As we pass the 10 game mark into the Premier League season, it’s a perfect landmark to assess how each of the 20 clubs have fared so far. With money spent and expectations all part of the decision making process, I weigh up how each side has got on so far this campaign.
Arsenal – 5th – Grade: C
This is the season you would expect from the Gunners, on the whole they have been fine, winning all of their home games which shouldn’t be taken for granted. They picked up a good away point at Stamford Bridge but have of course slipped up in typical fashion, producing the most horrific performance away at Liverpool and then losing on the road to Stoke and Watford. No one expects Arsenal to put up a title challenge, they are 9 points adrift of Manchester City so I think it’s been an average season so far because of what you’d expect from them. They can be pleased with the signings of Lacazette and Kolasanic but the same problems continue to exist.
AFC Bournemouth – 19th – Grade: D
A very disappointing start. The signings of Ake, Begovic and Defoe should be taking the Cherries up another level but they have faltered in the opening 10, failing to pick up the wins against the teams expected to be in and around them. Their only home win was an unconvincing one against Brighton and I feel they have a lot more to give. That being said it is not a disaster, with it being tight at the bottom they can easily change their fortunes around but up to this point I’d have expected a lot more.
Brighton – 12th – Grade: A
The Seagulls have shown enough to me to suggest they can stay clear of relegation this season. Importantly they are picking up points at home. When they couldn’t beat my side Watford with 10 men I was hugely worried for them but they are staying competitive. The form of Dunk and Duffy is very encouraging, we know they might struggle for goals as the season progresses so keeping it tight has been key to their 12 point haul. Morale boosting wins over West Ham and Newcastle have got Chris Hughton’s side feeling good and in a strong position to kick on which is exactly what they would have wanted. Their new signings particularly Pascal Gross have hit the ground running which is yet another huge bonus.
Burnley – 7th – Grade: A+
A sensational start for Burnley, you feared it could have been one season too many for them this year particularly after the sales of Michael Keane and Andre Gray but the club continues to defy the odds and find the answers. James Tarkowski has been a huge hit with filling Keane’s void and Chris Wood has hit the ground running after his big money move. After they relied solely on home form last campaign they hit back by taking a staggering 8 points on the road which has come from wins against Everton and Chelsea and then draws against Liverpool and Spurs. Huge credit to the clarets, it puts them in a lofty 7th place.
Chelsea – 4th – Grade: C-
An opening day defeat at home to Burnley has summed up what has been a strange season for Chelsea so far. They ultimately haven’t been convincing, defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester City sum it up, they’ve lacked that killer mentality that won them the league last season and haven’t been up to standard when going against their biggest rivals. With a few injuries and more games this time round they don’t seem to be handling the squad as well, the fact £30m Danny Drinkwater doesn’t play would suggest they’ve made a bit of a mess of the transfer window and Matic’s impact at United highlights that even more so. To be 9 points off the leaders at this stage means it’s too much of a slow start.
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