Teams in the Premier League have huge pressure on them to perform. As a result they must prepare for a season in the summer and make sure they bring in the right people. This article is about a few key points for each team in the summer transfer window, team by team.
Arsenal have brought in Sead Kolašinac from Schalke 04 this summer, but are really lacking in the center of the park. With Mertesacker expressing a possibility of retiring, it leaves a large whole that needs filling. My suggestion would be Benedikt Höwedes who also plays for Schalke 04. The 29-year-old won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and can play anywhere along the back line. The 6ft 2” German has had a very consistent career and Arsene was interested in the player back in 2014 after the World Cup, might be time for a move now then?
Also I think that Arsenal need to sign a striker, Giroud is a great player, but isn’t very versatile. He plays as a big number 10 and is great at doing so, but I think Arsenal need something else. My suggestion would be Alexandre Lacazette: The player is in high demand this year with lots of teams linked with him but I think Arsenal have the financial backing to take the player and if they can keep Sanchez and Ozil then that will provide some incentive to join the Gunners.
Bournemouth had a fantastic season last year, and will be hoping that they can replicate that kind of success next year. With a fairly open squad, I feel that Bournemouth need a few older, more mature players to help the youngsters develop. Therefore my suggestion is Robert Huth. The German defender won the league with Leicester but I can’t see loyalty holding out. He’d be a great addition and help stabilise a fairly young and in-experienced squad.
The next player isn’t a signing, but a player Bournemouth want to keep hold of, and that is Lewis Cook. The U20’s England Captain has just lifted an international trophy and will want to start playing more in the Premier League. Lots of big clubs will come sniffing but it’s crucial to Bournemouth to keep hold of this player.
Brighton had a really successful season last time out, narrowly missing out on the championship trophy and will want to at least survive in the coming year. Lewis Dunk will be crucial to this as he’s a fantastic English defender who Brighton will want to keep hold of. Last year Crystal Palace and West Brom were interested in him, but it will be interesting to see if they can keep him.
Also I think that when teams come up to the premier league and see fairly in-experienced with the league, they need to bring with them a really good striker, either with or without premier league experience. My option for this is Zak Clough, a 22 year old striker from Nottingham Forest. Whilst he is currently in a 4 year contract at the club, premier league football could tempt him to joining the Seagulls.
This summer is all about Michael Keane, linked with almost every big English club, the Clarets will be desperate to keep hold of him. I personally think they will (at least until January) but it depends on Burnley’s performance in the season.
If Burnley are to make signings, I think some younger players could come in and add competition to some starting 11 places. My pick is Will Hughes from Derby, the youngster has been performing will in the Championship but it will be interesting to see if he can make the just to the Premier League.
After last year, everybody is interested in how Chelsea will behave in the summer window, Conte is always interested in bringing over some Italians from the Serie A, but I think the squad has the depth and quality to challenge again. I was going to suggest Youri Tielemans but it appears he’s just signed for AS Monaco, therefore I’m suggesting Ousmane Dembélé, the French 20-Year-Old. He’s had a fantastic season at Dortmund and I’d love to see him in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s big transfer gossip is in the form of Diego Costa. The Spaniard has fallen out with Antonio Conte and it seems like they will need a new striker to fill the void. Romelu Lukaku would seem a solid pick, with experience at the club and a proven record in the Premier League it seems a fool-proof option. The only thing that might cause issues is the price, but let’s hope they put in a buy-out-clause or something!
I think Crystal Palace need to improve a lot this season in order to survive. Many people will be guessing that Crystal Palace will go down next year so they need to strengthen in key areas. Firstly, I’m recommending Chris Wood, from Leeds who is from New Zealand. The 25 year old scored 27 goals last year in the championship, and was named in the Championship Team of the Season.
I’m also suggesting Tyrone Mings, the 24 year old defender who can play either Left-back or in the centre of the park. Mings is 6ft 5″, making him a great presence in either box. However the player has suffered injuries in the past, and Crystal Palace would hope he can remain relatively injury-free.
This transfer window is about 1 man: Romelu Lukaku. With Chelsea, Man Utd and even some large teams abroad poking their noses around, it is vital that they keep the Belgian. With such a good scoring record in the league they’ll want to keep him around. However the appeal of continental football may lure him away.
I also think that Everton are really lacking defenders, specifically rock-hard centre backs. Whilst Michael Keane would be a solid pick, I’m going with Chris Smalling on this one. The England International has a proven record in the league and Man Utd may let him go for less than he’s worth if he’s surplus to requirements.
Huddersfield town are going to struggle next year. I hope they don’t go completely under and do worse than Derby in 2007/08 season. If I had to choose two players for the club to sign, my first would be Tim Krul from Newcastle. The Dutch Keeper has been around for ages so could go on the cheap, whilst also being a great addition to the squad.
I also think Huddersfield need a lot of players with Premier League experience to help out the squad, so perhaps a few loan signings of some good players. Maybe Dominic Solanke or even Jack Wilshere could make all the difference.
Riyad Mahrez needs to stay this summer. As with the last summer they need to keep hold of him. I know he wants to leave but Shakespeare needs to do anything he can to keep the former player of the year.
I also think the fragility of the Leicester defence is showing, perhaps a loan signing of someone like Phil Jones, or Matthias Ginter?
Liverpool under Klopp has been a revelation. With Champions League next year, they will have a real edge in the transfer market and players will definitely be interested in playing for the Merseyside club.
So here’s what happened;
-Wrote this article a week ago
-Suggested Mohamed Salah
–Goes and signs for them the day before I release the article!
Thanks Jurgen, way to ruin my article. I tried to think of another player to sign, and other than my next suggestion I can’t really see Liverpool doing much else this summer.. maybe Mario Götze?
I also think that Liverpool have been missing a left back for quite some time. Moreno isn’t good enough so I think that Ryan Bertrand would be a great replacement. He’s English, he’s a quality player. He even plays for Southampton! Need I say anymore?
This is half of the teams! The other half will be out very shortly! Who do you think your club needs to sign?