Alexandre Lacazette looks ready to hit the ground running but another centre-back is a must. Virgil van Dijk would be a big improvement in a defence that includes an ageing Laurent Koscielny, an erratic Shkodran Mustafi and a slow, retiring Per Mertesacker. Having said that, Sead Kolasinac looks like a great signing. Riyad Mahrez could be the winger we sorely need and Jean-Michael Seri and unsettled Steven N’Zonzi would surely fare much better in our midfielder than the current combination of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey.
The line is that we have to sell before we buy and we have a few players with hefty wages who don’t add to the team. Lucas Pérez will surely leave leave, but getting rid of Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and, I’m afraid to say, Jack Wilshere could make a big difference. Am I confident? No, not really. There might be one or two additions but I can’t see much strengthening. Brady
We need a central midfielder to add competition for places, preferably someone who is comfortable sitting in front of the back four and breaking up play. James McCarthy would be ideal and he seems to be slightly out of favour at Everton. He might have struggled a bit against Manchester City but Nathan Aké looks to have picked up where he left off from his loan spell last season. He’s a great reader of the game and he’s strong, quick and puts his body on the line. We might need more defensive reinforcements in the same mould.
I think we’ll bring in one more player but not necessarily in central midfield. We’ve been linked with Demarai Gray but, with Riyad Mahrez keen to leave Leicester, he’ll surely get more gametime. But maybe a move south would still appeal to him. Sam
Brighton & Hove Albion
A striker of Premier League quality is definitely needed for survival. A loan for a proven goalscorer such as Danny Ings would work. I’d also feel better if we could bring in a younger option as first choice at right-back. Our beloved captain Bruno is 36 and Liam Rosenior is 33. I was disappointed to see Carl Jenkinson go on loan to Birmingham as he seemed ideal. Maybe Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy would fit the bill.
We were close to bringing in promising young Ghanaian forward Raphael Dwamena but he failed his medical. We need a more established forward, especially if Tomer Hemed leaves before the window closes. If we get anyone in, it’ll either be a veteran or a loan from a larger club.
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