The January transfer window is open and clubs are looking to add new players to their squads for the second-half push. Premier League clubs spent £1.41 billion in the summer transfer window. Will that figure be topped this month as clubs scramble to buy new talent?
Let’s look at one position each Premier League club needs to address this January transfer window.
The league leaders are the most complete team in the division and do not need to do much to alter their squad. If there is one area Liverpool do need to address it is left-back with James Milner recently suffering an injury. There is a crop of academy kids coming through but can they hold down the fort in a title race?
Another team that looks very good all over the pitch but some upgrades could be made. A wide player could be added to finally assume the position Riyad Mahrez left when he went to Manchester City.
Defence has been Manchester City’s biggest issue and despite spending £60 million on Joao Cancelo last summer, Pep Guardiola still needs quality full-back cover. Central defence has also been a problem with Aymeric Laporte out injured.
Defensive upgrades are needed at Chelsea, but also a striker who can give Tammy Abraham competition for the position. Of the top four, Chelsea are in the most need of new players that can step right in.
Where do Manchester United not need a player upgrade? Right-back seems to be the only position that is secure as the Red Devils continue to be inconsistent in the league. Even more than a No. 9, Manchester United need a top-class midfielder. Yes, the Red Devils need a player to be what Paul Pogba was supposed to be.
Midfield upgrades are needed in north London. A quality defensive midfielder could take the pressure off of the team’s back four. Spurs have conceded 30 goals after 21 matches. It is just nine fewer than last season’s league total.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have played the most games of any Premier League team due to their Europa League commitments. Although Raul Jimenez has been brilliant, Wolves could use a back-up striker to give him a rest at times. Patrick Cutrone was signed in the summer but has failed to bed-in. He could be headed back to Italy.
The Blades have overachieved behind the excellent management of Chris Wilder. They could obtain a Europa League place but there is a long road to go to achieve that feat. Goalscoring is an area that Sheffield United need to address. They have scored just 23 times this term.
Crystal Palace are another team to overachieve this season. Roy Hodgson has a host of injuries at the club and a loan or two for defensive players would help out for the short-term. For the long-term, a striker to replace Christian Benteke is needed. Cenk Tosun could arrive on loan.
Arsenal’s main area that needs upgrading is defence. David Luiz has been hot and cold and Shkodran Mustafi continues to look underwhelming.
After being humiliated by Liverpool in the FA Cup third round, Carlo Ancelotti is ready to offload £140 million worth of players and Gylfi Sigurdsson is one who could leave. With so many awful forward transfers in recent times, Ancelotti needs to rebuild the striker corps.
Southampton have quietly emerged from the bottom three and are up in midtable. The club was offered the chance to sign Rafael from Lyon. The former Manchester United full-back’s wages are probably more than the club want to pay. With Danny Ings playing well, Southampton should look for a creative midfielder to take some of the goalscoring pressure off of the striker.
Steve Bruce has done well at St. James’ Park and there is plenty of potential in the squad. Defensive upgrades could further help Newcastle United, especially in central defence.
Brighton may have only 24 points after 21 games, but they are a promising side that plays good football. Graham Potter could use some midfield creativity this January transfer window to help the side gain more points and stay in the division.
Just 24 goals have been scored by Burnley and sit four points above the relegation zone. Burnley need to find a striker to give them more of a chance of rescuing the season.
West Ham have spent a lot of money in recent seasons and haven’t had the league standings to show for it. The signings they do have, need to step up. Full-back upgrades could significantly help David Moyes’ defence as well.
Aston Villa go into round 22 just a point above the relegation zone. They are looking at adding a striker as Wesley is currently injured. A proven Premier League goalscorer could change the season and get the Villains away from the bottom three. Olivier Giroud has been linked.
The first thing Bournemouth do not need to do is sign a player from Liverpool. Secondly, they need to address their defence, which has been ravaged by injuries all season. A competent central defender should be on Bournemouth’s wishlist.
Watford are improving and could pull off a great escape. So, what do the Hornets need? Full-back is an area they could do with an upgrade, but so is the attack. Gerard Deulofeu is hit and miss and Roberto Pereyra has been virtually non-existent this term.
Norwich City are not a bad team but their defence is EFL Championship quality. Daniel Farke needs to address the defensive shortcomings to give Norwich a fighting chance at survival.