I’ve given my views on who the mid-table scrappers should pursuit this January, but what about those right down in the depths of BPL despair? Here’s who the bottom 6 Premier League sides should sign before the 31st:
Despite what many fans think, Michu isn’t a striker. He wasn’t signed as one, and until Swansea were hit with striking injuries last season, didn’t play as one. His lack of goals this season shows his natural position is in the hole, leaving just Wilfried Bony and Leroy Lita up top. Milan’s Allesandro Matri (currently on loan at Fiorentina), has only scored 3 goals this term. But he’s only had 9 first-team starts, and with the service Swansea can provide, I think he could flourish.
Frankly, Palace could do with strengthening everywhere. Seriously. It’s hard to think of an area of the pitch where they shouldn’t upgrade. But with the strong defensive style Tony Pulis is employing at the club, I think they will need a much better ‘keeper to keep the barrage of shots out. It’s a long shot, but 35-year-old Buffon is a legendary figure between the sticks. He’s past his best, but at around £4m, he’s still better than most in the Premier League.
The Cottagers need a striker to partner Dimitar Berbatov, and one that works a lot harder for his team. Barca youngster Isaac Cuenca is only valued at a few million pounds, but could surely play well around a veteran like Berba.
The Hammers should buy a full-back. Their Premier League survival will hinge on the quality of delivery in to the box – as is Sam Allardyce’s game plan – and their ability to hit men like C. Cole and Carroll. Grab Chelsea’s Dave (sorry, Azpilicueta). He can play on both sides, works hard in both attack and defence, and hasn’t got a bad delivery to boot.
The Black Cats have a lack of naturally left-sided midfield players. This is one out of the left-field (literally), but they should approach Chelsea’s forgotten about youngster Gael Kakuta. Once one of the most sought-after youth players in Europe, he’s not getting in to the Blue’s team any time soon. Take a chance on him.
Another team that could benefit in any number of positions, Cardiff are looking to do just that this transfer window with numerous players linked with a move to Wales. But the man I’d replace doesn’t even step foot on the pitch, but rather the dugout. Admittedly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hardly had time to prove himself; but I don’t see this inexperienced manager digging any team out of their relegation zone ditch. Steve Clarke has the experience of similar positions and the ability to put together a great defensive line, two things Cardiff desperately need.
This won’t happen of course, and Cardiff will get relegated. Sorry, Bluebirds.
So there’s my picks for who the top-flight strugglers should pick up before deadline day ends. Who do you think these teams should buy? Who will stay up? Let me know in the comments!