The Premier League Returns - Heroes and Heartbreak await in the new season
Welcome to my Premier League Preview exclusive to TJRSports. Its taken me a while to get round to writing this. I myself have been incredibly busy preparing my own team that I manage for the new season, with various admin tasks and player registrations taking place. But now that's out of the way (for this week at least) lets get writing and discussing the new highly anticipated Premier League season.
This is one of the most anticipated seasons in my memory. So many changes have been made. OUT - Mancini, OUT - Benitez, OUT - Pulis, and last but not least OUT - Sir Alex Ferguson. However for the champions there is one man who could be a bigger loss than Sir Alex. Non other than David Gill. Many People who follow football but not the politics off it will be saying WHO???. Well let me tell you.
David Gill was the man who at United accommodated every single whim of Six Alex. If it was a choice between coffee or wine at the after match meal all the way to a multi million pound signing, Gill did it. He was to Six Alex what David Dein was to Arsene Wenger and we all know what is happening at the Emirates this summer. If I was a Manchester United fan I would be concerned. The failure to land Fabregas, No-one taking the lead of the Rooney Situation, even if some reports are to be believed, a failure to get Everton to sell Baines or Fellaini does not look good for the new chief executive Ed Woodward. Its sounding like a summer of failure for the men from Old Trafford, and while the self congratulating media pat David Moyes on the back for his 1st silverware as the gaffer, lets all remember its a friendly against Championship side Wigan. There is a lot to prove for David Moyes and it starts against Swansea on Saturday. For me Woodward has let Moyes down so far, and if it turns into a bad start the pressure will be on the scot while another scot in the form of Sir Alex will be watching from the directors box.
A big welcome back to Jose Mourinho, back at Chelsea the fans favourite has returned to try and re-capture domestic glory which has been missing since his departure. For an Oligarch like Abromovich to bring back the man he sacked is a massive U-turn Will Mourinho be able to do it though. Its always a tough task going back to a club, especially one of Chelsea's stature. What ever he achieves this time it will always be compared to his first run. With the current side it may not compare too favourably. John Terry, not as formidable as he once was and not a guaranteed starter. An ageing Frank Lampard will have to put in a serious shift this season to keep up his record and can he get the best of Torres? Many have tried and failed. A fit Torres could be lethal, but that lost yard of pace means he is not as feared by defenders as he once was.
The Manuel Pellegrini arrival was drawn out. The new manager of Manchester City became maybe the worst kept secret of the summer. A man who compared to other Premier League Managers has won little, the Chilean who had a remarkable Champions League Campaign with Malaga certainly showed how Euro Savvy he was and that is a key point in he appointment as boss. City crave European success and this could be man that unlocks the code on the cracked safe of Europe which has seen City not qualify from the group stages the past 2 seasons. One thing that City will be desperate to do is bring the Premier League trophy back across Manchester. With Jovetic, Negredo, Ferdandinho and Navas all coming in there is massive potential on the Premier League Trophy having blue ribbons this season.
What can we realistically say about Liverpool. Suarez has acted disgracefully. He has history of doing so and for Liverpool's reputation they should get rid ASAP. Liverpool are well renown for having the ficklest of fans, claiming that "its our year this year", well I'm afraid it wont be. Its another season of re-building. Time for the fans to get behind Rodgers and not live in the past reminiscing of Shankly and glory years of Dalgliesh and understand that it is in the past. I speak to many Liverpool fans and they genuinely believe that they can get in that top 4. They wont, They are miles off. 2 years of re-building then yes Liverpool can get back to the Champions League, but they need to get rid if the Uruguayan Cannibal 1st, and get players who care about their club.
At Arsenal is there cash to spend?? Everybody says there is but yet Arsene Wenger refuses to splash the cash. To reach that top 4 its vital they spend. Spurs, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are in a better position than Arsenal to make that top 4. Arsene Wenger needs to improve his squad and maybe a cheeky bid for Rooney may come off if he stops the quest to secure the services of Suarez from Liverpool. Another poor year and this could be Arsene's last in the Premier League. There is plenty of suitors for his services in France and Spain and next May we could be saying au revior to the stern Frenchman.
The bottom, Crystal Palace, Hull City and Cardiff have all arrived on the scene and who will make the step up. Palace with manager Ian Holloway have struggled to sign players this summer. The deals have been there but all nearly fell through. Kevin Phillips at the age of 39 came on a free from Blackpool and yesterday Marouane Chamakh arrived from Arsenal. Can he be prolific?. For the enigmatic Holloway it could be a long season in the capital as they struggle for the quality to be competitive.
Hull have created a bit of a storm this season already by announcing a re-branding exercise to be called Hull City Tigers. At the moment the tigers look a little toothless. They have been a bit more successful in the transfer market than Palace with Sagbo, Figueroa, Curtis Davies and Danny Graham coming in. Overall the quality may not be there, but they have some Premier League experience, and a canny manager in Steve Bruce who may by hook or crook keep them up.
Cardiff on the other hand, are breaking their record every week for fees. Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and Andreas Cornelius have come in. Keen to keep up with their rivals Swansea its going to be a bumper season in South Wales and one where they both could realistically stay up. There are many other factors for this season, Aston Villa keeping Benteke is a massive boost for them. Newcastle signing Remy could re-ignite their strike line. Norwich have made several signings which may see a change of formation for the new season and West Brom bringing back Anelka could be useful to make up for Lukaku who went back to Chelsea after a season loan.
So... my final table will look like this
1 - Manchester City
2 - Chelsea
3 – Manchester United
4 – Tottenham Hotspur
5 - Arsenal
6 – Liverpool
7 – Fulham
8 – Swansea
9 – Aston Villa
10 – Newcastle United
11 – West Ham
12 – West Brom
13 – Everton
14 – Norwich
15 – Hull City
16 – Cardiff
17 – Southampton
18 – Sunderland
19 – Stoke
20 – Crystal Palace
Villian of the season - Paulo Di Canio. The Sunderland Manger will blow his top this year in the Premier League. He may be gone by Christmas but the damage will be done.
Hero of the season - Sergio Aguero. He will be keen to get that title back. He will lead City's front line to victory
Break out star of the season - Romelu Lukaku - After doing so well at West Brom, he will return to Chelsea and make himself the no1 striker AHEAD of Torres.
Most Improved - Aston Villa - Will put last season behind them and the new experience of Lambert's young squad will go from strength to strength
Most Disappointing - Stoke City - A completely baffling decision to bring in Mark Hughes after Tony Pulis and the fans were already wanting him out at his press conference. A lack of signings and a pledge to change the system by Hughes could spell disaster.
So there we go, what are your thoughts on the new season.Who do you support? Are you excited? What would your final table be? Leave a comment, tweet me @01clewsy or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org