One Surprise Player Every Premier League Team Should Sign

One Surprise Player Every Premier League Team Should Sign
May 23, 2017

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The Premier League season is over which means transfer rumour season is well and truly upon us. It’s, the time of year when Manchester United enter “advanced talks” with Gareth Bale, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski and Antoine Griezmann. It’s the time of year that Liverpool buy the best player from a mid-table side and when Arsenal buy a player that no one else really wanted that much. So here’s who every Premier League side need to sign:

Arsenal: Thomas Lemar

The 21-year-old is an often overlooked member of Monaco’s superb 16/17 campaign. His crossing ability is among the best in the world and with 14 goals alongside 14 assists last season, he can finish chances just as well as he can set them up. If he were to sign, he’d have to sacrifice at least a season of Champions League football but it’s something players like N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba have previously been willing to do. With Sánchez supposedly headed for the exit door at Arsenal, they will need a wide player to fill his boots and this young man has the ability to just that.

Bournemouth: Harry Maguire

The Englishman has been a rock at the back for Hull this season, his ability on the ball proving a real asset to the Tigers as their relegation battle ended in disappointment. He scored 3 goals and set up another 2 last season but his defensive stats are more impressive. He averages 1.9 tackles per game, 2.2 interceptions per game and a mammoth 4.9 clearances per game. The 24-year-old would shore up a leaky Bournemouth defence and his technical ability will suit Eddie Howe’s style of play with the Cherries.

Brighton: Charly Musonda

The Belgian was recalled from his loan at Betis last January but was not given a chance back at Stamford Bridge as the Blues won the Premier League. However, the winger is clearly talented and although they boast Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray among their attacking options, there is a void in their attack. A void that could be filled by Musonda. The 20-year-old had a poor 6 months at Betis, only managing a single assist and no goals but under the right guidance, he can become a top player. A loan is more likely for the Seagulls but they may be able to get a good deal for him.

Burnley: Patrick Roberts

The 20-year-old has spent the last 18 months on loan at Celtic where he has been part of the Hoops team that strolled to the SPFL title unbeaten under Brendan Rodgers and look set to finish the domestic season unbeaten. The winger has played a big part, scoring 10 goals in just 23 starts including a goal against his parent club Manchester City in the Champions League. It’s unlikely that the winger will feature in Guardiola’s team next season so he may be allowed to go out on loan. Burnley have a real lack of width in their side and the Englishman would be an upgrade on the experienced George Boyd.

Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku

As the days go by, the likelihood of the Belgian striker departing Everton seems to increase. The striker has been linked with the Blues as well as Manchester United but most newspapers report that the 24-year-old would prefer to return to the club he first joined 6 years ago. Should Diego Costa leave, Chelsea will need a prolific striker to fill his boots. They don’t come much more prolific than Lukaku. He averages more than a goal every other game for Everton and his tally of 24 in the Premier League last season is his highest league tally for a single season.

Crystal Palace: Joe Hart

Crystal Palace have long since struggled with goalkeepers. Wayne Hennessey has flattered to deceive and Steve Mandanda has one foot back in Marseille. That leaves a big empty net alongside plenty of wages. Sam Allardyce previously worked with the 30-year-old for a single game as England boss, but the stopper has come under fire after a poor loan spell in Torino. Despite this, he has four Golden Gloves, including 3 in a row between the 10/11 season and the 12/13 season and remains England’s first choice keeper.

Everton: Anthony Modeste

The French striker has been one of the Bundesliga’s best buys in recent years, having joined FC Koln from 1899 Hoffenheim in 2015. The 29-year-old hit 18 goals in his first season at the club but eclipsed that with 27 this year. That’s enough to see him named 3rd in the Bundesliga goal charts, behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski. He previously played 9 games on loan at Blackburn without scoring in 2012 but he would be the perfect replacement for Lukaku should he leave. The Frenchman’s style of play would make him an almost seamless replacement.

Huddersfield Town (PL status not confirmed): Tammy Abraham

Huddersfield still have to get past Reading in the play-off final if they are to reach the Premier League but if they do, Chelsea’s 19-year-old striker will be a prime target for them. The teenager scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City and the next step of his development would be for a step up into the Premier League. The Terriers have a sturdy defence and one of the finest midfield’s in the Championship, but Abraham would bring the sort of attacking quality required to survive the Premier League. Their signings of Kasey Palmer and Izzy Brown also show they aren’t afraid to use the loan market to get the players they need.

Leicester: Frederik Sorensen

The 25-year-old defender is anything but a household name on these shores but the Dane’s solidity has been as important to Koln’s season, as Modeste’s goals. The former Juventus man makes on average 3.1 tackles per game, 2.7 interceptions per game and 5.2 clearances per game. His versatility also allows him to play at right back which is another position Leicester could improve with Danny Simpson managing to look distinctly average throughout the highs and lows of his Leicester career.

Liverpool: Timo Werner

With all the hype surrounding Kylian Mbappé, it’s easy to forget the thrilling talent of Germany’s Timo Werner. The striker was always talented but had failed to showcase it at Stuttgart. However, following their relegation, he was picked up by promoted big spenders RassenBallSport Leipzig. The move proved an inspired one as his 21 goals helped the newly promoted side into 2nd in their maiden Bundesliga season. Liverpool have plenty of attacking talent but with Sturridge seemingly imminent departure coupled with Origi and Firmino’s wastefulness in front of goal, Werner might be the missing piece of Klopp’s attacking jigsaw.

Manchester City: Ederson Moraes

The 23-year-old shot-stopper has made just top-flight appearances in his career but he already looks tailor-made for a Pep Guardiola side. He has the ability to play out from the back and have an absolute blinder of a shot-stopping performance as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and co. discovered in their 1-0 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League round of 16 first leg. He likes to come off his line although it has cost him – he has picked 4 yellow cards and a red just this season – but Manuel Neuer is proof that a lack of discipline can be half the fun with goalkeepers.

Manchester United: Victor Nilsson Lindelof

The 22-year-old was previously linked with the Red Devils in January but the deal never materialised. The centre back is solid at the back but his ability on the ball is what sets him apart. He averages 2.9 long balls per game and he has a passing accuracy of 88.5%. United have looked shaky at the back without Eric Bailly who – despite his talent – has come across as reckless, picking up a red card in the second leg of a Europa League semi-final thus missing the final. Lindelof would provide solidity without him and when he is available, they present be a formidable young partnership.

Newcastle United: Rodrigo Moreno

Despite Newcastle fans’ perceived entitlement to every player from every club that finished 8th or lower, the best option for the Magpies may lie overseas. The Brazilian-born 26-year-old winger previously played for Bolton Wanderers in the 2010/11 season on loan from Benfica but joined Valencia in 2014. He scored 7 goals last season and set up a further 3 but with Valencia struggling in recent years, he may be tempted to join Rafael Benitez in the North-East. It would complete an impressive attack for a promoted team with the Toon already boasting Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie.

Reading (PL status not confirmed): Tom Ince

 

The son of former England captain Paul Ince, the 25-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the championship but after a good season with Derby County – scoring 15 and assisting 6 – he may be ready for a step up to the top level. Reading would still need to beat Huddersfield next Monday in the Championship play-off final but should they succeed, Ince would be a welcome boost to their attack. The winger would complete an impressive attack alongside French veteran Yann Kermorgant and Jamaican international Garath McCleary and under Jaap Stam, it may give the Royals a fighting chance in the Premier League relegation battle.

Southampton: Tom Cairney

As joint top scorers in the league with 85, the 26-year-old’s side have gained a reputation for their free-scoring attacking quality. The Scot has scored 13 goals and made 10 assists despite playing as a midfielder for most of the season. Southampton have a good squad, they have talented forwards and a solid defence. If there is a weakness, it is in their midfield. Dusan Tadic has failed to live up to his previous seasons and with Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin among their striking options, a quality playmaker would take the Saints to the next level.

Stoke: Marten de Roon

The Dutchman has been one of Middlesbrough’s best players this season, his presence at the base of midfield stifling opposition attacks and his 5 goals have also won vital points for the Teesiders, most notably his late equaliser against Manchester City. The 26-year-old makes on average 2.2 tackles per game and wins on average 2 aerial duels per game. The Potters urgently need midfield reinforcement with record signing Gianelli Imbula seemingly departing the club. The Dutchman would bring in some steel and he would likely have a relegation release clause which would mean he would be available for a cut-price fee.

Swansea: Bertrand Traore

The Burkinabe forward has spent the last year on loan at Ajax where he has helped lead the exciting young team to the Europa League final and has scored 13 goals this season from the wing. The 21-year-old plays primarily as a striker but his versatility means that he is equally effective on both wings. Swansea’s primary goal threats are Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson so the signing of the Chelsea man – either on loan or permanently – would take the pressure off the shoulders of the pair who shared 5 of Swansea’s end of season awards.

Tottenham: Sandro Ramirez

The striker called time on his 7-year career at Barcelona last season when he joined Malaga on a 3-year deal. He has scored 14 league goals this season – more than Neymar – the 21-year-old has proved his worth in the South of Spain. Mauricio Pochettino may be tempted to cash in on Dutch flop Vincent Janssen and replace him with Ramirez. Depth will be key for Spurs next season as they will hope to finally clinch a Premier League title and progress beyond the group stages of the Champions League.

Watford: Ben Gibson

One of the few Middlesbrough players to have gotten through this season with their integrity intact, the nephew of Boro chairman Steve Gibson has been integral to their ultimately fruitless survival push. The 23-year-old is confident with the ball at his feet but he doesn’t have the errors usually associated with players like him. Watford’s defensive issues were summed up in their final day defeat to Manchester City with the Hornets’ backline – containing no natural centre-backs – conceding 4 goals in a single half. The Englishman would also provide some leadership which would be welcome at Vicarage Road.

West Brom: Michael Carrick

The midfield veteran looks set to call time on his 11-year Manchester United career when his contract expires in the Summer. The 35-year-old has been integral to United for most of his career but he still has plenty to give to the game. West Brom present an interesting proposition with talented attackers and a solid defence. They already have his former teammates at the club in Jonny Evans, Ben Foster and Darren Fletcher. Tony Pulis could see the Englishman as a big influence both on and off the pitch.

(Article was written before Michael Carrick’s contract extension at Manchester United)

West Ham United: Danny Ings

The English striker has failed to have the desired influence at Anfield with injuries halting his progress. In his 2-year spell at Liverpool, he’s only made 6 Premier League appearances and scored 2 goals. Prior to that, he got 11 Premier League goals for Burnley. West Ham have lacked a goalscorer throughout their spell in the Premier League and would be improved by a hard-working striker like the 24-year-old. Expected to be surplus to requirements at Anfield, West Ham may be able to get the once-capped striker for a relatively low fee.

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