• Paul Strom

One Player Each Premier League Club Should Consider Signing In January





Arsenal: Houssem Aouar (Lyon)

Sitting 13th in the table, the gunners are having a season to forget. One reason for their poor form is a lack of chances being created for Arsenal's attackers. Arsenal targeted the Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar in the summer transfer window and are said to be interested in him again. The Frenchman would add much-needed creativity to the squad and could be a massive part of turning Arsenal's season around.


Aston Villa: Josh King (Bournemouth)


Everything is going well for Aston Villa at the moment, and they are a team that would be satisfied even without any January signings. Although the biggest piece of business for Aston Villa would be to keep Jack Grealish, signing Josh King could prove to be a good piece of business for Villa as he is available for cheap, is a Premier League proven player, and would give Villa more options and depth in their attacking positions. Josh King is also a player that could replace Grealish if Villa is unable to keep hold of him.


Brighton: Rico Henry (Brentford)

Under Graham Potter, Brighton has played with a three at the back and two wing-backs, one of those wing-backs is the English youngster Tariq Lamptey. Lamptey is thriving on the right-hand side, however, on the left-hand side, Brighton has had to settle for a winger playing out of position in Solly March. Brighton needs someone who can play in that position more naturally if they are to stay up this season and Rico Henry has been performing at a very high level for Brentford in the Championship for these past 2 seasons. Henry could have a similar effect that Lamptey has had, but on the left side, with being good going forward and defensively with his pace.


Burnley: Ivan Toney (Brentford)


Burnley have failed to score enough goals this season, which is why they are in a relegation battle. Brentford's Ivan Toney is the top scorer in the Championship this season, a league where Burnley frequently has looked into for signing players. He is also a player that would not cost a fortune and Burnley are a team that does not spend a lot of money on players.


Chelsea: Declan Rice (West Ham)


Although Chelsea's attack has been underwhelming at times this season, all of their new signings need time to gel and adjust to the Premier League. This January transfer window, they should target West Ham's Declan Rice because Jorginho does not fit Frank Lampard's system and N'golo Kante is only getting older. Rice has been West Ham's best player for several years now and it is a perfect time for him to make the step up.


Crystal Palace: Fedor Chalov (CSKA Moscow)


Palace has been lacking goals this season with Christian Benteke never delivering in a Palace shirt and Michy Batshuayi failing to rediscover the form he once had. The London club has, once again, been depending on Wilfried Zaha to deliver for them. A player they have been linked with in the past is the Russian striker Fedor Chalov who has scored a lot of goals in the Russian league and is a good age for Palace to take a chance on him.


Everton: Timo Horn (FC Köln)

Everton has looked like a very good and organized team under Carlo Ancelotti, but Jordan Pickford has let the team down enough times to the point where it is time to look at a replacement. German shot-stopper Timo Horn has impressed in Germany but his boyhood club FC Köln has been relegated to the German second division, so it is a perfect time for him to move elsewhere and move his career forward.


Fulham: David Brooks (Bournemouth)


Fulham has been a team that many people thought would get relegated without a fight this season, so some might be surprised to see them in a position where they are not far from safety. To ensure their Premier League status, they could use another attacking player who can create chances for the likes of Ademola Lookman and Aleksandar Mitrovic. David Brooks is a player that had a lot of injury problems for Bournemouth last season, but in the time he has spent on the pitch for Bournemouth he has been a player that can make a difference in any game.


Leeds: Owen Wijndal (AZ Alkmaar)


Leeds are without a natural left-back in the squad. This season, they have played both Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski in that position, both of who are not natural left-backs. Owen Wijndal is a player that Leeds targeted in the summer and has impressed massively for AZ Alkmaar, who have a history of being a selling club.


Leicester: Pau Torres (Villareal)


Leicester has been playing a back three at times this season with veteran Christian Fuchs being a regular in the left side of that three. Fuchs is a player that Leicester will be looking to offload in the future, therefore the foxes will need to sign a replacement. A great option for them is the 23-year-old Pau Torres of Villareal. He is left-footed, can play out of the back well, and is starting to break into the Spanish national team. With the addition of Torres, Leicester could play with Torres, Fofana, and Soyuncu in a back three, giving them one of the most solid defenses in the league.


Liverpool: Conor Coady (Wolves)


Given Liverpool's recent injury crisis, a move for a center back should be on the cards. An excellent option for Liverpool is the English defender Conor Coady, who is currently at Wolves. Coady came through Liverpool's youth system, therefore he could be over the moon with the possibility of competing for the Premier League and Champions League with his boyhood club.


Manchester City: Lucas Digne (Everton)


Joao Cancelo has been playing and impressing at the left-back position for Man City this season, however, he is not naturally a left-back. The other players Pep Guardiola has used in that position are Nathan Ake, who is also not a left-back, and Benjamin Mendy, a player who has been injury and mistake-prone during his time at the citizens. City could use a left-back who can make that position his own and make City not have to worry about that position. Lucas Digne has proven at Everton that he can be that player.


Manchester United: David Alaba (Bayern Munich)


The Red Devils have had issues at the center of defense with both Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof being inconsistent performers. David Alaba is entering the last six months of his contract, and Bayern is looking to cash in on the Austrian instead of letting him leave for free in the summer. Alaba has an incredible amount of experience and would transform United's defense.


Newcastle: Ismaila Sarr (Watford)


Newcastle has lacked attacking threat this season with Allan Saint-Maximin not living up to the heights of his previous campaign, and new signing Ryan Fraser only providing one assist this season. Ismaila Sarr was a bright spark in Watford's relegated side last season and could add that spark to a rather dull Newcastle team.


Sheffield United: Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)


Sheffield United look doomed at this point in the season, and one player will, by no means, save their season, as they need a complete turn around at this point. But one area the blades desperately need to improve is by scoring more goals. Blackburn's Adam Armstrong has been on fire in the Championship this season scoring 15 goals and assisting another two.


Southampton: Harry Winks (Tottenham)


Southampton is another team in excellent form and another team that does not necessarily need to strengthen their squad, given their objectives this season. However, their squad is a bit thin in the defensive midfield areas with Romeu and Ward-Prowse as their only main options there. The signing of Harry Winks, who is out of favor with Mourinho at Spurs, could be a valuable option for the Saints, providing more options in midfield.


Tottenham: Lewis Dunk (Brighton)


Spurs are in the market for a new center back with Toby Alderweireld not getting any younger and Eric Dier not being a natural center back. One player they have been looking at is Inter's Milan Skriniar, but that deal would be too expensive to get completed in January. A more realistic and Premier League proven option would be Brighton's Lewis Dunk. The Brighton defender has been a mainstay in the Seagulls' backline since their promotion to the Premier League.



West Brom: Troy Deeney (Watford)


West Brom is another team lacking goals this season with only two teams scoring fewer goals than them. Another issue at West Brom is that they are lacking Premier League experience, with most of their players being in their first season in the English top flight. The signing of Troy Deeney would help in fixing both of these issues. With being both Watford's top goalscorer in the Premier League last season, and also being Watford's captain, he is a proven goalscorer at this level. Deeney would also add experience and leadership in the dressing room to help get the best out of other players.


West Ham: James Tarkowski (Burnley)


West Ham was looking to make a move for Tarkowski in the summer transfer window, and with their need for a center back still being an issue, they could go back in for the Burnley defender in January.


Wolves: Diego Costa (Free agent)


With the injury to Raul Jimenez, Wolves are missing a top-quality striker in their ranks. Diego Costa is recently a free agent after terminating his contract with Atletico Madrid and is Premier League proven. Costa may not be the same player he was at Chelsea, but he is still a player that can cause problems for defenders and score goals.