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Chelsea

Chelsea

The Club

 

For years, The Blues were one of the ‘big’ clubs in England without much success. League titles were a rarity, while FA Cup runs and having good players was the norm. Since Roman Abramovich bought into the club in the early 2000s, though, they’ve won league tiles, domestic cups and even the European Cup.

 

They are without doubt among the biggest clubs in England today, with their love of continental superstars and an affluent fan base now having the real financial clout to ensure they maintain their position.

 

16-17 – How Was It?

 

Awesome! Expected to struggle under Italian coach Antonio Conte, Chelsea dominated the league and carried out a league record unbeaten run. Their impressive nature set the tone for a season that seen them win the league with exceptional ease, merely delayed by the good form of others not allowing the gap to extend even further.

 

They won the league in some style, building a team that can easily be seen as one of the most impressive in the country. Sweeping all before them, only an FA Cup loss can be seen as a blight on a dream debut season for the coach.

 

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

 

Next season, though, will be tougher. European football returns, as does the now-famous Chelsea transfer inertia. Little work has been done so far, with not much going on in the terms of ins or outs. The departure of club legend John Terry is a huge blow in terms of experience, and a lack of movement to build a new spine to a rather ageing side should be of interest to many other clubs.

 

We expect that Chelsea will be in a league hunt for much of the season, but European success is what we believe will be prioritized by both player and coach. Consecutive league titles are huge – but a European trophy would be even moreso for both Conte and the club.

 

October 12, 20170 commentsRead More
Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

The Club

 

Spurs are a perennial also-ran, having not win the league since Bill Nicholson in the 60s. European success in the form of two UEFA Cups occurred in the past, while they have been known for having some of the best English players and foreign imports since the 1990s. from Kilnsmann and Modric to Bale and Harry Kane, Spurs have had some rather fantastic players pull on their white jersey over the years, despite their relative lack of trophies.

 

16-17 – How Was It?

 

Impressive. The club looked set to challenge for the league, but the irrepressible form of Chelsea made that nearly impossible. Unable to compete, they fell away and secured a strong 2nd-place finish as well as reaching the FA Cup semi-finals. They also finally finished ahead of rivals Arsenal, a hoodoo that had stood over the club for decades.

 

It was a good season, but their poor Wembley performances both in Europe and in the cup competitions ensured that another season ended with progress but nothing tangible to show for it outside of another year of easy qualification for the Champions League.

 

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

 

A title challenge, IF they can get used to the Wembley problem. Last year ensured that the team did not feel at home and if that continues this year, it could become a problematic issue for the fans and the club. New blood is needed, too, with a slow transfer window no doubt frustrating the club and its fans.

 

With most of their competition signing players en masse or even circling around Tottenham themselves to pick up some stars, it will come down to how well they adapt to Wembley and how they can best go about investing in playing staff.

 

 

October 5, 20170 commentsRead More
Manchester City

Manchester City

The Club

Having been a rather also-ran club, the poor neighbours of Manchester United, for most of their long history, Manchester City struck gold when they were bought in 2008. In the 9 years since, they’ve lifted the league twice and become a continuous challenger across the board, winning the FA Cup and League Cup on multiple occasions. European progress is yet to be found once again to add to their sole Cup Winners Cup, but the Citizens, under coach Pep Guardiola, have the chance to forge a genuine dynasty.

16-17 – How Was It?

Transitional. Guardiola spent a lot of time finding out who was going to be good enough in the long-term, with a brutal rebuild job seeing many players move on from the club and new ones come in. A rebirth looks under way, but the season itself was a bit of a let-down as Pep got used to the league and took things a step further.

Their lack of silverware was a problem for some fans, but a season gone under Pep means that he’ll be closer to establishing a side that can easily compete at the top end next year.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

The league. We believe that fast-acting City, who have made some very smart signings – including our summer pick Bernardo Silva – is sure to see the club move forward. Many other big names are being linked, too, as it looks like Guardiola wants to ensure that season two comes with some impressive titles. He’s one of the most impressive coaches in the country – can he move further ahead using his undoubted expertise to get there?

We suspect that a title win would not be beyond their reach. City have one of the best teams in the country, so with new additions they could be truly take the entire league by storm.

October 2, 20170 commentsRead More
Liverpool

Liverpool

liverpoolThe Club

 

The five times European Cup winners are arguably the largest club in the country. To anyone born in the 90s, though, they are the club who always claims it to be ‘their year’ before missing out. European success aplenty, Liverpool are one of the most romantic clubs in the UK and has always stood for high quality football and a very intricate way of playing and managing the club.

 

Having nearly gone bust under George Gillett and Tom Hicks, the club was bought by Fenway Sports Group – FSG – and have become a model for Moneyball ever since, for better or worse.

 

16-17 – How Was It?

 

A revival. Coach Jürgen Klopp rebounded from two cup final defeats in his first year to claim Champions League football once again. This set the club on the right path after many years without consistent European progress. While they toiled in the cup competitions and seen a sure-fire league challenge be ruined by a poor January, Liverpool found their verve once again and sealed Top Four on the last day.

 

It’s a shame that they couldn’t maintain their pace: at one stage, they were the most exciting side in the country.

 

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

 

A lot. Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world, and the signing of Mohamed Salah only adds to their electricity up top. The likely signing of Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita, though, improves midfield and defence and could see the spine of a new LFC team put in place for many years to come.

 

Added to the solid players already there, the Reds look set to capitalize on their form from last year and return to the top of the table. If they can get into the Champions League, they’ll be progressing nicely.

 

 

September 16, 20170 commentsRead More
Arsenal

Arsenal

The Club

The Gunners are the most impressive London club domestically, having won the most League titles and FA Cups alongside a UEFA Cup. The club itself, though, has been in a period of flux for the last decade or so. Since they left Highbury, Arsenal have seen title pushes become rarer and also a need to balance the books see top players move on at peak years. With the club one of the richest and most fiscally mature clubs on the planet, though, they have the means to finally return.

16-17 – How Was It?

A shock. They won the FA Cup in impressive fashion, but finally crashed out of the Champions League after many, many years of participation. Coach Arsene Wenger came closer than ever to leaving until signing a new 2-year deal, while the club had a lot of transition on and off the pitch.

Star players looked close to leaving, and the disharmony finally seen the club miss out on what is a very important part of their overall image in European progression. That aside, though, much change is expected to come to make up for their worst league campaign in years.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

With the likes of Alexandre Lacazette sure to sign up alongside some other impressive names like Sead Kolasinac, Arrsenal have a lot to come. This year should see them compete for he Europa League, fight for Champions League qualification, and try to retain their FA Cup.

The futures of star plyers like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, though, will likely determine where the club goes. A few more big sales and another transitional period could see Arsenal truly begin to fall behind from a position that for over two decades they have more or less always guaranteed to keep maintaining.

September 14, 20170 commentsRead More
Manchester United

Manchester United

The Club

The most successful English club in recent times, United were the first English side to win a European Cup trophy. Famed for sides such as the Busby Babes and then Fergie’s Fledglings, United were always a team who could compete (bar a few rough spells that even seen relegation) and have long been one of the biggest clubs in the world. Now in the post-Ferguson era, though, the club appears to have transformed its identity and changed how it approaches just about everything in the game, becoming increasingly more modern – for better and for worse.

16-17 – How Was It?

Hard to define. The Europa League win can never be seen as a negative, nor can the League Cup. The European trophy in the cabinet is always a nice feeling, their first in close to a decade. Add in the Champions League qualification it brings, too, and things can be seen to be returning to the ‘good old days’.

However, United played poor football, had the most unimpressive unbeaten run in history, loaded with draws, and done nothing to maximize talent such as Paul Pogba. It’s certainly not the most impressive of seasons for United.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

A lot of positivity from the sounds of things. With new signing Victor Lindelof in the door, United have a more solid defence prepared for the years to come with him alongside Eric Bailly. Add in the impressive signings that should be coming in too, with the likes of Alvaro Morata being linked, and United could be returning to their old ways.

Mourinho has a habit of building a strong squad in season two, and it would be no surprise to see the schemer do the same here. We expect a title push and European progress from United.

September 10, 20170 commentsRead More
Everton

Everton

The Club

The Toffees are, to many peoples surprise, one of the largest clubs in England. Post-80s mismanagement and poor decision making has seen the club rather coast along, with one 4th place finish since the Premier League began. They are, though, one of the most successful in league wins, cup wins and European honours. While the clubs heyday seems to be long since passed, they were at once stage deemed to be one of the finest clubs in the country.

Still to this day, they possess an excellent support and a fine youth academy.

16-17 – How Was It?

Transitional. The much-needed end of Roberto Martinez was a huge step forward, with the rather expensive hiring of Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh from Southampton and Leicester putting the club on the map. Huge spending since has seen the club put in place an interesting squad, although 16/17 was more about blooding the likes of Tom Davies.

Comfortable in their 7th place finish, Everton managed to put in place the building blocks for a transitional summer. Romelu Lukaku finally took that next step and, while success was rather limited, the club looked more alive than previously.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

A lot of work. Major new signings are coming in at a pace we can barely keep up with, with Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez arriving the most recent at the time of writing. Everton look to be losing a few important players, too, though, so it will be interesting to see how the latest signings can help to take the club forward.

With all the clubs ahead of them buying more proven talent, though, it might be that all Everton can show in 1718 is ambition. This is a long-term project, and a transitional top half finish wouldn’t be surprising.

September 9, 20170 commentsRead More
Southampton

Southampton

The Club

Formed in 1885, Southampton – The Saints – have long been a club that people respect. Famed for their brilliant youth academy and their sole FA Cup win in 1976, the south coast outfit have always been relatively well liked. With the likes of Matt le Tissier once making them worth watching, Southampton are a club that has been on an upward trajectory in recent years. An excellent footballing department in the club ensures that they can overcome the most unsettling of incidents and departures, always filling St Mary’s with passionate fans regardless.

16-17 – How Was It?

Ok. They finished 8th and seen improvement in many of their younger talents. Manager Claude Puel, though, suffered from a lack of personality and it felt like much of the season faded out in rather average form. They lost the League Cup Final, too, in poor form, despite being by far and away the better side.

A rather awkward and simple season in many aspects, the uniform simplicity of the season seemed to become a problem for Saints fans who had finally see the limits of the clubs ambitions tested, with crucial departures really limiting long-term progress overall.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

A decent mid-table finish again seems likely. Ex-Liverpool player Mauricio Pellegrino has come into the club, a talented and intelligent coach. With the likes of Virgil van Dijk surely to leave, though, there is little appetite amongst the fans for anything too exciting.

New signings are thin on the ground, and many of them look to be young, hit-and-hope replacements for star names sure to be moving on. Wherever the Saints go from here, it will be hard to determine just where they should be given the relative quality of the talent that the club can afford and call upon.

September 8, 20170 commentsRead More
West Ham United

West Ham United

The Club

The Hammers were once the darlings of London football, having won the FA Cup three times and also the Cup Winners Cup. However, grandiose ambition seen the club move away from Upton Park, instead moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. The club struggled greatly with the move (see below) and found a huge chasm forming amongst their working class fan base.

A club in relative flux, it’s hard to see where West Ham United can go from here – the glory days are gone, so what’s left?

16-17 – How Was It?

Awful. They stayed up but for many fans they were expected to challenge for Europe. Their rancid home form played a big part in this, too, seeing their new home become a curse in no time at all. They looked set to go down at some stages, and if it were not for the work of Slavin Bilic they may have done just that.

A good club, West Ham squandered money and security, likely leaving themselves with a much harder future as the learning curve settles. Overall, the first season in their new home quickly became an exercise in frustration.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

Obscurity. The club is not doing very impressive work in the market (yet), there has been little in the way of harmony between all interested parties, and the team in general does not look very exciting any longer. Much of their original verve and swagger under Bilic is gone, and they do not look up to the task of genuine improvement.

We expect that a solid mid-table finish is likely, without too much more really being possible without immense surgery. Given the competition and the negative club atmosphere, though, that may be somewhat harder to achieve than fans expect.

September 4, 20170 commentsRead More
Leicester City

Leicester City

The Club

The Foxes are, to many football fans, a middling Midlands club that has never seen much success or glory. Always in the shadow of the likes of Aston Villa, Wolves, Derby County and Nottingham Forest, success for The Foxes was always quite fleeting. Until 2015-16, of course, when they managed to lift the league. Their famous title win will go down in history as one of the most impressive of all time, never to be repeated. Now, though, the club looks to be returning to relative, middle-of-the-road stability.

16-17 – How Was It?

Sobering. After the league win, the club never kicked on and poor signings were made. They lacked the ability to really continue on and an impressive run to the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League was a massive highlight. League form was awful, though, culminating in the exit of league winning coach Claudio Rainieri.

Star players lacked the same hunger as before and much of the club began to feel disjointed. A lifetime of goodwill was used up and gone in a single season, as the ‘second season’ struggled to live up to the hype and Leicester truly fell away spectacularly.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

It depends, really. Craig Shakespeare has been given the job full-time, and he looks to be on the market for some impressive signings. Little activity so far, though, means that some fans might be worried about where the club is going to be next season. Overall, we expect a season of relative obscurity from the former Champions.

They lost a lot of their verve and Shakespeare merely wants to try and play the same way as the title winning season. People appear to have worked that out, so what lies ahead will be determined by how adaptable they can be.

September 3, 20170 commentsRead More