I am back with my Premier League preview – Part 3
This next set of 4 teams will definitely be ones to watch this season!
Marcelo Bielsa’s barmy army. The fittest side in the league without a shadow of a doubt. Blowing everyone away last year with their attacking style of play. With it being their first season back in the top flight for many a year, Leeds were a breath of fresh air to the league and came a very respectable 9th place. Leeds managed 62 goals last season which was 4 more than Chelsea who finished 4th place. However, Leeds conceded 54 goals. An area that needs looking into for the season ahead.
Following a successful loan spell from Manchester City, Leeds have made the signing of winger Jack Harrison permanent. Having lost fan favourite Ezgjan Alioski, Leeds moved quickly to acquire Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo to bolster the squad. The biggest worry for Leeds fans will be the famous “Second Season Syndrome” that happens very often to newly promoted clubs, or will Bielsa navigate Leeds even further up the table?
Prediction – I think Leeds take the extra step this year and make European competition.
Last seasons FA cup winners have had a stellar summer window yet again. Experienced left-back Ryan Bertrand has joined the Foxes on a free from Southampton. Leicester have also signed promising young Red Bull Salzburg striker, Patson Daka, for a fee of £23 million. Add that to the signing of highly-rated young centre midfielder Boubacary Soumare who joins for £17 million, that is a serious summer of recruitment. Very exciting moves for the club moving forward.
But last year, was the 2nd year in a row that Leicester have managed to throw away a healthy lead in the place for the top 4 and Champions League football. I find that a real worry. Is it down to tactics? Is it down to player mentality? Or even both? Who knows! Brendan Rodgers will want more of the same from his team this season, but need to make sure they get over the line!
Prediction – Regardless of Leicester pipping last years league winners Manchester City to the Community Shield on the weekend, I think it will be a Europa League position again for Rodgers side.
Liverpool had a bit of a fall from grace last season. I won’t pretend I didn’t enjoy it, because I really did. However, missing a variety of key players for long parts of the season was inevitably a big part of their downfall. It has been a long time coming mind, with Klopp’s side rarely suffering any injuries the past 2 seasons prior, leading to me thinking that burnout from his “Rock and Roll” style of play being the key factor in the injuries mounting. That, and Jordan Pickford going rogue on Van Dijk obviously.
With the giant dutchman back to fitness and back in the heart of the defence, Joe Gomez returning to the fold, and the new addition of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. Liverpool may just have enough about them in the back this season. The main issue for Liverpool is the lack of investment yet again. With only Konate arriving, Liverpool look highly unlikely to make many more signings, with Klopp dubbing the returning injured players and returning loanee Harvey Elliott as “New Signings”.
Prediction – Top 4 for Liverpool. And I think it will be 4th place.
A bitter one to write being a fan of the red half and biggest team in Manchester. But I can’t see past City again this year. The squad that Pep Guardiola has built/splurged almost a billion pounds on is just 2nd to none. Won the league again by a canter last season, still go out and splash £100 million on Jack Grealish. Not only that, Pep has openly admitted to still being interested in Spurs very own Harry Kane. If they sign him for the reported £150 million Tottenham want, then I might be physically sick and you may as well cancel the league for the foreseeable.
Slightly off-topic but – I do think though if City want to win the Champions League this season, they have to sign Harry Kane. With Aguero leaving, it only leaves one striker and that’s Gabriel Jesus. And from what I have seen of him since being at City, he isn’t anywhere near good enough.
Prediction – League Winners. The blip against Leicester in the COmmunity shield is nothing for CIty to worry about. They will be a force on all fronts again this coming season.
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That concludes my Premier League Preview – Part 3. Hope you are all enjoying reading. Like, Comment and Share with your friends!