One Player Each Of The Top 6 Clubs Should Sign
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on November 14, 2016
With ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and John Lewis’ ‘Buster the Boxer’ advert now flooding our television screens, attention has been firmly turned to the Christmas period. Everybody is winding down for some festive celebrations before looking forward to the start of the new year. In football terms this means only one thing, the January transfer window.
Before a ball was kicked, this season promised a title race like no other seen on English shores. All the so called elite sides had let themselves down somewhat the previous year with the greatest of underdogs, Leicester City claiming a historic maiden title. With this came managerial overhauls, squad strengthening and tactical reassessment from the establishment, desperate not to have an underwhelming repeat this time around. So far, they have not disappointed.
After eleven games, just two points currently separate the top four. Many are predicting the closest title race ever with the January window highlighted as pivotal in ensuring one teams triumph over another. So with all that said, I’ve put together one signing for each of the ‘Top 6’ clubs that may just swing Champions League qualification or even the title in their team’s favour.
Signing: Edinson Cavani
Averaging a goal, a game thus far this season, Cavani offers a potent threat to any side he comes up against. Alexis Sanchez seems to have found a new lease of life playing as almost a ‘false 9’ for the Gunners this season but with the Chilean sidelined through injury and able to do damage from elsewhere on the field, the current PSG frontman would offer a variety of goals on a more consistent basis than say Giroud. With the North-London club having strengthened their defensive structure significantly in the summer through the arrivals of Mustafi and Xhaka respectively, a commanding presence at the other end of the pitch such as Cavani may be able to take Arsenal all the way to the title in what could be Wenger’s last season.
Signing: Ricardo Rodriguez
Many may be surprised not to see me opt for a centre-back, but with Conte’s new 3-4-3 system steadying the ship coupled with two young defenders in the form of Zouma and Christensen yet to come into the side, I feel an upgrade in the full-back department is more necessary. Marcus Alonso hasn’t been bad since his arrival but if Chelsea are to win the league I feel they need a more robust option at LWB. Rodriguez, formerly linked with Arsenal, has defensive and attacking qualities in equal measure making him a perfect fit for the Blues system. The Swiss international’s energy levels to get up and down the pitch would also provide Hazard with more of a free role and we all know just how deadly the Belgium can be when given license to roam.
Signing: Virgil van Dijk
For all the plaudits the Reds have gained through their attacking play, their long-standing defensive issues are still apparent for all to see. Matip looks to be a better buy week on week, providing a steely but also calming influence not associated with recent Liverpool sides. I still feel like he needs a better partner than Lovern however, in order for the Merseyside outfit to really kick on. With the Saints being somewhat of a feeder club to Liverpool in recent seasons, Klopp may want to cast his eye on Southampton’s best defender. An imperious beast but also comfortable in possession, van Dijk would give the current league leaders all the necessary qualities they need to remain top.
Signing: Leonardo Bonucci
Having been on Pep’s radar for most of the summer, Bonucci epitomises everything City are looking for in a defender. The debate will rage on about John Stones’ risk-taking, but if the 22-year-old were to be partnered by the Italian, I feel it would be a match made in heaven. The Juventus hard man could easily mix it in arguably the world’s most physical league, whilst bringing composure and passing ability rarely seen from a centre-half. With Bonucci still yet to commit his future to his current employers, signing the man labelled by Pep himself as ‘one of the world’s best defenders’ may just hand the title to the blue half of Manchester.
Signing: Julian Weigl
A lot has been made of a potential bid for Antoine Griezmann in January however, this is not an area I feel is in desperate need of strengthening. If Rooney is to be as Mourinho dubbed him a ‘9 and a half’ and Pogba’s best role lies in a more advanced position, then it’s a defensive midfielder that United are crying out for. Weigl has youth on his side at the tender age of 21 and would give the Red Devils years of quality in that department. He is calm under pressure, able to spot and deal with opposition danger early and possesses a tremendous passing range. With Carrick not getting any younger, the Dortmund man could serve as his replacement and push United on from their stuttering start to the season.
Tottenham to me are the team that come across as the most balanced in all areas of the pitch. What they lack, is enough individual brilliance to win a Premier League. At 24, Isco has struggled to kick-start his career with Real Madrid but rest assured, the Spaniard is still oozing with star quality. Similar to Hazard in his dribbling style, Isco would provide a more mobile threat in Spurs’ attacking trident behind Kane and in doing so, bring goals and assists aplenty. If Tottenham really do harbour ambitions of being title contenders for years to come, then it’s these sort of transfers they have to be making.