January Transfer Window: Dream Scenarios for Every EPL Team
With January just over a month away, English Premier League managers will be plotting their all-important transfer moves.
The right decision in January can be the difference between mid-table anonymity and European football, while the wrong one could leave facing the prospect of relegation.
Read on to find each team's ideal winter transfer window.
Andre Santos is a terrible footballer, while Kieran Gibbs can't seem to stay fit.
The left-back position remains an issue for Arsene Wenger, and at the moment he would rather play Thomas Vermaelen there than his natural Brazilian option.
Other areas could benefit from additions in general, with the manager's assertion that he needs another striker right on the money (via The Daily Telegraph).
Aston Villa's squad is weak in multiple areas, meaning genuine investment is needed in January.
While the team has shown promising signs in patches, a little experience could be added in several positions to shore up the run-in for survival.
A creative midfielder with a little physicality would be an ideal addition in the middle of the park, while a winger to serve up crosses for Christian Benteke would also go down nicely.
So maybe this isn't the ideal situation for Roman Abramovich due to his lust for Fernando Torres, but for literally everyone else involved, Falcao is a must-have signing for Chelsea this winter.
The interest is well established (via The Daily Mail), and his poaching abilities would tie in nicely at Stamford Bridge.
All the Blues need is a quality finisher who can stick the ball in the back of the net.
Retention of key players
Everton may look at one or two positions in January—with creative midfield being the obvious flaw—but David Moyes will be happy if, by his first game in February, he still has his best players at Goodison Park.
Of course, we're referring to Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines.
If the Toffees can adapt to every side desperately trying not to lose against them, then they've got the overall quality to crack the top four.
Sign on the dotted line
Fulham have a solid squad that needs to find some consistency. With this lacking, they simply yo-yo between irresistible and unwatchable.
The best thing that can happen for the Cottagers this winter is their defensive stalwart Brede Hangeland finally inks a new deal at the club.
Martin Jol is optimistic it will happen (via Goal.com), but the nerves will continue until the deed is done.
Sign a striker
Luis Suarez is currently on course for a 30-goal season, but that doesn't mean Liverpool should ignore the severe lack of depth up front.
With Fabio Borini injured, Brendan Rodgers has been walking the tightrope with his Uruguayan poacher one yellow card from a suspension.
While defensive midfield and winger could also be seen as frail positions, a goalscorer is the undisputed priority.
Just buy him before someone else does.
The Malaga kid is destroying everyone in his path in Europe, while he's finally found La Liga form to match.
Roberto Mancini appears to be in the market for an attacking midfielder who could perhaps provide cover for David Silva, and the Boquerones starlet's next move could be his last.
Manchester United sit top of the English Premier League, so perhaps its absurd to suggest they need to look at several positions and invest.
But centre-back and central midfield remain constant thorns in Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
The Red Devils need to pick up a combative, physical holding midfielder like Kevin Strootman or Victor Wanyama and a centre-back like Angelo Ogbonna who can lead them to the title.
As promising as Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are, it's not a partnership that's going to dominate the very best forward lines.
Confidence and perhaps a new physio
Has Gary Lewin taken a new job at Newcastle?
There's a lot of first-team stars taking a tumble and taking weeks, even months, to recover from what look like routine injuries at St. James' Park.
Confidence is key for the Magpies now. They have the talent, but Alan Pardew has lost his players' heads.
Unbelievably, Norwich are unbeaten in six. They've become resilient and tough to beat and Chris Hughton deserves huge credit for turning things around after an appalling season's opening.
The midfield has goals, creativity and solidity, while Javier Garrido looks a great pickup.
The one area lacking is goals. Just 10 so far this season leaves them joint last in this category, and if Hughton can take a gamble on someone like Roberto Martinez did on Arouna Kone, they could be laughing their way to comfortable safety.
Queens Park Rangers
A small miracle
Queens Park Rangers don't need 10 new players. The last time they did that it didn't work out so well.
What the Rs need is a monumental pick-me-up, and that starts with Harry Redknapp in December. Moving into the transfer window, expect 'Arry to make some shrewd signings, but the biggest thing he can pour into his side is confidence.
Brian McDermott has brought together a solid bunch of players, but there are still issues with quality throughout the squad.
In conversation with a pessimistic Reading fan for this piece, it was suggested that the Royals needed "11 new players." While that's a little extreme, Consistent performers at right-wing, right-back, goalkeeper and centre-back are noticeably absent.
Defence, defence, defence
Nigel Adkins' side is finally clicking into gear with Gaston Ramirez and Adam Lallana pulling the strings. With Jack Cork back from injury to partner Morgan Schneiderlin the midfield looks rosy, that just leaves central defence as the major issue.
Maya Yoshida is an upgrade on Jos Hooiveld, but Jose Fonte is still yet to convince anyone after one good performance in 15 games.
A quality centre-back and decent left-back could make this Southampton side a real force in the English Premier League.
Peter Crouch's partner
Stoke have been typical Stoke so far this season—physical, well organised and tough to break down.
The one thing they're lacking is a nifty strike partner for Crouch, who's small stature can take advantage of the distractions the big guys cause.
Of course, Tony Pulis was looking for Michael Owen to make that impact, but he's yet to play a full game.
Creative central midfield
Sunderland are creating next to nothing in midfield for Steven Fletcher to feed on.
Martin O'Neill teams are always the same, and this Black Cats side resembles his Aston Villa one in all ways but one—no Gareth Barry.
If Sunderland can find a playmaker who plays in a pure central midfield role, they'll instantly become more composed on the ball and find their dangerous wide men more frequently.
Retaining key players
Michu, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez have lit up the English Premier League since Michael Laudrup brought them in.
The Dane's biggest task this winter will be keeping his squad together. They look primed for another comfortable season free of relegation concerns, but things might get ugly if, for example, Liverpool were to come calling for another star player.
Tottenham have put together a world-class squad that needs no further additions.
Andre Villas-Boas' main problem has been the lack of consistency in his team, with injuries plaguing the squad and Mousa Dembele a huge miss.
If Spurs can get settled and play at 80 percent week in, week out they're a threat to anyone in the English Premier League.
West Brom are enjoying an amazing season so far, but they're getting by thanks to team spirit and organisation rather than natural talent at times.
To sustain your stay as cream of the crop, you must subtly add talent to your roster and Steve Clarke needs to hit the market in January.
Perhaps left-back is an area to consider.
Keep Andy Carroll
West Ham have a deep squad full of options and talent.
They've started strongly, recruited well and have some quality players yet to make an impact. Rather than fruitlessly signing new players, Sam Allardyce should look to keep his squad intact and keep Andy Carroll at Upton Park.
Should the Liverpool striker be recalled, Big Sam may have to go fishing for a new front man.
Bona fide goalscorer
I've been lavish in my praise for Wigan Athletic in recent weeks. Roberto Martinez is on the verge of something incredible at the DW Stadium, but he's one piece short.
It's the same problem many face—where can you find a 20-goal striker for a reasonable price?
Franco di Santo is wasteful and it's unclear how much more patience he'll be allowed. if only someone like Darren Bent could pop up for a reasonable price.