An attacking midfielder
Liverpool has been fantastic recently with all of their purchases and players. Robertson is in with a shout for top 5 best left backs in Europe and they got him for 8 million pounds a season ago, Salah has obviously been an amazing acquisition, Alexander-Arnold has molded perfectly into the right back role, and Van Dijk was the missing piece in the puzzle. In fact, this signing might disrupt the squad and might be a hindrance on the overall team performance but teams can always improve and we need to go through every team so here we go.
Nabil Fekir. Although this may seem odd Liverpool does not have a natural number 10 in their team. Sure they can have Firmino play in that role but he is more suited to a false 9 role in hold up play rather than a tricky number 10 that Fekir will provide. Although they can try their luck at playing Oxlade-Chamberlain in the number 10 role having Fekir would be a bonus to the squad. Fekir is, like I said, a natural 10 being very tiny and tricky to get the ball off of. He is also very quick and can play on the wing as well. He has grown his reputation in Lyon as their big star beside Memphis Depay (remember him the Premier League?) and he continues to prove that namesake with a goal involvement every 1.6 games.
Even after Lacazette left for Arsenal he continues to perform as Depay and him provide a strong attack in Lyon. He can provide to be a good pickup for the Red’s as a rotation player or someone to start as a 10 if they decide to play in the right formation along with providing competition for Mane and Salah on the wings. Should Liverpool stick with what they got and improve or bring in some competition and depth to the number 10 role? Sound off in the comments!
Keep Kovacic, take a chance on the youth system, and figure out a way to play Jorginho and Kante in the same system
After having a transfer ban for the next 2 windows the manager in Maurizio Sarri is going to have some trouble on his hands for the next season. Both Pedro and Willian are getting no younger so it was a really good move to add Pulisic this summer for another young attacking threat. In a perfect world Chelsea would actually use their youth system for good seeing as they have players like Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Ola Aina, and many more. Having an attacking line of Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Pulisic, and Abraham will be a force to be reckon with in the future.
Keeping Kovacic would be an excellent move as he is one of the best center midfield prospects in Europe’s top 5 leagues and he still has so much potential to show off in the Premier League. Having a midfield of Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, and Mason Mount could also be a good center midfield rotation but not enough to push them over the edge into championship territory.
One thing that really confuses me is the formation that Sarri has in the middle of the park this season. I understand that playing Jorginho as a deep lying playmaker is crucial to the formation with the amount of passes he has and the length of passes he can shell out but having Kante playing as a center midfielder just doesn’t work. If Jorginho gets man marked out of the game then Chelsea’s midfield falls apart because he doesn’t get back or provide enough defensive work to be playing that deep. Along with the fact that Jorginho doesn’t do enough in that roll Kante doesn’t fit into the center midfield role. I would like to argue that Kante is definitely up in the top 10 for best Premier League defensive midfielders of all time but the word defensive is the key there. He isn’t good going forward and everytime he gets in a position to shoot I dont trust him to put it in the back of the net. If Sarri ends up staying until the end of the season and perhaps lasts another season then he is going to have one hell of a time trying to turn this Chelsea side into a title contender. What do you think Chelsea should do to stay competitive? Let me know in the comments!
Keep hold of their stars and find a replacement for Mousa Dembele
With their recent stadium woes, it looks like they are going to need some extra cash going into the new season. This should be very worrying for all Spurs fans as it looks like they might need to sell a big asset. The name highest on the list is Christian Eriksen who could move for the same amount Coutinho moved for this summer. Also mentioned being shifted elsewhere are Harry Kane and Dele Ali but if those 2 were to move there might be a riot on Daniel Levy’s hand so it looks like Eriksen may be the most likely to move.
After Mousa Dembele has inexplicably moved to China in the Winter it looks very apparent that they need someone else to fill the role that he provided to the team. Now, Spurs fans might say Harry Winks can fill that role or Wanyama or Dier can provide something else to the team but I think they are going to need someone from the outside to come in and provide that role. Since they are in the same situation as Manchester City I would recommend the players from my last blog (go check it out) but perhaps they wont have the money for a big signing this Summer so those 2 look to be out of question.
In that case it looks like they might have to struggle without Dembele and find a system that might not need that role or in fact forge either Winks, Dier, or Wanyama into a makeshift box-to-box midfielder with excellent dribble numbers such as Dembele provided. In terms of under-the-radar signings who do you think Tottenham should bring in? Should they even bring in anyone? Let me know in the comments!