Friday 30 September 2016

Club-by-club guide to the new season

Miguel Delaney

Published 07/08/2016 | 02:30

New Premier League ball. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
New Premier League ball. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Miguel Delaney has an individual look at each club's upcoming season.

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Arsenal

Manager:

The big question Can Jose Mourinho restore his own winning state, in order to also restore United’s? Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
The big question Can Jose Mourinho restore his own winning state, in order to also restore United’s? Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Arsene Wenger

Last Year:

2nd

The big question:

Will this be their year, or will it finally be the year they fall out of the top four with so much competition?

Players In: Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35m), Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, undisclosed), Rob Holding (Bolton, undisclosed)

Players Out: Mikel Arteta (released), Tomas Rosicky (released), Mathieu Flamini (released), Isaac Hayden (Newcastle, undisclosed), Dan Crowley (Oxford, loan), Jon Toral (Granada, loan)

Prediction: 4th

Can Jurgen Klopp turn last season’s big wins into more consistent form? Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Can Jurgen Klopp turn last season’s big wins into more consistent form? Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Bournemouth

Manager:

Eddie Howe

Last Year:

16th

The big question:

Still good football, but is it good enough in a league that suddenly seems to have been elevated in quality?

Players In: Jordon Ibe (Liverpool, £15m), Lewis Cook (Leeds, £10m), Lys Mousset (Le Havre, £5.4m), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, compensation fee), Nathan Ake (Chelsea, loan), Brad Smith (Liverpool, undisclosed)

Players Out: Matt Ritchie (Newcastle, £12m), Lee Tomlin (Bristol City, £3m), Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa,£3.6m), Glenn Murray (Brighton, loan), Sylvain Distin (released), Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen, free)

Prediction: 18th

Burnley

Manager:

Sean Dyche

Last Year:

Promoted

The big question:

Can a season's experience from 2014-15 prove enough to help them stay up?

Players In: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic, £2.5m), Nick Pope (Charlton, £1.1m), Jamie Thomas (Bolton, free), Robbie Leitch (Motherwell, free), Jimmy Dunne (Man Utd, free), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool, loan)

Players Out: Joey Barton (Rangers, free), Matt Gilks (Rangers, free), Matt Taylor (released), Luke Conlan (Morecambe, free), Daniel Nizic (Morecambe, loan)

Prediction: 19th

Chelsea

Manager:

Antonio Conte

Last Year:

10th

The big question:

Will the squad buy into Antonio Conte's uniquely intense approach, or will he have to make big changes first?

Players In: Michy Batshuayi (Marseille, £33m), N'Golo Kante (Leicester, £32m)

Players Out: Nathan Ake (Bournemouth, loan), Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Charly Musonda (Real Betis, loan), Jeremie Boga (Granada, loan), Alex Kiwomya (Crewe, loan), Tomas Kalas (Fulham, loan), Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield, loan), John Swift (Reading, tribunal), Baba Rahman (Schalke, loan), Mohamed Salah (Roma, undisclosed), Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland £8m)

Prediction: 3rd

Crystal Palace

Manager:

Alan Pardew

Last Year:

15th

The big question:

Can Alan Pardew restore the form of the first half of last season, or are we seeing his usual slide?

Players In: Andros Townsend (Newcastle, £13m), James Tomkins (West Ham, £10m), Steve Mandanda (Marseille, £1.5m)

Players Out: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle, £10m), Emmanuel Adebayor (released), Marouane Chamakh (released), Brede Hangeland (released), Adrian Mariappa (released)

Prediction: 17th

Everton

Manager:

Ronald Koeman

Last Year:

11th

The big question:

After an inconsistent career, will Ronald Koeman's time at Southampton prove he is the man to take Everton to the next level?

Players In: Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham, undisclosed), Bassala Sambou (Coventry, compensation fee), Chris Renshaw (Oldham, undisclosed), Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa, £7.1m)

Players Out: Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids, free), Leon Osman (released), Tony Hibbert (released), Steven Pienaar (released)

Prediction: 9th

Hull

Manager:

Mike Phelan (caretaker)

Last Year:

Promoted

The big question:

After a pre-season like this, is there any way this season won't be a disaster?

Players In: Will Mannion (AFC Wimbledon, compensation fee), Jonathan Edwards (Peterborough, free)

Players Out: Sone Aluko (released), Ryan Taylor (released)

Prediction: 20th

 

Leicester City

Manager:

Claudio Ranieri

Last Year:

Champions

The big question:

Will we finally see the tail-off everyone expected last season, or will they surprise again?

Players In: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, £16.6m), Nampalys Mendy (Nice, £13m), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover, £2.6m), Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon, free), Raul Uche Rubio (Valencia, undisclosed), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia, £7.5mil)

Players Out: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea, £32m), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim, £7.6m), Paul Konchesky (released), Mark Schwarzer (released), Joe Dodoo (Rangers, undisclosed), Callum Elder (Brentford, loan)

Prediction: 7th

Liverpool

Manager:

Jurgen Klopp

Last Year:

8th

The big question:

Can Jurgen Klopp turn last season's big wins into more consistent form?

Players In: Sadio Mane (S'ton, £30m), Loris Karius (Mainz, £4.7m), Joel Matip (Schalke, free), Ragnar Klavan (Augsburg, £5m), Alex Manninger (Augsburg, free), Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle, £25m)

Players Out: Jordon Ibe (B'mouth, £15m), Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce, £5m), Jerome Sinclair (Watford, £4m), Sergi Canos (Norwich, £2.5m), Jordan Rossiter (Rangers, free), Joao Teixeira (Porto, free), Adam Bogdan (Wigan, loan), Kolo Toure (released), Jose Enrique (released), Joe Allen (Stoke, 13m), Jack Dunn (Morecambe, loan), Brad Smith (B'mouth, undisclosed)Prediction: 5th

Manchester City

Manager:

Pep Guardiola

Last Year:

4th

The big question:

Can a Pep Guardiola team be as dominant in a league with many more challengers?

Players In: Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund, £21m), Nolito (Celta Vigo, £14m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (FC Ufa, undisclosed), Leroy Sane (Schalke, £37m), Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional £4.5m)

Players Out: Martin Demichelis (released), Richard Wright (retired), Seko Fofana (Udinese, £3.8m)

Prediction: 1st

Manchester United

Manager:

Jose Mourinho

Last Year:

5th

The big question:

Can Jose Mourinho restore his own winning state, in order to also restore United's?

Players In: Eric Bailly (Villarreal, £30m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund, £26.3m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG, free)

Players Out: Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough, free), Nick Powell (released), Ashley Fletcher (West Ham, free), Jimmy Dunne (Burnley, free), Tyler Reid (Swansea, undisclosed), Guillermo Varela (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan)

Prediction: 2nd

Middlesbrough

Manager:

Aitor Karanka

Last Year:

Promoted

The big question:

Can some high-profile signings lift them well above the relegation battle?

Players In: Marten de Roon (Atalanta, £12m), Viktor Fischer (Ajax, £3.8m), Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon, free), Jordan McGhee (Hearts, loan), Victor Valdes (Manchester United, free), Antonio Barragan (Valencia, undisclosed), Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, loan), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, free)

Players Out: Jonathan Woodgate (released), Damia Abella (released), Rhys Williams (Perth Glory, free)

Prediction: 13th

Southampton

Manager:

Claude Puel

Last Year:

6th

The big question:

After yet another summer of extensive changes, can they really keep sustaining the same top-half level?

Players In: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich, £12.8m), Nathan Redmond (Norwich, £11m), Jeremy Pied (Nice, free), Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace, undisclosed)

Players Out: Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £30m), Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng, £13m), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham, £11m), Juanmi (Real Sociedad, £5m), Gaston Ramirez (released), Kelvin Davis (retired)

Prediction: 11th

Stoke City

Manager:

Mark Hughes

Last Year:

9th

The big question:

After early promise last season, and exciting football, can they finally escape mid-table?

Players In: Joe Allen (Liverpool, £13m), Ramadan Sobhi (Al Ahly, £5m), Ryan Sweeney (Wimbledon undisclosed)

Players Out: Peter Odemwingie (released), Steve Sidwell (released), Alberto Paloschi (Atalanta, undisclosed)

Prediction: 10th

Sunderland

Manager:

David Moyes

Last Year:

17th

The big question:

Can David Moyes start to rehabilitate his reputation, by returning Sunderland to mid-table respectability?

Players In: Papy Djilobodji (Chelsea £8m)

Players Out: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday, free), Emanuele Giaccherini (Napoli, £2m), Santiago Vergini (Boca Juniors, £1.5m), Danny Graham (Blackburn, free), Wes Brown (released), Steve Harper (released), Adam Matthews (Bristol City, loan)

Prediction: 16th

Swansea

Manager:

Francesco Guidolin

Last Year:

12th

The big question:

With Ashley Williams and much of the old core gone, will Swansea still be the pleasing side comfortable in mid-table or start to fall?

Players In: Leroy Fer (QPR, £4.75m), Mike van der Hoorn (Ajax, £2m), Tyler Reid (Man United, undisclosed), George Byers (Watford, free), Mark Birighetti (Newcaste Jets, free), Fernando Llorente (Sevilla, undisclosed)

Players Out: Eder (Lille, £3.4m), Alberto Paloschi (Atalanta, undisclosed), Raheem Hanley (Northampton, free), Matthew Grimes (Leeds, loan), Kyle Bartley (Leeds, loan), Bafetimbi Gomis (Marseille, loan)

Prediction: 14th

Tottenham Hotspur

Manager:

Mauricio Pochettino

Last Year:

3rd

The big question:

Will Spurs be fired by last season's title challenge, or affected by its collapse at the end?

Players In: Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar, £18.6m), Victor Wanyama (Southampton, £11m)

Players Out: Filip Lesniak (Slovan Liberec, loan)

Prediction: 6th

Watford

Manager:

Walter Mazzarri

Last Year:

Promoted

The big question:

Could the new manager surprise everybody?

Players In: Isaac Success (Granada, £12m), Christian Kabasele (Genk, £5.8m), Jerome Sinclair (Liverpool, £4m compensation), Juan Camilo Zuniga (Napoli, loan), Brice Dja Djedie (Marseille, £4m)

Players Out: Jose Manuel Jurado (Espanyol, £2.1m), Joel Ekstrand (released), Josh Doherty (Leyton Orient, free), George Byers (Swansea, free), Gabriele Angella (Udinese, undisclosed), Daniel Pudil (Sheff Wed, undisclosed)

Prediction: 15th

West Bromwich Albion

Manager:

Tony Pulis

Last Year:

14th

The big question:

Should Tony Pulis be trying to offer more than stability, or does that risk a fall?

Players In: Matty Phillips (QPR, £5.5m)

Players Out: Stephane Sessegnon (released), Victor Anichebe (released), Anders Lindegaard (Preston North End, free), Tyler Roberts (Oxford, loan)

Prediction: 12th

West Ham United

Manager:

Slaven Bilic

Last Year:

7th

The big question:

Will they adjust to a new stadium to play the same Dimitri Payet-inspired football as last season?

Players In: Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira Club, £9.4m), Toni Martinez (Valencia, £2.4m), Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Monchengladbach, free), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, free), Gokhan Tore (Besiktas, loan), Ashley Fletcher (Manchester United, free)

Players Out: James Tomkins (Crystal Palace, £10m), Stephen Hendrie (Blackburn, loan), Joey O'Brien (released), Elliott Lee (Barnsley, undisclosed)

Prediction: 8th

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