The January transfer window is about to open and some teams just can’t wait for it. Here are some of the teams that need to buy players;
Top Teams this Month
Chelsea- People say that Chelsea is in a slump but I don’t quite understand it. They are 2 points in front of everyone, and even if Arsenal win the hand in hand they have, Chelsea will still be on top. Their rivals better hope Chelsea is not in a slump, because if this is their slump, then the title is as good as theirs.
Manchester United – When Sir Alex Ferguson has to play Michael Carrick in central defense and Darren Fletcher is right-back, you know Man Utd has an injury crisis on its hands. Good news is that Chelsea has not managed to pull away from them; bad news is that Arsenal has managed to take second place from them. However for all their problems at the back, they are still getting points and are firmly near the top of the league.
Arsenal- When Robin van Persie went down, their season looked over. However Andrei Arshavin has been excellent as a makeshift striker, but then Cesc Fabregas had to go and join van Persie on the treatment table. Even with the good run the Gunners are on, they now look short of players in midfield and attack. The January transfer window can’t come fast enough for manager Arsene Wenger.
Surprise Team this month
Man City- After 2 wins in 11 games, manager Mark Hughes is gone and Italian Roberto Mancini is now the man in charge. People say that Hughes had been badly treated but 2 wins in 11 says a lot and I wasn’t that surprised that he was given the boot. I mean Sven-Goran Eriksson did as well as Hughes with much less resources and he was given the boot as well, so it’s not like this is unusual for Man City. I just wonder how long Mancini is going to last.
Disappointing Teams this month
Aston Villa- Just when you think Aston Villa is going to make a breakthrough, they go and prove you wrong. Suffering 2 straight defeats, to Arsenal away and Liverpool at home means that Villa is more pretender than genuine contender to the Big 4. Manager Martin O’Neill will need to go into the transfer market or Villa will end up like last season; an also-ran.
Liverpool- They beat Wolves at home and Aston Villa away, but even with 2 straight victories there is no denying Liverpool are in big, big trouble. Manager Rafa Benitez had to rush unfit Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard back into the team, the captain openly admit that he is praying for divine help, and not even the most died hard Liverpool fan believe they can win the title this season. In fact, more than a few of them are wondering if Liverpool can finish in the Top 4 this season. And to think everyone thought Liverpool would be a title contender at the start of the season.
Portsmouth- You have to feel for their fans. They got a new manager, the team is fighting and scrapping for points, and it could be all for nothing. The team own money to the British tax-collectors and for the second time this season, players' salaries were late. They are already last in the league, and if they go into administration they will suffer a 9 points deduction, making survival impossible. You have to feel for their fans.