Arsenal still need a dominant midfielder, Manchester City are in desperate need of some full backs and the Premier League’s new boys need some help if they are to stay in the League. Here’s who each team should buy this Summer.
Arsenal – Naby Keita
Arsenal really struggle to find the right central midfielder. Last year they spent £35 million on Granit Xhaka and he has been less than impressive. Keita is the definition of a box-to-box midfielder, the 22-year-old scored eight goals, registered seven assists and produced and average of 2.6 tackles and 2.6 interceptions per game. Roma’s Nainggolan is another good option although after the season he’s just had, he may be far too expensive for Wenger.
AFC Bournemouth – Robert Snodgrass
Jordan Ibe was one of the worst signings of the season last year as he failed to make much of an impact for the Cherries. If Eddie Howe wants to address the issue that is Bournemouth’s right wing spot then he should look no further than Scottish International Robert Snodgrass. West Ham seem to be open to offers for Snodgrass and as we saw by his time at Hull he is capable of great things in the Premier League. He can offer goals from the wing and can help Defoe find the back of the net with some excellent crossing abilities.
Brighton & Hove Albion – Chris Wood
Glenn Murray will be 34 years old in September. An alternative striker is definitely needed. Look no further than the man that pipped Murray to the Golden Boot last year, Chris Wood. The 25-year-old was clinical in front of goal last season for Leeds United, scoring 27 times. Wood doesn’t have much Premier League experience, but he does have experience playing alongside Brighton’s star man Anthony Knockaert. Wood is a powerful target man who would be perfect to get on the end of Knockaert’s crosses.
Burnley – Pontus Jansson
Burnley lost their best defender in Michael Keane to Everton for £30 million and he needs replacing promptly. Pontus Jansson enjoyed an excellent campaign with Leeds and would be the perfect replacement to steady the ship for Burnley. Jansson signed for Leeds back in February on a 3-year-deal so would likely command a big fee. Lamina Kone would be a good alternative.
Chelsea – Karim Benzema
With Diego Costa having one foot already out the door, Chelsea desperately need a number 9 capable of 20 goals a season. Lukaku would have been perfect but Conte and Chelsea missed their opportunity. Rumours are that the club are now looking at Morata, Morata is a technically gifted, unselfish player but he may not be the man to score the 20 goals Chelsea would need to win another title. Therefore, I think they should look at his Real Madrid team mate Karim Benzema. Benzema would be a good fit for Chelsea and would suit the Premier League well. He would have great chemistry with Hazard like he has with Ronaldo and he would net more than 20 times if he’s fully fit. With the right offer Madrid will listen as they prepare for the arrival of Kylian Mbappe.
Crystal Palace – Mamadou Sakho
The charismatic Frenchman is out of favour with Jurgen Klopp and it seems definite that he will be sold this summer. Sakho moved to Selhurst Park on loan and made a lasting impression during his spell at the club. With Delaney now 35 years old, it’s crucial that Palace make this move permanent to shore up their defence. Although, the £30 million Liverpool want, may prove to be too much for Palace.
Everton – Moussa Dembele
After selling Romelu Lukaku, Everton are in the market for a top striker to lead their attack. Everton are rumoured to be after Olivier Giroud, although he is capable of 15 goals a season, he is now 30 with no resale value at this point. Since Everton have huge amounts of cash at their disposal, why don’t they aim higher like Celtic’s Moussa Dembele. Dembele scored 32 times in 48 games last season as Celtic won the treble in an unbeaten season. Brendan Rodgers has admitted some of his players will be leaving this summer and you’d have to imagine Dembele would be one of them after the season he’s just had. He is only 20 years old with huge potential and good resale value.
Huddersfield Town – James Collins
Although they have the summer to change it, Huddersfield Town currently have the weakest team in the Premier League. They have some good young players, but perhaps they are not ready for the Premier League just yet. Huddersfield need someone with Premier League experience who can come in and share his experience and knowledge with the squad, especially as current captain Tommy Smith doesn’t have that experience. Huddersfield should look no further than 33 year old James Collins who has extensive Premier League and International experience with Wales. West Ham have Reid, Fonte and Ogbonna all in their ranks and Collins may be able to go for a small and affordable fee.
Leicester City – Kieran Trippier
Jamie Carragher said that Danny Simpson is ‘one of the worst defenders to win the league’ and last season Simpson was awful. Kieran Trippier has spent a couple of years at Tottenham now and must want to start getting first team football in order to gain a regular spot in the England team. Trippier was excellent at Burnley and has shown his brilliance when given the chance for Spurs. He’s a solid defender who can produce a great cross into the box, which would be a dream for Vardy and Slimani, especially if Mahrez is off this summer. Trippier would strengthen the right hand side of Leicester’s pitch going forward and staying back.
Liverpool – Virgil Van Dijk
Liverpools defence is shaky to say the least. One of their best central defenders is Sakho, who has been out on loan and will likely be sold. Liverpool are in desperate need of someone to strengthen their defence and partner Matip, that man should Van Dijk. Van Dijk is one of the best central defenders in the league and would improve Liverpool’s defence instantly. Although, the £60 million he has been priced at is ridiculous.
Manchester City – Kyle Walker
Manchester City have a stunning line up of attackers and look to only add more firepower with Alexis Sanchez. But there has to be a real concern about their defence. Kompany can’t seem to have a good run of fitness and Otamendi and Stones haven’t been as good as they were expected to be. However, there main concern is the fact they have one full back which is Aleksandar Kolarov. A good start would be signing Kyle Walker who over the past few seasons has been one of the leagues best full backs. He is 27 years old so City would be getting him at the peak of his career.
Manchester United – Fabinho
United need a defensive midfielder that can free up Pogba and allow him to be more attacking and create chances for Lukaku. Carrick is amazing at doing the dirty work for United but this upcoming season is likely to be his last. Fabinho enjoyed a fine season as his team Monaco won the league. He is a defensive midfielder that can score goals, in 53 appearances he notched up 10 goals. Fabinho can also play on the right side of the defence if Valencia got injured or needed resting.
Newcastle United – Adama Traore
Newcastle already have a strong squad, but a winger must be at the top of their list. Traore has an abundance of pace and skills but his decision making and final ball can sometimes be called into question. Nonetheless it would be a good move for Newcastle to add some pace and quality to their team.
Southampton – Ben Gibson
If Van Dijk leaves this summer, then Southampton will need to replace him. Gibson will be wanting a return to the Premier League in order to help his chances of an England call up. Gibson was one of Middlesbrough’s shining stars in what was a dreary season as he showed his great defensive skills and football intelligence.
Stoke City – Phil Jones
Given that Ryan Shawcross has never really found his perfect centre half partner, Stoke City may be looking for someone he can gel with again this summer. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will both be looking for new clubs this summer and Mark Hughes will likely be interested, given the centre half shortage at the Bet365 Stadium. Although both could prove to be good signings Stoke should look at Phil Jones. He has the tenacity and gritty play that would suit Stoke City and even though it feels like he has been around forever, he is still only 25. The only concern here would be his wages and his fitness.
Swansea City – Wilfried Bony
With Llorente leaving and Baston out on loan and likely to never return, Swansea need someone to lead their line. Swansea should look no further than ex striker Bony. During is time at Swansea, Bony was the main man, he scored 26 times in 54 games. With the player on the market, Swansea could buy him back for less than they sold him for and they would be getting a player that knows the club well and is a proven goal scorer for them.
Tottenham Hotspur – Javier Hernandez
Tottenham’s first team doesn’t need strengthening, it’s the the second team and subs bench that does. It’s fair to say Vincent Janssen was an underwhelming signing, the 23 year old cost £17 million and only scored 6 goals in all competitions. If Kane gets injured, Spurs need someone who can fill in and lead the line, that man would be Javier Hernandez. His £13 million price tag is too good to resist and he’s proven he can score 20 goals in the Premier League already during his time at Manchester United, making him perfect to play second fiddle to Kane.
Watford – Nathaniel Chalobah
Watford need to bolster their midfield ranks. Chalobah would offer Watford creativity and power in the middle of the pitch, and he would significantly strengthen Watford’s midfield. He could be a perfect fit to play next to Capoue.
West Bromwich Albion – Kieran Tierney
West Brom were after left back Charlie Taylor, but now that he’s joined Burnley, they are still left searching. At such a young age Kieran Tierney is already so good, at 20 years of age he’s still got lots of room for improvement, but he could still walk into the West Brom first team and make a real improvement. However, due to this he is likely to command a big fee that West Brom may not pay. A cheaper option would be Hull’s Robertson.
West Ham United – Marko Arnautovic
West ham are certainly missing goals since the departure of Dimitri Payet. Arnutovic could be a direct replacement on the left wing and could offer support to the striker. Arnautovic is capable of racking up 10 goals if in good form. A front three of Antonio, Caroll and Arnautovic can offer goals with both their feet and their heads, making them an all round threat.