Historically, at just past the midway point in the season, the Premier League table has generally taken shape and you can expect teams to finish in and around their current position. This will come as welcome news to the likes of City, United and Chelsea who currently occupy first, second and third position, respectively; however, at the other end of the table, the likes of Stoke, West Brom and Swansea will be becoming increasingly concerned about the consequences of languishing in the bottom three come May.
All three of the Premier Leagues bottom clubs’ top brass have attempted to ‘stop the rot’ in recent weeks with a change of manager, and now all eyes will be firmly fixed on the January transfer window to see what additions can be made to strengthen their squads.
Unfortunately, January is arguably the most difficult period to capture players that will improve the team’s chances of survival with prices being generally vastly inflated by form and the unwillingness from clubs to lose key players midway through the season.
Cash-strapped clubs can always cast their eyes towards the ever populated pool of free agents, many of whom bring with them a wealth of experience that money simply cannot buy. The legendary World Cup winning ex-Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is amongst those searching for a new club following his release from Chicago Fire. At 33 years of age, he would need youthful legs around him but could be the ideal replacement for West Brom following the decision not to renew Darren Fletcher’s contract in the summer, a decision that they might regret with the latest Premier League betting odds putting the Baggies at 4/5 to be relegated this season.
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Alternatively, at a spritelier 27 years of age, Jan Kirchhoff is another more surprising name on the list. Kirchhoff was an integral part of Sam Allardyce’s-relegation avoiding Sunderland side during the 2015-16 season, having come in from Bayern Munich in the January window. The big German only managed to feature seven times in the Premier League last season thanks to reoccurring hamstring injuries before being ruled out from December onwards with damaged knee cartilage. Following Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League, Kirchhoff was released can could be the perfect man to end the succession of goals conceded by Stoke, who currently have the league high at 47.
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Swansea City’s woes are at the other end of the pitch, having scored a measly 13 goals in 22 games so far this season and will be looking to add creativity and firepower to their squad. The return of Wilfred Bony during the summer was met with great optimism around the club with many hoping that he would return to his goalscoring best, sadly not. Swansea could look to another former City player in the shape of diminutive winger Robinho. Robinho is without a club after leaving Brazilian side Atlético-MG as of January 1st and is sure to be snapped up quickly.