The January transfer window is in full swing, and as usual transfer rumours are in abundance. With a few teams dipping into their pockets to sign players so far, the focus is on The English Premier League, where the contest for the title has never been this open.
Having looked back at the performances so far, we believe the following clubs must take action to improve their title chances.
Arsenal needs to sign a striker
Following several injuries to midfielders, Arsenal’s latest signing – Mohamed Elneny feels like a quick response to the weakness in the middle. However, the solution is far from being complete. Giroud has missed (11) more clear chances than any other player in the league, followed by Walcott (9). This is enough evidence to show that the front-line of the Gunners is not yet world-class.
With a player like Mesut Ozil who has created 22 clear chances, the highest in the league, bringing on a better converting striker is the best way that Arsenal can secure their first Premier League title in ten years. Failure to do this would mean that they would continue the up-down movement at the top of the table, which is risky especially in the second round.
Manchester City needs to reinforce their back-line
Ever since Vincent Kompany got injured, it has been a downward spiral for the Citizens. City have conceded 20 out of 21 in the absence of their captain, and this has deeply hurt the momentum with which they started the season. mangala, Otamendi and Demichelis have shown that they are not good enough to cover for their injured captain, and with this in mind Pellegrini has to enter the market and return with a player that will abate the gale sweeping the defence.
Tottenham have to introduce fresh blood upfront
We all agree that Harry Kane has a great season last year. This year the story is different. Despite scoring the most in the club (11), the club’s current position at fourth is still shaky. Other strikers like Heung-min Son and Clinton N’Jie have not produced excellent performances to push the club up the table. The bitter truth is that, with the way the season has panned out for Spurs, they also have to buy – at least to fight for a Champions League spot.
Liverpool’s leaking gloves needs a solution
Simon Mignolet has been error prone this season. He has made more errors leading to a goal (8) than any other Liverpool player, since signing for the Reds. This is definitely a case of loss of concentration. In the draw against Arsenal where he conceded three goal, many believe that he could have done better to stop two of them. At this stage of the campaign the Reds could pay dearly for allowing their goal keeping problem to haunt them. Jurgen Klopp on the other hand, needs to deliver consistent results, only possible by keeping clean sheets.
Manchester United is missing quality at the left side of defence
Louis van Gaal’s men have under-performed all season, according to the expectations of die-hard fans. Despite calls for Wayne Rooney’s head, many have clearly overlooked the absence of Luke Shaw. Before his season long injury in the Champions League match against PSV, the left-back position was very vibrant, providing an attacking threat on the left side of the pitch. Marcus Rojo has struggled to cover for the Englishman, as he has his own injury struggles. However, there are rumours that United is contemplating on investing in a left back this month.