As SkySports news reporters rock up at training grounds around the land the Breaking News is SkySports have this year encouraged reporters to take on extra duties as car park attendants in exchange for info and were issued with high-vis jackets and tents this morning. Back to reality as Godders give you his guide to who your club needs and some possible targets.
After doing the majority of their business at the start of the season it would appear little needs doing at Old Trafford. That said if they want to challenge Barcelona in Europe a world class holding midfielder might be the icing on the cake. If no one comes in, Fergie won’t be too concerned.
Surely more a question of getting players out than getting them in. With a number of players with no chance of first team football this season it is imperative the likes of Bellamy, SWP and Bridge are moved on. If City have the desire for another signing, a top draw centre back wouldn’t go amiss, was loaning Bolton Boyata the first step to signing Gary Cahill? Are rumours of Owen Hargreaves to be believed? Liverpool
Support for the creaking legs of Carragher and some back up for Suarez and Carroll would help cement Liverpool’s status as top four favorites. A rumoured move for Benayoun would add creativity, whilst Bellamy would provide lethal pace from the bench.
Sign Luka Modric! If AVB is to succeed in evolving Chelsea into the side he wants rather than the side Mourinho left then this signing is crucial. It may spell the end of the Terry, Lampard, Drogba spine of the team but for the future of the blues and to get the best out of Fernando Torres it’s critical.
Wolves seem to be done and dusted but they must resist temptation if a club comes in with a crazy offer for Kevin Doyle. Again acting early has helped Wolves get off to a superb start, Roger Johnson and bringing in Jamie O’Hara on a permanent deal was great business from Mr. Yorkshire! Rumour of a move for Henri Lansbury sounds like another sensible addition.
Despite having sold almost all of their top performers Newcastle somehow find themselves on 7 points from 3 games. That said the squad needs strengthening. Davide Santon from Inter is a good start, now give Pardew a decent striker and Newcastle can forget relegation for another year… Nicklas Bendtner or Modibo Maiga anyone?
Shock horror, Big Eck comes into a club and shores up the defence – now buy a creative midfielder and quick. Villa rely heavily on pace of wingers but lack guile in midfield, a shrewd loan signing could be the difference between mid table obscurity and a push on the top 7.
Another side who have done surprisingly well so far. Stripped of their two most creative players in the summer, Wigan could really do with a talented midfielder. With purse strings tight a loan deal for the likes of Josh McEachran could be an outside shot.
A couple of great defensive signings look to be added to with Wilson Palacios from Spurs. With a Europa League campaign to worry about as well a deep squad is needed and The Potters look a little light up front. How about taking someone like David Nugent back to the Prem?
Bolton play some great football under Owen Coyle but losing Danny Sturridge and Johan Elmander has left them lacking potency. Selling Gary Cahill looks likely and that money should be reinvested in an attacking midfielder and forward.
They have no money and little desire to sell their best players so it looks like the loan market will be where Moyes has to do his work. Maybe getting hold of a Man City outcast could provide The Toffees with the tonic they need.
Finally some money in the bank and it’s time to spend. Luke Young and Armand Traore add some defensive strength whilst SWP will replace the direct running of Wayne Routledge. I think another striker might be in order but it depends how deep the pockets of Tony Fernandez are.
Since taking over at The Stadium of Light, Steve Bruce has bought 4,652 players, sold 3,894 of them and eaten roughly the same number of cheese burgers. He’s lucky Harry Redknapp’s known as a wheeler dealer otherwise Bruce would definitely have this nickname. Somehow, he still needs to sign a decent striker to play alongside Asamoah Gyan.
Signing some defenders with premiership experience might be a good start for Norwich as they’ve looked shaky at times so far this season. Lambert likes to sign players with something to prove and from lower leagues and has had great success with this in his managerial career, so look out for a championship bargain.
Another club who might need to add some premiership experience. They play open and attractive football but given their goalkeeper has been their stand out player so far there should be some concern as to how open they are at the back. Bring in a defender!
Martin Jol’s squad seems to be a bit flat and the last thing they need is a European campaign to further stretch them, but that’s exactly what they’ve got. I can’t see Fulham doing much in the remaining days but I think they need some creativity – maybe Robert Snodgrass from Leeds would provide a cheap but good option?
Where to begin? The fire sale has happened but Arsenal forgot to bring players in to replace them. It seems a back up striker (Park Chu-Young) and left back (Andre Santos) are in the bag, but a big centre back (looks like Mertesacker), attacking midfielder (rumoured to be Benayoun) and one more winger are needed at least. I can’t see all that happening and this could be a LONG season for the gunners.
Despite being without any points I wouldn’t worry if I was Roy Hodgson, WBA have looked good in their opening games and Shane Long was a good piece of business. Maybe another player to create those chances for Long?
If ever a team looked doomed already it’s Blackburn, they could do with a striker to put away chances and another centre back to replace Phil Jones.
Harry’s done a great piece of business getting Adebayor in on loan but the Modric situation is destabilizing the club. If Modric goes, expect Diarra to arrive alongside Parker in midfield and then Spurs need to break the bank for an attacking mid.
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