The festive season has come and gone, we’ve eaten and drank our weight multiple times over and December coming to an end means one thing…..the January transfer window is now OPEN!
So with that in mind, we are going to take a look at teams from various leagues and in various predicaments.
We are going to summarise what they need and who they need to hold onto in order to prolong, challenge for honours or in some cases save their 2015-16 season.
Where to start with the world famous Red Devils?!
LVG has already spent over £250Mil and achieved no more than the sacked Scot David Moyes. I would question the Old Trafford’s board decision to give him much more money, but they do need at least 1 position filled.
The post Fergie era has been slightly worse than expected but transition was inevitable, Champions League qualification is the minimum but even that is in danger.
Cole, Yorke, Sheringham, Van Nistelrooy….where is United’s lethal feared finisher?
What do they need -A proven striker is a must, Higuain or Zlatan could be achievable.
There may well just be a sustained title challenge to Celtic this year.
Aberdeen will stutter and drop points that the Glasgow giants won’t, however we are in January and they are only 3 points behind.
Derek McInnes will be a wanted man come the end of the season for sure so this could be a big few months for the former Rangers man.
They are too reliant on a couple of players (like most SPL clubs) but need to add a touch more quality to pull away from the rest and closer to the top.
What do they need – A back up striker to take the pressure from Adam Rooney.
Who can’t they afford to lose – Niall McGinn.
One of the “big” clubs still plying their trade in the 2nd tier, this season however is looking different for the Owls.
Currently one place outside the play offs they have a real chance of being in the end of season shake up to return to the bright lights of the Premier League.
Carlos Carvalhal’s men are strong in certain areas of the park but are missing a bit of squad depth for the final few weeks of the season.
They could do with adding 3-4 players, if they can find the right ones to add to the underappreciated players they currently have in the side.
Ashley Westwood, Michael Turner, Sam Hutchinson & Fernando Forestieri provide a fantastic spine for a team at this level.
What do they need – A creative / goalscoring midfielder such as Alan Judge at Brentford.
– A winger to provide needed width
– Centre half cover
The Black Cats are more than likely in a “sell before you buy” situation.
They have a lot of squad players picking up good money who have been purchased by many previous bosses. This is a club who pays Patrick Van Aanholt to play football!
Looking at the players available Sunderland do have a decent Premier League forward line. Defoe, Fletcher and Borini should score enough to win the club points when they are needed. It’s the other areas of the pitch that are the problem.
I can see the likes of Danny Graham, Adam Matthews and Will Buckley heading for the exit door.
One thing is for sure though, Big Sam will bring in trusted and experienced players in order to help beat the drop.
What do they need – A good centre half (O’Shea, Brown,Coates and Kaboul provide poor options)
– Full back cover left and right
-A winger to put the ball in the box
Who can’t they afford to lose – Jermain Defoe for goals and Lee Cattermole due to suspension!
James Tomkins is someone Big Sam would trust and could sign.
Finally the Sky Blues appear to be on the right track back up the leagues. After being relegated to League One in 2012 they have a serious chance of promotion back to the Championship, a level at which a club of this stature should be operating.
Tony Mowbray has done a great job since taking over in March 2015, Keeping them up before taking them into the play off places.
Youth mixed with experience is a great balance at this level and they have that in abundance at the Ricoh Arena.
What do they need – A striker to share the responsibility with Adam Armstrong
– A permanent deal for Joe Cole, amazing player to have in the dressing room
Who can’t they afford to lose – Adam Armstrong, 16 goals in 22 games speaks for itself
Cases could have been made for Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Crewe Alexandra and Dundee United however I’m afraid all of your seasons look to be beyond salvation.
Whatever happens we are sure to see records broken, last minute deals and panic buys between now and 11pm on February 1st.
We all love it really.