This is the second part of our series of quedtions that will need to be answered this EPL season.
Just in case you missed out on the first part, you can read it up here.
Q41: The Serious One? The Motivated One?
What will Mourinho be this season? More like: Who will Jose be this time around? The Angry One? The Revengeful One? The Calm One? Considering his very talked-about split with Chelsea, everyone is intrigued to see how he bounces back. He’s definitely champing at the bit.
Q40: What will Karanka and Boro Bring Back After 7 Years?
After getting Victor Valdes and A. Negredo on board, it’s now the classic case of Middlesborough and the Squad of Champions. Karanka obviously wants to stay up this time around but could this team have more than that in mind?
Q39: What About Puel?
Claude Puel is the new man at the helms in Southampton. Names like Pelle and Mane have exited the club. Fonte is rumoured ro want a transfer out of the club. What will Puel do to maintain or surpass Koeman’s achievements?
Q38: Huge Stoke?
They’re not expected to be involved in relgation battles but just maybe the fans will be wanting more from the players. After getting Arnautovic to stick around, maybe Stoke can manage more than a tenth place finish predicted by Paul Merson.
Q37: Can Moyes Be Like Big Sam?
Allardyce was the kind of coach that was able to make names like Defoe tick. Now that he’s gone, which version of David Moyes will be on display? The Moyes of Everton? The Moyes of Man. Utd? Can Moyes help Sunderland survive like Allardyce did?
Q36: Ayew Serious?
The Swans succeeded in selling their best striker to West Ham. And even though they’ve secured the services of Llorente, what’s the assurance that he’ll adapt easily to the league? The devil you know, right? But the Swans have made their move. Where will they end up this season? Relegation?
Q35: Can They Handle The EPL and the Champions League?
Tottenham have been here before. But trying to cope with both competitions can be a tough task for any team. The Europa League seemed to do more harm than good last year, in their bid for the EPL title. Now that Leicester has shown all that nothing is impossible, Tottenham will want to win the title too but… can they cope?
Q34: Who Will Go First?
This one is for the relegation contenders or under-performing achievers: Who will get sacked first? Every season usually has its casualties and the coaches are always the first to go. But who will get the axe first?
Q33: Who Will Be the Top Goalscorer?
There are lots of contenders for this: from a fit Aguero, to a charged Costa, to a fit Sturridge. There’s also Harry kane and maybe one Asano (sorry, I meant Giroud)
Q32: Will the Referees Turn Up?
Last season was at times marred with referee controversies. Will this season be different? Will the referees behave or will have more of the same?
With Pep, Conte, Klopp and Mou on the touchline, we might see a variety of crazy systems. Maybe Conte will finally get 3-5-2 right in the EPL. Or maybe we will see Pep’s 3-3-4?
Q30: Breakout Star of the Season?
Last season it was Kante, Mahrez and Vardy. The year before it was Harry Kane. Whose fortunes will be on the up and up this year?
Q29: Can Money Win the League?
Everyone is spending big, even newly relegated Newcastle have a Champions League winning coach! There’s crazy money in the EPL right now. So the question remains: who wins? Is it the team that spends the most?
Q28: The New Rules?
Will the new rules cause some controversy? Obviously! But with the EPL, the question is, how big will those controversies be? I mean, a red card issued to a player before the game begins will definitely spark heated press conferences and all right?
Q27: One Season Wonder or…?
One name comes to mind… Dele Alli. Will this young lion live up to the expectations that stems from his performance last season? There’s also a Jamie Vardy in the mix. Will he go on another scoring spree?
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
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