With the transfer window closed and managers now unable to make any further permanent signings before January, we look at a few roles that remain unfilled at some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Arsenal – striker
Giroud has started the season well, with a goal in each of the Gunners’ three league games so far and is sure to receive even more quality balls from midfield following Mesut Ozil’s arrival in north London.
However, were the French international to suffer an injury or loss of form, the striker cupboard is pretty bare at the Emirates and Arsene Wenger could end up fielding Nicklas Bendtner, who was close to signing for Crystal Palace on deadline day.
Manchester United – creative midfielder
United boss David Moyes saw Spanish trio Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera slip through his fingers this summer and while Marouane Fellaini’s presence will beef up the midfield, the former Everton manager identified a problem but wasn’t able to fix it.
Expect United to go back in for Herrera in January.
Newcastle – striker
The sum total of director of football Joe Kinnear’s efforts in this transfer window was the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Olivier Kemen from Metz and the loan capture of QPR striker Loic Remy, who hasn’t kicked a ball in anger for the Geordies since his move due to injury.
That leaves out-of-form Papiss Cisse and the Ameobi brothers to fill the Demba Ba-shaped hole in Newcastle’s attack and none of the aforementioned have managed a league goal in three games so far this season.
Tottenham – left back
Andre Villas-Boas was linked with Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao for most of the summer and despite missing out on the player – possibly to Manchester United – Spurs still let Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who has made over 150 league appearances for the club, sign for QPR on a season-long loan.
That leaves untried youngster Zeki Fryers as the only specialist left back at the club, although converted winger Danny Rose is expected to be first choice in the position this season.
Manchester City – centre back
Manuel Pellegrini righted this wrong to an extent on transfer deadline day, with the capture of 32-year-old Argentine international Martin Demichelis.
However, captain Vincent Kompany is out for the next six weeks and with doubts about Joleon Lescott’s ability at the highest level, a portion of the 2011/12 champions’ £90m early summer outlay may have been better spent on a high quality, young centre-half, such as £18m Liverpool signing Mamadou Sakho.