We have arrived at the end of the series. The 5th and final installment of “My Premier League Preview”. Let’s see what’s in store for the final 4 teams in the sequence.
It hasn’t been a good summer for Spurs fans. And it looks like things will get worse before the transfer window closes. Starman Harry Kane wants out, and Manchester City are ready and waiting with a reported bid of £130 million plus add ons. Not even Mr. Levy can turn that down. Especially with Kane wanting out to win trophies.
Other than the Harry Kane debacle, how can I forget that Spurs approached about 76 different managers in pre-season, to have them all turn them down and settle for the ex wolves man Nuno Espirito Santo. It really has been nothing short of a circus at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
Some positive news though for Spurs fans is that they have acquired Argentinian centre-back, Cristian Romero, from Atlanta. I believe he will be a great addition to a weak backline that spurs struggled with last season.
Prediction – It all depends on Harry Kane, With Kane, Spurs can push for 5th or 6th. Without Kane, it really could be 8th to 10th. The last week of the Transfer window will be a tense one for Spurs fans.
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Newly promoted Watford surprised everyone yesterday with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. A fantastic start to their campaign of staying in the league. WIth Watford known for sacking managers left, right, and centre, I am intrigued to see how long Xisco Munoz gets at the helm.
Ismaila Sarr will be pivotal to Watford’s aim of staying up. The flying winger provides such an attacking threat in the hornets’ side and can make or score a goal out of nothing. I thought he did enough to earn a move the last time Watford were in the Premier League, but if they fail to stay up this season, Sarr will be hot property.
Prediction – Watford to stay up by the skin of their teeth.
David Moyes has worked wonders down at the London Stadium. He got West Ham playing some wonderful stuff last year on their way to the 6th placed finish they achieved. With the likes of Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, and the resurgence of on-loan Jesse Lingard, the hammers qualified for the Europa League. A great achievement for the club.
Unfortunately though, I think that will be their downfall this year. WIth the added fixtures and midweek games, West ham will need to utilise their squad perfectly to avoid the inevitable fatigue the players will suffer from so many games. Something West Ham don’t have. This summer’s lack of investment is a big worry, and Jesse Lingard doesn’t look like he is coming back to the hammers either. I think it will be a long season for West Ham.
Prediction – Due to Europa League fixtures and a threadbare squad, I think West Ham will find themselves in the bottom half of the table this season. Safe, but disappointingly lower than their finish last season.
One side who I really have no idea how they will get on this season. I’d say that last season’s campaign didn’t go exactly as planned and that led to the departure of Nuno. Raul Jiminez suffered his horrific head injury and was a major loss to how Wolves played. Youngster Fabio SIlva will get there I’m sure of it, but he was chucked in earlier than expected and failed to get the goals required. Willian Jose was another who was signed on loan and failed to bring anything to the faltering Wolves attack.
Ex-Benfica manager, Bruno Lage, has now been given the manager’s job at the Molyneaux, and it remains to be seen if he will bring a different approach to the 3-4-3 Nuno famously favours. Raul Jiminez is back on the pitch which is truly a wonderful sight considering the fractured skull he suffered, but will he be back to how he was? An injury like that must affect you in some way mentally as well as physically. I hope he comes back with a bang.
Prediction – I don’t think Wolves will be pulling up any trees this season. Bottom half of the table, similar to last season.
And that concludes the series. Hope you have all enjoyed. If you have missed out on Part 1-4, the links will be available below.
My Premier League Preview – Part 1
My Premier League Preview – Part 2
My Premier League Preview – Part 3
My Premier League Preview – Part 4