With every new football season comes questions begging for answers. And these questions don’t come in bigger sizes anywhere else than in the English Premier League.
The clubs have been heavily involved (regardless of whatever that French Economist does) in the transfer markets. Players have switched allegiances. Some clubs now have new managers.
With all the above, questions arise. Different kinds. That’s why we’ve put together a team of three writers who are already asking questions. Let’s bring them to the front shall we?
Q51: Will Asano and Olivier be Enough To Win the Title?
Forgive me if I seem to have overlooked whichever name maybe coming out of the academy ranks of the Gunners. But, it took Giroud a long time to wake up in the second half of last season, which has consistently been Arsenal’s Achilles’ Heel. Wenger noticed the need for a new striker and brought in the Japanese. Will these two be enough or, in the voice of the Arsenal fans, “Should we expect another?”
Q50: Can Bournemouth Stay Up Again?
With new signings like Nathan Ake (Chelsea), Lys Mousset (Le Havre) and Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Eddie Howe doesn’t seem interested in relegation battles this time. He will depend heavily on Ibe and Lewis Cook who won the Football League Young Player of the Year to keep his side in the top flight. But can they achieve this?
Q49: “Dear Burnley, Business or Pleasure?”
Sean Dyche, during the 2014/2015 EPL season, pulled off some major surprises (still can’t forget that win over Man. City). But it wasn’t enough to keep them alive. They carried their energy to the EFL and finished the season top of the league. Now they’re back in the PL. Are they here to stay or is this just another “top-flight visit?”
Will Conte perform his Italian magic in the EPL too? He went on a roll in the Serie A and he’d be willing to get straight into the mix in the EPL especially with the signings he’s made. Moreover with Roman reigning, there’s no excuse.
Q47: Who Will Pardew Upset This Season?
Alan Pardew may not have the biggest names in his squad. Unbeaten runs may not be his specialty. But one thing Alan know very well is how to beat the big names when it is necessary. And this season, the question remains: Who will be his victim?
Q46: The New Noisy Neighbours: Loud Enough?
Everton, since their acquisition, have silently been punching above their traditional weight in the transfer market. And with a Koeman at the fore, should Liverpool be prepared to have sleepless nights yet?
Q45: Who Will Replace Bruce?
It’s still unfathomable, how Steve Bruce made a U-turn and quit his Hull City position. It shocked all. Helping promote a team from the Championship AND HELPING THEM REMAIN in the top-flight is every coach’s dream. But Steve has left Hull hanging. With barely a few days to the srart of the new season, who will lead the Hull calvary?
Q44: Leicester Again?
Everybody involved and watching the EPL is certain to be curious about where Leicester will finish after they turned a foolish dream to reality. With new tasks of being involved in more competitions, can theynretain their title? Maybe a Top 4 finish? Or Top 10?
Q43: Is This Our Year?
Klopp has been quoted as saying, “this is now my team.” Most of the players around were brought in by him. The questions the fans will be asking now will be, “Is this our year?” “Will Klopp win us a trophy this time?”
Q42: What Will The Philosopher Win For the Citizens?
Pep Guardiola is finally in England. The one who tinkers with all kinds of formation will be out to show he can cope with the pressure and perform in England. But will the Spaniard be able to win the EPL in his first season? Is he even that good?
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
A freelance sports writer who focuses on football, Rotimi is also a freelance writer, a copywriter and a football analyst who regularly appears on radio and television to talk football. You can follow him on twitter @papi_thegreat to keep up with his writings, engage him and also find out about how you can secure his writing services.