Looking ahead it won’t be long before the transfer window opens, and there are several teams which need to make key signings to save their season or to help them push for a certain position. Elliot Middleton has his say!
West Ham are a team whose squad is hugely lacking in quality. The move to the London Stadium may have affected their performance but if the Hammers want to save their season and stay in the league then their squad needs improving. They have conceded the second most amount of goals in the EPL this season so they should look for a centre back to try and sure up the defence. They have also struggled to create chances so maybe a creative midfielder or an attacker would be another good addition as their strikers have failed to produce on a regular basis – although that may not be their fault considering the bad supply they’ve been provided with.
Another team that need some changes are Liverpool. The reds have one of the best attacks in the Premier League, and even the world, but have one thing which is stopping them progress up the table: their defence. Having let in 20 goals this season their back four has been weak and has lost them some key games. In January, they need to start to rebuild the back-line with a couple of good defenders which will fit Klopp’s style and also will be able to a good job against the ever-growing quality of Premier League attackers.
For instance, a good centre back option could be Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, a player they have been trying to sign for a while, although they may face some competition from other Premier League clubs like Man City.
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Brighton are a team who may have surprised quite a few of the critics this season so far, sitting in 13th currently which is higher than I and a lot of others predicted. However, after a bad string of results recently, their lack of goals is starting to have an impact in games.
The Seagulls are mostly solid at the back so should look to sign a clinical striker, a regular, 15-20 goal a season, forward. Furthermore, the lack of supply from midfield may have an impact, so a creative midfielder could be a target for the Brighton side.
The final side to consider is West Brom. The defensive set up that their former manager, Tony Pulis, drilled into them has meant that their threat to goal has been minimal.
The Baggies currently sit in 19th with just 12 goals. They used to rely on their defence to keep them in games but their quality at the back has recently declined meaning they have lost games. If they want to improve, a bigger threat upfront will be needed to be signed and a few defenders to sure them up at the back, giving them a balanced and strong squad.
It will be interesting to see if any of these sides make wholesome changes come the January window.