|The Premier League Show is upon us, who are you rooting for? (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Manchester City set the ball rolling as expected, the master showing his apprentice how it’s done, but Burnley can hold their heads high. It wasn’t an embarrassment, but the Clarets showed why they won’t be relegation candidates this season.
Aside from that, excitement is back on our screens, and we don’t know how to react. This isn’t a season prediction note, but it’s about the delirium and adrenalin rush after the sensational Premier League tune hit us again. Real football is back!
What should we expect from Arsenal? The nearly-men of last season, are they angry? Are they hopeful for a new season and ready to go? Are they deflated and probably out of steam? Spending their highest-ever funds in a window should tell us the answer to that.
Liverpool and Chelsea are currently at a tug-of-war over Moises Caicedo; the Ecuadorian has chosen Chelsea, but how and where does that leave the Kops? On top of that, we’re hearing Chelsea wants Romeo Lavia as well, really?
Tottenham has lost Harry Kane; their talisman is now a Bavarian, and all of their goalscoring responsibilities will rest on Heung Min Son and Richarlison. Spurs do need to get a new striker through the door, but can anyone be like Kane for them?
Aston Villa has reinforced intelligently; Youri Tielemans, Mousa Diaby, and Pau Torres have joined, and they’re looking good. Villa gave a great show at the PL summer series in the United States. The Unai Emery machine is well underway after picking them from 18th to 7th last season; will he do it again?
Step forward Newcastle United, the challenge of Champions League football, is a good headache as the elite competition returns to St. James’s Park after 20-odd seasons, but is it a blessing or a curse? Defensively, they were solid last season. Will they defend their way to success again?
Midtable clubs like Brentford, Crystal Palace, and Fulham will look at Brighton and dare to dream, but how will the Seagulls cope without Alexis MacAllister and Caicedo? Everton is lurking somewhere with Sean Dyches; are they going to struggle again?
Nottingham Forest brought in 27 players last season; they only signed four this window, and that shows some stability. They’re away to Arsenal on Saturday; what a testy start, but can they work something out again? There are too many questions to be answered this weekend... Let the show begin.