The perfection of Chelsea, the heroism of Leicester and the Mancunian power shift of the early 2010’s. The Premier League title race has long been a source of entertainment, engulfing viewers with its tense, unpredictable nature.
England’s U21’s marched to the semi-finals of June’s European Championships but somewhat typically fell short on penalties to the Germans. In spite of the undeniable disappointment, the future looks bright for England’s youth teams.
Since Robin Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United back in 2012, the Gunners have yet to replace him with a centre forward who consistently bags 20-25 goals a season. Yes, Olivier Giroud has done a more than adequate job up front for Arsenal, but questions marks still loom over whether the Frenchman has the ‘world class’ ability to propel Arsenal to the title.
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has re-signed for former club Bournemouth on a free transfer, following the Black Cats’ relegation from the Premier League.
The break in play between seasons is usually the igniting spark preceding thousands of articles detailing EXACTLY who your club is going to sign, how much they are going to be paid p/week and how large the dent is to your chairman’s back pocket. Of course, they ultimately all sign for that team you (and Carlos Tevez) have never heard of over in China.
After a sluggish Premier League title defence, the 2016/17 season was not all full of problematic performances for Leicester City as they competed for the first time in Europe’s elite competition, the UEFA Champions League.
Following another vintage mid-table performance this season, Stoke enter the Summer off-season knowing that keeping the core of the squad together will be instrumental to success in the transfer window and their ambitions to break into the top-10. Already, much speculation has surrounded the future of Stoke’s two stand out performers of the recent past – Xherdan Shaqiri and Jack Butland.
Will Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town survive their returns and first visits to the Premier League? 90MAAT’s Sam Hanys provides an insight to the statistics and likelihood of recently promoted teams surviving their first season.
Three seasons ago, Joe Hart was being lauded as a future England captain and being bracketed with Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon as some of the greatest keepers in the world.