|Brendan Rodgers is in no man's land as he remains the only manager in the league without an addition to his team and he can't really tell who will stay or leave. (Photo credit: ESPN)|
The premier league will officially kick off with the traditional curtain raiser between the league champions Manchester City and FA Cup winners Liverpool and it feels just like yesterday that the curtain was drawn on the 2021/2022 season.
The transfer window has been quite frenetic with rumors here and there, bid hijacks and lots of uncertainties in certain teams. The title contenders have proven to be light years ahead of the chasing park and the midtable clubs are also sending signals to the top six teams.
The new boys don’t want to be shown the exit door so early and two of them have already made significant signings to prove their intentions. Bournemouth, managed by ex premier league star Scott Parker aren’t doing much in the market but their team is not too far away from the same that won promotion last May.
Each team in the league has known philosophy and that of Southampton is to recruit young talents and build something with them, either for financial gains or league stability; what is left to be seen with the Saints this season will be their will to stay in the top flight after battling relegation almost every season.
Southampton had a good bid rejected for Rory Delap of Manchester City, the young striker caught the eyes of many in cup games and league cameos last season and that explains the project at St. Mary’s Stadium but how far can the youth thing go?
Crystal Palace will be a team to watch out for in the new season; they haven’t added many players and they’re also pro-youth. Patrick Vieira has done well with the youngsters but how massive will the hole left behind by Connor Gallagher be as he has returned to his parent club Chelsea?
Wolves continue to look like Portugal national team and you really can’t stop them from building within their comfort zone; the team labored well in the first half of the season and then regressed in the second half to miss out of Europe altogether.
Bruno Lage’s side hasn’t added any major name to their team but they do have Adama Traore back from his loan spell at Barcelona. Record signing Fabio Silva has been loaned to Turkey after he failed to make impact and the ageing defense has to be looked into as well.
Nothing of note is happening at Leicester City, the club is in a conundrum with Youri Tielemans as they await a bid from Arsenal. Word on the street is that Tottenham will bid for James Madison and that will leave a huge hole in the Foxes’ team.
Brendan Rodgers is yet to add a single player to his team this season and the former champions may just be reclining to where the club used to be as a perennial relegation fighter. They do have the ageless Jamie Vardy and some quality in Harvey Barnes but we’re also hearing he’s available for sale at 50m Pounds…
To be continued…