Swansea (Last Season Finish- 15th)
I’m going to stick my head out and say Swansea are going to remain in the Premier League next season. Paul Clement has done a fantastic job and kept the Swans from going down.
Sadly Gylfi Sigurdsson looks to be departing the team and would be losing an incredible talent if he eventually leaves to Everton. Swansea have got decent players and league experience to keep them from falling through the trap door.
Tottenham (Last Season Finish- 2nd)
Last season I spoke about the difficulty of Tottenham signing players in the window as they needed to find the right kind of players in the team. Tottenham have a compact squad with individual having specific roles that bench players are also given roles as well. But I didn’t expect it this bad.
Pochettino is yet to make a signing this summer and it looks like he believes his team would be ‘compact’ enough to push for another title challenge. Tottenham need a cup win this season to keep the faith of players who are beginning to doubt the club’s potential. But before I forget, Tottenham play at Wembley this season, a place where they struggled with in the Champions League. Could it cost them the top four spot? Very likely.
Watford (Last Season Finish- 17th)
Watford had a disastrous ending last season coupled with the whole managerial mess that went on late season. The Hornets have signed former Hull City manager Marco Silva who did quite a good job joining Hull City late on but the mess was already too much as the Tigers could not avoid the drop.
Tough to say the Hornets would be in the league, very tough.
West Brom (Last Season Finish- 10th)
West Brom. Can’t be a more club certain of staying in the Premier League than Tony Pulis. He might not like to be seen as a Red Adair but his record speaks so much for him.
The Baggies would certainly be happy that Pulis extended his contract to 2019 and could look to push for an European spot or a decent cup run with him. Darren Fletcher has left the club and that’s a lot of experience to lose but Baggies are definitely staying up.
West Ham (Last Season Finish- 11th)
The Hammers have pulled off a coup in the transfer window signing England’s goalkeeper Joe Hart and proven goal scorer- Javier Hernandez. The Hammer struggled last season trying to settle into their new stadium with fans calling for the sack of Slaven Bilic.
And as a fan quite rightly put it, “with Jose Fonte, Robert Snodgrass, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta all arriving in 2017, West Ham promise to be functional and effective, if not spectacular.”