Picking 1 Player Every Premier League Club Should Sign to Put Them on the Road to Success in 2018/19

The summer transfer window is already in full-swing and newspapers are rife with rumours surrounding the futures of players all across Europe.


Premier League clubs will no doubt be prowling around hoping to strengthen their squads ahead of the 2018/19 season.


Ignoring any deals that look to be on their way to completion, here's 1 player that each Premier League club should look to sign this summer.

1. Arsenal: Medhi Benatia

Arsenal have a number of issues that need fixing this summer but defence should be number one priority for Unai Emery. With Laurent Kosceilny out injured until November, and Xhodan Mustafi's performances becoming more inconsistent, time is of the essence for Arsenal.


Medhi Benatia's future at Juventus looks uncertain as the Italian giants are looking to rebuild their side with a more youthful looking back-line this summer. With this in mind, the 31-year-old is highly unlikely to be a part of the Old Lady's future plans.


Having had experience at the top level of European football with both Juventus and Bayern Munich, Benatia could provide some much needed strength and defensive know-how to the Gunners next season.  

2. AFC Bournemouth: Alfie Mawson

Scoring isn't an issue for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth. Conceding, however, is an issue.


The Cherries struggled to keep clean sheets during the 2017/18 season, only managing to amass six in total. Their defence, although experienced, is on the decline and Nathan Ake was the only player who played consistently well all season.


Alfie Mawson has enjoyed two successful seasons with Swansea but was unable to prevent the Welsh side from slipping into the Championship. He will be unlikely to want to be playing second tier football considering the fact he is on the brink of the England squad so Bournemouth should be looking to snap up the 24-year-old.

3. Brighton & Hove Albion: Cristian Pavon

Ok, so this one almost certainly won't happen, but Brighton fans can dream, right?


Brighton will have to do a lot to avoid the dreaded 'second-season syndrome'. 


Chris Hughton did a marvellous job to keep the Seagulls in the Premier League last season but given their relatively small status, bringing in top talent will prove to be difficult.


Hughton may need to think outside the box and look outside the top European leagues to bring in some extra talent this summer.


One successful signing last season was José Izquierdo and Brighton could look to match his talents with another South American winger, Christian Pavon.


The 22-year-old is still playing his football in his native Argentina but his performances have earned him a spot in this year's World Cup squad which demonstrates his considerable talents.

4. Burnley: James McArthur

McArthur has become something of a cult figure at Crystal Palace, popping up with important goals from central midfield.


As the Clarets prepare for European football for the 2018/19 season, they will need increased depth in their side, and McArthur would provide a different option in central midfield.


Whether he can be prised away from Selhurst Park remains to be seen, as the Scotsman seems quite settled in Charing Cross.

5. Cardiff City: Tammy Abraham

If you are going to stay up in the Premier League then you are going to need to be able to score goals. Swansea proved that they weren't able to do this last season and one of their many failings was not being able to provide young striker Tammy Abraham with the service he needed.


The 20-year-old is unlikely to be a part of Chelsea's plans next season given his lack of goals but Neil Warnock could be just the man to get the best out of the towering striker.


Cardiff were renown for their 'agricultural' style of play in the Championship and they would certainly be able to provide Abraham with plenty of service should he make the move to the Welsh capital.

6. Chelsea: Robert Lewandowski

There are many lingering questions at Chelsea yet to be answered, one of which being what they are going to do about their striker situation.


Alvaro Morata failed to live up to expectations last season and was surpassed in the starting lineup by Olivier Giroud when the Frenchman signed for the Blues in January.


If they want a striker who can all but guarantee 20 goals or more a season than they should look no further than Robert Lewandowski.


The Polish striker is rumoured to be unsettled at Bayern Munich and if Chelsea are to return to the top four next season they should pull out all the stops to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

7. Crystal Palace: Leander Dendoncker

Crystal Palace showed some serious signs of promise towards the tail-end of last season, with Roy Hodgson's men putting their awful start to the league behind them.


Although their squad does look strong, it is a little thin on the ground when it comes to central midfield options and Yohan Cabaye is showing signs of slowing down as age catches up with him.


Dendoncker has impressed whilst playing for Anderlecht, so much so that he is a part of Belgium's 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer ahead of the likes of Roma's Radja Nainggolan.


Despite his young age, the 23-year-old has plenty of experience and could help Palace push for a top-half finish.

8. Everton: Bas Dost

Everton went some way to rectifying their lack of goals under Sam Allardyce with the signing of Cenk Tosun but they will need to find him a strike partner this summer as they look to rebuild under Marco Silva.


Bas Dost has been linked with just about every Premier League side who has ever floated around the top six and for good reason.


The Dutch striker's strike rate is nothing short of phenomenal, scoring 34 goals in all competitions during the 2017/18 season. This isn't an isolated purple patch either - the 29-year-old has scored 70 goals in two seasons for Sporting CP.

9. Fulham: Joe Bryan

Fulham need reinforcements at left back, as they will not want wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon filling in at the back should injuries ravage the Cottagers.


Should a gap appear that needs to be filled, one player who could step up to the plate would be Bristol City's Joe Bryan.


Bryan has consistently been one of the Championship's top performers and he excelled in a Bristol City side that managed to reach the semi finals of the League Cup, beating four Premier League sides along the way - including Manchester United.

10. Huddersfield Town: Adama Traore

The only real criticism you can have of David Wagner's Huddersfield side is that they are a little negative at times. Testament to this is their current lack of wingers, something the signing of Adama Traore would rectify.


Traore has been criticised in the past for having practically everything but an end product. However, during the 2017/18 season with Middlesbrough, the Spaniard finally started to find his feet, scoring five and providing ten assists.


A direct winger who shouldn't cost an arm and a leg, Traore could fit in perfectly at Huddersfield as they look to retain their Premier League status for another season.  

11. Leicester City: Xherdan Shaqiri

The Riyad Mahrez saga is finally set to come to an end this summer with Manchester City looking likely to complete a deal for the Algerian after failing to do so in January.


There will be a massive whole on the right wing following his departure and Leicester could look to recently relegated Xherdan Shaqiri to fill that gap.


The Swiss has been Stoke's star man ever since he made his Premier League debut in 2015 and he will be looking to join a club where he will remain the centre of attention. 


Leicester would be wise to keep tabs on Shaqiri whilst he plays with Switzerland this summer.

12. Liverpool: Jan Oblak

Karius' concussion debate aside, Liverpool need to sign a world class goalkeeper if they are to mount a serious title challenge next season.


Atletico Madrid's Oblak would be an upgrade on almost every goalkeeper on the planet and his statistics in La Liga are nothing short of frightening.


The Slovenian custodian has managed to win the golden glove in La Liga for three consecutive seasons and kept more clean sheets than conceded goals in 2017/18 (28 goals conceded compared to 29 clean sheets).


There are almost no weaknesses to his game. He is an agile shot stopper, accomplished with his feet and is an effective communicator. He will cost an extortionate amount but Liverpool need to consider just how valuable he could be to their side.


But let's be real, is this transfer going to happen? Absolutely not.

13. Manchester City: Adrien Rabiot

How can you improve arguably the greatest ever Premier League side?


With great difficulty, of course. However, City's only weakness may be a lack of youth in their midfield.


Adrien Rabiot has had an up and down relationship with current side PSG but, for the most part, he has been a consistent performer and has proved himself as one of the best central midfielders in European football.


This wasn't enough to earn him a place in France's World Cup squad, however. A move to Manchester City could prove good for both parties. Rabiot may yet improve further under the guidance of Pep Guardiola and City would be getting yet another top quality player.

14. Manchester United: Kalidou Kouliabaly

Manchester United's progress under Jose Mourinho seems almost paradoxical. On the one hand, United's attack and midfield is amongst the best in Europe. On the other hand, the Red Devils continue to use Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as their preferred centre-back partnership.


Both have received extensive criticism for their frailties and with both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindeloff failing to nail down a starting spot, this summer may be the chance for United to bring in a no nonsense, tough tackling defender.


Koulibaly is one of Serie A's best defenders, which says a lot given the quality of those currently plying their trade in Italy.


He was a key part of the Napoli side that pushed Juventus all the way last season and has more than enough experience of playing at the highest level.

15. Newcastle United: Quincy Promes

It seems like a long time since Newcastle had a talisman up top. Long gone are the days of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse and Rafa Benitez will be hoping that he can land a prolific goalscorer this summer.


Quincy Promes has been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League and his eye for goal could be pivotal to Newcastle's continued stay in the England's top flight again next season.


Promes scored 21 goals in all competitions for Spartak Moscow, which is a remarkable statistic considering the fact that he primarily plays as a right winger as opposed to an out and out striker. He could prove costly but Newcastle have to dig deep if they want to compete.

16. Southampton: Adam Lallana

Creativity in the final third was an issue for Southampton last season. They have capable strikers in the shape of Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini but neither were given appropriate service to demonstrate their goal-scoring capabilities.


Adam Lallana had a nightmare season for Liverpool, missing the majority of the season through injury. With rumours circulating surrounding more potential arrivals at Liverpool, there is every chance that Lallana will be pushed further down the pecking order for the reds.


A return to Southampton could suit both parties, with Southampton desperately needing more goals and Lallana needing a return to regular first team football if he is to find his way back into the England set-up.

17. Tottenham Hotspur: Maxi Gomez

They tried it with Vincent Janssen. They failed. They tried it with Fernando Llorente. They failed.


That doesn't mean Tottenham should stop trying to find a suitable deputy for their talisman Harry Kane.


Spurs have been far too reliant on Kane since he established himself as a first team regular and they have yet to find a suitable backup striker who is comfortable to remain second in line but is still capable of stepping in to perform when called upon.


Celta Vigo's Maxi Gomez is one of La Liga's brightest talents and has just come off the back of a stellar season with the Spanish outfit, scoring 18 times. 


He's young, hungry and capable of giving Kane a run for his money.

18. Watford: Kevin Trapp

Watford are a strange side as, although they aren't spectacular, they don't have too many glaring weaknesses either.


If there is one area they may need to invest in, it is between the sticks. Veteran keeper Heurelho Gomes is a cult hero at Vicarage Road but he is also 37 years old and has shown signs of slowing down in recent years.


German keeper Kevin Trapp has barely featured for PSG recently, having lost his place in the starting XI to youngster Alphonso Areola.


Don't let that fool you, however. Trapp is a very capable keeper and will be a part of the Germany squad at this summer's World Cup. He could fit right in at Watford.

19. West Ham United: Rodrigo

West Ham thought that they may have solved their striker issues with the signing of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen.


The Mexican hasn't quite found his feet since his return to England and West Ham should look to bring in another striker this summer.


If the Hammers are serious about wanting to fight for European places again next season, they need to bring in a serious striker.


Rodrigo has been banging them in over in Spain for Valenica and his 16 league goals helped Valencia to a fourth place finish in La Liga. His performances have been so impressive, he is in the Spanish World Cup squad ahead of Chelsea's Alvaro Morata.

20. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Yacine Brahimi

The Porto winger may be forced to leave the Portuguese club due to their financial issues and appeared to reject the notion that he could see out the rest of his contract when asked about his future recently.


Brahimi is yet to taste Premier League football despite being linked with plenty of top flight clubs, including Newcastle and Everton, and would be a major coup if Wolves managed to get the deal done.


Wolves are being tipped to do well in their first season back in the Premier League after winning the Championship in breathtaking fashion, and signing Brahimi would add an extra sprinkling of flair to an already exciting squad.