English Premier Leauge: Every Premier League Team's New Year's Resolution

Colin StoneContributor IIIDecember 23, 2011

English Premier Leauge: Every Premier League Team's New Year's Resolution

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    There are some clubs in the English Premier League that will be going into the New Year totally contented.

    Sides like Norwich, Stoke and Swansea have every right to be happy with their progress so far, but teams such as Blackburn, Bolton and even Chelsea will definitely be making New Year's resolutions.

    Let's look at what target each side in the league should set for 2012.

Manchester City

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    Manchester City have exceeded all expectations so far and currently sit top of the Premier League.

    Mancini's men have impressed with some stylish attacking displays, including their 6-1 demolition of arch rivals Manchester United, and ending the season in first place is a definite possibility.

    Manchester City's plan for the next five months will be a simple one.

    Manchester City's New Year's Resolution: Keep on winning

Manchester United

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    Sir Alex Ferguson has his work cut out to rein in league leaders Manchester City.

    However, signing a new creative midfielder, such as Wesley Sneijder, would definitely help their cause.

    Sneijder may not be the man who arrives at Old Trafford, but it's clear for everyone to see that Manchester United are lacking a cutting edge in the centre of the park and need to sign someone in January.

    Manchester United's New Year's Resolution: Buy a new midfielder

Spurs

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    Harry Redknapp's men have been one of the surprise packages of the season.

    Although most expected the North Londoners to be competing for European places, not many expected a title challenge. This has been mainly down to the manager and a few key players.

    One of those players is Croatian playmaker Luka Modric, and despite a reported £40m deadline-day offer from Chelsea, it looks like the dimunitive midfielder is back to his best.

    However, if Modric was to be sold, Spurs' charge for the title could go off the boil. 

    Spurs' New Year's Resolution: Hold onto Luka Modric at all costs

Chelsea

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    It's been a season of highs and lows for Chelsea so far.

    With a new man in charge it was always going to take time for the team to settle, but Chelsea have already been on the end of some heavy defeats and are 11 points behind leaders City.

    Blues' fans might be wishing for some more consistency in the New Year but there's one thing that the fans need more—and that's patience with their Portuguese coach.

    The 34-year-old is the youngest manager to ever win a European trophy and definitely has the talent to do great things with Chelsea. However, Roman Abramovich may think differently.

    Chelsea's New Year's Resolution: Keep Villas-Boas in charge

Arsenal

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    Arsene Wenger has essentially written off Arsenal's title challenge for this season.

    The Gunners' poor start cost them dearly and a lack of invention and creativity in the side has only been countered with the stunning form of Robin Van Persie.

    Players like Arshavin, Chamakh and Rosicky are no longer Arsenal quality. With players like Nasri no longer at the club, Wenger needs to splash the cash and bring in someone who can revitalise the team.

    The names Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Eden Hazard have been bandied about. 

    Arsenal's New Year's Resolution: Clear the deadwood and sign a superstar

Liverpool

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    Liverpool are still in the hunt for the Champions League places, but this mainly down to one man: Luis Suarez.

    The Uruguayan has been in sensational form for Dalglish's side, but with an eight-match ban looming, the Reds' could suffer greatly.

    With the misfiring Andy Carroll in tow, it looks like all King Kenny wants for Christmas is a new player.

    Liverpool's New Year's Resolution: Find a backup for Suarez

Newcastle

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    Demba Ba has arguably been one of the players of the season so far.

    With his goals, along with the outstanding performances Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Krul, Newcastle have had an excellent few months.

    However, the Toon have struggled in their past five games after a spate of injuries befell their centre-backs, and as such, manager Alan Pardew will have one main hope for the new year.

    Newcastle's New Year's Resolution: Rediscover early season form

Stoke

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    Tony Pulis has proved time and time again what an excellent manager he is.

    After several consistent league positions, the wily Englishman took his side to the FA Cup Final and subsequently the Europa League last season, and this year, Pulis has gone one better by guiding the Potters to eighth place in the table.

    Stoke fans will be hoping that their side's "best season ever" continues right through until May.

    Stokes's New Year's Resolution: Keep it up

Norwich

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    One of the main reason's behind Norwich's fantastic season so far has been Paul Lambert.

    The former Champions League winner and Celtic legend has been the mastermind of the Canaries' excellent run of games, and it looks like Norwich could be in for a top-half finish.

    However, if Lambert was to be poached by a bigger club, Norwich's season could fall apart.

    Norwich's New Year's Resolution: Keep Paul Lambert

West Brom

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    West Brom have impressed in fits and spurts so far.

    Some players, such as Shane Long, James Morrison, Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie, have been in inspired form of late, and along with Roy Hodgson's first-class managerial skills, the Baggies are sitting comfortably in mid-table.

    But if bigger clubs were to take an interest in Odemwingie or Long, West Brom could be dragged into the relegation mire.

    West Brom's New Year's Resolution: Hold onto key players

Everton

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    Moyes' men have a knack for starting the season poorly before picking up form.

    But this year the Toffees have struggled more so than ever and sit in a disappointing eleventh.

    Nevertheless, they are only seven points off seventh place Newcastle, and David Moyes will be hoping he can guide his side to the higher reaches the league.

    Everton's New Year's Resolution: Pick up form

Aston Villa

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    It's pretty obvious where Villa's main problem lies.

    Manchester United's winning goal against McLeish's men in midweek came from a set piece - as have many of the goals conceded by Villa this year.

    If the Villains could defend these properly, they could be challenging for Europe right now.

    Aston Villa's New Year's Resolution: Learn to defend set pieces

Fulham

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    Fulham's season so far has been somewhat baffling.

    Despite possessing a team of very talented individuals, Fulham at the moment seem like just that - a team of individuals.

    If Jol could find a way to make the likes of Dembele, Ruiz, Dempsey, Johnson and Riise play well together, the Cottagers could definitely be in the hunt for the Europa League places.

    Fulham's New Year's Resolution: Make the team gel

Swansea

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    Has there been a better goalkeeper in the Premier League this season than Swansea's number one?

    The Dutch goalie has been simply outstanding in all of Swansea's 17 games so far, winning points on his own by keeping other sides at bay.

    Having said that, Vorm's form has most certainly caught the eye of some bigger clubs, and a bid of £10m or so would certainly be enough to convince the Swans to part with their star man.

    But if they do let him leave, Swansea could be in some serious trouble.

    Swansea's New Year's Resolution: Do not sell Michel Vorm

Sunderland

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    Despite a shaky start, it looks like the Black Cats will be safe for this season.

    New boss Martin O'Neill has already got two wins under his belt, and with a squad like Sunderland's, they should be a lot higher up the table than 15th.

    Come May, O'Neill's men will surely be in the top half.

    Sunderland's New Year's Resolution: Keep up the good work

QPR

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    Although it was probably their goal when they were first promoted, Neil Warnock is certain to have been told one again that his aim is to keep the club in the Premier League.

    QPR have acquitted themselves well so far with a string of decent performances, but with a squad hardly packed to the brim with quality players, it might be a question of how long can Rangers keep their head above water.

    The next few months will be vital if QPR are to survive.

    QPR's New Year's Resolution: Avoid relegation

Wolves

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    Wolves are another example of a club who are relying on a star striker.

    Steven Fletcher's goals have won Wolves several games already this season, and his terrific record is certain not to go unnoticed.

    If Mick's men are relegated then it seems likely that Fletch will move to a bigger side - but perhaps it'll be the Scotsman's crucial goals that keep Wolves in the Premier League.

    Wolves' New Year's Resolution: Keep Fletcher scoring

Wigan

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    This has been a familiar sight for both Ali Al-Habsi and his Wigan teammates.

    The Latics have conceded thirty goals this season, and although this isn't the worst record in the league, it isn't helped by their lack of scoring prowess.

    Martinez's team have scored less than a goal a game so far, and the likes of Di Santo, Sammon and Rodallega just haven't been hitting the back of the net as much as they should be.

    If Wigan are to stay up, they need someone who can score regularly.

    Nikica Jelavic anyone?

    Wigan's New Year's Resolution: Buy a new striker

Bolton

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    Sitting in 19th place is not where Owen Coyle would like his side to be.

    The Scottish-born Irishman led Bolton to 14th last season and was expected to improve on that this time round, but it simply hasn't worked out for the Trotters.

    Injuries to the likes of Stuart Holden and Chung Yong-Lee, as well as the void left by Daniel Sturridge, have left Bolton depleted and they desperately need to make some January signings if they are to beat the drop.

    Bolton's New Year's Resolution: Replace missing players

Blackburn

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    It's not been pretty to watch, but Blackburn's fans do have a point.

    Kean needs to go. Now.

    Although the behaviour and attitude of some of the fans is not be praised, the sentiment is correct and Blackburn will be among the three sides relegated at the end of the season unless something is done about the managerial position.

    Kean has shown that he is hopelessly out of his depth, and some of his comments about everything being fine have seemed almost delusional.

    Blackburn aren't a great team, but they should be doing an awful lot better than 20th.

    Blackburn's New Year's Resolution: Replace Steve Kean

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