The Premier League 2018/19 has closed and now is the time for Big Six teams to look back to find out where to improve or complement the new season.
1. Arsenal (Midfield pair & Winger)
Arsenal can close the 2018/19 season with the Europa League trophy, but they still have a lot of work to do to move towards the new season. The defense is definitely where the Gunners need to upgrade, especially the center-back pair to minimize the goal. This season, Arsenal is like a circus when playing away from home. In calendar year alone 2019, Unai Emery’s army wins every 3 away matches in the Premier League.
Besides defense, lack of speed and creativity on both sides of the wings is also a concern for Arsenal. Under Emery, Arsenal’s wings were almost harmless. They lack outstanding players in this role to the point of pushing Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Maitland-Niles to support the attack. Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the cards used but they only bring disappointment.
Nicolas Pepe (Lille), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) and Leonardo Trossard (Genk) are winger that Arsenal are aiming for at 2019 Summer Market.
2. Tottenham (Central midfield)
If Tottenham win the Champions League this season, Mauricio Pochettino deserves to be sculpted outside of the club’s new stadium. The reason why Spurs have gone through the season without buying any players, plus being constantly injured by the roster.
Despite what happens in the Champions League final, Tottenham definitely needs to spend money to strengthen the squad this summer, especially the central midfield position. Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli often sit outside at critical times of the season, while Moussa Sissoko is excellent but cannot plow alone. Not to mention the star midfielder Christian Eriksen is likely to leave with potential Real Madrid berth.
Andre Gomes (Barcelona) and Youri Tielemans (Monaco) are two names linked to Spurs.
3. Chelsea (Forward)
Season 2018/19 is indeed a strange season for Chelsea. They played under the head of Maurizio Sarri and there were many difficult stages to get into the Top 4. But, thanks to Eden Hazard’s excellence, plus the competitors shot themselves in the foot, Chelsea finished. 3 in the Premier League to win tickets to the Champions League next season.
However, the bad performance of the strikers will be what Chelsea need to quickly overcome in the new season. Gonzalo Higuain was overwhelmed with frustration when he joined on loan and he would almost never be kept. Olivier Giroud has never made peace in the Premier League and Alvaro Morata has stopped talking. Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham are both medium range strikers, and it is difficult to chant Chelsea’s attack.
This season, Hazard is the king of creation in the Premier League with 15 times and this is an amazing number because he has to kick under a collective gathering of strikers … wooden legs. Hazard will almost certainly leave in the summer of 2019 and The Blues must quickly find a striker if he does not want to experience the disaster season. Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) is the target of the Blues.
4. Liverpool (Footballer)
Looking over Liverpool this season, it’s hard to tell which team this team is weak in. They own a high-class goalkeeper, strong defense and explosive goods. However, if analyzed deeply, The Kop is lacking a footballer like Philippe Coutinho in the past.
Fabinho was brought in to add steel to the midfield, Georginio Wijnaldum had many matches pushed by coach Juergen Klopp to play as a man, but his influence was quite limited. In tight matches, Liverpool lacked breakthrough and creative passes in the middle. In the matches where Liverpool dropped the number of regret in the Premier League this season (against Leicester, West Ham, Everton and Manchester United), a creative midfielder may have made a difference.
Nabil Fekir (Lyon) is still the most interested Liverpool name, while Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco) and Ruben Neves (Wolves) are all good players for this role.
5. Manchester City (Central midfield)
Despite injury and missed appointment with the final match against Man City, Fernandinho has gone through a great season. He made almost no mistakes during the season with the ability to accurately block the ball, effectively intercept and accurate passes. Without Fernandinho, Man City immediately had problems.
At 34, it’s hard to expect Fernandinho to continue plowing in the 2019/2020 season. Ilkay Gundogan is an excellent player but the former Dortmund star cannot take on the work Fernandinho takes over. Obviously, City need a worthy successor for the Brazilian player this summer. Douglas Luiz is a potential young man and is currently wearing Girona in borrowed form. This player may be a long-term choice for Fernandinho.
Rodri (Atletico Madrid) and Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon) are also potential candidates to join Etihad.
6. Manchester United (Midfield & Forward)
Man United has had the sixth season in the disaster season. To be fair, the Red Devils need to upgrade in every position, not just any area. However, the most urgent is the central defender and striker. Last season, M.U conceded 54 goals conceded – a record number of the club.
Neither Phil Jones nor Chris Smalling responds to requests despite frequent use. The weakness of these players is part of the reason that the M.U craftsman is easily penetrated.
Meanwhile, the lack of sharpness in public goods is also an untreated disease of M.U. Romelu Lukaku is brought back with many expectations, but the former Everton striker’s display is too poor for just 12 goals in the Premier League this season. Lukaku’s ability to take a bad step is also what makes the underground Red fans. Marcus Rashford, despite his talent but his limited skill, was only able to make Jesse Lingard fit, Anthony Martial was in a bad mood, and Alexis Sanchez was just a human.
Harry Maguire (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) are three of the many goals that M.U is aiming for this Summer.