Premier League: Biggest Transfer Need Not Yet Filled for All 20 Clubs

Max TowleAnalyst IJuly 17, 2013

Premier League: Biggest Transfer Need Not Yet Filled for All 20 Clubs

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    The transfer window may only be weeks old, but several Premier League clubs have already done some shrewd business.

    The likes of Norwich City, Southampton and Swansea City must be praised for the business they have done.

    For the rest, holes remain in their respective squads—voids that must be filled before the season kicks off in August.

    Here are the biggest transfer needs not yet filled for all 20 clubs.

Arsenal: Striker

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    Arsene Wenger having to resort to occasionally playing Gervinho as the lone striker last season was a key indication that the club is in need of more forward options.

    Olivier Giroud is expected to have an improved 2013/14 campaign for the Gunners, but the need is still there.

    Little wonder then the club has been linked with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain in the transfer market according to The Sun.

Aston Villa: Replacing Christian Benteke

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    Aston Villa fans have every reason to be concerned following star striker Christian Benteke handing in a transfer request earlier this month, as reported by the BBC.

    The club may be confident he will stay, but there will be no shortage of suitors lining up to prise the Belgian away from Villa Park.

    Paul Lambert may have already clinched a deal for striker Nicklas Helenius, but he cannot be expected to contribute as much as Benteke did last term.

Cardiff City: Winger

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    Cardiff City's promotion to the Premier League is another massive boost to Wales, a country now represented by two teams at the highest level.

    The Bluebirds have been tipped to stay up next season, though they still need to add a few more players this summer.

    Another winger would be nice to go alongside the excellent Peter Whittingham.

Chelsea: Holding Midfielder

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    Jose Mourinho no longer has Xabi Alonso to play the crucial holding midfield role in his team.

    If there is one weakness in the squad's makeup, it is the lack of a world-class player in this position.

    John Obi Mikel is a good player, but nowhere near the quality Mourinho will expect.

Crystal Palace: Central Midfielder

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    It would be easy to suggest that Crystal Palace's biggest priority should be to replace the departed Wilfried Zaha.

    But if the Eagles are to survive the rigours of the Premier League, they will need to strengthen in the middle of the park.

    Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Williams has the makings of a world-class player, but he is not yet ready to lead his side to safety.

Everton: Replacing Marouane Fellaini/Leighton Baines

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    Everton are unlikely to lose both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this summer, but chances are they won't be able to keep both.

    They were the Toffees' most important players last season, and have rightly attracted plenty of interest in the market, with both linked to Manchester United by the Daily Mail.

    Whoever leaves, new manager Roberto Martinez will have to find a replacement as soon as possible.

Fulham: Youth

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    Fulham have quite a well-rounded squad in terms of positional needs, but there is a distinct lack of youth on the club's books.

    The likes of Kerim Frei and Alexander Kacaniklic are promising, but Martin Jol relies on a core group of over-30s to get results every week.

    New club owner Shahid Kahn must spend his money on investing in this area.

Hull City: Striker

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    Hull City did a fantastic job to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League this year.

    But Steve Bruce's side scored only 61 goals during their Championship campaign. That is a fewer tally than Peterborough United's, who were relegated to League One.

    A consistent goalscorer is a huge need at the KC Stadium.

Liverpool: Replacing Luis Suarez

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    Luis Suarez looks more likely than not to leave Anfield this summer.

    If so, Brendan Rodgers must replace a man who was by far and away the Reds' most valuable player last season.

    Finding a striker who can score 30 goals in 44 games will not be easy, but then finding someone with the quality of Suarez never is.

Manchester City: Wide Threat

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    Manchester City became a little too predictable last season.

    Opposing teams began to figure out the Blues' attacking system, one that looked distinctly one-dimensional at times.

    New boss Manuel Pellegrini will need to bring in a player who is just as creative on the flanks as he is through the middle.

    Scott Sinclair may not be that player.

Manchester United: Central Midfielder

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    There are few Manchester United fans who could argue with this one.

    For all of the wingers' problems last term, the distinct lack of a quality partner for Michael Carrick in central midfield was the club's biggest deficiency.

    David Moyes will try his best to sign a top player in this position this summer, but his options are fast running out.

Newcastle United: Replacing Papiss Cisse

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    Papiss Cisse's refusal to wear the Newcastle United shirt because of religious qualms with the sponsor has seen him forced to train alone according to the Daily Mail. Should this row drag on, Newcastle could be forced to find a replacement for the Senegalese forward.

    With Demba Ba gone, the Magpies would be left with a severe deficiency in goalscoring options.

    Manager Alan Pardew will hope the issue can be resolved, but he must start looking for replacements sooner rather than later.

Norwich City: N/A

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    Norwich City's transfer activity so far this summer has been so exemplary, it is impossible to suggest a need that still needs filling.

    The club has already signed full-back Martin Olsson, young midfielder Nathan Redmond, terrific young Dutchman Leroy Fer and prolific striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

    Hughton and Norwich officials should be commended for such shrewd business.

Southampton: Depth

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    Southampton have bold ambitions. The signings of powerful midfielder Victor Wanyama and defender Dejan Lovren confirm this.

    The club has put together an excellent starting XI on paper; the only problem will be if one of their star players succumbs to injury next term.

    It is difficult to suggest a club with a limited budget to keep spending, but it always pays to prepare for the worst.

Stoke City: Creative Midfielder

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    New Stoke City boss Mark Hughes was not the most popular replacement for Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium.

    But he must be given a chance. He will certainly seek to overhaul the club's tactical system next season.

    There is little chance the 4-4-2 will be his preferred formation. He must therefore invest in a quality creative midfielder to play in the hole or as a second forward.

Sunderland: Goalkeeper

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    The loss of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Liverpool is a significant blow to Sunderland.

    New singing Vito Mannone is not of the same quality, while doubts also exist regarding backup Keiren Westwood.

    Boss Paolo Di Canio may believe his side is well-off in this regard, but one should never underestimate the importance of a reliable man between the sticks.

Swansea City: N/A

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    Like Norwich, Swansea City's transfer activity is also incredibly hard to fault.

    Powerful forward Wilfried Bony, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and young defender Jordi Amat are the picks of Michael Laudrup's signings.

    The Swans were a surprise package last season. Much will be expected of the Welsh club next term, though.

Tottenham Hotspur: Striker

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    Tottenham strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe both had their moments last season, but manager Andre Villas-Boas still needs to invest in a new striker.

    Neither can be trusted to be a consistent threat over the course of a full season. Spurs' current ambitions also render this need all the greater.

    According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa's Christian Benteke currently tops the club's wishlist.

West Bromwich Albion: Winger

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    The signing of Nicolas Anelka seems like quite a coup for West Bromwich Albion. Now the side has to worry about creating plenty of chances for the striker to put away.

    Looking at the Baggies' squad, there is no out-and-out winger on the books.

    James Morrison and Shane Long are worthy starters, but neither plays their best football on the flanks.

West Ham United: Central Defender

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    West Ham's defending was woeful at times last season.

    James Collins, Winston Reid and James Tomkins are not terrible players, but none are the type of quality that boss Sam Allardyce requires to take the club to the next level.

    With £15 million already spent on striker Andy Carroll, the Hammers officials will have to dig deeper into the coffers to fund further deals.