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The transfer window has, as all football reporters like to say, slammed shut. Whilst the transfer window always brings to mind Harry Redknapp being interviewed in his car, it signifies, as all football reporters like to say, the business end of the season Managers now have to work with what they’ve got to secure the title/top four/play-offs/avoid relegation. Below are five teams you may consider managing following the transfer window.
The #WengerOut campaign finally succeeds and the Arsenal board turn to you. Walcott, Giroud and Sanchez have all gone, but Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang (finally) have come in. Manchester United appear to have got the better of the deal, with Sanchez adapting well to the Premier League, whilst Mkhitaryan has struggled. Of course, with regular football, Mkhitaryan could adapt and if he links up with Aubameyang like at Dortmund then goals will be flying in. There’s still the matter of strengthening the defence though, especially after the sale of defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin.
Gerardo Martino leaves and Atlanta ask you to take charge. With the exception of Brad Guzan in goal, it may be an unfamiliar squad you inherit. However, Ezequiel Barco has been signed by Atlanta. Never heard of him? You soon might, as this wonderkid could help improve on the 4th placed finish of 2017.
With Big Sam’s work of averting a relegation crisis achieved, he resigns and Everton announce you as the new manager. Goals will surely start to flow with the addition of Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun. The defence could be improved on though, so it’s more a work in progress than the finished article that is Manchester City. Will the loan of Ellaquim Mangala help the defence?
With continued mixed results, Klopp leaves Liverpool and you take charge. Liverpool have looked unstoppable going forward, but vulnerable at the back. Will that change with the signing of Van Dijk and the selling of Coutinho? Probably not, as more than one good defender is required, whilst Mane, Firmino and Salah remain a potent trio. A Cup is the most likely route to success, but shrewd signings in the next window could see the Premier League trophy at Anfield…
West Bromwich Albion
With Alan Pardew showing few signs of turning things around, the board go for broke and replace him with you. Forget worries about relegation for West Brom, it’s full on crisis. Draws won’t cut it now; wins are needed. To win matches though, goals are needed. Enter Daniel Sturridge. Goals should become easier to come by and a few wins can put pressure on those around. If you can keep him fit…