The Premier League has established itself as the richest football league in the world, but in the fight for European supremacy it still has a lot to do, even with the ridiculous transfer money that is being spent.
Starting last season (2016-2017) it was generally agreed that the EPL has captured some of the best managers currently in football, with Jose Mourinho’s attempt at reviving the legendary Manchester United, Jose Guardiola’s new challenge at Manchester City, the charismatic Jürgen Klopp trying to rebuild Liverpool into a world class team and the eternal Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but multiple ex-Juventus champion Antonio Conte getting the plaudits in the end. This goes without even mentioning Claudio Ranieri (the manager who managed the impossible in the previous season with Leicester and then got sacked a short while after), Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and the others.
This summer transfer window we might still be in for some surprises, but here’s a recap of what the team we assume are title contenders have notably done so far:
Bought 22-years old Bakayoko from last year’s Champions League surprise, AS Monaco
24-year old tough tackler Rudiger from AS Roma and the Germany national team
Nothing so far
Bernardo Silva from last season’s (again) “Miss Congeniality” of the Champions League, AS Monaco.
Ederson (23) from Benfica, a goalkeeper, but will Pep Guardiola really count on him so early in his career?
Kyle Walker (27), England’s right-back, but since England is not a superpower, that doesn’t really justify the £50 million spent on him, proving once again that English players are beyond overpriced.
Romelu Lukaku (24), the goal scoring machine, brought to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s power in front of goal, but with even higher expectations regarding the goals scored per season than the Swede. So far it looks like the best move in the Premier League.
Victor Lindelöf (23) – the Swedish international will most probably look to establish himself in the first eleven, but even if he doesn’t succeed, he will provide a much-needed option for squad rotation in the defense, an area in which Mourinho’s team has suffered plenty during last season
Mohamed Salah (25) – the former Chelsea man is serving his comeback to England after a couple of successful spells in Italy and his sheer pace and shrewdness is expected to contribute to Klopp’s dynamic style of play.
Sead Kolašinac (24) – Bosnian left-back from Schalke 04
Alexandre Lacazette (26) – another French finisher for Wenger’s team, having scored 100 goals in his over 200 matches at Olympique Lyon in France.
With more than one month of the summer transfer window still to go (it closes on the 31st of August), we’re still in for some major surprises, as clubs and agents are surely negotiating how to spend the big cash floating from TV rights and sponsorship deals around the EPL. But even with all the money the footballing industry can spend, we will only find out who dominates the football scene next season after the players do their job on the pitch.
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