first_img Pinterest Share on Pinterest We need five new players. Most pressing is the need for a powerful target man who can provide a focal point for attacks to complement the technical craft of Xherdan Shaqiri and Jesé. Saido Berahino could then play wide right. I’d love to see us tempt Crystal Palace into selling Christian Benteke. Mark Hughes seems intent on a back three this season and the signings of Bruno Martins Indi and Kurt Zouma look the business.The major problem though is this system relies of wing-backs. Mame Diouf and Erik Pieters do not have the skills necessary for those positions. I’d go for Kieran Gibbs on the left and Gregory van der Wiel on the right. A back-up centre-half and a ball-winning defensive midfielder wouldn’t go amiss either. I’ve been impressed with Jesé so far. He’s a really skilful player who will light up the league if given time. Tom PlantSwansea CityWe’ve been heavily linked with Santiago Arias of PSV as well as Nacer Chadli and Wilfried Bony. The club needs to press on with these signings as the team is really lacking in goals and creativity, particularly with the loss of our talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton. Paul Clement can make us competent defensively but our attacking options are slim. Arias is a competitive and willing full-back, which is a problem area for us.We have been slow to move this window, as we were last summer to near disastrous consequences. Our first two performances have shown how toothless we can be in attack. Roque Mesa looks like he could be a real coup for the club. His profile seems to suit the Swansea model to the bone. Have we at last found an heir to the evergreen Leon Britton? PhilTottenham HotspurWe have the shallowest squad in the top five but also one of the best starting XIs. The defensive players we have signed look great, especially the very exciting Davinson Sánchez, but we still need a direct pacy option on the wing and a decent second striker – sadly both Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko have not shown their quality. Bringing in Lazio’s young, fast and dynamic forward Keita Baldé Diao (who may end up at Monaco) and underrated goalscorer and tireless runner Divock Origi could address these glaring holes in our squad and keep us competitive in all four competitions. Henry SkewesWatfordWe have brought in a lot of players, which is good news, and early season results have filled fans with optimism. What we still lack is a right winger who is better than the willing but hopelessly erratic Nordin Amrabat, who can come in and complement what is now looking like quite a potent attack. Questions also remain about who we have as cover at centre-back should one of Sebastian Prödl or Miguel Britos get injured. In fact, an upgrade on either wouldn’t go amiss.Nobody can complain with any of the signings we’ve made, even if some of them aren’t the complete articles just yet. Nathaniel Chalobah in midfield is raw and continues to make basic mistakes in possession but his potential is clear for everyone to see. Andre Gray brings pace and adds a different dimension up front and it’ll be good to see him get off the mark soon. Our Brazilian winger Richarlison has been given the most attention – as little Watford don’t usually go about spending £13m on Brazilian wingers. Much like Chalobah, he seems incredibly raw, but he has that innate ability to scare defenders with his skill and pace. It’ll be fascinating to see how far he can progress this season. MattWest Bromwich AlbionWe’re still in need of a specialist left-back. I’d have liked Kieran Gibbs or Charlie Taylor, but I expect another loanee in the mould of Brendan Galloway (I don’t expect this one to get a game either). We have four centre-backs but Craig Dawson is still our first-choice right-back and Gareth McAuley can’t play forever so at least one in the centre, two if Jonny Evans goes. We will nee a replacement for Nacer Chadli if he moves and some cover/competition for Salomón Rondón and Hal Robson-Kanu. The squad is paper thin and fatigue was the biggest factor in our season stalling at the 40-point mark. I suspect it will be loans and frees as there never seems to be a plan B if we don’t land our first-choice targets. Ahmed Hegazi has enjoyed a very solid start and Jay Rodriguez has been excellent. With goals in pre-season and the League Cup he’s off to a flyer. If he can get up and running in the Premier League, we’ll have picked up a bargain. DanWest Ham UnitedTo be brutally honest, we need a new manager. In the entirety of Slaven Bilic’s reign I’ve not seen a single coherent plan of how he wants us to play. We sign players seemingly at random and then he just puts together a teamsheet of who he deems the best players and hopes they go out and do their thing on their own. It’s all a bit late 1990s Championship Manager. Our slapdash signing policy of past-it players and Ligue 2 hit and hopers has been found out. Chicharito has been our best summer signing so far. I would have said Marko Arnautovic for his pre-season displays but then he got all elbowy. Ash Howarth Read more Chelsea Share on Messenger Read more Bournemouth Facebook Twitter Our main targets are Alexis Sánchez and Johnny Evans. If I had to choose one I’d take Sánchez. Our finishing is really poor and we could do with a clinical striker, even though it increases competition for places. But we’ve already had a good transfer window. Kyle Walker is exactly what we’ve been looking for in a full-back. Danilo has been great too and so has Ederson. Shiven MianManchester UnitedWe need a winger – and by winger I mean a proper winger who can go on the outside of the full-back and deliver crosses – for Romelu Lukaku. Unfortunately they are in short supply nowadays. We’ve been heavily linked with Ivan Perisic but that ship may well have sailed. A left-back may also be needed as Daley Blind lacks pace, Matteo Darmian lacks consistency and Luke Shaw lacks the manager’s confidence.The signing of the summer must surely be Nemanja Matic, who has provided a measure of calm and control to a midfield that has lacked both in the last few years. People are saying he was brought in to free up Paul Pogba but he offers far more than that. I’m fairly confident of more reinforcements but the price needs to be right in an inflated transfer market. If not, I would expect reinforcements in January. Chris DowdingNewcastle UnitedGerman goalkeeper Oliver Baumann at 1899 Hoffenheim would be a good replacement for both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow, who just aren’t good enough. Left-back Rico Henry would be a steadier choice than Paul Dummett, who is really a centre-half. Henry was sidelined from September to February with a shoulder dislocation then named in the England squad for the 2017 U20 World Cup after doing well in the 12 games for Brentford. Now is a good time to buy a player with pace and potential.We could do worse than trying to sign Jack Wilshere or re-sign Yohan Cabaye to partner part-genius part-fool Jonjo Shelvey. Mikel Merino looks like he can do it at the very top, but needs to find some aggression and fight to be the full product. And someone like Ángel Correa, a centre forward at Atlético Madrid dubbed the next Agüero, would be perfect up front. He might not stay on Tyneside for long, but it would be good while it lasts.I’m confident players will come in. Will they be exciting players to get the crowd going? No. Will they be the right players to fit Rafa Benítez’s plan? Probably not. Will they keep us in the top flight? Maybe. Alexander JacobSouthamptonSaints usually pull something out of the bang towards the end of the window. Sadio Mané came out of nowhere a few years ago. This time we need a forward to help spread the goals around. With Jay Rodriguez being moved on to West Brom, Shane Long well out of form and Charlie Austin not having a great injury record, we could do with adding another striker. We’ve missed having a big target man since Graziano Pellè left, but I’d like to see us bring Theo Walcott back. He would suit our style and play in a few positions along the front line. New signing Mario Lemina looks like he might have something to offer the midfield. Jack BrentonStoke City Pinterest We need another centre-back – either in the ready-made form of Jonny Evans or Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson who can develop under the tutelage of title winners Robert Huth and Wes Morgan. Either would form a very strong and talented duo with Harry Maguire. Maguire has looked great. He’s more than capable of filling one of the slots left by Huth and Morgan as they enter the twilight of their careers.Unfortunately, we can’t completely rule out the departure of Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater or Jamie Vardy. In such a scenario I would like to see us bring in a new winger as an absolute minimum. Perhaps Andros Townsend could become a revelation like Marc Albrighton. I suspect we may see a couple of under-the-radar incomings. TomLiverpool Share on Facebook Burnley Premier League Will Jonny Evans be posing beside another badge soon? Photograph: Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images I was particularly disappointed with the departure of some of the young prospects such as Dominic Solanke, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. We need back-up as a priority, notably at wing-back and in midfield. I would like to see an English trio of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryan Bertrand and Ross Barkley heading our way, to bolster a thin squad. £30m for Danny Drinkwater sounds like daylight robbery.Álvaro Morata looks like a great signing. He came in for it a bit of stick after his Community Shield cameo, but against Burnley he showed hunger and class, dragging Chelsea back into the contest almost single-handedly. He knows where the goal is, and when he, Eden Hazard and Pedro are fully fit and firing, Chelsea’s front three will be a formidable prospect. Last summer we landed David Luiz and Marcos Alonso on deadline day, raising some eyebrows in the process. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same thing this summer. Nick Crystal PalaceAnother centre-back seems like a must, particularly if Frank De Boer is going to keep playing his favoured 3-4-3 formation. Mamadou Sakho would be ideal, but Liverpool seem to have priced us out of a move so we may have to look further afield. We also need another wide player. Joel Campbell may be a good option given Arsenal are looking to trim their squad.Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a fantastic debut against Huddersfield, despite the poor result. If he can perform at that level on a regular basis, he could prove to be a shrewd loan signing. We missed out on deals for Oliver Burke (who went to West Brom) and Kevin Wimmer (who moved to Stoke), but goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski could still make the move. I’m confident there will be more to come before deadline day. SamEvertonEverton needed to find a replacement for Romelu Lukaku. And Sandro Ramírez looks like he could be the bargain of the season. Wayne Rooney is not the goal machine he once was but he has started the season well. He will be a great influence on the pitch and for the club. Ambitious bids for Napoli’s Dries Mertens or Lazio striker Ciro Immobile would be massive statements of intent.Ronald Koeman has had a good transfer window so far and I’m confident of more. Davy Klaassen has been very impressive. He gets about the pitch, can be a ball-winner and chance creator. His record also suggests he’s a goal-getter from midfield. I’m looking forward to seeing how he can progress this season. Bobby ColcombeHuddersfield TownWe look to have done great business already. Tom Ince, Steve Mounié and Jonas Lössl have all hit the ground running. Technically we also bought Aaron Mooy this summer, but we all knew how good he was and £8m is already looking a steal. We definitely need cover for right-back and maybe centre-back. I’m pretty sure most Town fans won’t have heard of any new signings in the pipeline but that’s the magical David Wagner way. The management know what we need and will go get them. DavidLeicester City Pinterest Hands up if you want a move. Photograph: McNulty/JMP/REX/Shutterstock Twitter A striker of Premier League quality is definitely needed for survival. A loan for a proven goalscorer such as Danny Ings would work. I’d also feel better if we could bring in a younger option as first choice at right-back. Our beloved captain Bruno is 36 and Liam Rosenior is 33. I was disappointed to see Carl Jenkinson go on loan to Birmingham as he seemed ideal. Maybe Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy would fit the bill.We were close to bringing in promising young Ghanaian forward Raphael Dwamena but he failed his medical. We need a more established forward, especially if Tomer Hemed leaves before the window closes. If we get anyone in, it’ll either be a veteran or a loan from a larger club.Izzy Brown looked great before his injury: lots of pace and power, qualities we sorely lack in our attack. Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner seem to be solid enough additions, but I’ve got higher hopes for record signings Davy Pröpper and José Izquierdo. Mathew Ryan has looked a little shaky, but should be fine once he settles into the Premier League. Tom MatuszewskiBurnleyWe still need a firm centre-back to round out the group and replace Michael Keane. For my money I’d take Craig Dawson from West Brom – not the fanciest signing but he would definitely add a lot of experience and improve the back four. While Jack Cork has been a great signing so far, we definitely need to strengthen. We’ll see one more before the window closes. Paul EmmettChelsea Share on WhatsApp Liverpool agree record deal to sign Naby Keïta from RB Leipzig next summer Share via Email ArsenalAlexandre Lacazette looks ready to hit the ground running but another centre-back is a must. Virgil van Dijk would be a big improvement in a defence that includes an ageing Laurent Koscielny, an erratic Shkodran Mustafi and a slow, retiring Per Mertesacker. Having said that, Sead Kolasinac looks like a great signing. Riyad Mahrez could be the winger we sorely need and Jean-Michael Seri and unsettled Steven N’Zonzi would surely fare much better in our midfielder than the current combination of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey.The line is that we have to sell before we buy and we have a few players with hefty wages who don’t add to the team. Lucas Pérez will surely leave leave, but getting rid of Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and, I’m afraid to say, Jack Wilshere could make a big difference. Am I confident? No, not really. There might be one or two additions but I can’t see much strengthening. BradyAFC BournemouthWe need a central midfielder to add competition for places, preferably someone who is comfortable sitting in front of the back four and breaking up play. James McCarthy would be ideal and he seems to be slightly out of favour at Everton. He might have struggled a bit against Manchester City but Nathan Aké looks to have picked up where he left off from his loan spell last season. He’s a great reader of the game and he’s strong, quick and puts his body on the line. We might need more defensive reinforcements in the same mould.I think we’ll bring in one more player but not necessarily in central midfield. We’ve been linked with Demarai Gray but, with Riyad Mahrez keen to leave Leicester, he’ll surely get more gametime. But maybe a move south would still appeal to him. SamBrighton & Hove Albion Topics Transfer window Facebook Jesé has impressed at Stoke but he needs anew partner. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images/Reuters Facebook Read more Brighton & Hove Albion We all suffer when matches are played with the transfer window open features Share on Twitter Liam Rosenior The raw aggression, winning mentality and power of someone such as Diego Costa is something Liverpool desperately need. They also lack a striker who can turn scrappy, goalless draws into 1-0 wins and get 20+ goals a season. Costa is nasty and difficult, but he is everything Liverpool require up front. We’re not likely to sign the centre-back we desperately need, so why not go out all guns blazing and outscore everyone? A midfielder capable of hitting the ball more than six yards sideways would also be good.The £48m record signing of Naby Keïta looks a great investment but I’m not very confident of any more major incomings this summer. Every transfer seems to be played out in the media for four weeks before we even get close to signing someone. I don’t want to see us spending stupid sums but the money is there and we desperately need re-enforcement’s in defence, midfield and up front. Dominic Solanke will come good. He’s big, fast, powerful and has a good touch, allied to the intelligence to find the right spaces around the box. He needs games to see what he’s really like but so far looks an absolute bargain. Andrew Robertson did well in his one game. Mohamed Salah, our record buy, finishes well and stretches defences but his touch doesn’t seem that sure. StuManchester City Share on LinkedIn Twitter Nathaniel Chalobah’s England call-up shows benefit of leaving Chelsea Arsenal Reuse this contentlast_img read more