What every Premier League club still needs ahead of time

31 Aug 2022 | 08:05

We look at the data of every Premier League club, assessing what they still need before the transfer window closes on September 1.


It’s been a busy summer for Arsenal with Gabriel Jesus, who was revealed, and Oleksandr Zinchenko strengthened the first squad immediately. Fabio Vieira will still come to a side at some point.

The fact that centre-back Ben White was used in the wrong position – he was given a harsh time by Wilfried Zaha on opening night – instead of natural full-back Cedric Soares shows that right-back can be is an area that deserves a boost before the window closes. Takehiro Tomiyasu impressed in the opening campaign at the Emirates, but the Japan international seems to be struggling with injury.

But it is the wingers that the Gunners are being linked with, presumably to back up and compete with the impressive Gabriel Martinelli. Pedro Neto and Yeremy Pino look the best fit.

Aston Villa

Central defense is clearly a problem for Steven Gerrard’s side Tyrone Mings’ form, Diego Carlos ruled out by Achilles surgery and decided to allow Kortney Hause to join Watford’s Sky Bet Championship on loan.

Conceded twice in the loss against Bournemouth allow 2.01 xG and 2.93 xG and facing Everton and Crystal Palace respectively did not bode well.

Southampton’s Jan Bednarek has been seen as a potential short-term solution on loan, with Villa also linked with veteran West Ham centre-back Craig Dawson.


Scott Parker has spoken openly about the need for newly-promoted Bournemouth to make serious investments before the window closes to give them a chance to survive – and it is before one equalizer record defeat 9-0 against Liverpool.

It’s fair to say that adding defense should be a priority after such an embarrassing loss but the meager 0.28 xG produced in that match is the continuation of a worrying trend.

They created 0.57 xG against Aston Villa, 0.17 against Manchester City and just 0.28 at home against Arsenal; Creativity can be a serious problem for Cherries.

To be fair, it has been a very difficult start to the season, but Parker conceded after the Anfield collapse that he was not overly surprised by the result and that he felt sorry for his players. because they don’t get more help in terms of recruiting. tell you the story of their window so far.


Plenty has been said and written about Brentford struggling without Christian Eriksen, who made a huge impact in west London and also allowed the Bees the option of playing a more open 4-3-3 instead of 3- 5-2.

But Josh Dasilva’s return to full fitness was timely, as was the arrival of Eriksen’s international teammate. Michael Damsgaard.

No need to mention. Keeping Ivan Toney is most important.


Brighton have continued where they were left off last season and are currently on eight wins and four draws from their last 13 Premier League games, with the only defeat in that time coming against Manchester City.

They have scored 21 goals from opportunities equivalent to 23.13 xG in that time, but their lack of a strong finisher has been clearly demonstrated. Out of the three relegated clubs, only Wolves scored 42 goals less than Albion last season.

This has been especially an issue at home over the past two seasons. In Brighton’s last 40 home games, they have created equal chance of 67.4 xGF – averaging 1.69 goals per game – but scored only 42 times, a performance worse than 25 goals.

Based on the calculations, there was only a 0.02% chance that Potter’s side would score 42 goals from the chances they created, with the correct probability of scoring being 94 times (0.04%) higher.


The lack of a striker has been posed as an issue for Chelsea but the same has happened before the expensive, publicized defeat of the signing of Romelu Lukaku.

The fact that Thomas Tuchel recently listed the number of attacking midfielders available to him if the squad were free of injury problems underscores the fact that this area of ​​the pitch his side has enormous strength in.

They will be fine and don’t need Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That may not stop them from signing him.

The Blues are also still actively pursuing Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and the Frenchman is now highly likely to join.

Everton’s move to Anthony Gordon has been another focus in recent weeks, and with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s imminent move to Bayer Leverkusen on loan to Bayer Leverkusen due to be completed soon, Gordon will provide useful depth and offers exciting potential for the present and the future.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace look superbly balanced under Patrick Vieira, they really don’t need to do anything.

One area where they are likely to be could be right-back, where they lack depth, so there is speculation that Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return to Selhurst on loan from Manchester United, where he appears to be unpopular.


Frank Lampard and Everton’s search for a striker led to them bringing in Neal Maupay to Goodison Park, which would be a welcome addition to their depth in front.

Maupay would certainly go some way to making up for their utter shortfall without longtime injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Anthony Gordon and Salomon Rondon have been central strikers of choice until this season, and the former may not be at the club much longer.

Armando Broja has been offered but it is not clear whether Chelsea are willing to let the Albanian, who spent last season on loan at Southampton, leave the club permanently or on loan.

Recent reports have indicated that Chelsea may be willing to include him and Gallagher in a move to buy Gordon, but the ball is in Lampard’s field.


It was clear from the opening game against Liverpool, when they put in 153 pressings and almost missed the win, that this is a different Fulham from the side we’ve seen before in the top-flight.

They opened that strong opening in the next three games, collecting four more points against Wolves and at home to Brentford before narrowly losing to Arsenal.

Despite losing creative source Fabio Carvalho to Liverpool in the summer, their 1.71 xGF-per-game average shows they have caused a lot of problems for the team. Marco Silva will be hoping the addition of Justin Kluivert will solve those problems for the opposition defense if a deal is struck with Roma.

They are still transporting themselves too many opportunities. Centre-back should be prioritized with Tim Ream and Tosin Adarabioyo not solid enough to be the pair of central defenders to lead the Premier League.


Leeds have now fully adopted the complexities of Jesse Marsch’s system after his sudden appearance last season.

With a full pre-season and a few new faces at Elland Road, that has allowed Marsch to use his preferred 4-2-2-2, focusing on flooded their opponents in the press – completely different from the male approach favored by Marcelo Bielsa.

They look solid for the season but could probably do with a reserve striker as Patrick Bamford seems unable to get rid of persistent injury problems.


It was a short game, but not because Leicester didn’t need players.

Brendan Rodgers’ team has been on a downward trend in fundamentals for almost 18 months now and there’s little sign of that changing, especially with the only transfer talks imminent. at King Power revolves around potential departures.

Their first pick starts at XI full of quality but you can’t hide the data – especially if any of Wesley Fofana, Youri Tielemans or James Maddison leave before 23:00 BST on the 1st of May. 9.


It’s no secret that Liverpool asked for reinforcements in midfield. They were torn apart by Manchester United while sheltering a trio of midfielders Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Harvey Elliot.

Fabinho’s return to Bournemouth provides some respite like the Reds beat the Cherries 9-0 but Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was wrong to think midfield additions were unnecessary.

The team’s slow start to the season coupled with injuries to key players like Thiago and Naby Keita have greatly affected the team’s balance. If the right player is available, expect the Reds to make one last splash in the market before the window closes.

City man

There’s nothing to talk. They will stop for a while.

Man Utd

Too many things to say. They will fix some bugs.

Although the signing Antony is a step in the right direction. The Brazilian left Ajax for a record transfer fee paid to any Eredivisie player. Without a doubt, expectations will be huge for an extremely talented player.

Ajax left the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16 but Antony dazzled defense and spectators throughout the game. With an impressive 0.60 xGI (xG + xA) average in the Champions League last season, Antony has scored a total of two goals and four assists.

In the 21/22 Eredivisie season, he scored eight goals from xG of 6.14 according to Infogol’s model. Continuing to get four supports from the xA figure of 4.41.

The Brazilian will go straight into the starting line-up on the right flank, forming a formidable front three alongside Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford.

With a reported £85million fee, it’s unlikely United will make any more high-profile moves but that could change if Cristiano Ronaldo finds a suitor.


Eddie Howe will be happy with the business Newcastle have taken this summer but if we were to highlight one position they could strengthen it would be left-back.

Dan Burn doesn’t really fit the role for Newcastle’s aspirations and Matt Targett is tough but doesn’t seem on the surface to be heavily injured.

Forest of Nottingham

After making 16 signings over the summer, one would think Steve Cooper has done enough business to compete in the Premier League – but they keep going.

Atletico Madrid full-back Renan Lodi has become their 17th acquisition of the summer so who knows what could happen at the City Ground.


Only three teams conceded more than Southampton in the Premier League last season and only four conceded more than expected (xGA).

Conceding eight times in the opening four games of this season is an indication that little has changed on that front, which suggests a central defender and defensive midfielder may be needed.


Tottenham look set to have one of the most balanced squads in the Premier League after a summer in which Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster have arrived at the club.

West Ham

Central midfield is a clear area that West Ham need to strengthen with Tomas Soucek currently a bit skewed and Declan Rice expected to do too much as a result.

They appear to be looking to do so by targeting Lucas Paqueta, whose appearance is likely to make them more of a threat from midfield.

If that deal goes through, coupled with the impressive signings of Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca, it will help David Moyes turn around a worrying slump in form that has stretched back into just after mid-season. previous prize.


It didn’t seem to me too much wrong with Wolves, and their summer business was pretty good, but creativity was in trouble earlier in the season.

They hope Matheus Nunes’ can help tie things together from an offensive perspective, but Bruno Lage will likely require more offensive reinforcements ahead of time.

Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic seems to be the target before this window closes. The Austrian striker has a slightly different profile than main striker Raul Jimenez but is sure to serve as an addition of quality depth as Wolves look to add more goals to the team.