A unique season has led to a different perspective on the January transfer window, as clubs prepare to spend big off the back of the World Cup. 

As part of 888sport’s The Playlist podcast, a trio of football influencers came together to provide a closer look at who most needs investment in order to bolster their chances in the second half of the season. 

The panel all agreed that a significant amount of work needs to be done at Stamford Bridge, as Graham Potter’s Chelsea embark on a host of deals. 

Meanwhile, the panel also came to the conclusion that league-leaders Arsenal are in need of a backup striker, with Gabriel Jesus, who has led the line in brilliant fashion for much of the season, being out injured. 

Rory Jennings led the speculation over which striker can ‘bridge the gap’ for Arsenal as Arteta’s squad evolves into ‘genuine’ title contenders and looks to stay ahead of Manchester City. 

Jennings and Ade Oladipo agreed that Divock Origi could be the man to keep the seat warm for Jesus as the Gunners continue to battle for the title. 

Meanwhile, Abbi Summers questioned whether the Arsenal board will have the intent when it comes to signing an elite level centre forward that can help grow the squad. 

Although she stated she would be surprised if Arsenal spent significant money – Summers posited that Dusan Vlahovic could be a fruitful prospect up top at the Emirates. 

Moving on, Summers also emphasised the need for Spurs to invest in the squad, not only to retain their Champions League status but also to keep hold of Antonio Conte. 

Manchester United also have a significant void up front, which Jennings stated could be filled by Olivier Giroud, however, approaching players in the twilight of their career is not an option that the club are unlikely to take again according to Oladipo.

888sport – A strong January transfer window can send the title to the Emirates