With many people saying "We need to buy a striker." I thought to myself "Is Falcao/Lewandowski/Suarez and so on really the only thing we are missing?" Or is there something else we are missing in our team? I'd say there definitely is, and I believe it's a quality defensive midfielder.
With Ramires, Lampard, Mikel, and Essien at our disposal, we have a set of different players being rotated in our defensive midfielder positions. While they are all played as defensive midfielders, they are obviously quite different. Personally I rate Ramires as our best defensive midfielder due to his athletisism, he runs from box to box and is also a great defender.His ability to score goals and pass the ball are also decent in my book, however not superior to Lampard's. I rate Lampard for his goalscoring and passing, in addition he's a decent defender, but not as good as Mikel when it comes to that. Mikel is calm and composed, tall, strong and a great tackler. A defensive midfielder just lacking the forward passing to dictate games, and a real goalscoring threat.(Despite his goal against Fulham"#IwastherewhenMikelscored) And then we have Essien, once one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, now a shadow of himself. In short he was a complete midfielder, one of the worlds best, while today I guess you could say he's like a mix of Ramires and Mikel, but not as good.
But what is really our best defensive midfield pair? Ramires-Lampard is great going forward, but lack the defensive caliber of Ramires-Mikel, and vise versa. While Ramires-Essien was only really tested against Southhampton for 45 minutes, so for now Essien is out of the mix of the best defensive midfield pair, actually if you ask me, it depends on who we're playing. The only thing we know is that Ramires is to this day the best defensive midfielder we have, and therefore a part of any "best pair" But where am I going with all this? You might ask. Well what i'm trying to say is that I think we are missing a world class defensive midfielder to partner Ramires. A player that that can pick a pass, score a goal, and also defend like a champ. A Lampard and Mikel hybrid if you will. Because that would help us dominate games, open up defences, keep clean sheets. Basically help us win games we are not winning, and not to mention feed the strikers with passes so we score more goals. I was hoping Van Ginkel would grow into this role, but sadly that growth is delayed until he returns from injury.
So who can we sign to fix this defensive midfield problem? if I could decide, it would be Paul Pogba any day. He's tall and strong, and has the ability to pick a pass and score a goal, a complete midfielder. Also he's young and will become even better. Other options are our former player Matic, Witsel, Alonso, Gundogan and so on. While there's no doubt we should also sign a striker, I believe a quality defensive midfielder to partner Ramires, is what we really are missing at this point. Someone who can help us dominate games, open up defences and keep clean sheets. In my opinion we should go for Pogba, but should we not manage to sign him, there's other quality alternatives available.
Feel free to comment, criticize or praise this post. This is just my opinion.