to take pressure off Giroud and Welbeck and to allow Walcott to play as a winger.  Lacazette?  He would be expensive but a very good striker.  He might be tempted to join because Arsene Wenger, Coquelin and Giroud are French like himself.  They have bought a world class goalkeeper already, which they desperately needed, in Cech and he is worth every bit of his 10 million transfer fee.  Maybe a good defender to provide competition for Bellerin and Monreal but they are pretty amazing in midfield as long as they can keep Cazorla.  Still, with Özil, Ramsey, Cazorla, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta and Wilshire their only good midfielders (thinking of Alexis Sánchez as a forward), it would be quite good to get another world class midfielder on board.  Vidal?  Arsenal are meant to be interested in him and he would fit the bill although he would probably be very expensive.

Manchester United.  They need a good backup striker with Van Persie and possibly Hernandez leaving and obviously they no longer have the Falcao option.  Higuain?  He seems desperate for Premier League and Champions League football and United have both as well as the money Napoli demand.  He would really be more than a backup but United would not turn down an extra 30 goals a season.  There is also talk of Bayern Munich selling Muller to them for around 60 million.  Very expensive but would make them serious 3rd place challengers (I say 3rd place because the top two spots are took already by Arsenal and Chelsea.  Wait and see).  They need one or two absolutely brilliant midfielders who can take charge of the team and give their fans someone else other than Rooney to rely on.  Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Southhampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin seem to be their main targets.  Schneiderlin is almost certain to join United but Schweinsteiger seems reluctant to leave Germany and Pep Guardiola has told him to decide himself whether to leave or not so a deal seems unlikely.  Obviously their defence is absolutely woeful, and unless they get two world class defenders they will not achieve anything next season.  Expect United to wrap up a deal for Sergio Ramos soon because Real Madrid know they need to choose between De Gea or Ramos.  Real will choose De Gea.  Another world class option would be Otamendi, expensive but brilliant.  Two of their other defensive targets, Clyne and Dani Alves, are out of the equation so United’s options are vanishing.    In the goalkeeping area, obviously they need a De Gea replacement, but with Stoke’s Begovic almost certainly going to Chelsea, and with Spurs reluctant to sell Hugo Lloris, Kasper Cillessen seems the most likely replacement.

Liverpool.  We (I support Liverpool) need a striker obviously.  We have Danny Ings now but with Sterling very likely to leave our options will be Ings, Origi, Borini, Sturridge (unlikely to fit), Lambert and Balotelli.  If Sturridge avoided injury, we could have an alright Ings + Sturridge attacking duo but that will not win us trophies.  Worst case scenario, Sturridge gets injured and we put Ings and Balotelli up front.  The thing is that either scenario is not good – we need a brilliant, world class striker.  The signing of Benteke is getting more and more likely but at 32.5 million it is absolutely crazy.  Why not add 5 million to that and buy Lacazette or Higuain?  Far far better players.  Don’t get me wrong, Benteke is class but too expensive.  Anyway, Benteke is used to the Villa style of getting the ball and playing arial balls to him, the opposite of Rodger’s style of playing – more short passes along the ground, patiently waiting for an opportunity to pass to the forwards.  In midfield we have the dream duo of Coutinho and Firmino.  Maybe a 3-5-2 formation with a CDM behind the Brazilians and wingers playing just behind them out on the wings would work well.  For the CDM Henderson would work fine I’m sure even if he usually plays more as a CAM, but news is emerging that Brendan Rodgers is targeting Sissoko, another CAM that could play as a CDM.  I think because Sissoko plays for Newcastle United that has made people automatically class him as ‘not too good’ because of their awful form at the end of the season, but he’s really good.  If I had the choice I’d put Sissoko in CDM instead of Henderson.  As wingers I would put Milner on RW and I would get Pedro and put him on the left.  He might be tempted to join us because of lack of game time at Barcelona, even sacrificing Champions League to do so.  In defence we obviously have took a massive step in getting Clyne so we at last have a decent RB.  We absolutely MUST stop playing Can in defence.  Our thrashing at Stoke highlighted how bad Can is in defence.  On the other hand, watch the Germany U-21s play and see how good Can is when he’s played in midfield.  In CB position we’re sorted with Skrtel and we have Sakho and Louvren for backup.  In LB, though, we have Moreno who isn’t exactly brilliant and Enrique, who is never going to get a place in the Starting XI.  Although there’s always Sakho, this means we need a new LB.  Liverpool are apparently interested in Zappacosta, who I have never watched play so cannot say how good he is, but as long as he’s not too expensive, and he is better than Moreno, he will probably be a good purchase.  In goalkeeping Mignolet is not the best the world, although he can pull off some brilliant saves.  Why not be ambitious and put in a bid for Casillas?  We don’t particularly want Bogdan as our second choice goalkeeper either but he isn’t that bad and hopefully we won’t need him too much.

Time will tell how things pan out…

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16 thoughts on “Summer Transfer Window”

  1. Very knowledgeable and well written young man, what age are you? To cap it all you are a Liverpool fan, heres hoping for a good season at Anfield, keep up the good work. YNWA

    1. Hi, welcome to my site Paul!
      I’m 12 🙂
      Yes I think LFC are in for a good season next year. Some amazing signings so far like Firmino!
      Thank for commenting! YNWA

      1. To be honest Chrlsea will be the team to beat again, Mourinho has the midas touch and gets the best from his players. If Arsenal can start as they played in the second part of last season they could go close and the signing of Cech is a big plus for them. City look to be stockpiling players , their squad may be stronger but will these potential new signings actually strengthen their first eleven, im not sure. It looks like Utd have captured Bastian Sweinsteiger , a player of vast experience who will surely make them stronger at home and in the Champions League. Lets hope Liverpool cam hit the ground running and be in the race.

        1. I honestly don’t know whether to go with Chelsea or Arsenal winning the title. It’ll be the London derbies that will settle it but I think Arsenal will clinch it in the last game.
          Mourinho will go crazy!
          Liverpool will get in to the top four I think – even top three. Anything can happen in the Premier League!
          It will be a big mistake if City buy Sterling for 50 million though. 🙂

  2. Very well written jed, don’t agree with ur placings, think Utd wil b a close second but as u rightfully say they need world class players in !

    1. Hi Adam and welcome to JedOwens.com!
      I have to confess if United are able to pull the Schweinsteiger and Muller deals from Bayern they will be brilliant. Not as brilliant as Liverpool though!
      Thanks for commenting!

  3. You obviously know your football Jed. Even better you are a Liverpool supporter ☺️ which will always go down well in our household. Keep up the good work. Well done!

  4. Disappointed, Jed. Liverpool? Your cousin Christopher and I are not in favour!!

    But I trust you enjoy watching them struggle (again) to get into the Europa League 🙂

      1. Sorry, I didn’t know Liverpool were getting Suarez back. It’ll be a while before you see them coming 2nd again. Without someone like Suarez having a freak season as in 2013-14, Liverpool will continue to languish in the realms of mediocrity 😀

        And I wouldn’t say I ‘support’ any team, but I have followed United for 25 years. I don’t follow with much diligence, though. Other things on my mind these days 🙂

        1. Well in 2013-14 Suarez scored 31 goals. Now we have Ings who scored 11 goals last season, Firmino who scored 10 and Milner who scored 8 so that is 29 goals we have added to our squad – only 2 less than what Suarez scored. 🙂
          We are also adding 24 assists to our squad 😉

          So because you’re a Newcastle United supporter are you glad they’ve signed Wijnaldum or would you rather get Charlie Austin? 😛

          1. Hi Jed! I’m afraid I can’t comment on the football (way out of my league…sorry, painful pun) but I can enjoy you and your cousin (the Somewhere United fan) winding each other up! Very funny, both of you!

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