As the final whistle blew on Chelsea’s winning season, a lot of us fans were already thinking forward to the 2016-17 Premier League season. The clubs were planning for the upcoming season months, heck years, before hand, so it is bound to be one of the best Premier League seasons yet. In order to find success, your club must have a great off-season. With the world’s best players in national team tournaments throughout the summer and transfer fees substantially rising, it makes it even harder to bring in that star player your club was missing last season. There is still plenty of time to do business before that August 31 Transfer Deadline Day, but the season is fast approaching.
Early favorites to lift the Premier League trophy are the typical, big name clubs, but that doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee (look at Leicester City in 2015-16!). Manchester City and the reigning champs Chelsea are currently joint favorites to win the 2017-18 Premier League, but Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal aren’t far behind. Every team still has work to do to get ready for the upcoming season, so look to see these odds change with every new transfer and departure during the rest of the transfer window.
Many of Premier League clubs have already done some business this off-season, so lets look at some of the major story lines thus far:
Manchester City, Everton and West Ham Bring in Wholesale Changes
Every club has their own transfer policy. Some chose to penny pinch(*cough* Arsenal *cough*), while others decide to break the bank. Manchester City, Everton and West Ham have all transformed their squads, trying to find that winning formula. Will this strategy work for these clubs, or will all the new players not be able to jell?
Managing a Premier League may be the hardest gig in world football, so it takes a brave and smart man to accept the challenge. There have many many unsuccessful managers in Premier League history, so clubs looking to hire must take their time to find the right guy to take the team’s reins. For Southampton and Crystal Palace, Mauricio Pelligrino and Frank de Boer, respectively, are the trusted men. With talented squads and millions at their disposal, both men will look to bring consistency and excitement to their clubs.
Big Clubs With New, Big Name Attackers
Blackburn had Alan Shearer. Manchester City had Sergio Aguero. Leicester City had Jamie Vardy. Every Premier League champion has had that sure-fire attacker leading the club to victory. For Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, finding this type of player was on their priority lists. Liverpool will be hoping Mohamed Salah second shot in the Premier League is a fruitful one. Manchester United have put all their eggs in one basket in Romelu Lukaku, but he is already one of the best strikers in the league. Chelsea spent big on Real Madrid reject (twice) Alvaro Morata, and Arsenal get the man they’ve tracked for years in Ligue 1 star Alexandre Lacazette. Which one of these high-profile attackers will find the most success during their first season with their new clubs? Let me know in the comments below.
Promoted Clubs Prepping
With every new Premier League season comes three new (or returning) clubs, promoted from the EFL Championship. For the 2017-18 Premier League season, Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town all have one goal in mind…stay up. Newcastle and Huddersfield have started their important off-seasons strong, while Brighton have some catching up to do. Will all three clubs have what it takes to make the cut in the tough Premier League, or will they be sent straight back down to the Championship?
Tottenham Has Done Nothing…Yet
Now the last storyline of the Premier League offseason isn’t actually a story at all. The Tottenham Hotspurs have cemented themselves as a top four side in the league in the past two seasons, but they have lacked in strengthening their side. Boss Mauircio Pochettino will not only look to bring some new life to his already strong side, but he will have to keep hold of his star players too. Having already lost right back Kyle Walker to title-contending rivals Manchester City, the Spurs have a tough remaining transfer window ahead of them.
The Premier League is the best football league in the world, so no matter what happens before the first game of the season, it is going to be an exciting season.
If you enjoyed this article, look out for my upcoming team-by-team preview articles, where I will discuss every transfer and look at how I believe the clubs will fare this upcoming season.
Until next time, ciao, and remember:
“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben