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Sunderland drew with Southampton 1-1 in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Emanuele Giaccherini gave the Black Cats an early lead but late on Jose Fonte poked the ball past Westwood to give the Saints a point.

There was a shocking change in the Sunderland side as Craig Gardner replaced the ever-promising Cabral in the centre of midfield and it appeared to be the big decider.

Moment of madness or moment of Genius?

The game got off to a flyer for Sunderland as from an early corner, sent in by Sebastian Larsson, Giaccherini leaned down low to twist his header in.

Though the dream start for Paolo Di Canio was nearly wiped away instantly, The Saints sent a teasing ball through which, ‘man-of-the-moment’, Ricky Lambert tapped in. Unfortunately for the England international, it was ruled out for offside.

The game started to get very messy and both teams started to lose shape with both sides struggling to get a stronghold of the possession.

Though it was Southampton that started to turn the heat up as they searched for their equaliser and if not for a great save from Keiren Westwood, they would have had it with Lambert coming in with a superb headed effort.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s pressure was matched by Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore who kept squirming in and around the home side’s box.

The game started to get tasty after that with radical challenges coming in from everywhere and in the space of five minutes, three yellow cards were produced.

Even Craig Gardner managed to get his infamous disciplinary record marked further and only half-an-hour of his season had taken place.

Going into added-time at the end of the first half all seemed calm and as it had been for the past 10 minutes, though a late penalty appeal for Southampton caused concern for many.

However Lee Mason waved it away and it appeared the correct decision.

Both managers were not impressed at half-time and you could see this when they both made changes at the break.

Ji entered the game for Di Canio’s side while Pochettino brought on Nathaniel Clyne and record signing Dani Osvaldo.

The changes seemed to create a sort of urgency for the south-coast side as they started to pile the pressure on the Sunderland defence.

The increased pressure almost paid off for the Saints but Jay Rodriguez could only header it straight into the arms of Westwood, and then Lambert had a shot well saved by the Irish international.

Southampton didn’t stop in their efforts to get their equaliser and Sunderland could not get a hold of the ball in any shape of form.

Then in the 88th minute their efforts and determination payed off as from a free-kick, which didn’t look very dangerous, the ball was poked in by Jose Fonte.

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It’s that time of year again. The January transfer window is open for business and all 20 Premier League sides are looking to strengthen.

As with every season motives are different. Some clubs are trying to stave off relegation, others advance their lot by pushing for Europe. The title race and four Champions League spot remain as wide open as they have in years at the top.

Some managers are known to dislike the winter window, but love it or hate it only the brave or foolish ignore it. Certain teams desperately require strengthening to realize their ambitions and others need to have a quiet month, ensuring they hang on to their prized assets.

Players seeking moves may have extra motivation to do so this January as we are now in a World Cup year. Competition to make the plane to Brazil will be cut-throat for many of the 32 countries involved in the greatest sporting show on earth.

National coaches want their players getting regular football in the run-up to the World Cup. That can cause crazy winter gambles by outsiders to force their way back into the fold in time for June.

All these considerations have been weighed up by the WhatCulture sports team. So, for your delectation we have gone through all 20 English top flight teams, assessed what they need, who they have been linked with and who we would like see join them. We proceed alphabetically, so click next to start with Arsenal.

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The January transfer window is just around the corner, so bigger cubs in the Premier League will be beginning to think about the targets they want to bring in for the remainder of the season to bolster their options or cement their positions in the upper echelons of the division. In contrast, the smaller clubs in the league will be focused on holding on to their best players who will no doubt be targeted by more cash rich clubs.

In this slideshow, the focus will be on those defensive players that have already excelled in the league this season, statistically speaking, who some might deem to be playing currently at “lesser” or “smaller” clubs in the Premier League. Obviously, generally speaking, those clubs as a whole are having mixed success on the pitch.

Some of those clubs will be excelling in the league, while others are just trying to keep their heads above water. It’s always a matter of debate which scenario makes it more vital to hold onto the key defensive man – though the fact that we now see defensive players brought in for the kind of money that Paulinho joined Spurs for ( 17m according to The Guardian.)

A strong finish in the EPL can result in serious riches as well prestige if a European place can also be secured, but the down the bottom relegation can result in big financial losses, so the window is invariably comes with some debate as to whether clubs can afford to hold on to their most saleable assets, or if they can afford to ignore bids for them.

So, which defensive players deserve to attract attention this January? For the purposes of this article it’s important to note that within defensive players, I am also including midfielders that operate in that protector role.

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