1 protective clubs around Europe should do in the January transfer window


Ahhhh, the January transfer window: the time of year when football fans around the world are excited for no particular reason.

A time of year when we learn that “Kylian Mbappe will sign for Newcastle United”, and we end with a Michy Batshuayi loan deal instead.

A time of year when we get to know that our favorite club will recruit seven top players, just to see when our team recruits two youth team players and appoint a new throwing coach instead.

It really is always a disappointment.

But what if it was not this year? What if, out of nowhere, all the teams went out and actually recruited a player who is actually good and can make a difference?

It is the imaginative thinking that has led to the following list:

Bremer would be a smart signing for Milan / Nicolò Campo / GettyImages

Player: Gleison Bremer

Not exactly the world’s most flashy signing, but Gleison Bremer would be a nice replacement for the injured Simon Kjaer.

Yves Bissouma is Brilliant / Robin Jones / GettyImages

Player: Yves Bissouma

This is obvious.

Arsenal need a box-to-box midfielder in the top tier, and Bissouma is just that.

He also plays for Brighton, which “theoretically” means he should be available.

Stevie G loves a bit of Glen Kamara / John Berry / GettyImages

Player: Glen Kamara

A real favorite with Steven Gerrard, Glen Kamara would be an ideal replacement for the affected Marvelous Nakamba in midfield.

Athletes need a defender / Aitor Alcalde Colomer / GettyImages

Player: Pau Torres

Atletico Madrid conceded 25 goals last season.

After 18 games this season, they have conceded 22.

That’s a problem.

The answer to this problem? Signs a center back.

Edinson Cavani still has a lot to offer / Ian MacNicol / GettyImages

Player: Edinson Cavani

Sure, Cavani is very old now – but he’s still brilliant when he’s fit enough to play.

The Uruguayan would be a good replacement for Sergio Aguero, and a good guy to have in the locker room with Barça’s young guns.

Andreas Christensen would be a decent cover / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Player: Andreas Christensen

Protection for when Lucas Hernandez inevitably goes with another injury.

Denis Zakaria has been on the radar for a while / Lukas Schulze / GettyImages

Player: Denis Zakaria (pre-contract)

As Axel Witsel was nowhere near the player he was before the knee injury, it’s time for BVB to replace him at the base of their midfielder.

A pre-contract agreement with Zakaria, which has been confirmed to leave Mönchengladbach, could not make more sense.

Brennan Johnson is a wanted man / Michael Steele / GettyImages

Player: Brennan Johnson

According to, yes, us, Brennan Johnson is a Brentford goal in January.

Judging by their lack of firepower in front, it makes a lot of sense.

Ben Brereton Diaz is Too Good for the Championship / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Player: Ben Brereton Diaz

The second highest scorer in the championship, Chilean international Ben Brereton Diaz, born in Stoke-on-Trent, just shouts “Brighton”, right?

Aleksandar Mitrovic is a goal scorer / Alex Pantling / GettyImages

Player: Aleksandar Mitrovic

Burnley do not score.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scores.

And he holds up the ball too, which Sean Dyche will love.

Kalidou Koulibaly is quality / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Player: Kalidou Koulibaly

It looks like Antonio Rudiger is leaving this summer, so Chelsea should go out and replace him as soon as possible.

And replace with a defender who can actually play in a back four. That would be nice, right?

Conor Gallagher is Quality / Sebastian Frej / MB Media / GettyImages

Player: Conor Gallagher (permanent)

There are some pretty unrealistic recruits on this list, and this is probably the most unrealistic of the party.

But if there is even the slightest possibility that Crystal Palace can recruit Conor Gallagher immediately, they must do so.

He’s their whole team.

Coutinho to Everton would be nice / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce / GettyImages

Player: Philippe Coutinho (loan)

Everton are in dire need of something – anything really.

Philippe Coutinho is not the player he was five years ago, but he is still better than what Everton have right now.

A loan move would suit everyone.

Scamacca is very good / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Player: Gianluca Scamacca

Scamacca has been the young player in Serie A this season and would be a perfect long-term replacement for Edin Dzeko in Inter’s front line.

Vlahovic is very legitimate / Ciancaphoto Studio / GettyImages

Player: Dusan Vlahovic

In principle, all clubs in Europe want to recruit Dusan Vlahovic.

And for good reason. He is 21 years old and scored 33 league goals in 2021 when he played for a Serie A club in the middle.

A Premier League move may be what Fiorentina want for Vlahovic, but can you ever exclude Juve from striking out to sign Fiorentina’s best players? No of course not.

Nketiah to Leeds makes sense / Ryan Pierse / GettyImages

Player: Eddie Nketiah

For a team that plays straight attacks, Leeds have really struggled to score this season.

Eddie Nketiah can help fix this.

James Tarkowski is a defender – Leicester need a defender / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Player: James Tarkowski

Did you see the back four Leicester City start against Manchester City?

If you did, then a move for James Tarkowski definitely makes sense.

Raphinha is probably too good to play for Leeds / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

Player: Raphinha

No, this is not very realistic.

We know that – do not worry.

All we are saying is that, with AFCON threateningly big, it would be nice for Liverpool to have a quality player who can get into the starting eleven while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are away. Raphinha would be just that.

Haaland scores / Dean Mouhtaropoulos / GettyImages

Players: Erling Haaland

Haaland to Man City shouts “will not happen in January”.


But this is a list of signings that clubs “should” do, and City “should” really try to skip the queue to sign Haaland in January.

Amadou Haidara has impressed in Germany / Joosep Martinson / GettyImages

Player: Amadou Haidara

A recruitment will not fix Man Utd.

However, Amadou Haidara is a good young player who would fill the need for a dynamic midfielder at Old Trafford.

Sven Botman is a great guy / BSR Agency / GettyImages

Player: Sven Botman

Newcastle United have many problems.


The most important thing is the fact that they have conceded 42 goals in 19 games so far this season.

To combat that, the Magpies need to sign a quality center already in January – Sven Botman is just that.

Dominic Solanke is finally doing well / Ryan Pierse / GettyImages

Player: Dominic Solanke

Like many clubs on this list, Norwich City is a football club that you can not fix with a signing.

To be honest, Norwich need around 20 signings to have any hope of staying in the Premier League.

The first of these signings should be a striker in form, and there are few more form strikers in England right now than Dominic Solanke.

The former Liverpool man has torn it apart in the Championship, with 18 goals in 25 games.

Aurelien Tchouameni is a top talent / John Berry / GettyImages

Player: Aurelien Tchouameni

Do you play for Monaco? Check.Young? Check. Incredibly talented? Check.

Yes, of course PSG should try to recruit Aurelien Tchouameni.

Kylian Mbappe is one of the best there is / John Berry / GettyImages

Player: Kylian Mbappe (pre-contract)

Real Madrid do not need Kylian Mbappe to win La Liga this season, but if they want to win the Champions League over the next five years, they must at least sign the French star on a pre-contract deal. this winter.

Johnstone is ready for a move to PL / Malcolm Couzens / GettyImages

Player: Sam Johnstone

Fraser Forster has actually been very good for Southampton recently, but it is clear that he is not a sustainable long-term option for Ralph Hasenhuttl in Southampton.

Someone who could be that is Sam Johnstone.

The 28-year-old seriously impressed in the Premier League last season and is far too good to play in the Championship this season.

Domenico Berardi is in the shape of his life / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Player: Domenico Berardi

After a record-breaking start to their Serie A campaign, Napoli’s form has fallen off a cliff since Victor Osmihen went down with a terrible eye injury (how awful are you asking yourself? Yes, his eye literally came out of its den).

The striker who can help pull back Napoli in the Scudetto battle is Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi.

The winner of the European Championship 2020 has been linked with the club about a billion times, and now in the form of his life (he has scored eight goals and set up six in the league this season) this may be the perfect time to get hold of him.

Kessie would contribute a lot in Tottenham / Giuseppe Cottini / GettyImages

Player: Franck Kessie

Antonio Conte miraculously gets the best out of what he has at Tottenham right now, but it is very clear that he needs to recruit some players.

One of those “few players” should be Franck Kessie. The Ivorian would add some much-needed quality to his midfield.

Lloyd Kelly is good enough to play in the Premier League / John Early / GettyImages

Player: Lloyd Kelly

One thing we could all see from Watford’s 4-1 loss to West Ham three days after Christmas was that they had to recruit some defenders – ASAP.

Lloyd Kelly should be one of those defenders. The 23-year-old has made a big step in the Championship this season, and looks to be ready for the step up to the top class.

Going to West Ham on loan – it works / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Player: Nathan Åke (loan)

It went damn well for West Ham until recently when, yes, every defender in the club was injured.

Recruiting Nathan Ake on loan would help alleviate this claims crisis.

Fabio Vieira is from Portugal – a big plus for Wolves / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages

Player: Fabio Vieira

The fewest goal scorers in the Premier League need a Portuguese creative midfielder who is Portuguese and can create chances for Hwang Hee-chan and Raul Jimenez.

Fabio Vieira can be the Portuguese creative midfielder.

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