Despite all the big money signings and the recruitment of the best backroom staff available that have gone on this off season, the football world might be in for another surprise in the 2016-17 EPL season.
Leicester City’s fairy tale caught everyone off guard last term, and maybe they have successfully broken the jinx of having the so called big boys win the league every now and then.
We all admit we now have as many as 4/5 strong contenders for the coveted EPL top prize this coming (2 days away) season, but what if the football gods want to pull off another stunt on us?
What if none of the Manchester clubs or north London sides emerge winner? If that ever happens, if!!! Then it could be one of these clubs getting crowned as the EPL champions come May.
The new Everton side looks set for greater things. New owner, new project, new coach. There is definitely a mission this time around, and the loss of John Stones doesn’t look like capable of stopping them.
The services of former Swansea captain, Ashley Williams have been acquired, while Yannick Bolasie could arrive to add more grit to the attack. Add the possible arrival of Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone to that.
Koeman took Southampton to 7th and 6th place finishes in his 2 seasons with the Saints, he definitely wants to come up that ladder, and 1st position isn’t that far away.
Few quality additions are still being targeted before September 1 and we won’t be seeing traces of any weakness from them when the Dutch gets a firm grip.
Just maybe the EPL trophy will finally come to this city this season. If Everton has any surprises to offer, their rivals always want to better them.
Klopp’s side have been so drilled all off-season that they shouldn’t finish in any spot outside top 4 if they keep up their tempo all season long.
They already showed it countless times last season but battled inconsistencies and fatigue. Those problems won’t likely emerge this season, and if there is any team that has a chance of upsetting the odds, it’s Liverpool.
Those resounding victories and responses/comebacks of last term should prove the Reds worth this season, it can only be hoped they they won’t flatter to deceive under their new German manager.
Koeman might have left for a more attractive project at Goodison Park but his replacement at the Saint Mary definitely wants to do better than he did.
Claude Puel is well aware the Saints are a selling club and is getting about securing recruitments for the squad following the departures of Mane, Wanyama and Pelle.
The former OGC Nice won the Ligue 1 with Monaco in the 1999–2000 season and definitely wouldn’t mind adding an EPL medal to his c.v.
Charlie Austin, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond will be core of the attack next season, and as unpopular as they are, they are capable of wrecking havoc into any side’s rearguard.
Watford are definitely still green with envy following Leicester City’s heroics last season.
Both arrived the EPL at the start of the 2014/15 season, and whilst their former Championship rivals eventually went on to won the league, they could only settle for a 13th place finish, 36 points away from the league winners.
Having parted ways with Quique Sanchez Flores after the ending of last season, Watford appointed Walter Mazzarri to lead the side to the upper half of the table for the coming term.
The former Inter Milan coach can do more than that. He’s known to be a player improver, with Cavani his most popular product till date. Deeney and Ighalo could be firing on all cylinders due to the influence of the no-nonsense Italian coach.
Goals win league.
An attacking midfield that boasts of Ayew, Payet and Lanzini will cause problems for any defence line in the English top flight.
That West Ham have Andy Carroll to lead the line further makes them a threat and possible top 4 finishers this season.
They only missed out with 4 points last season, and they sure have plans to relaunch a more challenging title bid this term. Bilic has proven to be a good tactician over time, and if Ranieri can do it, why not him?
The Hammers are ready to take a shot at the top prize, and don’t be utterly taken aback if they clinch it.