Similarly to the Summer of 2016, fans of the Top 6 Premier League clubs have put forward their claims as to why they’ll win the Premier League title. In 2016, Spurs fans had a reasonable argument as their 2015-16 3rd place finish was their best for a long while, whilst their North London rivals went one better, finishing 2nd in 2015-16, using this in their favour. Manchester United had just had an incredible summer transfer window, signing Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and appointing Jose Mourinho as their manager. Manchester City, the bookie’s favourites, had also had an excellent Summer and appointed Pep Guardiola to the helm, arguably one of the world’s greatest managers. In the end, it was Chelsea who emerged victorious – rather comfortably as well.
This season is a different ball game altogether and it is almost impossible to predict the winner. Chelsea were certainly not the favourites after a 10th place finish in 2015-16 and this season will be very similar. For all we know, AFC Bournemouth could do a Leicester and storm the league. They signed Jermain Defoe, world beaters? In all seriousness, I simply can’t predict this season’s title winners, so I will now pitch each individual contender and you can judge for yourself.
Last season’s Premier League champions are looking to storm to victory again, but this year it won’t be so easy. Antonio Conte has fallen out with the board and may not get the financial support he needs for a title winning side. Diego Costa is on his way out and the Blues also had Romelu Lukaku snatched away by Manchester United. The signing of Antonio Rudiger is a strong one, however, and means that their defence is secure. This will also be solid upon the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco, but their only half-decent striker is Michy Batshuayi, unless Eden Hazard fancies himself there.
Tottenham will be playing their football at Wembley Stadium for the coming season, a stadium that they are extraordinarily unproven in. To couple this, they have made absolutely no summer transfers and have lost Kyle Walker to Manchester City, a crippling blow to the team. They got the best of this deal, however, and now have an extra £50,000,000 in the bank to sign a replacement, plus further names. Andre Silva and Ricardo Pereira are two names that could both be heading to Wembley next season.
Manchester City have had a very decent start to the transfer window, thus far. They’ve replaced Bacary Sagna with Kyle Walker, Willy Caballero with Ederson and will replace Gael Clichy with Bejamin Mendy. The signing of Bernardo Silva also suggests that Manchester City will run away with the Premier League title. However, Manchester City were the favourites last season and never really got a look-in, meaning it’s still too difficult to predict.
Liverpool are quietly making their claim for the Premier League title, as Jurgen Klopp’s men are linked with a few decent names. Mohamed Salah is an excellent signing and the potential arrivals of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita make Liverpool my dark-horses for the title, but only if both come in. With the arrival of Champions League football to Anfield, both are needed if Liverpool want to compete, let alone win the title.
It’s taken five years but Arsenal have finally replaced Robin Van Persie, in the form of Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal fans have begged for a world class striker for years and finally have their wish, with the potential arrivals of Thomas Lemar and Nemanja Matic. Mesut Ozil is definitely staying and Alexis Sanchez looks set to stay another year also, as Wenger hopes to win over the fans for one last time. Despite this, it looks like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on his way out and the toxic mood amongst fans means that Arsenal are not the favourites amongst most.
The holders of the Europa League are having a great transfer window. Jose Mourinho is desperate to get business done and wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic back at the club, who had just been released. The signing of Victor Lindelof is positive, but £31,000,000 seems a bit extreme. The same can be said for Romelu Lukaku, who is a sensational signing for an extortionate fee. If they can afford it, however, then spend it. The potential loss of Anthony Martial could hurt Manchester United and if they can’t get Zlatan back, then the Red Devils could be in for a roller-coaster season.
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