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The player your EPL club needs to get for the 2016/17 season

The rat race known as the summer transfer window is well under way, and clubs are racing to finalise the signings world class talent. Every club’s objectives are different, and in this article, we will explore every clubs weakness, and who they need to rectify this weakness.


Having already signed a high quality midfielder in Granit Xhaka, and already possessing talents such as Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, it is clear the gunners need a great striker to bang in the goals, as Olivier Giroud just won’t cut it if Arsenal want to challenge for the title.
Player Needed- Gonzalo Higuain. Has been quality at Napoli, scoring 36 goals last season, at an average of 83 minutes per goal. Wouldn’t come cheap though.


With Eddie Howe already strengthening the squad with the likes of Jordan Ibe, and having the services of fit-again Callum Wilson, a top quality defender is needed for the Cherries.
Player Needed- Stefan de Vrij. The Dutch international who plays for Lazio would certainly help Bournemouth back up last season’s survival, and is a realistic purchase for a side with high expectations.



Newly-promoted Burnley are about to embark on their second Premier League campaign in three seasons, and with proven goal scorer Andre Gray along with solid at the back Michael Keane, it is clear in the midfield is where they need to strengthen.
Burnley would be an ideal club for Aussie Aaron Mooy. He would certainly have the potential to get solid game time, however would be unlikely to occur as Mooy recently signed for Manchester City before being loaned to Huddersfield Town.


With new manager Antonio Conte at the helm, along with signings such as Belgian Michy Batshuayi, the blues need another high quality winger to match the likes of Willian and Pedro and provide competition for places,
Player Needed- Arda Turan. Turan is finding it very hard to break into the Barcelona first XI, which is understandable considering he is up against Neymar and Messi. Would be open to a move away from the Catalan giants.

Crystal Palace

Everyone knows Palace’s problem, that is, in the goal scoring department. Having strengthened with signings Steve Mandanda and James Tomkins, a striker is critical for Palace this season.
Player Needed- Christian Benteke. Having performed nowhere near his best at Liverpool after completing a move away from Aston Villa, scoring only 9 goals in 29 games, a move to Palace would rejuvenate his career. The price would be around £30 million.


Ronald Koeman has taken over at a transitioning Everton, and he will look to reinvigorate a midfield containing the likes of ageing Gareth Barry and slightly underwhelming Tom Cleverley. A high quality midfielder is needed to partner Ross Barkley.
Player Needed- Joao Moutinho. Having recently won the Euros with Portugal, Moutinho is a quality midfielder who would flourish in the Premier League, servicing the likes of Romelu Lukaku at Everton.


As with all newly promoted clubs, their aim is to remain in the Premier League, and with manager Steve Bruce linked with the England role, they need to move soon. A quality centre back to partner Michael Dawson is required
Player Needed- Ramiro Funes Mori. A solid defender, who has experience in the Argentinian national team, and can chip in with a goal or 4. Perfect for a newly promoted side.


Leicester will find it very difficult to repeat last seasons feats, and now having to juggle the burden of an extra competition, a centre back to rotate with ageing Wes Morgan and Robert Huth is required.
Player Needed- Aymeric Laporte. Many would argue Laporte is one of the better defenders of today, and Premier League champions Leicester could be the perfect place for him to rejuvenate his career, having played the last 3 seasons at Athletic Bilbao.


Jurgen Klopp has already been active in the transfer window, signing the likes of Sadio Mane and Joel Matip, the only area of concern is goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who is shaky at best.
Player Needed- Keylor Navas. Real Madrid’s Costa Rican number 1 is one of the world’s best, so luring him to the EPL wouldn’t be cheap, but if anyone can do it, Klopp can.

Manchester City

With arguably the best midfield in the Premier League, and Sergio Aguero up front, it is at centre back where City need to strengthen. Whenever Vincent Kompany misses through injury, they leak goals.
Player Needed- Raphael Varane. Unlucky to miss the Euros through injury, the Real Madrid Frenchman is undoubtedly one of the best young centre backs in the world, and would be perfect for Manchester City’s title aspirations.

Manchester United

With the biggest transfer of the season being Paul Pogba, it is evident the midfield is an area of concern. However, there are also some affordable options, and United could be looking at these.
Player Needed- Arturo Vidal. Bayern Munich’s Chilean is a different class, and would thrive in the premier league. The price however would undoubtedly be in excess of £50 million.


The last of the promoted teams, who are renowned for leaking goals, the heart of defence is where they need to strengthen. Remember, they have already pulled off two incredible coups, in Victor Valdes and Alvaro Negredo.
Player Needed- Ezequiel Garay. Having played for the likes of Real Madrid, Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg, he is ready to make the step to the Premier League, and what better place to do it than Middlesbrough.


New manager Claude Puel has lost key players in this transfer window, such as Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane, however they have signed midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, from Bayern. It is out wide where they need to strengthen.
Player Needed- Jesus Navas. The Manchester City man is not playing as much as he would like, and Southampton certainly have the resources to bring him to St. Mary’s.


Mark Hughes has done very well to change Stoke’s stereotype, with last seasons signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, however a midfielder to feed players such as Arnautovic and Bojan is needed.
Player Needed- Marco Verrati. Verrati currently plies his trade for Paris St. Germain, and could slot in nicely with Stoke’s foreign imports. Would be costly however.


With manager Sam Allardyce looking more and more likely to become Roy Hodgson’s successor, it is critical they do business now, and at centre back is where it is needed.
Player Needed- Gabriel Paulista. With Wenger possibly looking to improve the defensive stocks, it may open the door for a move for Gabriel to the Stadium of Light, as he would be playing regularly. He could fetch a decent price as well.


After barely avoiding the drop last season, Swansea will look to limit the goal scoring potential of opposition sides by signing a centre back to partner club captain Ashley Williams. James Collins of West Ham may provide an effective all-Welsh centre half pairing, with Wales making it to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.


Hard to find a weakness at Tottenham, who have the best defence in the league. When on form their midfield is unstoppable, and Harry Kane will always get them goals. Maybe at left back is an area of improvement.
Player Needed- Jose Luis Gaya. A left back of the highest quality, Gaya has been at Valencia but now would be the perfect time to move to the EPL, and the carrot of Champions League football may be enough to get this deal over the line.


New manager Walter Mazzarri will look to implement changes at Vicarage Road, started with improvements at the heart of defence. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo will always get you goals, but a quality defender is needed.
Player Needed- Martin Caceres (possible to get him on a free).  Caceres contract with Juventus has run out he has also established himself as a regular for the Uruguayan national team.

West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis’ sides are always hard to break down, and this one is no different. They are solid at both ends of the field, with Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans at centre half and Salomon Rondon up front. Midfield needs strengthening.
Player Needed- Fernandinho. With Pep Guardiola bringing in the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, and with more signings on the cards, Fernandinho may be looking at a move away, and with West Brom establishing themselves as a solid mid-table side, it would be a decent career move.

West Ham

The final side in this wrap up. Slaven Bilic has been a master stroke at the Hammers, guiding them to a potential European place. The loss of James Tomkins hurts their defence, so a painter for Angelo Ogbonna is needed.
Player Needed- Virgil Van Dijk. A solid centre back from Southampton, he can chip in with a goal, and whose style of play is perfect for West Ham. With a bit of clever negotiation, he could go cheap as well.

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