Analysis

Where EVERY Premier League club needs to strengthen in the summer transfer window

Ashley Young
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Southampton: Centre-back

In hindsight, Southampton probably wished they'd sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool last summer, rather than letting an unhappy player hang around until January. Wesley Hoedt was inconsistent in 2017/18, Jack Stephens is still young and Maya Yoshida (above) remains unconvincing, so Mark Hughes will probably look to add another central defender in the coming weeks.

Linked with: Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)

Tottenham: Centre-back

With Toby Alderweireld seemingly on his way to Manchester United, a new centre-half will be a priority for Mauricio Pochettino this summer. Davinson Sanchez (above) was excellent in his debut Premier League campaign and Jan Vertonghen is the division's best centre-back, but another option is necessary if Spurs are to successfully balance domestic and European competition.

Linked with: Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)

Watford: Striker

Troy Deeney (above) remains hugely popular with Watford supporters, but he wasn’t as effective last season in comparison to previous years. Andre Gray, signed in summer 2017 from Burnley, scored just five goals in 32 appearances in all competitions, while Stefano Okaka could return to Italy before the start of next term. A new striker is therefore a must for the Hornets.

Linked with: Gregoire Defrel (Roma)

West Ham: Midfielder

Manuel Pellegrini (above) revealed he’s looking to sign “four or five players” following his appointment as West Ham manager last week, and at least one of those is likely to be an inventive central midfielder. The Hammers lacked creativity from deep under both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes last term, and Pellegrini will want to address that deficiency in the transfer market this summer.

Linked with: Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea)

Wolves: Right wing-back

A 99-point Championship haul and free access to Jorge Mendes’s clientele is a combination which suggests Wolves will have little trouble avoiding the drop next season. Nuno’s three-man defence worked well in the second tier and he’s likely to keep faith with that system in the top flight, but a new right wing-back would be welcome despite the commendable showings of Matt Doherty (above) in 2017/18.

Linked with: Victor Lindelof (Manchester United, loan)

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