Okay okay, my plan was to do another article before the season started to go along with my original one of “Why is the Premier League the best league in the world?” but I got waylaid. Anyway, just like last week I thought I’d give you my quick opinion (still not a rant) on the season ahead for all the Premier League clubs and what we can expect? Last time I did the first five clubs in alphabetical order so now it’s the turn of the next five. This is my honest opinion as well and not just the predictable old stuff that usually gets mentioned. Of course we’re now already one week into the season but honestly my thoughts haven’t changed.
Fair play to Big Sam last season, he wanted a come back and do another season to prove what he can do in the Premier League after his England disaster and he did that. It took him a little longer than normal but in the end Palace avoided relegation with some fantastic results. I’m not sure that will happen this season. I loved Frank de Boer as a player I really did, his reading of the game, tackling and passing as a left centre half was brilliant and it would have been great to see him actually playing in the Premier League. Now he’s here as a manager, a good manager but with the squad he’s got and with being new to his league I believe he’ll struggle massively. Relegation for me I’m afraid and that’s even if they actually do go out and finally buy some players.
The big spending Toffeemen, no one thought we’d be saying that around this time of the year. Will it make a difference to their season? Yes in my opinion but will it be for the better or not? Well sometimes too many new players coming in can disrupt a team and club but the players Koeman has brought in do seem to be top quality. Keane and Klaassen are excellent and the return of Rooney with his goals already seem to be working. Then you have Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurdsson, two absolutely brilliant signings for me. Like Spurs though, Everton now need to be winning trophies, of course the league is out of the question (maybe fourth or fifth) but surely they cannot go another year with a trophy?
The new boys of the Premier League and the 49th team in total to appear since it’s formation 25 years ago. They certainly won’t be the worst of all those teams that have appeared in it, the likes of Swindon, Barnsley and Blackpool have that title. Could they avoid being a new team that goes straight back down since Cardiff fours year ago? I’d like to say no but I cannot see it, even after the opening day victory against a shambles of a Palace team last Saturday. They’ll play their attacking quick football and may get a few more wins in the opening months, including this Sunday at home to Newcastle. However, come May I can see them returning to The Championship.
Wow, Leicester City Football Club, what can anyone predict for them this season after the three season’s they had back up. First season and third season until February they looked down and out and were surely relegated but somehow on both occasions they managed to survive. More impressively under Nigel Pearson in 2015 and if it wasn’t for that they would have never have gone on to win the Premier League. The fact that they did still amazes me but fair play to them, they stuck and what they were good at and it worked. They’ll do okay this year (I mean they’ll survive) but gradually their title-winning players are leaving so doing good business like getting in the likes of Harry Maguire and Kelechi Iheanacho are key. Eleventh place finish for them this year possibly?
“It’s our year!” Hah, I love that when it starts doing the rounds on social media at the start of the season and whenever they win a game. Makes me chuckle. I have no issues with Liverpool though and I’d love to see them back properly challenging for the Premier League title more often, but it won’t be this season once again. They may even struggle finishing above their rivals Everton this season if they don’t sort their defence out and get someone in. Plus there is that very big chance of them losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona now that the player has handed in a transfer request. About a sixth place finish for me.
Coming next, my thoughts on both Manchester clubs, Newcastle, Southampton and Stoke City… If you disagree and have your own thoughts then please please do let us know below: