One key player every Premier League club must sign this summer

first_img 20 20 20 12. Middlesbrough should sign Alex Pritchard – Boro had the toughest defence in the Championship last season, but while they were a challenge to score against, they found scoring the toughest compared to their top six opponents. Manager Aitor Karanka could therefore be targeting attacking players. With limited top flight experience, Pritchard, who has come through Tottenham Hotspur’s academy, would be a risk but perhaps one worth taking. 4. Chelsea should sign Alvaro Morata – The Blues need competition for Diego Costa up top. Last season illustrated just how weak their attacking options were, and Antonio Conte will need to address this. Morata has had his buy-back clause activated by Real Madrid and Chelsea could make an offer with the La Liga giants looking to sell on for a profit. 3. Burnley should sign Jonjo Shelvey – Burnley have their critics ahead of their return to the Premier League, despite their superb season in the Championship to seal promotion. One area that requires addressing this summer is who can fill the void left by Joey Barton. Shelvey, similar in style to the midfielder, could be the man up for the job. 16. Swansea City should sign Nabil Bentaleb – Swansea were a rejuvenated side under Francesco Guidolin in the second half of the season, but the Italian will know work needs doing in the summer transfer window. Bentaleb, struggling for playing time at White Hart Lane, could add some much needed grit – and quality – to the Swans’ midfield, perhaps filling the role played by Jonjo Shelvey in the 2014/15 season. 20 19. West Bromwich Albion should sign Andros Townsend – The Baggies have become a dull unit in the Premier League, almost void of ideas in the final third. Tony Pulis should therefore be eyeing attacking players and Townsend, who may be eyeing a move to a Premier League side after Newcastle’s relegation, would liven up his side’s attack. 2. Bournemouth should sign Tomas Kalas – Despite a bright start to life in the top flight, the Cherries began to struggle as the season progressed. Next season could be a difficult one for the club and they would be wise to address their defence. Middlesbrough are reportedly keen on signing Kalas on a permanent deal, but with the newly-promoted side yet to agree a move for the Chelsea defender, Bournemouth could capitalise. 8. Leicester City should sign Christian Benteke – As Premier League champions, Claudio Ranieri should be looking to pull off a major deal this summer. While Benteke’s reputation has fallen at Anfield, much of his struggle can be attributed to Liverpool’s style of play not suiting the centre forward. His hold up play could see him slot straight into the Foxes team, allowing the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to play off him. 17. Tottenham Hotspur should sign Michy Batshuayi – Spurs were outstanding last season, despite their blip at the end of the campaign. Mauricio Pochettino has a strong squad, but perhaps one area that needs addressing is his options up top. Batshuayi is considered one of the finest young forwards in Europe currently and would provide fine competition to Harry Kane. 20 1. Arsenal should sign Alexandre Lacazette – check out our guide in full to the one key player every Premier League club should sign this summer by clicking the arrow above, right – Most Arsenal fans will probably tell you they need far more than one key signing this summer. Perhaps a new centre back or a defensive midfielder. But one position that really needs addressing is their striker. Olivier Giroud seems short of the quality required and Lacazette would be a welcome addition – not to mention a more realistic target than Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain. 20 20 10. Manchester City should sign Paul Pogba – Pep Guardiola, as with Jose Mourinho, will have his eyes on a major signing this summer. The man the Spaniard should be considering is Pogba. Despite yet to really convince for France this summer, he remains one of the best midfielders in Europe and his arrival would worry City’s rivals further. 14. Stoke City should sign Georginio Wijnaldum – Despite having a strong attacking unit on paper, Mark Hughes’ side disappointed in the final third last season. He’ll want to address such concerns over the summer and may be keen to bring new players in to liven up his attack. Wijnaldum expressed glimpses of his ability on Tyneside and will believe he’s superior to that of a Championship player. 7. Hull City should sign Phil Jones – Steve Bruce has a number of players with experience in the Premier League at his disposal, and he could be interested in adding more to his squad. Jones, whose future at Manchester United is unclear, might welcome an offer away from Old Trafford – even if it isn’t glamorous. 18. Watford should sign Robbie Brady – Brady starred for the Republic of Ireland, helping his country reach the last 16 of the Euro 2016 finals. He is likely to be in demand and with the Hornets in need of inspiration after a demoralising six months, he could be an excellent addition to the squad. What’s more, Watford have made a habit of heading overseas for their transfer business over the last few seasons, and fans would welcome a home-grown player arriving at Vicarage Road. 13. Southampton should sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea fans will be devastated at the prospect of Loftus-Cheek leaving Stamford Bridge, but if he wishes for regular first-team football, he may have to do just that. Capable of playing a deeper role and as a no.10, the Chelsea midfielder could fill the void left by Victor Wanyama, who has sealed a move to White Hart Lane, and Sadio Mane, who is expected to join Liverpool. 6. Everton should sign Asmir Begovic – With Tim Howard leaving Goodison Park and question marks remaining over whether Joel Robles should be the club’s no.1, new manager Ronald Koeman may be targeting a goalkeeper this summer. Begovic, who proved he is far from finished when called upon during Thibaut Courtois’ injury at the end of last year, should come cheap and would welcome the offer of guaranteed first team football. 20 15. Sunderland should sign Andre Ayew – Reports claim Ayew’s future at the Liberty Stadium is uncertain and the Black Cats could capitalise on his situation. Jermain Defoe aside, there was a lack of goal threat from Sam Allardyce’s men and the Ghana winger, who scored 12 last season, could slot straight into the Sunderland starting line-up. 20 9. Liverpool should sign Blaise Matuidi – Liverpool have plenty of attacking options and Jurgen Klopp should be considering his defensive options. The Reds are missing a dominant midfielder – a player superior to Jordan Henderson. Matuidi, a key player for Paris Saint-Germain and France, could fulfil this role. 5. Crystal Palace should sign Andre Gray – Gray finished top scorer of the Championship last season and Burnley will be doing all they can to keep hold of the forward. An offer from Alan Pardew, though, could be difficult for the 25-year-old to turn down. The Eagles were short of fire power last season and could be looking for a replacement to the underwhelming Connor Wickham. 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 It’s that time of the year when clubs start to strengthen in preparation for the incoming window.New and old managers will be taking a look at their current squad, wondering which area is in need of work.Arsenal might be searching for a centre forward to compete with Olivier Giroud, while Manchester United could be scouring Europe for a marquee acquisition.But who should your club sign this summer?Check out talkSPORT’s guide to the one key player every Premier League club should be looking to sign ahead of the 2016/17 season by viewing the slideshow above.Disagree? Comment below! 20 11. Manchester United should sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic – This deal should be one the club are working tirelessly to finalise. The Swedish centre forward is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain and eyeing an adventure elsewhere. He is exactly the statement signing Jose Mourinho craves in his first summer in charge of United. 20 20 20. West Ham United should sign Wilfried Bony – Speculation on the Hammers suggests the club’s board are eyeing a marquee signing this summer ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium. A centre forward could be a priority and Bony, who they have been linked to before, could be a perfect addition to Slaven Bilic’s squad. Manchester City may be looking to sell, with reports of Nolito moving to the Etihad.last_img

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