Transfer Analysis part 2

Aakash Rao
5 min readMay 11, 2021

Welcome to part 2 of the transfer analysis of all the teams in the PL, and we will be analysing the transfer needs and plans of 4 more PL teams in this article.

Chelsea

Need to Buy: Gigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), De Ligt (Juve)/De Vrij/Skriniar (both Inter Milan) and Tagliafico (Ajax)

Need to Sell/Loan: Alonso, Batshuayi, Loftus-Cheek, Emerson, Kepa, Caballero, Oliver Giroud and Tammy Abraham

Need to Keep: Antonio Rudiger, Timo Werner, Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic, Thiago Silva and Kante.

The Blues had a huge transfer window last summer, and while their new signings have only settled in recently, I feel that they need another big one in order to really cement their status as a serious contender for the title. They don’t need much reinforcements, except for a back-up left back, a young, mobile centre back and of course a top GK. Eduourd Mendy has done well this season, but is no where near the standard of soon-to-be free agent Donnarumma. De Ligt, De Vrij or Skriniar would be very suitable and welcome additions to Chelsea’s defence, and Tagliafico would be a very talented back up to Chilwell. On the other hand, a huge squad upheaval will also be needed, with the above mentioned players no longer (or never were) up to Chelsea’s high, lofty standards. Finally, they should keep all their recent signings, as well as tie Kante and Rudiger to fresh terms.

Liverpool

Need to Buy: El-Nesyri (Sevilla) and/or Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid), Camavinga (Rennes) and/or Renato Sanches (Lille)

Need to Sell/Loan: Ben Davies, Adrian, Joel Matip, Keita, Shaqiri, Origi and maybe Firmino

Need to Keep: Ozan Kabak, Mane, Salah, Fabinho and Robertson.

The Scousers have had possibly the worst title defence in PL history, but they have salvaged some of their pride by managing to start a top 4 challenge in recent weeks. In order to bounce back quickly, they also need a squad revamp, but I doubt a major change in the squad will happen due to financial constraints. Therefore, I have decided to focus on the squad’s main needs for now, a striker who actually scores goals, and a midfielder like Wijnaldum or better than him to take his place. Former Liverpool striker Suarez could be a financially smart signing, while El-Nesyri would be a younger, but equally clinical option. For the midfield, Lille’s Sanches or Rennes’ Camavinga would be great options for the Reds, although Sanches would be easier to sign, given all the hype and attention over Camavinga, France’s next big thing after Mbappe. As for who to get rid, they probably shouldn’t get rid of all the players above, but the likes of Origi and Davies are virtually confirmed departures given their lack of game time. Finally, the Reds should keep their Winger Duo, Mane and Salah, alongside Fabinho and Robertson, who have arguably been the club’s best players all season, while also permanently signing impressive loanee Kabak.

Tottenham Hotspur

Need to Buy: Joachim Anderson (Lyon, On loan at Fulham), Sander Berge (Sheffield United), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Bellotti (Torino) and A NEW MANAGER.

Need to Sell/Loan: Davinson Sanchez, Davies, Erik Lamela, Winks, Alli and Moura

Need to Keep: Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp, Bale, Son, Kane, Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon

Tottenham have not had the best of seasons this season, and will be looking to bringing in fresh faces and getting rid of a few familiar ones in order to change their fortunes. Their first priority will be getting in a top-class manager, in spite of Ryan Mason doing a decent job. The former Spurs player may have an inspiring backstory leading up to his appointment as Spurs manager, but at 29, he just doesn’t have the experience or the tactical know-how of other managers. They also need a new centre-back, creative midfielder and a back-up striker to Harry Kane. To do all this, they will have to get rid of the above-mentioned players. Literally all of them have been sub-par this season, and simply need to be shown the exit door. Players like Moura, Alli and Winks may have shown some of their talent in a few select games, but other than that, the trio have been mostly blunt and uninspired while playing for a club of Spurs’ stature. On the other hand, the club will work hard to keep their star duo Kane and Son to stay put at the club after yet another disappointing season, while also keeping Gareth Bale at the club, since he has been quite decent in recent times. They also need to recall and keep their academy talents like Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon, who have impressed on loan. Finally, they must somehow also keep Reguilon at the club for at least another season to avoid a full out exodus.

Everton

Need to Buy: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Belotti (Torino), Demiral (Juventus) or Koulibaly (Napoli),

Need to Sell: Jean-Phillipe Gbamin, Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny, Cenk Tosun, Bernard, Fabian Delph and Moise Kean

Need to Keep: DCL, Richarlison, Micheal Keane, James Rodriguez and Doucuoure

The Toffees have been impressive this season, going from mid-table obscurity to potential Europa League football, and they will want to strengthen their squad in order to go even further next season. However, due to the financial instability in the market, they will not be able to sign all the players they want or need. That’s why i feel they should prioritise the signing of a new specialist right back, a centre back and a striker. They should also sell the squad players they have in order to fund these transfers and free up space for new arrivals. Selling these players would also free up medical funds, given that the players above have been the ones eating up a huge part of them due to their frequent injuries. Moise Kean should also be sold given that he isn’t really a fit at the club and looks better suited for a league like Ligue 1 and Serie A. Finally, the toffees should definitely keep their star performers of this year in order to be able to progress further.

That’s all for this article, and I hope you enjoyed it! Do look out for the next part of this series, and feel free to share your views on who your favourite club should sign and sell this transfer window!

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Aakash Rao

An avid Manchester United fan and football/music blogger!