One Player Each EPL Club Needs to Put Them over the Top
Even the best clubs in the English Premier League have a void that needs to be filled or that will need to be filled in the coming transfer windows.
From the top of the league to the bottom of the relegation zone, there are players out there that any and all of the clubs could use to make their fortunes that much better.
In looking for players to suggest, in most cases I went with players that could be more practical for each side. All of them would want a Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi but that just would never be the case so I looked for players who would make a difference and help to make the club better.
Arsenal: Adrian Lopez
Arsenal look set to potentially lose Theo Walcott, whether they want to or not he is most likely to leave the Emirates this coming summer.
A January signing such as Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez could see a ready-made replacement for the Gunners set to go by summer time.
Aston Villa: Stewart Downing
Since his arrival at Liverpool, Stewart Downing has been a shadow of the player he was for both Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.
However, a return to Villa Park could not only be a good thing for the player, but a chance at a consistent run of games could see him once again playing the provider and goal scorer down the left-hand side that he once was and changing the fortunes for Paul Lambert's side.
Chelsea: Radamel Falcao
Lets face it, Chelsea, Fernando Torres has just never cut the mustard as a Blue. In all honesty, his best days appear to have been left on Merseyside.
However, Torres' youth and first senior club, Atletico Madrid, could hold the key to the Blues' future. But, it is not in the form of Torres. It is in the form of his rumored replacement, Radamel Falcao (h/t Goal.com).
Everton: Landon Donovan
Everton would be well off if they could ever find a way to make the addition of Landon Donovan a permanent thing. Although he is not likely to return to Goodison this January on loan, his career stats as a Toffee are solid.
In 21 appearances between 2009 and 2011 Donovan has a record of 11 wins, five draws and six losses, having scored two goals and provided nine assists. That kind of return from a wide player in the EPL is worth its weight in gold almost anywhere.
Fulham: Neven Subotic
Fulham could use some additional central defensive backup. Long-term captain and defensive anchor Brede Hangeland could be making a move away form Craven Cottage this January if he does not reach an extension with the club, according to The Daily Mail.
If he does take his leave, Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic could be a great addition, and is likely at a much better cost point than his teammate Mats Hummels.
Liverpool: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Many people have thought that the continued dip in form of Fernando Torres would see him eventually return to Liverpool. However, that would not truly solve the club's attacking problems as he is not accustomed to working well in tandem with other forwards.
A much better signing would be Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Schalke 04 striker not only had time to learn from one of the best central forward partners in the game in Raul, but he was also the striking partner of Luis Suarez when the two were together at Ajax Amsterdam.
Manchester City: Dejan Lovren
Manchester City have full-backs aplenty on their squad. However, they are much more lightly staffed on long-term central defensive solutions.
The signing of 23-year-old Olympique Lyonnais center-back Dejan Lovren could see the club finally feel secure to look long-term.
Manchester United: Mats Hummels
The era of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand looks to be swiftly coming to an end. The Red Devils need a new long-term strong central defensive signing to cement their back line for a new era of growth.
Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels, long admired by manager Sir Alex Ferguson (h/t The Daily Mirror), would be a great signing in that regard.
Newcastle United: Lacina Traore
Newcastle could benefit greatly from another strong attacking option.
Given their talent for seeking out young African strikers as of late, a move for Anzhi Makhachkala's 22-year-old Lacina Traore could be a great addition.
Norwich City: Jordan Henderson
Manager Chris Hughton could definitely use a strong forward-thinking midfielder at Norwich similar to that of Kevin Nolan during his time at Newcastle.
A loan move for Liverpool's Jordan Henderson could see a young player with those kinds of characteristics thrust into the lineup, and given a solid run of games Hendo could make a difference in support of Grant Holt and Steve Morison.
Queens Park Rangers: Lionel Messi
With the mess that Queens Park Rangers are in, I do not think anyone but the Argentine maestro himself, Lionel Messi, could be enough to change the fortunes for the club in a manner that would save the job of Mark Hughes.
Reading: Antonio Candreva
Reading need some additional midfield flair and attacking mindedness in their lineup.
A move for SS Lazio's Antonio Candreva could solve both issues as well as add some top-half experienced mettle to the club.
Southampton: Ryan Babel
Largely impressive and depressive at times during his time at Liverpool, forward Ryan Babel is still highly talented, and his pace could be a major asset to Southampton. His long-range firepower also could be of great use.
Stoke City: David Beckham
Stoke City are the kings of the set piece. So, honestly, why not go after the games most famous free-kick taker in David Beckham?
Sunderland need a long-term replacement on the right side of their defense, and could also use one who has the creative ability to support the right midfield with great overlapping runs.
FC Porto's 21-yaer-old Brazilian defender Danilo could be just the solution to those issues as he is strong off the ball but also has great pace and creative instinct to help make the offense more potent.
Swansea City: Younès Belhanda
Swansea need a player who can permanently fill the boots of on loan stars Jonathan de Guzman and Itay Shechter.
Montpellier central attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda could be that perfect solution as he is a great presence off the ball but also has a strong creative mindset to support Michu through the middle.
Tottenham Hotspur: Toby Alderweireld
Tottenham's biggest weakness has stemmed from their defense being injury-prone throughout the season.
The addition of Toby Alderweireld would give the club more freedom at the back and added depth in the defensive department.
West Bromwich Albion: Dries Mertens
The one thing that West Bromwich Albion do not have at the moment is a prolific scoring midfielder. They have a collective group of forwards who have traits all across the board, but the majority of their midfielders are stereotypes of their position.
An attack-minded midfielder such as 25-year-old Dries Mertens of PSV Eindhoven could fill the missing void between the midfield and attack as another goal scorer and assist-provider.
West Ham United: Nicolas Anelka
West Ham United have been linked with a move for Nicolas Anelka by BBC Sport. The return of the much traveled striker to England would be suit the Hammers under manager Sam Allardyce.
Anelka played for Big Sam at Bolton Wanderers, as did a great number of the club's players currently, and he would add another dimension to the front line of Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole.
Wigan Athletic: Wilfried Bony
Wigan Athletic need another goal scorer. At times they can pass teams off the pitch, but they lack the finishing touch up front to take more points from matches.
A young confident striker such as Vitesse's 23-year-old Wilfried Bony, who is the current Dutch Eredivisie scoring leader, could be just that type of player.
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