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Top Premier League contenders after the transfer window

Top Premier League contenders after the transfer window Top Premier League contenders after the transfer window
Spencer Simpson | 06 September, 2016, 13:05

The transfer window has slammed shut and every Premier League team has confirmed which players will be responsible for bringing glory to their clubs or held accountable for the post-season disappointment. It looks like it’s going to be one of the most closely fought Premier League seasons ever, with an array of expensive new signings and elite managers at all the top clubs. Now that the dust has settled from the transfer window Deadline Day excitement, it’s time to assess which teams will contest the top spot and which ones look set for a season of frustration. 

Manchester City

Man City is arguably the best squad of players in European football and the top spenders in this year’s transfer window. City manager Pep Guardiola has addressed the issue of Vincent Kompany’s constant injury woes  through the signing of England international John Stones for £50 million. He has also added a blend of experience, speed, potential and goals with the signings of Nolito, İlkay Gündoğan, Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus and Claudio Bravo. The last name on that list was perhaps the most surprising, as Guardiola has dispensed with the services of England goalkeeper Joe Hart to bring in Bravo, a keeper he knows well from his time in La Liga. After underachievement last season, most anticipate City being challengers this time around.

Manchester United

After having largely unsatisfying transfer windows for the last few years by chasing Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, this year United got exactly what they wanted. Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all arrived and The Red Devils look formidable and exciting once again. José Mourinho will need to manage his squad prudently to ensure rising stars such as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford get the game time they require. He will also need to be cautious of his actions and attitude throughout the season or risk another implosion like the one that resulted in Chelsea’s pitiful title defense last season. Both Manchester clubs have a 100% win record so far and their meeting at Old Trafford will give some indication about which team is better equipped to be champions this season.

" Eden Hazard, Chelsea FC " ( CC BY 2.0 ) by   Ben Sutherland  

Chelsea

The signing of possibly last year’s best Premier League player in N’Golo Kanté is enough to persuade many that Chelsea can challenge this year. Added to that signing is some much needed firepower in Michy Batshuayi and the returning David Luiz to provide defensive cover and possibly allow manager Antonio Conte to switch to his preferred 3 at the back system. Considering that this is essentially the same team that won the title by 8 points in 2015, Chelsea becoming 2017 champions at 5/1 through online betting  at the time of writing seems generous. Now Eden Hazard is playing well again and Diego Costa is hitting some scoring form, Chelsea should be challenging once more.

Arsenal

The late signings of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Pérez should placate the angry Gunners’ fans  who were demanding Arsenal spend more money, but probably won’t be enough to make them challengers. Although Arsenal finished 2nd last season, all those around them appear to have significantly improved their squads, while manager Arsène Wenger has been content to continue the status quo. 

Leicester and Tottenham would also hope to challenge this season, but their UEFA Champions League commitments will probably rule them out of contention. Liverpool will also be hoping to finish near the top, but do not appear to have addressed the defensive problems that have afflicted them for the past few seasons. 

 

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