Additions that could have made all the difference.
With the summer transfer window having now closed for business for the year, Premier League teams are unable to bring in any more permanent recruits in order to help them in the first half of this season until the window swings open for business once again in January.
And so as the table begins to take shape after the opening four matches of the new campaign, we take a look at the one player each top-flight side should have signed during the close season in descending order of the teams’ current league positions …
Stoke City: Emmanuel Adebayor
With new Potters boss Mark Hughes having surprisingly allowed striker Cameron Jerome to join newly promoted Crystal Palace on loan this season, the Welshman has been left with just Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch as his main attackers at the Britannia stadium for this campaign.
However, you get the feeling that Hughes does not rate either front men judging by the way he has alternated between both men as his lone forward so far this season, so maybe the new coach should made a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s unwanted Togo international, particularly as the north London club seem virtually willing to drive Adebayor to a new club should one be willing to sign the player with a mountain of top-level experience from his time spent with some of Europe’s biggest clubs?