Have clubs done enough in the transfer window to get themselves out of trouble? Part two.

So in part two (part one click here) let’s move on to the bottom six clubs defensive records and signings. Defensive players have proved a popular addition during the transfer window with all clubs, other than Wigan, reinforcing in this area. Liam Ridgewell, Nedum Onuoha, Tim Ream and Sebastian Bassong are centre-backs that came in, whilst two full-backs in Taiwo and Orr were the other out-and-out defenders added. There were a few defensive midfielder’s also added to the ranks, but with QPR recruiting the most defenders, you could expect them to have conceded the most goals, let’s take a look:

Goals conceded by bottom six in Premier League

The only shocking point here is that Wigan did not sign another defender when they have conceded the most goals. Also Bolton have conceded the second most goals, but have let an international quality and proven Premier League performer, Gary Cahill, depart the club and replaced him with USA International Tim Ream, who is unproven and from a league that widely considered inferior in quality.

Blackburn new boy, Bradley Orr, is another player who is largely unproven in the Premier League and hasn’t featured regularly for QPR since their promotion, so this signing has to be questioned in relation to improving the quality of the defence to a standard that will help guarantee Premier League survival as they bought in no other defensive signings.

Wolves have signed a proven defender from a top 3 side, as have QPR, in Bassong and Onuoha respectively, who you would expect to improve both teams defensive record. QPR’s Taye Taiwo was recruited from Champions League regulars AC Milan and has previous Champions League experience with Marseille, which suggests he will add to the quality of QPR’s back line.

Along side the centre-backs, both QPR and Wolves have signed defensive midfielder’s. QPR’s Samba Diakite is largely unknown in this country, but is an international player with Mali and I would expect him to feature. Wolves have added talented Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, which will be seen as somewhat of a coup by many, whilst Eggert Jonsson is a highly versatile international midfielder-come-defender who will only aid the cause for Wolves.

West Brom have the tightest defence, which Liam Ridgewell will only further improve as he has plenty of Premier League experience and is a shrewd signing by Roy Hodgson. He is also use to a relegation battle and playing in Europe, so his experience will be vital.

Taking in to account both sides attacking and defensive signings from part’s one and two, along with there performances so far, will the signings that have been made help the bottom clubs stay up or go down?

West Brom

West Brom are currently the highest placed team of the bottom six sides in the Premier League and have a good chance of survival. They have conceded the lowest amount of goals and have only further improved their defence with the signing of Ridgewell. Their major problem is that they are not scoring enough and did not sign a striker, but if they can keep games to low scorelines that will usually be able to get at least a point.

Do the signings increase chances of survival: No

Verdict: Safe

 

QPR

The clubs attacking and defensive signings have been of the best quality out of the bottom six. They have already scored the third highest amount of goals and conceded the second least. The signings of both Cisse and Zamora will only increase their goal return, and with Diakite, Taiwo and Onuoha helping defensively, things should not get worse.

Do the signings increase chances of survival: Yes

Verdict: Safe

 

Bolton

Bolton’s signings this window are the kind that could go either way because all players signed are young and unproven at the highest level. They are scoring goals, but equally leaking too many at the back. Gary Cahill has departed and they were already conceding too many goal whilst he was playing, so will Ream help is the big question. Sordell and Miyaichi will help increase their attacking threat, which is currently Bolton’s strongest point. If they cannot sort out the defence they could be in real danger regardless of the goals they score.

Do the signings increase chances of survival: No

Verdict: Down

 

Blackburn

Blackburn’s signings have been necessary to add to the squad size, but in reality the quality of signings isn’t as good as the teams around them and won’t particularly improve their starting lineup. Steve Kean promised signings that would almost transform the clubs season and for me none of these players will. On the plus side, Blackburn are scoring goals, but on the flip-side they are leaking a fair few. Blackburn could hang in there for the rest of the season, hoping for a last minute reprieve, but it is a dangerous game to play…but this is football and stranger things have happened. All depends on home form and Ewood Park is a negative place currently.

Do the signings increase chances of survival: No

Verdict: Down (Just)

 

Wolves

Mick McCarthy has signed well defensively this transfer window and with the additions of both Frimpong and Bassong from good sides, their chances of survival have improved. Wolves are conceding too many goals, but the more concerning area is when it comes to getting goals as they have scored the third least goals. If they want to stay up their strikers will have to improve and this wasn’t help by the transfer window.

Do the signings increase chances of survival: Yes

Verdict: Safe (Just)

 

Wigan

Oh dear, where to begin with Wigan. Purchasing players is not always the answer when you are at the bottom, but sometimes you need something to give you the optimism you need to turn the corner. When you combine the lack of signings with the fact that Wigan have conceded the most amount of goals and also scored the least goals, you have a recipe for disaster. If Wigan can avoid the drop, it would be a miracle and testament to how good manager Roberto Martinez is.

Do the signings increase chances of survival: No

Verdict: Down

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