Saturday, 13 August 2011

What positions to improve?

Like me, you probably have your own ideas about what needs improving in each team. Here are my suggestions, many of which have probably been mentioned before.

Arsenal: 
People go on and on about Arsenal's weaknesses every season, of which i believe there is up to 3 players needed. Another proven centre half that has experience in the Premier League, players like Samba who is dominant aerially in both boxes would be an improvement, other players like Jagielka, Cahill or even Shawcross would also suffice. Arsenal lack a leader on the pitch, someone that's not afraid to go flying into a tackle or back down from stand-off, this is very much the Vieira mould but there aren't many players that actually fit these specifications. Somebody like Cattermole might fit this mould, yes he can be unpredictable but he gets the job done. If, as expected Fabregas and Nasri leave, then there will be space for a creative player. Knowing Wenger's frugality in the transfer market, someone like Hazard would probably be out of reach, alternatives could be Pjanic, Honda or Dzagoev.

Aston Villa:
After the departures of both Downing and Young, Villa lack wide players so they need someone to provide competition for the likes of Albrighton and N'Zogbia, players like Jarvis, Hunt and Brunt would do a decent job. They also rely too much on Bent for goals, so someone like Doyle, Welbeck or even Keane would help take the burden off. A defender would also be wise to provide sterner competition for Dunne and Collins, who looked very vulnerable at times last year.

Blackburn:
No one in the Blackburn team really shouts goals at you, and this could be a problem for them to stay in the Division. Keane would be perfect for this and he's very much available, others could include Cole or A. Johnson. They might also struggle in defense with the departure of Jones, the injury to Nelsen and the possible transfer of Samba, meaning adequate cover is a necessity. The fact that Kean is an inexperienced manager puts a lot of pressure on them, given that the owners expect big things, so expect a new manager before the season finishes!

Bolton:
If Cahill does depart then there's a sizeable whole in defense to fill, given that they do not have vast amounts of money to spend, someone from the Championship or abroad is the most likely solution. They also lack wingers after the injury to Chung-Yong, Wright-Phillips has been linked as a possible replacement. Bolton also have to start thinking about a possible replacement for Davies, who's been an integral part of life for them.

Chelsea:
Due to their aging squad, Chelsea really need a revamp. Investment in young players to succeed the likes of Terry, Lampard, Drogba and Cole is a certainty, given their over-reliance on them in recent years. Chelsea could also do with a creative midfielder,someone like Modric and Sneijder would be perfect, however, with these at a premium it might be prudent to invest in someone like Ganso as a long term solution.

Everton:
Given the lack of funds at Everton and the lack of depth, the only real solution is free transfers. With players like Vicente and Pavone a possibility, I wouldn't rule out Joey Barton even with his controversial nature.

Fulham:
Could do with a right back, someone like Carr might be a short term solution. The time is coming to look for the replacements for Schwarzer and Murphy, maybe a raid on Nottingham Forrest for Camp and McGugan?

Liverpool:
Only King Kenny knows what to do, trimming the squad wouldn't be a bad thing though. Another striker wouldn't be a bad bet though.

Man City:
Well who knows what Mancini is plotting, creativity is something lacking so a player like Sneijder, Hazard, Nasri or Neymar is a probability. Expect a few players to leave though.

Man Utd:
The team has been begging for a creative player for a while, yet they keep on plodding away with 1-0 victories. Is this really enough though? Linked a lot with Sneijder but apparently put off by his wage demands, so only time will tell.

Newcastle:
I'm sure the top of the list for Newcastle supporters would be a new owner, this is unlikely to happen though. Could probably do with some more players with Premier League experience given their foreign based acquisitions of late. A left back is also a priority with Pieters of PSV mentioned.

Norwich:
There's no way of knowing what to make of the new teams until they've played a few games, but some Premier League experience wouldn't go a miss.

QPR:
The thought of QPR not spending money wouldn't have crossed fans' minds after gaining promotion, but now we all know they are just after a quick buck, so someone to open a cheque book would be pleasing. The one thing I did notice last season, was that they tended to struggle against players with pace, so some defenders with a bit of speed would be an improvement.

Stoke:
A striker that's an aerial threat would be a wise move, Crouch, Bendtner and Cole have all been linked and I wouldn't rule out any of them joining the Potters before the end of August.

Sunderland:
Given the large in-take of players at Sunderland this summer, I'm not sure what they could add. A striker could probably be brought in, maybe Welbeck or Keane to help Gyan up front.

Swansea:
A target striker would greatly benefit from the Swans' pacy wingers and crosses, again some League experience and maybe some more squad depth.

Spurs:
A 20+ goal a season striker has been needed for a while, but who would join them? I'm not sure, an injury-free defender would also make a difference.

West Brom:
Hodgson has been active in the transfer market and has strengthened the squad where its been needed. So expect a strong defense with quick dangerous counter attacks.

Wigan:
A partner for Rodallega up-front is needed after the loss of N'Zogbia, Odemwingie has been mentioned but West Brom obviously don't want to do business. Could also do with more creative players going forward and a defender like Samba, who's probably out of budget so someone from the lower leagues will probably be brought in.

Wolves:
They've always struggled to score goals, so someone that can get on the end of Hunt and Jarvis' deliveries would be a welcomed addition.

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