Transfer Talk. Who Needs What, Where and How.Posted: January 18, 2011
The January transfer period is usually a time where clubs in need of re-jolting their title challenges or avoiding the dreaded relegation buy big. Sometimes teams buy in panic, other times they get the man they’ve been after for some time.
Let’s start with the English Premier league why not. Other leagues will be done in other posts. At the time of publication, Machester United lie top of the league on goal difference, with two games in hand over their city rivals Machester City. United have a title winning defense and their attack is also good enough, though life would be far more comfortable for them if Rooney was scoring goals. But their midfield leaves a lot to be desired. Paul Scholes is evergreen and can still perform at the ripe old age of 36. However a player at this age and at this level is going to miss a lot of games undoubtedly. United could to with a central midfielder the most. Maybe Fiorentina’s Ricardo Montolivo would make a good addition to the United squad.
Manchester City on the other hand needed another reliable striker, and have already bought widely-sought Bosnian Edin Dzecko. Adebayor isn’t serving enough of a purpose to be kept at the club and Mancini would do well to let him go, but perhaps he’ll have a lesser role at the club with Dzecko’s arrival, which would be in City’s favor. City could also do with a more creative midfielder, although this probably goes against the tactics that the manager presumably has in mind. Not a winger/centre attacking midfielder like Silva, but a more definite centre mid, perhaps like Roma’s Daniele De Rossi.
Arsenal are also in the title race and it’s their defense that needs working on. A new goal keeper is needed as everyone fully agrees. French net-minder Huge Lloris would be a great addition to The Gunners’ side, and Wenger does love his Frenchies too. The London outfit also need to sort out their center back positions. ‘Impossible-to-spell’ Koscielny isn’t the ideal center half that a team with title championship (or any sort of trophy, as what Arsenal also badly need) glory in their sights.
That brings us to Chelsea. Oh, Chelsea. What is happening to you? If you asked me to pick the league winner before it started it’d have been only the Stamford Bridge team that I could imagine winning it. And I’m sure many many others would have agreed with me. By no means is it too late for them, but they’ve really shot themselves in both feet at this stage. Where they can improve? They miss Ricardo Carvalho terribly. Also look at Chelsea’s bench at any given game. They don’t have many players that they can really depend on to come on off the bench and make a difference. They need more strength in depth. Another midfielder was needed when Lampard was injured, so hopefully for Chelsea they can get him back to full fitness, if so, they’re starting XI in midfield is strong. Another striker is needed though in my own humble opinion. There’s Drogba and Anelka, and sometimes Malouda is pushed up beside them. Next in line to come on is Danny Sturridge who is too young to make a real impression in a side who should be aiming to win the league.
Spurs have a very good squad and good strength in depth. They don’t particularly need any positions filled. They’ll continuously grow as a team and develop at the same time. In the next few seasons Spurs can maintain their status as a champions league team and push for the title too.
Over to Merseyside, and it’s reported that Warnock, van Bommel and Suarez are to join Liverpool this month. This would cover the whole pitch, every area they do need strengthening in. Kyrgiakos, Poulsen, Jovanovic and Lucas aren’t what I’d deem decent Premier League players. They’re definitely names that Liverpool should try to replace if they’re to begin climbing the table again. I don’t think Warnock would be a great acquisition for them though, perhaps Victor Ruiz, once on Barcelona’s books and now with Espanyol, may be a better signing both for the short and long term.
And then to Everton. For a few years now I’ve said that Everton need a new right back. Tony Hibbert is simply too beatable. When Jacobsen and Heitinga both came to the club, I thought both of these (at the different times they were signed) would put Hibbert out of his misery in the right back slot. However the former turned out to be a flop plain and simply, while Heitinga seems to be more suited for a centre back or centre mid role. Other than that, a striker is what Everton need. Not just a striker though, one that scores goals is what Everton need. To date, Yakubu (yes I know he’s gone now, but he’s been at Everton until very recently for this season), Saha and Beckford have scored a combined total of 5 Premier League goals. Tim Cahill has 9 this season all to himself. If Wolves were to go down, Kevin Doyle might be an excellent player for Everton to buy, or perhaps even Russian international Aleksandr Kerzhakov.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this or any other transfer moves feel free to leave a comment.