Where EVERY Premier League club needs to strengthen in the summer transfer window
Chelsea must sort out their managerial situation before turning attention towards signing players, what with Antonio Conte unlikely to be in charge by the time next season begins. Given that Cesc Fabregas’s powers are waning, a string-pulling playmaker should be at the top of the new man’s wish list. The jury is still out on Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley – midfielders who were all bought last season.
Linked with: Jean Michael Seri (Nice)
Crystal Palace: Wide forward
The signing of Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita will provide some much-needed competition for Wayne Hennessey between the sticks, so Palace should look higher up the pitch when it comes to identifying their primary targets. Christian Benteke endured a nightmare season last time out but is worth persevering with. Rather than an out-and-out central striker, then, Roy Hodgson should prioritise a wide forward as back-up for Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend (above).
Linked with: Andre Schurrle (Borussia Dortmund)
Everton’s recruitment was so poor last summer that they have overhauled that department of the club, with Marcel Brands replacing Steve Walsh as director of football. Another central midfielder wouldn’t go amiss, but a new centre-back is more crucial. Phil Jagielka (above) is now 35, Ashley Williams has been in decline for at least two years, Michael Keane struggled for much of last season and Ramiro Funes Mori has only recently returned from a serious knee injury.
Linked with: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)
Fulham were arguably the best team in the Championship in the second half of last season, but there’s plenty of work to do if they’re to avoid an immediate return to the second tier. Signing Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent deal is the first item in Slavisa Jokanovic’s in-tray, followed closely by the acquisition of a box-to-box midfielder to play alongside probing passer Tom Cairney (above).
Linked with: Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian)
Huddersfield: Wide forward
Huddersfield will be hoping that second season syndrome doesn’t bite next term, but it’s hard to see anything other than another year of struggle for the Terriers. Scoring goals was a problem last time out – no top-tier team found the net less often – and David Wagner (above) will be keen to bolster his attacking options, particularly in wide areas.
Linked with: Donis Avdijaj (Schalke)