Relegation Battle Wish-List (Part One)

6 points separate 11 teams at the ‘bottom’ of the Barclays Premier League table. I find that incredible. If I was a betting man (which I definitely am), I wouldn’t go anywhere near this relegation battle with my hard earned money.

But money is something most of these clubs need to throw at their teams to ensure their top-flight survival. So here’s just one player each team should (realistically) throw all their money at before the transfer window ends:

Aston Villa

Villa have an abundance of strikers, but what the boys up front need is a creative player in midfield. Spurs’ Gylfi Sigurdsson is somewhat out of the running for first team places lately, and could be a great playmaker in the right team.

Hull City

The ‘Tigers’ defenders aren’t bad, but they’re certainly far from the best in the league. Newcastle’s Steven Taylor has tonnes of Premier League experience, and is just a down-right great centre back. With just Prem appearances this term, he could be persuaded to leave Tyneside.

Norwich

Norwich are one of the more well balanced teams in the league. They lack star-power, but they also lack many clear weaknesses. If I had to strengthen the Canaries, I’d do it with a new right back. Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin aren’t bad, but they’re the most mediocre of a mediocre bunch. Sign Micah Richards, who can’t get a look in at Man City, and who would fit in to Chris Hughton’s rough and ready side.

WBA

If I was new Albion manager Pepe Mel, I’d be on the look out for a new goalkeeper. I’m not as big a Boaz Myhill fan as many others, and Ben Foster is as inconsistent as they come. And with both over 30 years old, neither are spring chickens. AS Monaco’s Danijel Subasic isn’t much younger, but at 29, has atleast 5 top years ahead of him. He’s kept 11 clean sheets in 22 league games this season, and shouldn’t cost much more than £3m. A steal.

Stoke City

Stoke desperately need a new striker. The Potters look set to lose out of favour Kenwyne Jones, and Jonathan Walters just won’t do. Crouch is great in a team that plays a certain way, but Mark Hughes wants to play a style of football that doesn’t suit the big man. Even if they gain Peter Odemwingie, his confidence issues make him an uncertain buy. Stoke should grab old boy Diego Milito to play off of Crouch. His age means he’ll like cost between £1-2m, and he’s a proven goal-scorer at all levels.

Part Two Coming Soon…

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