We take a look at what the likes of Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham do this winter transfer window
Liverpool comfortably on top of the league table but needs to strengthen some positions in their squad because we still have a long way to go in the premier league. Manager Jürgen Klopp has said he is open to making signings this January. Liverpool has already signed Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg this month. He will serve as a backup for the front three should any injuries set in, and I think that was a smart move from the manager. Another area that needs backup is the back four, especially the full-backs. Trent-Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson have contributed to 60 percent of Liverpool’s goals this season. They are perhaps the best full-backs in modern football currently. From now till the end of the season, anything can happen, injuries can set in, and their back-ups are nowhere close to them. Those are the areas manager Klopp needs to take a second look at in this winter transfer window?
Defending Champions Man City is third on the league table and is 14 points behind runaway league leaders Liverpool. Man City’s biggest problem this season has been their center-backs. Manager Guardiola failed to replace Vincent Kompany in the summer, and he is now paying for it. Injuries to his center-backs, Laporte and John Stones have cost them their hopes of making it three league titles in a row. Guardiola needs to take advantage of this transfer window to sign a quality center-back. Although the league is Liverpool’s own to lose, I still think they can challenge them because Liverpool will, by all means, drop points along the way. Man City has converted Fernandinho, a natural defensive midfielder to a center-back, and even though he is an intelligent player, you can see he is struggling at that position.
Man United is struggling this season and is fifth on the league table, 5 points behind Chelsea. Man United’s biggest problem is their midfield. Their midfield looks very ordinary, light and lacks good passers of the ball in midfield. They need to strengthen in terms of depth and quality. Injuries have also not been fair to manager Ole. Highly-rated midfielder Paul Pogba has been sidelined with an injury and has only played eight matches in all competitions so far this season. If the Chief Executive Officer Ed Woodward wants United to challenge for the top four and win the league next season, they need to sign top players or forget about challenging for a Champions League spot because there is a gulf in class between United and the rest of the top four teams. Man United needs at least two quality midfielders and a striker this January to help them challenge for a champions league spot.
The overturn of the transfer ban in December means Chelsea will be able to sign players in this transfer window, and that is excellent news for manager Frank Lampard. He has done a marvelous job so far this season with his young boys. Chelsea is fourth on the league table, and they have to strengthen their squad to help them maintain the fourth spot. They need to improve their backline this January. The biggest problem this season for Chelsea is they concede too many goals. They also need another prolific striker to help Tammy Abraham upfront.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to make some additions to his squad. Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertoghen’s future at the club remain uncertain, and I think it is a worrying moment for Mourinho because he needs them in his team to challenge for a Champions League spot. Tottenham, for the past four seasons, has been a club who always compete at the highest level in Europe. Even though Mourinho claimed in his first press conference as Spurs manager that he was happy with the current squad, I think he needs some new additions because recent results have not been good for him. Looking at the Tottenham team, I think they need a box to box midfielder and a striker to replace Harry Kane who is out until April. Jose is an experienced manager, and I know he will take advantage of this transfer window to sign new players.
Arsenal’s board needs to give the manager Mikel Arteta money to get some quality players to beef up his squad. It will be difficult for them to make it to the top four looking at their current position. Arsenal’s biggest problem is their defense and midfield. The defense looks very shaky, and a quality center-back will bring stability to the backline. They also need a box to box midfielder to control the midfield. Arsenal’s problems look huge and complicated for an inexperienced manager like Arteta to solve, but he has learned a lot under Guardiola at City to address these issues. Arteta can only survive in this job as long as the owners back him financially.