One player that each of the top 6 Premier League teams should target in the January transfer window
As we wrap up the final international break of the calendar year, with a third of the Premier League season done and dusted, we can start to make some fairly accurate predictions about the destination of the league title, the composition of the top 4, the relegation candidates, and so on.
Liverpool have been the team to beat thus far, and Manchester City have looked, at times, to be far from their best. The established order of the traditional top 6 seems to be fading away at the moment as the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur continue to struggle, by exciting their fans one week and crashing right back to earth the next.
Chelsea looks like an exciting prospect, with Frank Lampard's emphasis on youth development seemingly paying off, as the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Reece James continue to dazzle.
There have also been some unexpected contenders for the top spots in the league. Chelsea, whom many expected to have a fairly unremarkable season, currently sit in third, while Leicester City occupies 2nd place at the time of writing. Also, newly-promoted Sheffield United led admirably by manager Chris Wilder, are in fifth place now.
Despite all the good things we have seen from the big 6 this season, there are still issues, some not so glaring, and others that stick out like a sore thumb, which need to be addressed and fast. The January transfer window provides the perfect opportunity for teams to rectify current issues and spend half a season bedding in their new signings, before improving next season. There have been some huge transfers in Januaries gone by; the likes of Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Virgil van Dijk and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, all key players for the clubs they signed for, were all brought in in the winter transfer window.
So, to that end, here is a list of one player each of the top 6 should look to sign in January.
6. Tottenham Hotspur: William
For viewers of the Premier League the world over, it cannot be denied that Tottenham Hotspur is currently experiencing their worst season under manager Mauricio Pochettino since he took charge of the club in 2014. In a matter of 6 months, Spurs have gone from Champions League finalists to the laughing stock of England, as a result of which Pochettino has ended up losing his job.
There are a whole host of problems, including several want-away stars, and key players with contracts running down swiftly, but some of their on-field problems are clear for all to see. In an attacking sense, things haven't been too bad, as they rank 5th in the league for goals scored, but the defence is another story.
Spurs have already conceded 17 goals in their opening 12 games, which puts them 12th in the league in that regard. Injuries have played their parts at times, but they are suffering. Losing Kieran Trippier in the summer without finding an adequate replacement was a blunder, as neither Serge Aurier nor youngster Kyle Walker-Peters seems good enough.
To that end, Spurs should probably look to sign Brazilian right-back William from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, who has started this season in promising fashion. His defensive numbers, especially, look excellent. He makes 4.1 tackles per game at a 66% success rate, coupled with 1.6 interceptions and a 51% aerial duel success rate.
Going forward, William is not excellent but is quite capable. He completes 43 passes per game at a 76% completion rate, which should improve if he joins the North London side, given their higher emphasis on possession of the ball. He also makes 0.9 key passes per game and can often swing in dangerous crosses.
At the age of just 24, there is still time for William to grow, and he could prove to be a solid winter investment for Spurs.