Will City do it again? Can Liverpool finally break their duck and win it? Or might Spurs push on and cause an upset? The new Premier League season is almost upon us and it’s due to be a belter. A year that’s bound to be heavily influenced by the controversial introduction of VAR (video assistant referee), we could be in for one Helluva season.
Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield have been replaced by Norwich, Sheffield United and Villa, it’s Ole’s first full season behind the wheel and Chelsea have Super Frank steering their ship. But how will everyone fare…? Well, what better way to assess everyone’s chances than by picking out the players to keep an eye on this season?
Players to watch: Nicolas Pépé comes with a big price tag. But the former Lille man is the real deal. Expect him to link up with Auba and Lacazette and prove deadly. This could be a big year for Rob Holding too, given his two CB rivals Kosciely and Mustafi look set to leave.
Predicted finish: 6th
Players to watch: Villa have added some capable players to their already rather good squad. Trezeguet is one to watch out for and, of course, Jack Grealish will be massive for them. But their main man is John McGinn. Expect him to made a huge impact on the league this season.
Predicted finish: 10th
Players to watch: There’s no reason to think that the south coasters best trio from last season – Wilson, Fraser and Brooks – won’t shine again. Look for new boy Phillip Billing to beef up the midfield and prove a snip at just £15m.
Predicted finish: 13th
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) July 21, 2019
Players to watch: Brighton are a team that rely on being more than the sum of the parts. However, they do have a standout part – Dutch international Davy Propper. But he won’t be enough to keep them up in our opinion.
Predicted finish: 19th
Players to watch: Burnley are rock solid at the back, with a plethora of potential first team ‘keepers and a spoil of riches in defence. Going forward they’ve a little less quality, but watch out for Dwight McNeil. Last season was his breakthrough – this season could see a meteoric rise and even a big money move somewhere next year.
Predicted finish: 15th
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 26, 2019
Players to watch: Callum Hudson-Odoi will still excite Chelsea fans. And plenty of Blues will be hoping for Christian Pulisic to fill Eden Hazard’s boots. But it’s Mason Mount that should rip it up in the big league this year.
Predicted finish: 4th
Players to watch: The mighty frame of Cheikhou Kouyaté cannot be ignored in the centre of the park and the Senegalese player is one of the Selhurst mob’s better players. Andros Townsend always catches the eye, but it’s Max Meyer that you’ll really enjoy watching. That said, we reckon none of them will shine too much if Wilf Zaha leaves.
Predicted finish: 20th
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— Everton (@Everton) July 29, 2019
Players to watch: Everton fans enjoy the diminutive Bernard. And – when he can be bothered – Richarlison is unplayable. Their prize asset at Goodison Park, though? Probably the classy French left back Lucas Digne.
Predicted finish: 9th
Players to watch: Jamie Vardy is resurgent under Brendan Rodgers and Ayoze Perez could thrive alongside the former England man. But this coming season’s success could hinge on the club’s record signing, the excellent Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans. He’s a class act.
Predicted finish: 7th
Players to watch: All of them! Liverpool’s squad hasn’t been improved upon over the summer and, well, it didn’t really need improving on. We’re hoping to see Joe Gomez get a full season under his belt to prove his quality. And see a return to action for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Predicted finish: 2nd
Players to watch: All of them… again. How do you pick a player to watch at The Etihad? Well, it’s tricky. Oleksandr Zinchenko could make the full transition from academy prospect to fully-fledged Pep Favourite this year. He’s a midfielder by trade, but fills in a left back quite happily. And with some aplomb.
Predicted finish: 1st
Players to watch: It could be a breakthrough season upfront for Mason Greenwood. But the youngster will do well to displace Marcus Rashford and – our pick for potential player of the season at Old Trafford – Anthony Martial.
Predicted finish: 5th
Players to watch: Fabian Schar went under a lot of folk’s radars last season, but was consistently one of the league’s best defenders. Don’t write him off. As for new record signing striker Joelinton? Well, the £40m man could go either way. But he’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Predicted finish: 14th
Players to watch: Buendia – in the middle of the park – is a handful. He’s ‘robust’ and likes a goal too. Finn Teemu Pukki bags the goals and Hernandez provides the flair. Look out for Ben Godfrey and Max Aarons at the back too.
Predicted finish: 17th
Players to watch: Oliver Norwood has been around the block a little for a relatively young player, but this could be his chance to really prove himself on the big stage. Arguably The Blades’ best player is their big strong centre back Jack O’Connell. He doesn’t take any nonsense. And he wears a magic hat too, apparently.
Predicted finish: 18th
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 28, 2019
Players to watch: We think the acquisition of forward Che Adams from Birmingham City could be a stellar signing. Look out for him.
Predicted finish: 16th
Players to watch: You’ll know most of the Spurs squad. And – again – they’ve not brought many new faces in. This could be a big year for kids like Juan Foyth and Oliver Skipp. Tanguy Ndombele is the one big signing Poch has been allowed. He’ll need to hit the ground running.
Predicted finish: 3rd
Players to watch: Box-to-box French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure is a force of nature. Ahead of him will be Gerard Deulofeu and – as ever – Troy Deeney. The Hornets haven’t bought in any star players over the summer, but they’ve done some smart business bringing Craig Dawson in from West Brom.
Predicted finish: 12th
West Ham United
Players to watch: French striker Sébastien Haller has signed on from Eintracht Frankfurt for big bucks. If he fires, he’ll be a big player for The Hammers this season. But West Ham do have a habit of buying forwards that just can’t score. As for the kids, look out for Josh Cullen. The smart midfielder starred for Charlton on loan last season.
Predicted finish: 11th
FULL-TIME Wolves 1-0 Fulham
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 4, 2019
Players to watch: Wolves have a lot of players that will catch your eye. There’s plenty of flair and a fair few goals in their starting eleven. Especially with the likes of Jimenez and Jota up front. But the real strength of this side is their resolve. They don’t concede many goals. Matt Doherty is a star performer, Rui Patricio is a truly great ‘keeper and Boly is a beast. But for us? Look out for the busy work of deep-lying Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker to keep things tight and tidy.
Predicted finish: 8th