As Barcelona’s name was etched into the Champions League trophy it signalled the end of another amazing football season, full of fantastic goals, controversy. Millions of fans cling on to the odd international game as respite from the void, but in truth, their summers feel empty.
With the transfer window now open, one thing that may help fill the need for league football is the constant flowing river of transfer rumours projectile vomiting from the imagination of the press. This often adds excitement to the idea of next season, with fans imagining possible starting line-ups, the subject of money in football, and there is always one ridiculously over-priced transfer to one of the English clubs. But who should teams be signing this summer?
I’m not going to add fuel to the fire, I am not saying these players are going to sign or they are in talks of signing, this is merely just my opinion of who every team in the premier league should sign in the transfer window.
Arsenal have had a progressive season, with the arrival of Sanchez, helping propel them to third in the table and the retaining of the FA Cup, the next thing on their agenda is to keep consistently winning and mounting a genuine title challenge, not just teasing us to inevitably fade out in January or February.
To do this, I believe they desperately need a solid centre back; someone who will play every game and who will stop at nothing to deny opposing strikers any glimpse of goal. For me, this is Mats Hummels, one of the best centre halves in the world and who has shined in a disappointing season for Dortmund. The German partnership of Hummels and Per Mertesacker could be the last piece of a strong spine that Arsenal needs to challenge for top spot.
Narrowly avoiding relegation, there are many things that need to change in the Claret and Blue part of the Midlands. Having been completely dominated by a brilliant Arsenal team in the FA Cup Final, you saw first hand the task they have to get to where they want to be.
But if I had to choose one position, it would be in the holding midfield role, just a little bit of protection, but with some sense of creativity. Bearing in mind Villa have little-to-no money, I would suggest Mathieu Flamini: Surplus to requirements at Arsenal due to the rise of Francis Coquelin, he could provide a little bit of a backbone to the Villa defence and midfield, both of which is desperately needed. Also, I think that he could compliment promising midfielder, Fabian Delph in the centre.
The Championship champions, they will want to stay up… obviously. But they have a strong squad. Bred Hangeland could be a sound investment for the Cherries, premier league experience and a good centre half, and he has struggled for a place this term so it could be a good move for both teams.
Recent reports suggest he is close to signing a new deal at Palace but… you never know.
Can Chelsea be improved in terms of the premier league? I may be biased because I am a Chelsea fan but, for me, no one even came close to the blues this year, and that was with our star striker missing for much of the season. Chelsea’s next step up is establishing themselves as one of the best in Europe. Who do they need to do that? For me, Yaya Toure. I don’t think Chelsea need a striker; we have Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Patrick Bamford who had an amazing season with Middleborough. I say bring Bamford through in the league. I think it is in the number 10 role we need improvement as Oscar doesn’t seem to be cutting it. I would move Cesc Fabregas up there and put Toure in next to Nemanja Matic. Again, unlikely, but I can dream.
Palace had a great second half of the season under fan-favourite and former player, Alan Pardew, they were in the top five teams for form in 2015, securing a top 10 finish.
So they will be looking forward to next year where they will be able to play to their full capacity all year round. In terms of one player that could take the team forward? Jonas Gutierrez. A great player, a regular for the Argentina squad, Gutierrez would get into most Premier league teams and he is free after being let go by Newcastle.
They have a great squad. It is amazing they finished so low down the table: 11th in the end, but that is football, you have bad seasons. But to me they need a defender, they have good strikers in Arouna Kone and Romelu Lukaku (when he wants to be), but that defence, to me, needs strengthening. Luckily they have already been linked with Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk, a good choice and a likely one. But they will have to fight off competition from others including Liverpool and many German clubs.
This is a tough one. I haven’t seen much of Leicester this year but what I saw was good, maybe slightly preferential to the right hand flank where Jamie Vardy was ever-present. But I would say Tom Ince. They had in my opinion, the bargain of last summer in Esteban Cambiasso, and they signed Andrej Kramaric who will come good, he just needs to find his feet on English soil. They could do well with a front three of Vardy, Kramaric and Ince. And he will be looking for a move to the premier league after being relegated with Hull.
They need a new manager. Brendan Rodgers has coasted through his Liverpool career so far, hiding behind Luis Suarez and then Raheem Sterling. But now Suarez has gone to a club that wins trophies and Sterling decided to concentrate on other things apart from football last year, Rodgers was exposed as the terrible manager he is. I would suggest they beg Jürgen Klopp to reconsider taking a break before returning to the game.
But if it is a player they need, take your pick because they are linked with every player under the sun. They have recently agreed a deal for Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan on a free. But they need goals, having scored 52 goals this season, just over half the amount from the year before (101). So I would suggest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. A proven goal scorer and one that is less likely to flop, like all of Liverpool’s current strikers.
City need to get their priorities in order. Manuel Pellegrini has no idea what he is doing in the transfer window, he doesn’t seem to realise that you need to buy players that dont play in attacking midfield and attack. They are rumoured to sign Sterling, obviously. They need a defender! They have too many attacking players already, why are they going to buy more? The signing of Wilfried Bony was a joke in the first place, they had no need for him, and next summer he’ll make a move again to a smaller club, like West Ham. I would go for Fabio Coentrao, an amazing left back and attack minded; he would be a good fit for the Citizens.
Defender again. But rumours suggest they have already suggested that Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi has agreed a deal. Smart move, good player and their defence is awful. So no need to talk about this more.
But seeing as this is Man United, we will. This is the team most likely to over-spend. After Angel Di-Maria and Juan Mata, they are not shy of spending £50million on a player and not think too much of it, and why would they? Theyre the biggest footballing brand on the planet, they can afford it. So, we knew it was going to happen: Man United have been linked with a massive move for Harry Kane, after Radamel Falcao is leaving (possibly destined for Chelsea) and Robin van Persie seems odds-on to be heading for Serie A. I suppose they would need a top striker, but Harry Kane? Remember what happened last time the Red Devils signed a ridiculously over-priced player after one good season in the premier league? Cough-Luke Shaw.
They have also finalised the deal for Dutch winger, Memphis Depay. Again, smart, he is an exciting player who was great for his country in last years World Cup.
Where to begin? Everyone. It would be quicker to talk about which position doesn’t need improving. But if I had to say one position, I would say Central Defence. They conceded way too many goals last term and looked a mess every time they lost the ball. Hull’s James Chester has been linked with a £10million move… it’s a start.
They are also among one of the many clubs, including… you guessed it, Liverpool and Man United, to be interested in Charlie Austin. Good player, but not sure if he would be the answer to the toon’s problems, because there are so many.
Newcomers again, don’t know much but as they were the play-off promotee’s, they need someone with raw talent, someone that can help improve everyone in the team, but also someone who is cheap.
Abou Diaby, a great player when he is fit. He is a player that could really take them a step up. And he is now available on a free after being released by Arsenal. He would be one player in the summer I would seriously consider as they need players that will help them get to grips with this league.
Great season. Amazing squad, amazing manager. Defied all the odds to finish where they did, after letting half their squad out to Liverpool, and they would do well to repeat that next year.
But again, unfortunately, it looks as though they are going to offload a few players, such as Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin. But if were talking as if they don’t, I would say a solid centre back is needed. Younis Kaboul would be a good choice; surplus at Tottenham, a proven record and will bully opposition forwards.
Another team with a surprisingly good season. To take them forward and progress next season, they need Bojan (for me, a contender for player of the season last season until he got injured) to be fit and they need a striker. West Ham’s Enner Valencia could do the job for them: fast, dangerous and able to score goals. Those two, Bojan and Valencia, could form a good partnership and then Stoke fans could see increasingly attractive football at the Britannia, something I thought I would never say.
Patrick Bamford would be an amazing signing, even if it is a loan move, the Black Cats had a dismal season in front of goal, scoring only 31 goals all season. Bamford on the other hand, scored over 20 goals for Middlesbrough last term, Sunderland could do with that.
Seeing as though Chelsea loomset to sign a striker in the window, Bamford will undoubtedly look elsewhere if he wants to have first-team football in the Premier league. So this could be a deal that is beneficial to both, either if Bamford just shows his parent club that he deserves a chance in the first team, or it leads to a permanent deal.
They need a replacement for Bony, who I would think is not enjoying himself at the moment, having hardly featured for City since moving in January. Turns out my choice, Andre Ayew, signed for them yesterday. Smart business by the Swans. Watch out for them next year, they could definitely tease a challenge for Europa league football.
The fans cannot expect Harry Kane to be as good as he was last year (if he stays), it would be amazing for them and for England if he is, but we cannot expect it. Anyway, he needs backup, because Roberto Soldado is useless and so is Emmanuel Adebayor, they have been linked with Shalke’s Swiss forward, Tranquilo Barnetta, who impressed last year and could well prove to be a great understudy for the saviour of White Hart Lane.
Definitely my first choice to go straight back down, but you never know. They’ll need someone with plenty of premier league experience to lead them. And they may not like me saying this, but I would seriously consider Joey Barton.
You cannot deny that he is still a great player and was unlucky to be part of a disappointing QPR team. But he has been released by the hoops, so he is available on a free, and he had a quiet season last year, when it comes to controversy, so we should give him a break.
Ben Foster is out of action for a while, having injured himself on the last day of the season so to me the Baggies need a strong goalkeeper to fill the void between he sticks, and I think whatever Tony Pulis has said is correct, easily the best British manger around at the moment. And he has apparently been eyeing one of his signings from his time at Crystal Palace, Wayne Hennessey.
This deal looks like it could happen at some point in the summer with a few publications talking about it. So watch this space.
Now they have sorted out their manager situation, they need a striker that actually scores goals, Andy Carroll is too inconsistent. Slaven Bilic has already been rumoured to be interested in Loic Remy, who will no doubt want more regular football than what he is getting and will get if Falcao signs. And when he played for Chelsea last year, he did score. So, why not?
Obviously you’re not going to agree with me on everything, comment below on who you want your team to sign this summer.