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January transfer window promises to be busiest ever.

Posted on November 10, 2013 by Tony

As the January transfer window approaches and clubs evaluate their requirements based upon form, injuries and what they might look for to consolidate their position or improve upon it, this particular period is likely to see more sales/purchases and a huge amount of funds change hands.

Already the rumours are building, Tottenham seem to be in the market for a left back and striker while one or both of Adebayor and Defoe seem set for a move if you believe a fraction of what is written. In the other half of North London Arsenal seem to be in dire need of a backup forward with either Suarez or Benzema as the clear favourites although we all know that neither will happen in this window. the other players now being mentioned as possible targets are Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez, both of Southampton, obviously the form of the south coast club is attracting interest in their players but the ambition and ability of Southampton cannot be denied and  so nobody will leave them but they might seek to buy to consolidate.

This January will see some of the clubs near the bottom spend a little in an effort to battle their way clear of the relegation positions although they will first try to bolster their squads with loans from the bigger clubs. This January the really big money will have to be spent by those traditionally near the top of the table and it will be spent by a few aiming to finally break the monopoly and by every one of last seasons top four.

Obviously much will depend on availability of the players required by each club and there will be occasions when inflated figures might have to be thrown about in an effort to secure the quality needed. Currently Tottenham, Southampton  Liverpool and Everton are all threatening to pinch a place at the table of four at the top,

Tottenham definitely need another leftback and that is probably the one area that they will try to resolve in January unless of cours one or other of the current forwards agitates for a move meaning a replacement would be sought.

Southampton have a strong team with options up front but possibly need some additional strength in depth if they are to maintain their challenge and so it would be no surprise if two or three new recruits did not join this coming winter.

Everton now coached by Martinez are still as difficult to breakdown as under the previous Moyes regime but Martinez will look for more creative options to see through his challenge while having to fend off interest in Leighton Baines and possibly Ross Barkley. It is never clear as to whether Everton really do have money to spend but following the late sale of Fellaini to United you might think so and to ensure some of their stars are happy to continue the challenge a couple of decent new recruits might be brought in.

Liverpool lie second and seem to have found a way to get the best from Sturridge and Suarez but they suffer when either Gerrard or Coutinho is not available. Rodgers has added plenty of numbers to his squad in the time he has been there but many haven’t lived up to expectations as yet and he tends to rely upon a small group for every game. They still need depth to their squad but at a level of quality that can be entrusted to play in the big games and not just make up the numbers.

The big money will be spent by the top four clubs from last season as with the exception of Arsenal they are all failing to live up to expectation and are far adrift of last years performances. Manchester United are currently the most vulnerable after running away with the title last season, even with the return to form of Wayne Rooney it is difficult to find another player performing to the expected level meaning that they are relying on an 18 yr old in his debut year to bale them out. United seemed intent on bringing in Baines in the summer and might try again with a huge offer but they need recruits right across the back and in midfield, two or three playmakers were linked including Fabregas, Fellaini, the one midfielder that arrived, is not the answer to that requirement.

Manchester City spent about £100m in the last transfer window and have once again started to score goals for fun as they did during their title winning season, unfortunately they have defensive problems with their captain Kompany regularly injured and Joe Hart relegated to the bench after clangers galore. City have managed to make it through to the next stage of the Champions League for the first time but have some defensive issues which has cost them on their travels, a keeper and some defensive recruits are likely and when it comes to City they won’t be cheap.

Arsenal have a different reason to consider spending big money and it has been a little surprising for most, much as it hurts to say it they are genuine title contenders but with the current squad are still probably just pretenders. Arsenal have the chance to make their mark if Wenger is prepared to spend big money again on quality, the squad is in need of extra recruits needing cover right through the spine of the team. Rooney and Suarez were always PR work and never going to happen similarly Benzema because the man Madrid probably want is not going to leave Liverpool while a top four charge is going on.

In my opinion Chelsea will, along with United, spend the most in January, as we have been saying on JTN for some time their squad is unbalanced and in some areas ageing, the youngsters that they have bought for huge amounts have not in many cases lived up to expectation. Mourinho is more and more changing from the “happy one” to the “moody one” as his team fail to perform to the level expected. A defeat to Newcastle and a dubious penalty at home to save a point against WBA is not the Chelsea of old nor is it expected of a team associated with Mourinho. Just like Arsenal they need some extra players through the spine of their team especially up front. If they can find a forward willing to join them this winter Chelsea will break the bank to get him and offer him the world. Chelsea, Cty and United have conceded 10,11 and 13 goals respectively while Southampton and Tottenham have conceded just 5, the same 3 clubs have collectively lost 8 games this season and that is more than the five other clubs in the top 8 put together.

Unless the Premier League landscape is to change massively then the monopoly of four will have to spend big in January if they are to save face, as things stand much will depend on who brings in the right players. the pressure is on like no time ever before.



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