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What to look out for in the new Premier League season — from an Argentine gem approved by Lionel Messi to a Champions League finalist in crisis

Summary List PlacementWinner – Chelsea Chelsea has looked almost unbeatable ever since Thomas Tuchel took over as manager in January. Not only has the German guided the Blues to the Champions League and the European Super Cup, but he's also masterminded not one, not two, but three wins over reigning Premier League champion Manchester City.  A lack of ruthlessness up front will be fixed by the imminent arrival of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian's goals may just fire Chelsea to the title.    Relegated – Norwich City, Watford, Southampton Norwich City has been either relegated from or promoted to the Premier League six times in the last...

Fernandinho of Manchester City lifts the Premier League Trophy

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Winner – Chelsea

Chelsea has looked almost unbeatable ever since Thomas Tuchel took over as manager in January.

Not only has the German guided the Blues to the Champions League and the European Super Cup, but he’s also masterminded not one, not two, but three wins over reigning Premier League champion Manchester City. 

A lack of ruthlessness up front will be fixed by the imminent arrival of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian’s goals may just fire Chelsea to the title. 

 

Relegated – Norwich City, Watford, Southampton

Norwich City has been either relegated from or promoted to the Premier League six times in the last eight years. By the end of the new season, odds are that will be seven in nine.

Watford’s team, despite a couple of new signings, is vastly similar to that of when it was relegated from the top flight in 2019/20.

Xisco’s side has also failed to win a single match in pre-season, most of which were against teams from lower leagues. 

As for Southampton, it lost its star player Danny Ings to Aston Villa, while left-back Ryan Bertrand has moved on to Leicester City and center back Jannik Vestergaard is close to following him. Southampton’s failure to replace that trio could be costly. 

 

 

Player of the season – Kevin De Bruyne

No player in the Premier League has been as good as Kevin De Bruyne over the past three seasons.

Don’t expect that to change this term.

A splendid play maker, a superlative passer, and supreme striker of the ball – the Belgian is pure magic to watch.

If Manchester City sign Harry Kane before the end of the transfer window, De Bruyne will be in a great position to break his own top flight assist record.

Best new signing – Jadon Sancho

Aside from Lionel Messi, no player across Europe’s top five leagues has produced more assists than Sancho over the last three seasons.

On top of his 60 assists for Borussia Dortmund, the English winger also has also scored an impressive 49 goals. 

With speed, balance, and footwork in abundance, Sancho will no doubt be causing all sorts of trouble for Premier League defenders this year. 

 

 

Surprise package – Aston Villa

Aston Villa may have lost its star player Jack Grealish to Manchester City this summer.

But it has done more than enough with the $139 million it received to ensure it will be a real threat this season.

In Danny Ings, it has one of the Premier League’s most lethal, albeit injury prone, strikers; in Emiliano Buendia, it has a gem of a player who has the approval of Lionel Messi; and in Leon Bailey, it has a pacy and direct winger once eyed by Chelsea and Manchester United.

Watch this space. 

Player to watch – Boubakary Soumare

It was only last year that Boubakary Soumare was, according to Sport, wanted by FC Barcelona.

Amid the Catalonian club’s financial crisis, however, Leicester City, the undisputed king of transfer market bargains, has acted quickest, bagging the young midfielder from LOSC Lille for the small price of $25 million.

A vital cog in Lille’s Ligue 1 winning team of last season, Soumare was immense on his full Leicester debut as the Foxes beat Manchester City to win the Community Shield. 

Flop of the season – Tottenham Hotspur

From prospective title challengers to missing out on Europe in less than two years – Tottenham Hotspur is a club in crisis.

It’s made no notable additions to its squad this summer, has lost veteran defender Toby Alderweireld and Gareth Bale (again), and is under the guidance of a manager with a mixed record in the Premier League in Nuno Espirito Santo.

On top of that, the club looks set to lose its talisman, Harry Kane, to Manchester City, after he didn’t turn up to the start of pre-season training.

 

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