This year’s Premier League season has already gotten off to a blast, with huge names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku returning to the top tier of English football. We haven’t even mentioned Jack Grealish’s £100m move from Aston Villa to Manchester Giants, Man City, or Harry Kane’s failed Tottenham departure. The Premier League already had us on the edge of our seats before it had even started. Now that we are three games in however, we have started to see who is looking good, and who might be battling relegation for the foreseeable future.
The winners of the 2020/2021 season; Manchester City are already looking like a dominant force with 3 victories of a possible 4. Bolstered by the signing of former Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, they are already looking like a shoe-in for title contenders. Despite the loss of former hitman Sergio Aguero, and failed moves for Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane; the side are still looking good and we can’t see them being beaten again. Pep Guardiola is debatably one of the best managers in world football and his tactics see City play incredible majestic football. With competition only getting tougher, will City be able to compete for all honours this year?
The other Manchester club, the red devils. The powerhouse who dominated under Sir Alex Ferguson have struggled in recent years. However, a slow but meaningful progression under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen United be thrown into the conversation for potential Premier League winners for this season. Having acquired mega signings such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, the United roster currently at Solskjaer’s disposal is on par with Ferguson’s 2008 Champions League winning side. A club here for business, if Pogba, Fernandes and Co can really pull their socks up this season, they might have a chance of edging their noisy neighbours.
“Chelsea, Chelsea”. What the Chelsea fans lack in inspiration for chants at games, is clearly made up from the potential and success from the current squad and management. Thomas Tuchel had big boots to fill when he replaced legend Frank Lampard as head coach. Many felt that Frank had not had enough time and the sacking was quite harsh, but the replacement quashed all those doubts. Securing a top 4 finish and winning the Champions league can only have been something fans were dreaming about earlier in the season. Tuchel really did a splendid job. This season, he is certainly under the scope again. Bolstered by the mega-signing of Romelu Lukaku; Tuchel is expected to provide results once again. If he can get the best out of misfiring German compatriots Kai Havertz and Timo Werner; Chelsea will be the team to fear this year.
Liverpool may not have made any significant signings like their competitors this season, but that doesn’t stop them already harboring a squad full of talent. An attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino is a nightmare for any defence. With last season’s signing, Diogo Jota, also stepping up in attack this season, Liverpool are showing that they didn’t need any expensive, fancy signings to compete for honours this year. Jurgen Klopp is an experienced managerial maestro, having already won the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool in previous seasons. As well as moderate success with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. If Liverpool’s reliable attacking trio can turn up this season, Liverpool are certainly in for a shout.
A champions league finalist not so long ago, Spurs have certainly fallen from grace with Mauricio Pochettino’s departure. The owners of debatably one of the best strikers in world football, Harry Kane, Spurs have certainly underachieved over the last ten years. To win absolutely no trophies while having a consistent golden boot winner is quite frankly laughable. Its not like the rest of the squad isn’t talented either; goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is the captain of France, Heung-Min Son is exceptional. What is the reason for the lack of success? We don’t actually know. I’m sure Spurs will be hoping that new manager Nuno Espirito Santo will have better luck this season, but we are not so sure.
Unlikely winners back in 2016, Leicester have never quite reached those heights again. Saying this however, they are a young talented squad under fantastic leadership with Brendan Rodgers the current manager. Jamie Vardy is still performing despite being well into his 30’s now, and young players like Harvey Barnes make Leicester a dangerous side. Having some European experience now, and solid Premier League competitors; Leicester may not challenge for top honours this year, but a top 4 finish will definitely be on the agenda.