5 Premier League teams and the key positions that need reinforcements
Another eventful Premier League season came to an end yesterday with an absence of the usual last-minute fireworks, as almost all the questions that needed answering, the identity of the league's winners, European places, and relegation had already been known before Sunday's final round of games.
After an imperious season-long display, Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team finally did the impossible and became the first team in a 38-game Premier League season to attain 100 points.
Burnley surprised everyone by finishing in 7th and getting a Europa League qualifying spot for next season and Swansea City, Stoke City, and West Bromwich Albion sleepwalked their way into relegation.
The attention of managers/chairmen of the clubs which will be playing in the league next season is already turned towards next season and how they can make their playing squads better/less bad with pundits already speculating that next season's spending by Premier League clubs may top the recording breaking one of the just concluded season which stood at £1.832b.
Some of the league's big guns have certain positions that will need to be reinforced before the 2018/2019 season rolls, here are 5 teams and the positions that need recalibration:
#5 Chelsea (Winger)
It goes without saying, but Chelsea has had a shocker of a season and will need to do quite a bit to get better next season.
In a season that has been pockmarked by off the field strife and on-pitch issues with manager Antonio Conte, a moaning, sad-looking presence pacing the touchline, few things have shown the weakness in the squad, as the lack of genuine wingers who could stretch opposing defences and help the team counter-attack better in the big games.
Eden Hazard and Willian are the only midfielders on the team that have shown creativity and pace this season, and even they themselves have been inconsistent. Pedro has been a shadow of himself from last season and has contributed little to the team this season.
The 3-4-3 which got the best out of Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses last season has been sussed out and whoever takes over as manager next season will need to look at getting in top young wingers who can do the job.
The recruitment team led by transfer tsarina Maria Granovskaia and whoever will be manager next season will need to follow the example of Manchester City by being prepared to meet the asking price for some of Europe & the world’s best young attacking talents.