By Tony Alvarez
Before Shouts from the stands winds down for the summer where instead of a daily article we will be just be dealing with the issues with 2 or so articles a week we will look into who each Premier League side should/needs to sign this summer.
This is similar to an article created around the January transfer window which can be found on the links below:
Today is the turn of the sides that finished in the top 6 in the Premier League in the season just finished.
With the retirement of Edwin Van Der Sar it is clear that United need a keeper, all of this seemed to of been cleared up when Alex Ferguson announced that the club was very close to the signing of David De Gea however that situation no longer seems so clear with De Gea’s camp saying there has been no formal agreement between there man and United.
The only other major issue with United is an attack minded midfielder which has seemingly been a problem for a last couple of seasons, with the omission of Paul Scholes from initial next season squad list it would seem his retirement is inevitable, even should he continue he in incapable of a full season meaning United still lack a goal scoring threat from midfield. The Champions have long been linked with Dutch maestro Wesley Sneijder who would seem the ideal signing not only would he add goals to the side but he also adds creativity to the side and is a dead ball expert which United lack at the moment in my opinion.
They have also been linked with a somewhat shock move for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri who would fit the bill perfectly however a move to Old Trafford for Nasri seems unlikely.
Previously I stated that I thought United needed a winger but with the return to form and fitness of Antonio Valencia and Nani having his best ever season United are not lacking in this position especially considering Giggs and Park are both also very good out wide as well as in the middle of the park.
Following the star signings of Fernando Torres and David Luiz Chelsea’s squad does look very complete and maybe who ever is brought in to replace Carlo Ancelotti can get the players to gel and Chelsea will once again be a threat throughout Europe.
Despite originally being a centre back Ivanovic has proved to be a very good right back but I feel they struggle when he is either out of the side or needed to cover at centre back, Bosingwa and Paulo Ferreira may be good full backs but both seem unable to cut it in the Premier League.
Whilst they don’t need a first choice right back good, quality and dependable cover for Ivanovic is needed.
Should Torres and Drogba be able to form a partnership upfront it would appear it would only be in a 4-4-2 system should that be the case you would assume that first choice centre midfield paring would be Essien and Lampard with Malouda playing as a left winger, which leaves a hole on the right, Nicolas Anelka is ok on the right as part of a three but in a four man midfield he would not be the answer.
Who to sign in this position is a difficult decision no outstanding right wingers on the world stage come to mind, knowing the way Roman Abramovich likes to work I would not be shocked if he makes a marquee signing probably upfront such as Neymar or Aguero and just tells who ever is employed to some how fit the players into a working team, this unfortunately has long been the problem that Chelsea managers have suffered.
This is a tough one for me to call, with seemingly unlimited funds the World is City’s oyster.
Noises from Carlos Tevez suggest he is set to leave the Eastlands club which will be a huge blow for the club, although they currently have players in the squad capable of replacing him and the funds to bring in others if necessary Tevez is clearly the focal point of City’s attack which makes replacing him a lot more difficult.
Due to the big signing of Dzeko inJanuaryCitycould potentially not replace Tevez however it seems unlikely.
A whole in the City first 11 seems to be at left back where Kolarov just hasn’t cut it defensivly and although Zabaleta has done a decent job there he is by trade a right back. Big noises are being made that City are after Portugal and Benfica left back Fabio Coentrao, I must admit I have seem limited amounts of Coentrao but he looks very good and would be a good signing for City.
Another player it is apparent City are after is Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez, I think this shows Mancini is trying to add creativity to his squad and a player of Sanchez’s quality would give them another option in there already talent packed selection of wingers.
Again I would not be surprised if a marquee signing was made just so City can announce themselves inEuropehowever with the prices being touted for Sanchez it could be him.
For a long time now many fans have been calling for Arsene Wenger to invest in a new spine but it has long been my opinion that besides some changes at the back Arsenal will find it very difficult to improve with Cesc Fabregas in the side.
This is not me saying Fabregas is a bad player far from it for me he is in the top three midfielders in World football but he also causes a problem for Arsenal.
As in their attacking unit who would you replace no one is going to come in and replace the likes of Nasri Walcott, Van Persie, Song, Wilshere or Fabregas from the first team meaning any high profile signings become unlikely, should Fabregas depart the squad would shuffle around a bit allowing star names to be signed.
Back to who the side need and who I feel they need to sign, at centre back I feel both Vermaelen and Djourou are both good defenders however I am unsure if they are a good pairing, form what I hear Jagielka is being targeted by Wenger but personally I would like to see a towering presence at the back such as Chris Samba, Jagielka has all the hallmarks of a typical Arsenal defender but it is clear Arsenal need a change from their typical players.
I also feel Arsenal do need a striker because despite Van Persie’s unbelievable goal return in this season he is a) known tobe inury prone meaning you can never rely on him and b) so creative but currently Arsenal have no one else on the end of his creativity, there are strong rumours that Karim Benzema is being tracked, I think he would be the ideal signing as he is a poacher but can score all type of goals and also link up with the rest of the side in general play.
I no longer think a goal keeper is a necessity, Szczesny whilst being far form the finished article has shown enough potential and enough current ability to be considered number 1.
Who Tottenham need will largely depend on whether any of their current squad jump ship due to not having the opportunity to play Champions League Football at White Heart Lane.
I am of the opinion that the likes of Van Der Vaart, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will stick around for another year at least, which gives Tottenham a solid base to build around.
It is clear to all that Tottenham have two areas they need to largely improve in. The first being in goal where despite being an unreal shot stopper at times Gomes has often proved to be a liability and made some high profile point costing mistakes.
It is rumoured that the likes of Manuel Neuer and Ajax keeper Stekelenburg are both available in this transfer window however it is very unlikely that either will move to a side who is not involved in Champions League Football.
The favourite to start the season in goal for Tottenham and I believe to be the most likely isBirminghamkeeper Ben Foster,Birminghamwill require the funds having been relegated and Foster could command a £7 million plus transfer fee.
The other problem area for Tottenham is their complete lack of goals from strikers Defoe and Crouch have barely troubled the Premier League scoring charts and Roman Pavlyuchenko does not seem to get the chances the others do despite scoring more, however he is not the answer, the problem is for a striker who guarantees goals you are looking at paying top notch prices as proved by Darren Bent’s January move to Aston Villa.
It is widely reported that Tottenham are looking to take a gamble on one of two strikers that are unproven in the Premier League. Both Kevin Gameiro and Gervinho have had strong seasons inFrancewhich has led to them being linked to a whole host of clubs, they could be ideal for Tottenham as they would not command crazy transfer fees but could be the answer to their strikers lack of goals.
Liverpoolspent big in January to try and find a replacement for Fernando Torres and bring some goals to a side that overly relied on two men to get them.
Unfortunately for them since the signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez talismanic captain Steven Gerrard has been absent a lot of the time meaning the trio have rarely been played together.
Despite the signings Liverpool seem to need the same players year in year out and never seem to fill the voids, a left winger has been needed pretty much since Steve Mcmanaman departed for Real Madrid, Maxi Rodriguez has played his part in the last month or so notching a few goals but I personally don’t think he is up to the job especially not over a full season.
They thought they had filled the void with the signing of Joe Cole but that has not worked out and they will need to rethink, the are rumours the club are keen to make an approach for Valencia’s Juan Mata, although he would be a good signing he would cost the club over £20 million and I’m unsure if the club will spend that considering the amount they spent in January.
The only other major problem I see is at left back, unless Dalglish is intent on keeping Martin Kelly at right back and shifting Glen Johnson to the left a full time left back will need to be signed, similar to Manchester City Liverpool have been linked with Fabio Coentrao but similar to Mata he would cost over £20 million.
The more sensible and more likely option seems to beNewcastle’s Spanish left back Jose Enrique who has been linked with the Merseyside club all season and it was even reported that a deal had been agreed in some sections of the press earlier in the season.
There are other areas where Liverpool are not particualry strong but no team is strong in every position and with 2 signings on the left who can gel with the rest of the side Liverpool could be a real forced to be reckoned with next term.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the players I have said are needed for the particular clubs? Leave a comment and let us know who you would sign for the clubs mentioned above and check back regulary to see who I think your club should sign.