Whilst we are currently going into complete meltdown with a heatwave and the fact football’s coming home, what better way to celebrate than a detailed analysis of each Premier League team and who they need for the coming season? (Beware controversial signings ahead..)
Arsenal – Thiago Silva
Don’t get me wrong, I understand this will be a lot of money for someone who is 33. I also understand that Arsenal have got two class centre-backs with Koscielny and Mustafi, but Thiago Silva is just next level. You don’t captain PSG and Brazil if you aren’t good, and with Unai Emery just taking over as Arsenal manager it seems a very logical raid on the capital of French football. They were often reported to have a good relationship together with Thiago Silva asking Unai to stay on despite Champions League defeat earlier this year and with any manager of a big club, you often see them put their foot down and show the world what they are about. As far as big name signings go, Thiago Silva is right up there and he can help Arsenal’s shaky back 4 step up their game to a level not seen since the days of Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure.
Bournemouth – Jack Wilshere
‘Super Jack’ is in my opinion, the perfect signing for Bournemouth this season. The reason for this is because he is a fairly well-known name in English football and could act as a draw for other players seeing Bournemouth’s ambition and lure for players of Jack’s quality. Lets not forget he was awarded Young Player of the Year in 2011 ahead of Javier Hernandez and Gareth Bale. THE GARETH BALE. Sadly his career has been blighted with long-term injuries such as the stress fracture on his ankle at the start of the 2011/12 season against New York Red Bulls. As more and more injuries took their toll he lost a hold of his starting place in the Arsenal side and was surprisingly loaned out to Bournemouth for the 2016/17 season where he struggled with a return of 2 assists in 29 prem games before he was sidelined again with injury. From there however he has gone from strength to strength scoring 1 and getting 3 assists from his 20 games. It may not be the same levels as before but he was expected to make the world cup through his recent form. As a free agent now he could go back to Bournemouth which is a club he is used to and hit the ground running as a starter, maybe this is the path he needs to get his career back on track, and there’s certainly worse places to try…
Brighton – Marcus Rashford (Loan)
Here’s where I get slated. Brighton are in a precarious situation, yes they survived last year, but this year will be a different story. Brighton survived in 15th place last year with Glenn Murray scoring 12 in 35 games and staking a genuine claim for the England squad as one of the top scorers in the Prem. Yet he is now 34 and is no longer a surprise package which they had the luxury of being last season. The reason why Marcus Rashford would be the ideal signing, albeit on loan, is due to his eagerness to prove himself. From setting the world alight with his debut goals for United in virtually every one of his debuts to a super sub currently under Jose Mourinho. Whilst this could be expected as he is only 20, he needs first team football to develop. A loan spell to Brighton could be fruitful as the attacking trio of Izquierdo, Rashford and Groß seems so fast even Arsenal’s new signing Thiago Silva would be worried…
Burnley – Jack Grealish
The maverick footballer often divides opinions. From the start of his time in the first team he has often caused controversy, from his change of national allegiance from Republic of Ireland to England and then also his antics going clubbing instead of training. Yet despite all this, it would be an outstanding signing for Burnley to bolster their attack force. Whilst their defence won all the plaudits with Nick Pope being a breakout star, they are starting to lack in the forward department which they will struggle with in Europe this year when coupled with coping in the premier league. Jack is seen as a player who will be moving to the Premier League this year and what better club than Burnley. European football and a starting position almost guaranteed. No matter what, it will be interesting to see what happens with him.
Cardiff City – Alex Song
Alex song is an outstanding midfielder. You can’t forget the fact he is not only a former Arsenal player, but a former Barcelona player. He is in my personal opinion, one of the best free agents available on the market and certainly will have a point to prove. He has played in the Premier League as recently as 2016 with West Ham before joining Rubin Kazan in 2016 and left in 2018. The reason he would be such a good fit for Cardiff is due to his style of play. Typically he is a central defensive midfielder but was described by former manager Javier Clemente as a “much better player in attack than he is defensively”. He would be able to slot into the central midfield and act also as a utility player who can play in all defensive positions and midfield as I mentioned earlier.
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