Transfer Movement Could Mean Next Year Will Be The Best Season Yet

By on July 3, 2011

Perhaps next season will be the start of a new chapter in recent Premiership history where there is no longer the untouchable top four clubs. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool , other than the last two years have been the top four teams in the 2003/2004 season as well as in 05/06, 06/07, 07/08 and 08/09.

It seems that competition has grown with Tottenham’s emergence and the Man City millions. It is also worth here mentioning Everton, as the only other team to infiltrate the top four of recent years. It all depends on what happens in this transfer window, as there are many interesting players apparently available.

The most vulnerable team of last season’s top-four is probably Arsenal, who found themselves floundering at the end of the season, finishing below Man City and losing to Birmingham in the league cup final. Everyone seems to agree on their basic problems, even if Arsene is apparently blind to them. They need a goalkeeper, a centre back, a commanding central midfielder and perhaps some muscle up front.

There seems to be a few main contenders for a goalkeeper, with Shay Given probably itching to get first team football, as well as Ben Foster probably wanting premiership football next season. These are two very good premiership keepers, and probably not too expensive certainly not for a club such as Arsenal. Cahill and Samba seem to be constantly mentioned with a summer move, but I think a good option for Arsene would again be to look at Birmingham, and two very good premiership defenders, Scott Dann and Roger Johnson, who proved only last season how good they are as Birmingham secured a top ten finish. In that season they conceded only six more goals than Arsenal and Spurs and only two more than Manchester City. It is no coincidence that Birmingham were relegated this season as they were without Dann for 18 games, compared to the season before when Johnson and Dann only missed 8 games between them.

The best option for a commanding central midfielder would be Scott Parker who seems to be definitely leaving West Ham but his destination is undetermined. Tottenham have been the most linked team with Parker but Arsenals need for him I think is much greater. A longer shot for Arsenal might be perhaps Owen Hargreaves, who is available on a free transfer, and apart from the obvious injury problems he is exactly the type of player they need. If there is a chance that he could become fit again he has the relevant experience Arsenal could do with. An older head to keep some of the youngsters in check.

Perhaps something that is not completely urgent but something useful for Arsenal would be to buy someone with some physicality up front, something slightly different to what they have. When Arsenal play, and everything is not going to plan, they never have another option, they can never change. Other teams at the top have variety and can not only play nice football and win but can play ugly football and win. Arsenal need someone who can help them win ugly. Even though he had a fairly useless last season Carlton Cole would fit that description. He may not be the most gifted technically, but he will chase balls and win aerial battles and keep the ball when it is needed. He has proven in the past that he does have quality too and with the service he could get from the likes of Fabregas et al; his goal tally would not be bad.

The next most vulnerable team would be Chelsea, with their aging squad and the possibility of losing Drogba as well as having to cope with someone new at the helm, staying close to the top will be more challenging than ever. They should, however, have the financial muscle to help them. There could be a few comings and goings though at Stamford Bridge with the likes of Benayoun, Zhirkov, Bosingwa, Ferreira on top of Drogba being all possible outings. Key to their success will be getting the best from Torres who more than anyone else last season was disappointing, for both Liverpool and Chelsea. Keeping Essian fit too will be a big help from last season, as will keeping to a system that works, something that Ancelotti did not do. What will be interesting is whether Sturridge is trusted with a first team place or whether a loan move will be in the offing. However, like everyone else Chelsea need to add some quality, and young quality at that. The biggest name that has been linked with Chelsea is Brazilian sensation Neymar, who would be a gamble but is the sort of message that says that they are serious, something that they need to do to stop the Manchester City train running them over.

City themselves should next season go from strength to strength, they have the financial capacity to buy anyone in the world and they have now added a trophy to their cabinet for good measure. With Champions league football as a guarantee they should be able to add some quality to what they already have. What will worry them most of all is whether they can keep hold of Tevez, which with him apparently vowing never to return to the city does not look currently likely. However, Rooney said last season that he wanted to leave and then got rewarded with a new contract, so anything can happen. Edin Dzeko is another player who needs to step up to fill his reputation and price tag next season. Man city do need to rid their squad of clutter though, the likes of Given, Wright-Philips, Bellamy, Adebayor, Bridge, Santa Cruz and Boateng will probably all leave. They could all be good premiership buys.

Liverpool are facing the biggest challenge of all as their dilemma is how to get back into the top four, something I do not think they will be able to achieve next season. They need quality in all areas of the pitch, apart from in goal. It will be interesting to see if Carragher can remain as first choice centre-back or whether Agger can step up a gear to fill his shoes alongside Skrtel. A clearout in midfield is needed as well as adding genuine quality, Henderson has already joined but for 20 million so I fear how much other players will cost. Poulsen, Aquilani, Jovanovic , Ngog and Konchesky are all likely departures. Quality in wide positions is key, and it could be found in Wright-Philips. Larsson would have been ideal on a free transfer but he has now moved to Sunderland. Joe Cole, if he can get up to the form he is capable of, could feel like a new signing too. With Suarez and Carroll they have two very good strikers but a replacement is needed for Ngog who looks way off Premiership quality.

For Tottenham next season is all about keeping their best players, adding a couple of real quality in certain areas, and getting rid of those surplus to requirements. Redknapp seems adamant that Modric and Bale will stay, one thing is for certain it will take a huge sum to prise them away from White Hart Lane. With Jones and Henderson going for 16 and 20 million respectively it would take double that to get Modric and/or Bale. Especially with Chelsea’s 22 million bid being laughed off by Redknapp. Daniel Levy seems to be refusing money until Tottenham get rid of some of the fringe players which means a lot of possible outgoings this season at the Lane. With O’Hara already gone, Keane, Kranjaer, Hutton, Jenas, dos Santos, Bentley, Woodgate and Bassong are all possible transfers. Quality up-front is need for Spurs next season. As is a system that will get the best from Bale, Lennon, Modric, Van der Vaart and Defoe. The latter two seemed as though they could not be played together this season.

The battle for fifth will be just as interesting next season. Sunderland have added well to their squad, Everton with a couple of players, especially strikers, could be threatening to anyone. Aston Villa, if they reinvest the money from Ashley Young’s transfer could still have a good squad. Past these teams the table really does appear to be anyones guess.

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35 Comments

  1. Billy

    July 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    IMO the top 8 will look like this next season:

    United
    Chelsea
    Man City
    Spurs
    Liverpool
    Arsenal
    Villa
    Everton

    If Arsenal sell Fab & Nasri and Clichy at a stupidly low £7m they will struggle.

  2. Jim

    July 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Billy, I don’t see Villa up there unless they make up for losses, Fulham and Sunderland could well leap frog them.

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  4. ridwan.7

    July 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    stopped reading when u said carlton cole would be a good signing for arsenal
    BOLLOCKS

  5. Daniel Smith

    July 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    If Wenger doesn’t his philosophy,be it players and playing style,imho,the gunners will be unable to compete for the epl title let alone the cl.

  6. Sanjay

    July 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I think it’s an Arsenal news not mostly liverpool news.

  7. MFT

    July 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Top 6 will be this: Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton

  8. tass

    July 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    top six will be like that

    Liverpool
    Chelsea
    Man Unt
    Man City
    Arsenal
    Everton.

    think and analyse before type.

    • bazza

      July 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Tass you muppet, I am an ardent Liverpool fan and we will not win the league next season top four at best

  9. tip top tottenham

    July 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    What a load of old tosh how could spurs not finish in the top six ?

    Chelsea
    man u
    man city
    spurs
    arsenal
    liverpool
    everton

  10. Johnny lfc fan

    July 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    if we’re being realistic the table will be like this next season

    1 man utd
    2 chelsea
    3 mancity
    4 liverpool
    5 arsenal
    6 spurs
    7 everton
    8 sunderland
    9 stoke
    10 newcastle
    11 villa
    12 bolton
    13 fulham
    14 blackburn
    15 WBA
    16 Wolves
    17 QPR
    18 Wigan
    19 norwich
    20 swansea

  11. anirban

    July 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    those who feel arsenal out of top 4 next season – DREAM ON ! 😀 people thought the same thing when players like viera,pires,bergkamp nd henry left !

    • Nasi Goreng

      July 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Are you butthurt?
      And Vieira, Pires, Bergkamp, Henry didn’t leave all at the same time. This season, very possibly, Fabregas,Nasri,Clichy will leave. If they leave I won’t be suprise if the like of Van Persie and Ashavin will follow them out the door. Really a mass exodus from Arsenal.

      • Joshua

        July 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

        Pretty stupid to make these claims before you see what happens with transfers

  12. don ron

    July 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I believe arsenal can make a difference this season, if only they can buy plays that can stump the pitch

  13. Mufutau Yusuf

    July 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Top six next season Arsenal liverpool man u chealsea man city totham

  14. emzy

    July 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Funny how everyone is jumping on the same bus that arsenal will be leaped frogged by the likes of spurs and liverpool, and arsenal shall finish 6th. BEHAVE!
    How long have we finished top 4??
    We may lose key players but do you not think Wenger knows this?? or suddenly will we play like a sunday league club and lose the plot.
    Use your noggin people and stop posting crap up!

    • Towson Tom

      July 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Sadly how you finished last season or seasons prior to that are no guarantee for next season being an LFC supporter I know this……..

      • Joshua

        July 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        The difference is liverpool have a history of making the worst buys and henderson looks like another expensive waste at least for arsenal they have mainly bought quality

        • jaydrealred

          July 4, 2011 at 6:32 am

          cut the crap will ya!!
          stop being a sour grape.. just because thre’ll be exodus of player @ arsenal.. thanks to your stingy gaffer wenga smtin..

        • Towson Tom

          July 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

          you only have to look back over the history of the prem and the top division prior to that to see that NO CLUB stays in the top four forever.

  15. Philip Russell

    July 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am an Arsenal fan i want to see Buffon or Given as the Arsenal Goalkeeper next season. And i still think we need Christopher Samba and Gary Cahill; we also will need to ask for the services of Gervinho and Stewart Dowing as they are all good players with the experiance we need to win trophies.

    I would Like to see Cesc Fabregas go for £35million because lets put this streight we are not going to get anything more. We nned to keep Nasri, Get Baines and sell Gael Clichy.
    Sell Denilson, Bendtner, Rosicky, Abou Diaby and Manuel Almunia.

  16. davspurs

    July 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    This will be the energised league Man Utd City Chelsea Liverpool this will be the drug free league Spurs Arsenal Chelsea Utd City Liverpool fourth from bottom

  17. pridders

    July 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    at this moment in time, with the current squads:

    man u
    arsenal
    man city
    chelsea
    liverpool
    tottenham

    however by the end of the window with different squads it could easily change, with the most likely being, imo, this:

    man utd
    man city
    chelsea
    liverpool
    arsenal
    sunderland/everton/villa
    tottenham

    this is because i believe united have already strengthened, city chelsea and liverpool will surely splash more cash and i can see wenger doing nothing and letting his stars leave and redknapp being forced to lose his only real quality players in modric, bale and possibly vdv, which i believe would be far more fatal to them than arsenal losing nasri, fabregas and clichy because arsenal have better quality throughout their first team, whilst there is a huge gap in the quality of tottenhams first team, even between their next best players ie there is a bigger gap between bale and lennon than fabregas and van persie

    il wait for the angry spurs fans now…

    • pridders

      July 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      thought i should just point out btw that i support bolton, but i admit arsenal are my second team so possible bias there

    • Towson Tom

      July 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      You mention the word Squads in your opening line, City have had a big and expensive squad for a couple of years now But they still don’t seem to have a TEAM. A big group of big name players don’t always make a team – Ask the England manager!

    • Joshua

      July 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      How have man utd strengthened yet. De gea replaced VDS but defnitly not an improvemet jones will hardly play this season and is for the future. Young is the same as nani and valencia so man utd havnt improved at all. Arsene wenger will defnitly buy this season because he knows this will be his last chance.

  18. no bert

    July 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I don’t understand the doom around arsenal. Every season has been about out of top 4. Suppose fabrigas goes, don’t forget he missed about 20 games last season, I expect jack to take over. I also expect Arsenal to be able to replace Nasri from within. For all the noise he scored 10 goals and had 4 assists the result which makes him no different from Charmark. My point is, they will be big loses but I expect wilshere and Ramsey to step up. They should be ably supported by Diaby and Arshavin whom I rate better than young and henderson. Defensively I would welcome a big signing but also expect kos, verminator and jd to improve significantly. Like Fabrigas said I am calm and optimistic in the middle of all the rumours. As an afterthought I would seriously have Gervino than carroll at any price

    • Joshua

      July 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Why is their so many people jumping on the arsenal are going down bandwagon. Realistically the players leaving. Fabregas we missed him for most of last season anyway. Clichy has been a liability for a few seasons now especially in the air with gibbs more than good enough for the premiership. Nasri will be the biggest loss but he was played out wide and we have been linked with gervinho, hazard, Alvarez, mata any of them would be able to replace him as a proper wide player. With a few good signings Arsenal will be a lot stronger. Not saying that they are going to win the league but stop getting excited spurs , pool every other team who will supposedly finish above us AGAIN.

    • jaydrealred

      July 4, 2011 at 6:37 am

      at least AC is by far a better player than your useless bendtner smtin!! u blind fool..

  19. moshenal

    July 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    ARSENAL WILL BE CROWNED CHAMPIONS COME MAY 2012. MARK MY WORD

  20. black cops

    July 4, 2011 at 12:32 am

    i think Manchester United are gonna make a huge difference than anyone else next season especially if they sign an attacking midfielder

  21. nikolay

    July 4, 2011 at 1:05 am

    i think next season Man city will battle it out with most likely man utd and arsenal, fabregas leaves wilkshire comes in… personally i would rather wilkshire take over the rains, in my eyes best youth player in the world alongside neymar. Chelsea will decline i think, in losing Drogba a ageing Super frank, Malouda Anelka and Essein in decline, only thing Chelsea have is a good back 2 in Terry Ivanovic/Luiz. And they will be hoping on Torres to start firing..Tottenham.. well what can i say? They lose Modric or VDV they are in big trouble unless they get a few transfers in, and we all know how bad tottenham are at buying talent. Liverpool look to me like they are on the rise, they will either challange for top 4 or flop extremly. And as always Manure will be good.. if they have CB issues they might not challenge for top 2, dont really see much in smalling or evans.

    Man City
    Arsenal
    Man Utd
    Liverpool
    Chelsea
    Sunderland
    Spurs
    Everton

  22. Kapil

    July 4, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Last season in d epl was of very low standard
    But frankly seeing the numerous signings by top clubs next season looks to be very interesting
    D top 6 nxt season:
    Man u
    Man c
    Chelsea
    Arsenal
    Spurs
    Liverpool
    Man u will most prob challenged by city n Chelsea
    With d former posing an imposing threat with d money dey have
    Only if city culd get 1 gud cb n 1 gud mf
    Arsenal seem to be sliding down d rocks
    And unless wenger buys a quality gk ,2 cb 2 mf den dey may challenge for d title
    But united just seem too have too much quality
    If united can buy 2 gud midfielders n 2 gud strikers dye shudchallenge barca for d cl

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