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Got, got, need? Clubs that must buy before the transfer window closes

31 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Got, got, need? Clubs that must buy before the transfer window closes

The system isn't perfect, but these Premier League sides need reinforcements before deadline day ends at 6pm on Tuesday

It is ridiculous that football clubs in the Premier League – a global, billion-pound industry – leave something as crucial as assembling their playing staff to the last possible moments.

Even more baffling is how accepted such obvious negligence has become.

Tailored suit-wearing executives keen to emphasise their own importance spend the last few days of the transfer window frantically scrambling around for worthwhile purchases like an absent-minded spouse on Valentine’s Day.

That this enforced false economy – which inflates transfer fees and encourages clubs to hoard players – persists largely unquestioned is strange.

The previous format – where teams could buy and sell players at any time before a cut-off point was imposed nearer the season’s end – was rational and preferable.

But there is nothing that can be done about it now.

And, besides, these clubs could really do with strengthening before the window shuts at 6pm on Tuesday…

Arsenal

Got: A world-class goalkeeper in Petr Cech – nabbed from rivals Chelsea, much to the chagrin of Jose Mourinho – and, erm, not much else.

Need? A robust central midfielder.

Gary Neville’s remarks about Arsene Wenger’s preference for lightweight, skillful footballers in the middle of the pitch on Sky’s Monday Night Football last week were pointed, but also correct.

Will the Frenchman listen, though? It is unlikely.

While we’re at it, a striker capable of stretching teams wouldn’t go amiss for the Gunners, who have failed to score five times in their last six matches at the Emirates.

Karim Benzema or Edinson Cavani remain the dream buys.

Chelsea

Got: Solid squad players in Asmir Begovic, Baba Rahman and Radamel Falcao, plus a genuinely stellar addition in serial trophy-winner Pedro from Barcelona.

Need? A centre-back.

The Premier League champions have conceded nine goals in four games and, if John Terry’s light hasn’t gone out, then it is certainly flickering after an inauspicious start to the campaign.

John Stones is unlikely to arrive, despite Roman Ambramovich’s millions being thrown Everton’s way, so a shorter-term option will suffice for now.

Elsewhere, talks of an ambitious, mega-money late move for French midfielder Paul Pogba continue to do the rounds. Juventus would be mad to sell.

Manchester UnitedStickerbook Got: A specialist right-back and central midfield – Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin respectively – for the first time in years and worthy-looking new No. 7 in Memphis Depay.

Need? Four clean sheets in six games this season has quelled the need for a new centre-back, but an established No. 1 – either a focused David De Gea or Ajax’s Jasper Cillesen – is required as Sergio Romero is not the answer.

Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick against Club Brugge was a timely reminder that his goal-scoring record is comparable with any player in the world not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

But a pacey and penetrative forward – Monaco’s Anthony Martial has been linked – to support the striker would certainly help out.

Over to you, Ed Woodward. 

Tottenham

Got: An outstanding Premier League defender in Toby Alderweireld, the talented South Korean forward Son Heung-min and a couple of promising additions in Kieran Trippier and Clinton N’Jie.

Oh, and a host of frustrated supporters who are baffled by Daniel Levy’s unfashionably late dealing.

Need? A striker capable of playing alongside and/or relieving the burden on Harry Kane, who is unsurprisingly beginning to look a little jaded after carrying the team since November.

Saido Berahino has unfollowed West Brom on Twitter – a juvenile, passive-aggressive gesture that implies he wants the move.

A central midfielder is also a necessity and Victor Wanyama, who would be ideal, has been mooted.

Good luck getting Southampton – still reeling from this summer’s Alderweireld affair – to sell, though. 

Sunderland

Got: The impressive winger Jermain Lens – a player in the prime of his career who, after contributing three assists and a goal in four games, is probably wondering how and why his agent negotiated a move to Wearside.

Need? How long have you got?

The Black Cats have been woeful this season and Dick Advocaat claims he needs six new signings.

The Dutchman is not wrong, although the prospect of achieving any decent business at this late stage is remote.

A desperate situation, but one that sums up the state of a club that has been lame for several seasons now.

Returning for Liverpool’s Fabio Borini seems a sensible place to start.

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