As the top European leagues head into January and the winter transfer window, there is no doubt that most if not all of the teams will look to strengthen their squads as they head into the business end of the campaign.
The top six of the Premier League too are not without their problems, and here we look at the one main area they need to work on in the transfer window without any delay of sort.
6. Arsenal – Defence
When it comes to Arsenal, where do we start – they have struggled in all departments barring attack and after sacking Unai Emery they have been very poor under interim manager, Freddie Ljungberg.
Where they have struggled the most has been in defence, with the signing of the erratic David Luiz not paying dividends. What they need most is a solid centre-back, with the club being linked to RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, with none of their current options looking like they are cut for the Premier League.
5. Manchester United – Midfield
Manchester United have been inconsistent in the one-year that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been incharge, losing games that they should have won, while going on to surpass expectations against the bigger sides.
What they are desperately missing is a playmaker who can open defences and give that final pass into the box, with their situation looking even more dire due to Paul Pogba’s injury and speculation that he is keen to move either in January or in the summer.
Norwegian striker Erling Haaland has been heavily linked with them, but they would be better off signing Christian Eriksen who becomes a free agent in the summer after refusing to extend his contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
4. Chelsea – Attack
Chelsea have surprisingly enjoyed stability under new manager, Frank Lampard and have impressed so far in patches. However, they have been over reliant on striker, Tammy Abraham to score goals for them and while the likes of Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic have chipped in with goals, they need a reliable man up front.
With Olivier Giroud not the most prolific striker that there is, they have been linked with the likes of Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho, both of whom they would need to wait till the summer to sign.
3. Tottenham Hotspur – Midfield/Wingback
Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy shocked the world when he decided to sack Mauricio Pochettino and appoint Jose Mourinho in his place. However, his decision has been justified atleast for the moment, as Mourinho has got Spurs purring.
The side though lacks a classy playmaker with Christian Eriksen set to leave while they need to sort out their right-back issue, which has plagued them ever since they bizarrely sold Kieran Trippier in the summer.
For now, the right side of the defence needs to be sorted with Mourinho reportedly very keen to land Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira.
2. Manchester City – Defence
Aymeric Laporte’s long-term injury at the start of the season was without doubt the death knell for Manchester City, considering that manager, Pep Guardiola refused to buy a centre-back in the summer.
While Fernandinho has been decent and even better than the likes of regular defenders Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, Laporte’s absence has arguably cost them the opportunity to win a third consecutive league title.
Despite this setback, it is understood that City will not move for a centre-back in January and instead focus on making a detailed plan of targets for the summer.
1. Liverpool – None
The runaway Premier League leaders this season and defending European champions, Liverpool look well stocked in all areas at the moment. However, they will need to look at cover for full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson in the future if they do get injured.
The duo are perhaps the most important players along with Virgil van Dijk for the Reds at present, with injuries to any of them representing a major setback to Jurgen Klopp.
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