We’ve summed up every Premier League side’s mood heading into a busy few weeks of mad speculation, inevitable wild goose chases, and maybe, just maybe, some actual signings…
Your Club’s January Transfer Window Mood
He’s made a reasonably encouraging start in trying circumstances. However, Mikel Arteta has some serious surgery to carry out as he attempts to shake up an Arsenal squad packed with a mish-mash of misfiring players from the Wenger and Emery eras. Pablo Mari’s arrival remains in the balance but Arsenal will hoping he adds some much-needed steel to a defense still prone to regular lapses.
The notorious impatient Emirates crowd may have to learn how to bite their tongues as the Spaniard begins his repair job.
ASTON VILLA 👥👥👥
Despite signing about 83 new players last summer, Villa still look short of both the quality and squad depth to avoid anything but a drawn-out fight against relegation.
Injuries to John McGinn, Wesley and Tom Heaton have hardly helped matters, but Dean Smith was already in need of some differentials to take the pressure off Jack Grealish. Extra bodies are needed at Villa Park but it could be another hit-and-miss window as Smith looks to plug some major gaps. 37-year-old Pepe Reina should prove a reliable stop-gap in goal, while Mbwana Samatta looks a gamble the shot-shy Villains had to take.
Eddie Howe desperately needs to pull something out of the bag this January to rescue a Cherries side that currently look vulnerable all over the pitch. Despite his many admirers, the Bournemouth boss has a decidedly mixed record in the transfer market.
For every Callum Wilson, step forward a Dominic Solanke. If this is the year the Cherries finally drop, they could do without wasting another £20m this January. Howe might just have to tough things out.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 👨🔬
As always, expect the appliance of science at Brighton when it comes to adding to their numbers. The Seagulls still look in need of a striker but are unlikely to turn to the usual January suspects to fill that void. However, sticking may be more dangerous than twisting with a relegation battle now looking very much on the cards.
Expect Graham Potter and his canny scouting team to scour Europe far and wide in the final week of the window for a hidden gem currently flying under the radar. That said, any new signings will need to hit the ground running given the Seagulls’ occasional misfires in the market. Firming up Aaron Mooy on a long-term deal also looks a canny piece of business.
Burnley being Burnley, you feel they have enough gritty 1-0 wins in them under Sean Dyche to keep their heads above water, but recent form has been alarming. Burnley’s workmanlike squad is showing signs of needing some stardust, and there’s little in this squad in terms of creativity to scare most Premier League defences.
Are the Clarets getting complacent at this level? It might be time for a wake-up call at Turf Moor.
Frank Lampard has shown Chelsea were right to roll the dice and take a chance on him last summer after a more than satisfactory first six months in charge of the club. With the Blues’ transfer ban now lifted, he now deserves the time and space to shape a squad in his own image.
With several young Chelsea stars impressing, however, returning to their old big spending ways could bring its own problems. Lampard needs to approach this window with caution to keep Stamford Bridge a happy camp going forward.
CRYSTAL PALACE 🔒
The Eagles are on course for a refreshingly drama-free second half of the 2019/20 Premier League season after finding a knack of accumulating points they don’t always deserve. That could all change depending on the fate of one man by 1st February.
Could Roy Hodgson be tempted to cash in on his prize asset Wilfried Zaha? Palace are eight points clear of relegation and have a manager schooled in the art of Premier League survival. This could be the optimum moment to cash in on the Ivorian at the peak of his powers. Will they stick or twist?
Despite some of the doom and gloom at Goodison Park this season, the Toffees have a core of players most Premier League managers would be happy to accommodate.
Carlo Ancelotti has plenty of potential to work with, but this is a squad badly lacking in backbone – underlined by continuing poor away form. Everton’s most successful recent Premier League spell came when they had big characters to call on to get through tough games. Forget individual playmakers.
This team could do with some modern-day Thomas Gravesens and Lee Carsleys to add midfield steel.
LEICESTER CITY 🤚
The Foxes are flying so you can hardly blame several of Europe’s elite sides as they sniff around Brendan Rodgers’ top talent. A firm ‘hands-off’ is the memo coming out of the King Power – but could some of their hungry stars go off-script if a big money move looks to be on the cards as the clock ticks down?
Fortunately for the Foxes, Rodgers’ notorious powers of persuasion should keep any disruption to a minimum until the summer at least. A few poor recent results might chance that equation, however.
While it’s never sensible to rest on your laurels, Jurgen Klopp will be the most relaxed man on Merseyside this January with his team riding high at the top of the Premier League table.
With the likes of Curtis Jones and Pedro Chirivella also impressing when handed the opportunity in the cups, expect him to resist the temptation to press home his advantage in the transfer market. Exciting times at Anfield.
MAN CITY 🤞
It’s been a frustrating waiting game for the Citizens as the reigning champions wait for key injuries to clear up. Pep Guardiola will be keeping his fingers crossed the end of the hectic festive period will help his squad return towards a clean bill of health with the Champions League knockout stages approaching.
The return to training of Aymeric Laporte is the perfect start to the new year for the City boss.
MAN UTD ✍️🤦♂️
It seems to be ‘business as usual’ at Old Trafford with a whole host of star names linked, but little sign anything will get over the line in the notoriously tricky January transfer window.
That means Utd might be relying on one of their favourite party tricks – sneaking out a random contract extension announcement on deadline day that leaves fans and rivals alike scratching their heads.
NEWCASTLE UTD 🙄
It’s another transfer window, which means, of course, Newcastle are being linked with every name under the sun. However, it could be another case of déjà vu on Tyneside. Mike Ashley is a man known for calculated gambles… just look at the appointment of Steve Bruce.
Despite the recent dip in form, Utd look capable of treading water in the relegation battle, which might mean the controversial Magpies chairman keeps his wallet zipped up until May at least. Nevertheless, the shrewd loan signings of Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb suggest at least some intent by the powers-that-be at Newcastle to avoid a needless springtime scrap.
NORWICH CITY 🏳️
Daniel Farke’s side spent only £1.1m in the summer transfer window and that already looks a decision that will come back to bite.
With the Canaries effectively eight points adrift at the bottom of the table, it might be more sensible in the long run for Norwich to take the hit and use their parachute payments wisely in the Championship. As the ultimate Premier League/Championship yo-yo team, they can be relied upon to bounce back eventually.
SHEFFIELD UTD 🤨
Could Chris Wilder be the victim of his own success in this window? The league table suggests the Blades boss might better off sticking with what he knows after adapting seamlessly to life in the top flight but complacency could creep in if Utd start to believe their own hype.
A difficult balancing act for the Blades boss, then, although they probably have enough wriggle room already to start planning for a second season of top-flight football. Jack Rodwell also looks to be a restoration project the always-confident Chris Wilder is prepared to take on.
Every side fighting relegation needs a bit of luck, and Ralph Hasenhüttl will be breathing a sigh of relief his talisman Danny Ings successfully negotiated the gruelling festive season without any signs of the injuries that have blighted his progress in years gone by.
That said, a Southampton side without Ings for a sustained period would ring alarm bells. This side looks light-years away from the one that shipped nine goals at home to Leicester but Hasenhüttl still needs a reliable back-up plan if the Saints have to march on towards safety without Ings. A now eight-point gap to relegation also offers the Austrian some breathing space in the market.
Any Spurs fans planning to book January 31st off for a day in front of the sofa and Sky Sports News should probably switch to Amazon Prime instead. ‘All Or Nothing’ might be a better watch. Given Daniel Levy’s traditionally relaxed approach to the transfer window, Jose Mourinho could be heading towards meltdown mode by the start of next month if, as looks likely, Spurs opt not to play ball yet again in the market.
Injuries to Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko look like changing that equation slightly and Gedson Fernandes’ arrival on loan will at least reassure some doubters. However, don’t hold your breath for a radical overhaul.
February could be box office at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Grab the popcorn.
He was a wildcard appointment, but Nigel Pearson has unquestionably had a galvanising effect at Vicarage Road. Now he needs to bring his firefighting skills to the transfer market. The Hornets have enough individual talent to dig themselves out of trouble.
Bar Troy Deeney, however, they still look short of a few battle-hardened warriors every relegation-threatened side needs to edge towards the 40-point mark. The Hornets need to embrace winning ugly and then regroup this summer. So far, they look to be reverting to type in the transfer market with the acquisitions of Joao Pedro and Ignacio Pussetto.
WEST HAM ⏪
It’s the big reunion in East London with David Moyes getting his old band back together at the London Stadium. He’s already showing signs of rewinding back with rumours linking Manuel Fellaini with the club refusing to go away. Moyes is a man with a simple brief this season – so expect him to play safe.
Don’t be surprised if that means West Ham’s window turns into a nostalgiafest as he turns to familiar Premier League faces. Darren Randolph is already one familiar face through the door. Avengers assemble.
Whilst on the pitch matters seem to be running relatively smoothly, off the pitch Wolves are still yet to convince their fanbase that recruitment will be a priority this January.
The deal with Fiorentina that saw Patrick Cutrone leave the West Midlands after just a couple months leaves Wolves short in the centre forward position, with just Raul Jimenez to rely on. An injury to the Mexican could derail a promising season. They’ll need to make sure they use their considerable wealth wisely this window.