I am back with part 2 of my Premier League Preview. Take a look at what I think below!
I think I have tipped Burnely to go down every year since they have been promoted. But Sean Dyche has performed miracles with that squad. Working on one of the smallest budgets he somehow manages to keep the team striding on and maintaining Premier League status every year. They may be known amongst many as “Brexit FC” due to their squad full of mainly English players and their route one football, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
However, it has been another quiet summer at Turf Moor. 2 new signings in Nathan Collins from Stoke and Wayne Hennessey on a free from Crystal Palace. Will it be more of the same miracle work from Dyche this year? Or is the magic running out? Tough to tell.
Prediction – As always, I think Burnley will go down this year. All good things come to an end eventually! And with the lack of investment year after year, there’s only so much Dyche can do.
The current Champions of Europe. Thomas Tuchel has come in and made Chelsea hard to beat. There’s no question about that. I am interested to see though how Chelsea will kick on from here. What I will be intrigued with the most is if Tuchel keeps the 343 with defensive wingbacks or mixes it up and goes a bit more attacking this year.
As of yet, Chelsea have been relatively quiet in the transfer market as their search for a new striker continues. However, rumours of a monstrous bid for Erling Haaland circulated early doors when the £175 million upfront fee and a supposed £40 million bonus to his agent, the one and only Mino Raiola, were quoted those rumours soon faded away. Attention has been turned to their former striker and ex-United striker Romelu Lukaku. A bid of £100 million plus Marcos Alonso was swiftly turned down by Inter Milan, but the London club are preparing another offer of around £130 Million. Serious money. The graveyard of top strikers who have failed at Chelsea is pretty full already, would Lukaku have the same fate? Or would he fire Chelsea to title challengers?
Prediction – Another top 4 finish for Chelsea. What position in that top 4? Hard to tell.
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A new era dawns at Selhurst Park. Roy Hodgson has stepped down after 4 years in charge. 11 first-team players’ contracts have expired and they have left the club. These include the likes of Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt and Andros Townsend to name a few. And Patrick Vieira has been given the job to rebuild the club and take them forward.
Palace have been active in the market and have made 4 significant signings, mainly highly-rated young talent. Michale Olise comes in from Reading alongside relatively unknown Chelsea defender Marc Guehi for a fee of £21 million. Joachim Andersen, on loan at Fulham last year, has joined from Lyon on a permanent deal, alongside Connor Gallagher who is on-loan from Chelsea after a good season for West Brom in the last campaign.
It wouldn’t be summer without a Wilfried Zaha “I want to leave” quote and those rumours are circling again. Unfortunately for Zaha, it seems highly likely he stays at Selhurst Park for the upcoming season.
Prediction – Palace will be battling for Premier League safety this season. Could be a long season.
Where to begin? Carlo Ancelotti left the club as soon as he had the call from his mate, Florentino Perez, at Real Madrid, James Rodriguez is upset. Rafa Benitez has been installed as the new manager, despite Everton fans protesting his arrival by sprawling offensive graffiti around the community and putting banners up outside his house. And to top it off, one player has been suspended pending a police investigation. Chaos.
Transfer wise it’s been relatively quiet for Everton. Over the last few seasons, they’ve spent some big money on relatively average players. This year, however, they have settled for cheap and cheerful with Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic joining on free transfers and Demarai Gray for £1.8 million from Bayer Leverkusen.
With a new stadium on the horizon, is that the reason behind the shrewd spend this season? It could well be.
Prediction – Everton to end up low top half. The new signings won’t add much to what they already have. Disappointing for the fans again.
If you missed part 1 of my Premier League Preview – Click Here
Part 3 of my Premier League Preview will be out early next week so keep your eyes peeled for more fantastic Undrafted content!