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Undrafted Premier League 2021/22 – Outright Winner

Outright Winner – Premier League 2021/22

The Premier League returns this week with Friday Night Football. This means only one thing, we welcome the Undrafted football writers back into the fold. Fresh off the back of a very successful Euro 2020/21 content packed summer, the team turn their attentions and most importantly their opinions/predictions to what we hope is an exhilarating season.

With fans back in the stadiums, blockbuster transfers happening left, right and centre who can predict the winner of this years Premier League 2021/22 campaign? All the Undrafted writers were asked to pick their “outright winner” for this season and provide their reasoning behind their decision. Please note, all writers will be held fully accountable for these predictions come the end of the season. Who do you trust most, that’s for you as the reader to decide…

Jamie Evans

Outright Winner : Manchester City (8/13 – Sky bet)

Pains me to say it being a fan of the red half and bigger side of Manchester, but I can’t see past last seasons champions winning it again. The squad depth is second to none in Europe and they’ve just splashed out £100 million on Jack Grealish. With rumours of a £150 million bid for Harry Kane still circling…might turn off the football before it even begins. 

Image Credit – The Independent

Murray Pugh

Outright Winner : Manchester City (8/13 – Sky bet)

Let’s be honest here, more chance of me getting a call up to play for a Premier League club than there is City not winning the league this season. Even if they did nothing in the summer transfer window they’d still be miles clear of any other team in the league. Adding Jack Grealish to their arsenal (Only time the word Arsenal will get a mention in this article) of attackers, as well as the possibility of getting Harry Kane in, just blows my mind.

Even with the additions Man Utd have made they’re still half a squad off what this City team have. Chelsea have a great starting 11 but then a weakened bench, it’ll only take a couple of injuries to put them out the title race, and well Liverpool seem to have forgotten how to buy players so there’s no chance they get within 10 points of City.

Thomas Clapham

Outright Winner: Liverpool (5/1 – Sky bet)

Right, so the obvious choice here is Manchester City, who have had a very public retooling of their team in preparation for a long season. That however is the key. Pep has to finally defeat City’s biggest nemesis, The Champions League, which will be the overwhelming priority this season. Liverpool on the other hand will want to show everyone that they are the truest contenders for City’s crown.

Their efforts in the transfer window, while quiet, show real intent. Ibrahima Konate, while listed as a Right Back, is a more than capable Centre Back and both those positions saw difficulty last year. Add this to the returning Virgil Van Dijk and this defence is already better than the one who helped them with all their recent success. I think they are favourites with Man City distracted and watch this space if they add an attacking threat.

Plus and it pains me to say this, while he may end up as the greatest premier league striker ever, Harry Kane is practically allergic to winning trophies.

Chris Juffs

Outright Winner: Chelsea (5/1 – Sky bet)

I’m probably biased, but I really like the team that Thomas Tuchel is building at Stamford Bridge. 

It’s obvious with the signing of Jack Grealish, that Manchester City aren’t going to be a million miles away, and are undoubtedly favourites, however Tuchel has exposed Pep in every game they’ve faced off in, and I think he’ll be able to do the same over a 38 game season. 

Romelu Lukaku looks set to return to London, and he could be the final piece of the puzzle. I expect Kai Havertz to have a standout season after showing glimpses of his talent last year, and a front 3 of Havertz, Werner and Lukaku could fire Chelsea to the title.

The Prodigal Son Returns – Image credit: The Times

Antonio Ierubino

Outright Winner: Chelsea (5/1 – Sky bet)

Before the Lukaku news, I would have said Manchester City. After the Lukaku news, it has to be Chelsea.

Chelsea have outlaid a heavy investment to bring back their prodigal son Romelu Lukaku, but it looks to be smart business from the blues. They have lacked a real focal point leading the line since Diego Costa left, someone that can complement the current crop of young Champions League winning talent. Lukaku brings that and more to the table. Think of all the chances Chelsea make on a regular basis, he should be looking at 20 plus this season easily. If this is the case and Lukaku can get firing on all cylinders, the Trophy will be coming back to Stamford Bridge.

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