Written by David Robinson
A highly anticipated Premier League season will suddenly come around very quickly with plenty of interesting stories already set-up with the arrival of Pep Guardiola and the return of Jose Mourinho, the most high profile. With Premier League money now at an all time high, with plenty of transfers still to be completed it is difficult to predict who will be making great strides next season however based on current squads and resources available you can anticipate the direction in which a club is heading. It would be no surprise to see both Man Utd and Man Cty reformed with Chelsea surely likely to challenge again. Therefore I look at 3 clubs who are not only on the up but also that could be the surprise packages next season. credit Aleksandr Osipov
You’d imagine next season couldn’t get any worse for the Toffees following a frustrating campaign of inconsistency and continual defence frailties. With Ronald Koeman set to arrive from Southampton you would imagine he could quickly change fortunes by installing the same structure he has implemented at Southampton. Goodison Park should see a more resilient team and when you couple this with the squad’s talent it should be a recipe for success. Romelu Lukaku is starting to become more of the real deal so with a couple of eye-catching transfers, you’d surely expect Everton to push for Europe and potentially more importantly, win a trophy.
With the recent American takeover of the club, it could prove to be an interesting season for the Swans come August. The club struggled for the large part lacking cutting edge that is crucial as part of their possession based football. However they ended the season in great fashion under Francesco Guildolin. With new investors, I think a few excellent additions particularly in the forward areas could spark Swansea back into life and get them pushing for Europe again. Not only could we see more positive results but also some more attractive and quality football at the Liberty Stadium.
With talk that Stoke could once again break their record transfer fee again, you would have to fancy Stoke to challenge for Europe next season. They have slowly built under Mark Hughes however inconsistencies have stopped the Potters from progressing to the next level. I feel that they need to make quality transfers rather than a quantity of good ones. Two expensive additions could take them to the next level meaning no team will fancy travelling to the Britannia. Even without further additions Stoke have built a good side and you would expect the likes of Shaqiri to improve next season. I can definitely see Stoke causing an upset and reaching the top 7 in similar style to West Ham this season while they could go one better and reach a final of a cup competition.
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Who do you think are the ones to watch next season? Let us know in the comments below!
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