F365’s summer transfer guide: Arsenal to Burnley

Date published: Sunday 26th May 2019 2:14

Arsenal

What do they need?
Goals and creativity from somewhere other than their two strikers. Last season the Premier League goals/assists totals read Aubameyang 27, Lacazette 21, Ramsey 10, Mkhitaryan 10. One of that quartet has already left and the last name on that list is very much for sale. So ideally, a box-to-box player to replace Ramsey and some kind of wide pace is required. Oh and a centre-half of course; when have they not needed a centre-half? In fact, they could probably cope with an influx of two or three defenders. They could yet surprise us, though…this time last year there was no suggestion that Arsenal were going to spend relatively big on a keeper.

 

What will they get?
When you want Jadon Sancho and Wilfried Zaha but you have a pretty tiny budget, you end up with Ryan Fraser. But that’s still a zillion times better than the precisely zero options they currently have for pace out wide. Fraser will likely be joined by the returning Reiss Nelson, who will be Like A New Signing. They will undoubtedly also sign at least one centre-half – names like Kostas Manolas, Mario Hermoso, William Saliba and Djene Dakonam have been linked – but they probably need somebody to take Shkodran Mustafi off their hands first; Arsenal are being run properly and being run properly does not mean adding a sixth centre-half. The rest will just be window dressing – a back-up right-back here, a back-up striker there, but an awful lot depends on what happens in Baku next week.

 

What’s been said
‘It won’t be the most spectacular window, but the Gunners do have some very important business to conduct. The key question is the size of their budget. With Europa League football, we’re told it will be as low as around £40m. But with Champions League football, it will be higher. I’ve been led to believe that could mean up to £100m’ – David Ornstein, BBC, May 15.

 

Bournemouth

What do they need?
Well we didn’t know they needed a new left-back until they signed one, so f*** knows? A new goalkeeper and a new central midfielder should be top of any relatively short list as 35 Premier League starts between Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling is the kind of statistic that saw them slide down the table towards the end of the season. Should Ryan Fraser depart, they will need another winger as Jordon Ibe really is nowhere near up to the job. And then there’s a gap at right-back where Nathaniel Clyne played on loan. What they mostly need is to hope nobody notices that Nathan Ake, David Brooks and Callum Wilson could all play at a higher level.

 

What will they get?
A new goalkeeper is a must and Jack Butland and Nick Pope are the names most regularly mentioned. That would fit Howe’s penchant for signing young-ish British talent, with the Cherries spending over £100m on that particular genre of footballer since their promotion to the Premier League. Expect them to be in the market for players like Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Harry Wilson if Derby are not promoted, but they might have to be loan spells; the £80m outlay of last season – to go backwards – really should not need to be repeated.

 

What’s been said?
“I don’t think a massive overhaul is ever good for us. I think every manager says it, we’re looking at quality rather than quantity. We’ll wait and see. There’s no guarantees, I think I say every year that there are no guarantees we’ll be successful in our attempts to do what we want to do. We’ve got a good nucleus of a squad here, I think that’s the key thing. I don’t think there needs to be drastic changes but of course we would like to add quality if we can” – Eddie Howe, May 15. It’s pretty much what he said last year.

 

Brighton

What do they need?
Somebody to create chances and somebody to score them. This football lark is simple. Graham Potter will be very pleased indeed to inherit a mid-table defence, but he needs to do some serious work on a relegation-threatened attack. Pascal Gross created more chances than any of his teammates last season, and he played barely half of Brighton’s minutes in the Premier League. There’s a reason why Brighton have been strongly linked with Daniel James; the £17m signing of Alireza Jahanbakhsh has been disastrous. And the search goes on for a striker who can replace Glenn Murray, who is now 67.

 

What will they get?
Not an awful lot. With a 22-man squad – and another ten players coming back from loan – Potter’s remit will not be to buy new players, but train the ones Brighton have already spent considerable sums to acquire. Oliver McBurnie is an obvious link, but that does not mean it will not happen: He’s 22, scored 22 Championship goals last season and he would not cost £22m. Indeed, the fee mentioned has been nearer the £12m mark, and that would represent good business for all concerned.

 

What’s been said?
“I’m not expecting massive amounts. I think there’s some good players here and a lot of good work has already been done. Any football club will look to try and use the window to try and improve but my focus has always been on trying to help the players that are already here to improve and to get better” – Darren Potter, May 20.

 

Burnley

What do they need?
Youth. Just look at the impact made by teenager Dwight McNeil, literally the only Burnley regular under the age of 25. When you have 15 players who have played over 1000 minutes in a season and nine of them are 29 or over then you know you have a problem. But does Sean Dyche? This problem was apparent in January and Dyche’s response was to bring in the 38-year-old Peter Crouch. They basically need things to go better than last summer – when they brought in Ben Gibson (63 minutes of PL football) and Matej Vydra (313). Position-wise, a new right-back would be welcome, along with a right-winger (Joe Lolley would be an excellent signing) and another central midfielder at least.

 

What will they get?
Jonjoe Kenny has been linked and that sounds like the right kind of signing – he’s 22 and just about ready to go and play the kind of football he won’t get at Everton. So we fully expect Dyche to go for Danny Simpson on a free transfer instead. In all likelihood they will sign two or three players from Championship clubs, none will play more than a handful of games and we will be sat here next season wondering how they have just survived with a team full of 30-plus players.

 

What’s been said?
“Our club don’t want to take a gamble, so they don’t want to sign a £15 million French player who’s never played in the Premier League, who’s 21, and then that ends up being a £4 million French player going back the other way. It is not easy to adapt and the thing is we haven’t got that much time – you can’t spend £30 million on two European players who then take eight months to get involved in what we do” – Sean Dyche, May 6.

 

Sarah Winterburn

 

 

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