It is only a month until the January transfer window re-opens and the top Premier League clubs will have to make some tough decisions regarding personnel.
Clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all have various issues to address when the trapdoor opens to the New Year madness that is the transfer window.
December will see the last chance for certain stars to turn their fortunes around after periods of underperformance to avoid being offloaded by their clubs.
Some players are enduring the nightmare of training with reserves and being left out of matchday squads, or having to sit on the bench in the knowledge they are unlikely to see any action – they need a transfer SOS.
On the mangers’ side there are players they will need to bring in during the window in order to rectify deficiencies in their respective squads.
GMF assessed five of the top clubs in the Premier League and came up with which players fitted into these three categories. Here are the results:
Last chance saloon – Nani
Frustration abounds where the Portuguese winger is concerned; he is capable of brilliance but provides so intermittently he has become a liability to start. It is time to knuckle down and start performing on a more regular basis, or the rumours over his exit will end up being true.
Transfer SOS – Federico Macheda
The Italian burst onto the scene spectacularly, but his career has been on the slide for some time now. He has no chance of breaking into the first team and, at 21, it is time he finds somewhere to salvage his top flight career.
Transfer Hero – Wesley Sneijder
Paul Scholes has done remarkably to keep going but his age is finally starting affect his influence on games. Sneijder is out of favour at Inter Milan and could provide the experience and creativity needed when the 38-year-old isn’t on song.
Last chance saloon – Fernando Torres
He may have cost £50million, but just 19 goals in nearly two years at Stamford Bridge may mean Roman Abramovich is ready to give up on him and try to recoup some of investment.
Transfer SOS – Florent Malouda
The former France international has been completely frozen out at Chelsea and a chance to change things under new boss Rafael Benitez doesn’t seem to have changed anything. Malouda needs a new club, and quickly.
Transfer Hero – Radamel Falcao
The Colombian has been in devastating form for about three years and Fernando Torres’ woes mean some presence in the centre forward position is required. Even if Torres does stay, adding Falcao will do them no harm.
Last Chance Saloon – Andrey Arshavin
The little Russian is only seen sporadically for the Gunners these days, but Wenger trusts him enough to throw him on when a goal is needed. Arshavin looks on the way out, but he could salvage his Emirates Stadium career with some of the old magic in December.
Transfer SOS – Marouane Chamakh
The Moroccan is in a bad place; namely, the stands. Chamakh barely even makes the bench any more and almost never got further than that in over a season. Arsene Wenger even preferred playing Gervinho up front instead of him; His days are well and truly numbered.
Transfer Hero – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Centre-forward does not seem so great an issue as it did earlier in the season with the improvement of Olivier Giroud, but ‘The Hunter’ would provide a step up in centre-forward play. He deal in goals and Arsenal aren’t getting those freely enough at the moment.
Last Chance Saloon – Emmanuel Adebayor
The Togo international took a while to get going under Andre Villas-Boas, with the new Spurs boss preferring Jermain Defoe. Adebayor finally got a chance to shine but ruined it by seeing red at Arsenal, now the team are playing as well as they have done all season and Villas-Boas may decide he’s better off without the big striker.
Transfer SOS – Michael Dawson
Club captain when Villas-Boas came in but it was quickly indicated he did not have much of a future at White Hart Lane. Dawson is not playing much – with centre-back spots in the England squad as open as they have been in a while, he needs to be playing every week.
Transfer Hero – Willian
Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson are two very good players, but they fall just short of the level that is needed to get into the top four. Brazilian WIllian is a hugely talented goalscoring attacking midfielder and has openly admitted a desire to leave current club Shakhtar Donetsk.
Last Chance Saloon – Scott Sinclair
The young winger only joined the Premier League champions in the summer, but has barely featured since the start of the season. There have already been reports of Roberto Mancini deciding he isn’t good enough, so Sinclair needs to work hard to avoid this move becoming a failure.
Transfer SOS – Kolo Toure
Once the City captain, Toure’s fall from grace has been painful to watch for some. One of ‘The Invincibles’ at Arsenal, he was a mainstay in Mancini’s side, but a subsequent drugs ban saw others step up. He now rarely sees action and must find a new side, as he still has a lot to give.
Transfer Hero – Daniele de Rossi
The decision to allow Nigel de Jong to leave was one that is looking not so wise now, as his replacements in that area – Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell – have failed to fill the role effectively, meaning Yaya Toure hasn’t had so much attacking freedom. De Rossi would provide cover effectively and the distribution from deep that has been lacking so far this season.
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