English Premier League 2016-17 : Winter is coming for “Others”?

With Jose Mourinho having taken reins at Old Trafford, Manchester United have embarked on a massive summer recruitment drive this summer. Big names, even bigger sums have been dished out to players and their respective agents alike. At his former club Chelsea, the arrival of a serial Serie A winner Antonio Conte is seen as a big sign of the London giants going all out to avenge the humiliating 10th place finish last season of English Premier League 2016-17 : Winter is coming for “Others”?.The arrivals have been big names and more are expected to land at Stamford Bridge before deadline closes at 31st August 2016.

Manchester City’s poaching of Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munich will among the Top-3 signings of the season along with the likes of Paul Pogba(if it happens).Having revolutionised the playing style of two behemoths Barcelona and Bayern Munich before, the Catalan is expected to create something similar at Etihad Stadium. Jurgen Klopp has had a full pre-season at Liverpool and brought in signings that fit into his vision and playing style. Liverpool will be expected to much more than their eighth place finish last season. Arsenal will be gearing for another crack at the trophy with an aggressive intent following their blow-up last season. With all the hysteria surrounding the “Big clubs”, one wonders the implications it holds for the other teams that surprised many with their commendable feats last season.

English Premier League 2016-17 : Winter is coming for “Others”?

English Premier League 2016-17 : Winter is coming for “Others”?
English Premier League 2016-17 : Winter is coming for “Others”?

Leading the list are Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspurs. Though Leicester City clinched their first trophy in their history, Spurs were equally impressive in their pursuit of English glory. Mauricio Pochettino’s stock was sky high in the months leading to the final few games in the season. The implosion following their defeat at Chelsea saw them finished third behind Arsenal but none can argue the fact the Spurs were better than their neighbors in their campaign by some margin. Buoyed by the performances of their young stars like Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli,many have predicted them to be a consistent challanger for trophies this season. But one cannot overlook the luck that aided their progress the last season.

With Liverpool changing a manager in October, Chelsea’s sensational fall from grace and Manchester United grappling with the boring play under Louis Van Gaal, the Spurs found it comparatively convenient to navigate through to Top-3 than they do now. Poaching three points from Man City, Man United and Chelsea will be the most difficult task for the Spurs this season not to mention the task of mitigating the draining effects of Champions League campaign this season. The upcoming campaign will be the toughest of all for Spurs and Pochettino, one that they hope will be successful in.

English Premier League 2016-17 : Winter is coming for “Others”?

Leicester City’s fairytale this season was a source of inspiration to many. From Wales to Iceland, to South America and Russia, the press was gushing at underdogs defying the odds to chase glory.This season sadly is likely to see Money making its presence felt. The Foxes’s will be looking forward to Champions League football at King Power stadium but manager Claudio Ranieri will be keeping one eye on finishing in the Top-10. This is no small task by any means. Not this season. With managing the cup competitions, something they bowed out of early and didn’t have to grapple with will be another headache for the Italian. Their fans may want to see their team repeating the heroics from last season. However, a repeat is looks very unlikely.

Everton have flown under the radar in the summer transfer market but with new investor Farhad Moshiri and his fresh funds will no doubt make Toffees much much better than last season.Though no big name players have arrived at Goodison Park, Ronald Koeman and most lately Steve Walsh’s signature is one of the biggest coups in the Premier League this season. The Toffees are no doubt looking at the future but they have ensured that the services of one of the best managers and scouts are secured to help them write a glorious chapter in Club’s history. The beginning though, looks unlikely to be in this season. They may bring in some quality players over time but to expect them to make a big splash straightaway in the transfer market would be naive. A finish among the Europa League spots will be the target that Koeman must be targeting. One which will no doubt keep the owners happy given the tough water that the Toffees have to navigate through.

The last season was a pleasant surprise to the neutrals who had became tired of seeing the big-spending clubs bully their way to the Championship. The likes of Tottenham and Spurs gave a new outlook to the perception of what could be achieved with teamwork and perseverance. The upcoming season may sadly make the last season a distant memory.

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