Who Should Be Getting The Welcome Mat Treatment?

Posted: June 10, 2011 by GaryCRobertson in England, English Premier League, Guest, Random

(A fan’s view on what the EPL’s ‘Top Four’ must do this summer)


So, we’re in the midst of “silly season” where just about every tabloid links just about every player with just about every

 team. We all have ideas as to who we want our team to sign and who we want to get rid of, but who actually makes sense for our teams to sign in order to challenge for the title?

Trying my best to be impartial and not to see things through my royal blue tinted glasses here’s my recommendations of “ins” and “outs” for the top 4 clubs:

Man United

On paper, player for player, Man U probably weren’t the best in the league last year but they certainly were the best ‘team’. So regardless of who they sign or don’t sign, they will be there or thereabouts again next season. It has been widely pointed out that Man U must replace the retired Van der Sar and Scholes – well in my opinion this is something they had to do last year anyway.

It looks like they have De Gea, Young and Jones all wrapped up which has Van der Sar replaced and they seem to be in for Modric and Sneijder to fill the void created by Scholes retirement. I believe Hiddink’s arrival will see Sneijder go to Chelsea leaving United with Modric. The problem they now have is creating room in a big squad for the other arrivals. They will be tough to stop next season with a couple of additions, forgetting the recent addition to Rooney’s head.

In: De Gea, Young, Jones, Modric

Out: Brown, Gibson, Obertan, Bebe, Evans


After Roman’s winter investment, Chelsea’s squad looks in good shape, but it does not particularly offer many options. Chelsea have been a strong, direct and physical team for a few years now and if they want to make the most out of Torres, they need to invest in creativity, speed and width.

What is hugely important in my opinion is keeping Didier Drogba. There are no guarantees that Torres will come good and he should not even be in the team until he’s proven that he deserves to be. Chelsea’s midfield looked slower than a tortoise with 4 cement blocks on his feet last season whilst the whole team lacked width. Benayoun’s injury didn’t help either situation and the addition of Sturridge will mean someone has to leave to give him more opportunities. The squad needs one last overhaul before the financial fair play rules come in – and it looks like it’s going to happen.

In: Sneijder, Lukaku, De Bruyne (to be loaned back out), Van der Wiel, Alexis Sanchez

Out: Anelka, Zhirkov, Malouda, one of Essien or Mikel and another 23 youngsters on their way to Hamburg!

Man City

I don’t think City will spend as big this summer as they have previously but they have a few problem areas, starting with their manager. He is very negative and it has shown in his acquisitions. They have too many defensive midfielders and not enough attacking flair. Their squad is much too big and they need some younger and hungrier players that are easier to keep happy.

Also, it looks like Tevez will be on his way (again) so he will have to be replaced with someone who likes Manchester and playing football in general a requirement.

In: Eden Hazard, Benzema, Mata

Out: Tevez, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, K.Toure, Weiss, Adebayor, Bellamy, Jo, Santa Cruz


Where do I start? We know they can play football, we know they will out-pass most Premiership teams…. But we also know they don’t spend big money. They need someone who can throw his weight around and can complement Wilshere – who is the outgoing Fabregas’ replacement. They also need a goalkeeper and a strong commanding centre back that scares the life out of people. I don’t think they’d go far wrong with Stoke’s Robert Huth, but none of their players would turn up for training in fear of actually being tackled. Arsenal needs to do everything in their power to hold on to Nasri and I believe they will.

Finally, I think they need someone more consistent than Arshavin and if they sell him now they can get a decent fee for him which they can put towards his replacement. I’m not so sure Gervinho is up to it, Ashley Young would have been ideal but we all know where he’s going!

In: Given, Parker, Navas

Out: Fabregas, Arshavin, Almunia

What do you think? Am I missing anyone that you think your team is crying out for?


Written by Derek.  You can follow him on Twitter @fattyfoulke


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