With transfer deadline day upon us, we analyse what areas your team needs to strengthen.

AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries have scored five goals this season. Four of which have come from Callum Wilson – it is completely unreasonable to expect the former Kettering Town, Tamworth and Coventry City man to continue scoring at that rate. Their need is clear.

West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth - Barclays Premier League


A holding midfielder to lessen the burden on Francis Coquelin. In fact, Coquelin aside, Arsenal have no specialised holder in their squad and, considering their dependence on the 24-year-old, that is a shocking oversight.

Aston Villa

A proven Premier League goalscorer capable of at least 10+ goals. Rudy Gestede provides presence, Gabriel Agbonlahor pace but neither a guarantee of goals.


Paul Pogba. He would bring guile, presence and impetus to a side that has looked laboured thus far this season. Also, his arrival would most likely liberate Cesc Fabregas from the deep-lying position he currently toils in.

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Crystal Palace   

They look pretty solid throughout but perhaps a centre-back as cover for the impressive partnership of Scott Dann and Damien Delaney.


All highly dependent on the future of John Stones, really. If he goes then they could indulge in a Tottenham-esque splurge. Top of the list would be a defender.

Leicester City    

Gokhan Inler appears a like-for-like replacement for Esteban Cambiasso but whether he can be as influential as the aforementioned Argentine is open to debate. This Foxes have plenty of able runners so another experienced midfielder to orchestrate would not go amiss.


A central defender. Dejan Lovren made a solid start to the season but made a howler of a mistake against West Ham; he appears shorn of confidence and never too far away from a horrendous error.

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Manchester City

They have had a seriously impressive window. They have addressed all weaknesses in their first team. However, they only have two senior strikers at the club – Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony. With Aguero’s dubious injury record it probably makes sense to get a back-up in.

Manchester United    

They are in desperate need of a forward. A mobile, through the middle striker capable of 20 goals a season. The issue? There are pretty much none available. They might also need a keeper.

Newcastle United

Another striker. If just to cover for Aleksandar Mitrovic suspensions – of which there will be many. In all seriousness, they have scored a paltry two goals thus far.

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Norwich City     

The Canaries’ expansive style of play will gain them many admirers this season. However, if they remain incapable of shutting up shop then they may not gain too many points. They have already conceded eight goals thus far so, while Russell Martin has been a loyal servant of the club, they could do with an upgrade in central defence.


All depends on whether they can keep Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama. If the manage to do that then it may be prudent to add a striker to lighten the load on Graziano Pelle.

Stoke City

Marc Muniesa signed a new contract this summer extending his stay at the Britannia Stadium but has been found a touch brittle on occasion. A more robust centre-half to firm up the defence could be the order of the day.


Erm, where to start. In defence, they have conceded a league-high ten goals already. They signed Younes Kaboul over the summer but, truth be told, injuries have meant that he has struggled in the league for a few years now.

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Swansea City

The Swans’ transfer dealings these past few years have been nothing short of miraculous. However, while Bafetimbi Gomis has started the season in supreme form, another striker with Premier League experience to lighten the load would would be a welcome addition.

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino likes to play with two holding/sitting midfielders: his squad currently contains one of that type in Nabil Bentaleb. They need another.


They have scored two goals all season, so are in desperate need of a striker.

West Bromwich Albion 

It is little surprise that a Tony Pulis side is full of industry but there is a worrying lack of creativity in this Baggies team. An attacking midfielder able to supplement the likes of Darren Fletcher, Claudio Yacob and Craig Gardner could garner a few extra points.

West Ham United      

West Ham’s results thus far – impressive wins against Arsenal and Liverpool and surprising losses to Leicester and Bournemouth – hint at a side needing on-field direction. A vocal captain able to act as the manager’s on-pitch voice. They had Kevin Nolan but elected to release him.

West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth - Barclays Premier League