Football Season Guide

Arsenal

In


Granit Xhaka (mid) Borussia M’gladbach; Takuma Asano (att) Sanfrecce Hiroshima; Rob Holding (def) Bolton; Mathieu Debuchy (def) Bordeaux – end of loan; Wojciech Szczesny (gk) Roma – end of loan;

Out


Mikel Arteta (sp) (mid) end of career; Mathieu Flamini (r) (mid) released; Tomas Rosicky (sp) (mid) released; Wellington Silva (mid) Fluminense;

The Gunners must be kicking themselves for failing to win the title last season and Wenger’s men have only themselves to blame after allowing the surprise package Leicester to finish above them. The fact that Arsenal also missed out on their usual consolation prize, the FA Cup, also hurt the fans and the mood this summer was mainly negative. It’s been too long now since Wenger put silverware of the highest quality on the club’s shelf and the experienced manager has been under fire throughout July. He remains calm though and Arsenal are preparing at full throttle for the new campaign, knowing that their tested style of football will keep them amongst the contenders again. That said the only big summer arrival so far was that of inner midfielder Granit Xhaka, whose time in the Bundesliga made him an international star and now he is tipped to have a regular double-six place in Arsenal. Apart from that the two other new arrivals are of young players that might have to wait a season or two before they are used often. Arsenal’s squad will have injury-problems in the early months of the campaign as Welbeck will be sidelined until after Christmas, Mertesacker is out for three months, plus half a dozen internationals are behind with their fitness after the Euros. Still in the long-term the Gunners are blessed with talent and Wenger already hinted that he is expecting this season to see a lot more from the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Wilshere and Ramsey. All four of them are extremely talented attacking midfielders that will have to compete with several other players for one starting place, Ozil and Sanchez seem to have guaranteed regular positons in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Up front Giroud will be given a run for his money by Walcott, while the double-six role seems to be reserved for Xhaka and Cazorla. Gabriel is expected to get a chance in defence while Mertesacker is injured, but some concerns were raised as to how good the 34-year-old goalkeeper Petr Cech can be this term after he made two awful errors during friendly games in July. That said Wenger has Ospina and Szczesny in the team and both of them will be eager to prove their worth if Cech is underperforming.

Target


Arsenal start another season aiming at the title, but the lack of cover in defence and attack makes the Gunners drop behind four-five other teams in the Premiership. The pressure on Wenger can also be a factor and Arsenal might find it even hard to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Bournemouth

In


Jordon Ibe(mid) (Liverpool), Lewis Cook(mid) (Leeds United), Lys Mousset(att) (AC Le Havre), Brad Smith(def) (Liverpool), Emerson Hyndman(mid) (Free), Nathan Ake(def) (Chelsea - Loan), Josh O'Hanlon(att) (Longford Town - End of Loan)

Out


Matt Ritchie(r)(mid) (Newcastle United), Tommy Elphick(sp)(def) (Aston Villa), Lee Tomlin(mid) (Bristol City), Harry Cornick(mid) (Leyton Orient - Loan), Jayden Stockley(att) (Free), Josh Wakefield(mid) (Free), Stephane Zubar(r)(def) (Free), Sylvain Distin(sp)(def) (Free), Josh Carmichael(mid) (Free), Glenn Murray(att) (Brighton - Loan), Marius Adamonis(gk) (FK Atlantas - End of Loan), Juan Iturbe(sp)(mid) (AS Roma - End of Loan)

Bournemouth will be looking to prove that their excellent campaign last season was not a flash in the pan and establish themselves as a Premier League club with another positive start to a new season. Considered to be one of the weakest teams in the league and tipped for a straight drop to the Championship, Bournemouth confounded expectations in their debut season in the top flight and all but secured their survival from relegation a couple of months before the end of the campaign. Coach Eddie Howe saw his reputation soar following the campaign and was even considered for the vacant England manager spot, and his side won lot of plaudits for their willingness to stick with the passing game despite going through a couple of bumps over the season. Howe though has stayed on and will be looking to avoid the second season syndrome for promoted sides, especially after questions were asked about their Premier League suitability following a poor end to the season. Bournemouth ended the season with their worst run of form once their safety was relatively secure, managing just four points from their final eight games, and Howe will be keen to ensure that his side kick the season off with a desire to do better rather than be happy with avoiding a relegation battle. Howe has been busy during the summer transfer window and has made a couple of big moves with Bournemouth acquiring Jordon Ibe by paying their biggest transfer fee ever. Lewis Cook, Lys Mousset and Brad Smith have also arrived at the club and while the signings represent Bournemouth's willingness to sign highly rated youngsters, there are still question marks about whether they can produce the goods every week. Matt Ritchie has been the biggest departure this summer, with the winger dropping back to the Championship by moving to Newcastle United four years after signing on for Bournemouth when they were in League One. Bournemouth have also failed to improve at the back, something which was sorely needed after the club boasted of the second worst defensive record last season. With Tommy Elphick and Sylvain Distin both having left the club in the summer, Bournemouth are with just one recognized central defender in Steve Cook and reinforcements are needed before they can aim for something more than survival this season.

Target


Expected to finish in the lower end of the table and if defensive problems persist may even flirt with relegation, though Howe would be looking to push the side to challenge for a top half finish

Burnley

In


Johann Berg Gudmundsson(mid) (Charlton Athletic), Nick Pope(gk) (Charlton Athletic), Jon Flanagan(def) (Liverpool - Loan)

Out


Matt Gilks(gk) (Released), Matthew Taylor(mid) (Released), Joey Barton(k)(mid) (Released), Lloyd Dyer(mid) (Released), Michael Duff(r)(def) (Retired)

Just over an year after Burnley won admirers for sticking to their principles as they valiantly fought against relegation from the Premier League, Sean Dyche's side are back in big time and will be hoping for a more successful campaign this time around. Despite a slow start to their campaign last season, Burnley hit top form at the right moment of time and finished top of the pile in the Championship, securing their first major silverware since winning the League Two title more than two decades ago. Dyche has enjoyed a successful reign at Turf Moor since taking over from Eddie Howe back in 2012, leading Burnley to a second promotion in three years. Burnley will be heading into the new campaign with the added experience of knowing what it will take to survive in the Premier League and while Dyche will be looking to better the 19th placed finish from their last campaign, the Burnley coach will have to pull some rabbits out of his hat if they are to avoid relegation. While majority of the teams have spent a busy summer in the transfer market, Burnley have once again failed to strengthen their team after securing promotion. While there have not been wholesale departures compared to fellow promoted side Hull City, Burnley will be missing the presence of Joey Barton after the midfielder played a key role in their promotion bid last season. Matthew Taylor provided some much needed depth for Dyche, making majority of his 27 appearances last season from the bench but has since moved on after his contract expired while Michael Duff has taken over a role in the backroom. Burnley have so far brought in just Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope and there are still question marks as to whether the duo have the ability to play in the Premier League with the duo part of the Charlton Athletic side that were relegated from the Championship last season. Jon Flanagan has also arrived on loan from Liverpool but Dyche admitted that his side need to recruit before the transfer window shuts down if they are to ensure a far more comfortable campaign this time around. Burnley did make a couple of astute buys last season, with Andre Gray their biggest success story as the striker top scored in the Championship with 25 goals but the lack of Premier League experience in the squad means that Burnley fans are staring at another long season in the top flight.

Target


Even if Burnley do manage to make some late moves in the transfer market, the team is clearly one of the weakest in the Premier League and they will have to do very well to avoid a drop back into the Championship

Chelsea

In


Michy Batshuayi (att) Marseille; N’Golo Kante (mid) Leicester City; Todd Kane (def) NEC Nijmegen – end of loan; Marko Marin (mid) Trabzonspor – end of loan; Marco Van Ginkel (mid) PSV Eindhoven – end of loan; Nathaniel Chalobah (mid) Napoli – end of loan; Danilo Pantic (mid) Vitesse – end of loan; Cristian Cuevas (def) Sint-Truiden – end of loan; Christian Atsu (mid) Malaga – end of loan; Kenneth Omerou (def) Kasimpasa – end of loan; Isaiah Brown (mid) Vitesse – end of loan; Papy Djilobodji (def) Werder Bremen – end of loan; Juan Cuadrado (mid) Juventus – end of loan; Jamal Blackmann (gk) Ostersund FK – end of loan; Mario Pasalic (mid) Monaco – end of loan;

Out


Mohamed Salah (sp) (mid) Roma; Stipe Perica (att) Udinese; Abdul Baba (sp) (def) Schakle 04 – on loan; Matej Delic (gk) Mouscron – on loan; Jeremie Boga (mid) Granada FC – on loan; Nathan Ake (sp) (def) Bournemouth – on loan; Tomas Kalas (sp) (def) Fulham – on loan; Victorien Angban (mid) Granada FC – on loan; Marco Amelia (gk) released; Alexandre Pato (sp) (att) Corinthians – end of loan; Falcao (sp) (att) Monaco – end of loan;

After an extremely disappointing season that saw Jose Maurinho forced to leave, Chelsea used this summer to regroup and under the guidance of their new and extremely inspirational coach Antonio Conte they are preparing to achieve big things in the new season. Conte is a famous workaholic that always demands 100% from his players and as he is blessed to work with a big group of extremely talented players Chelsea are tipped to be amongst the title favourites again. After all the Blues won the Premiership just two seasons ago and also they are the English team that won the last three European trophies for the country. Conte’s two big signings so far are that of striker Batshuayi and holding midfielder Kante. The former is expected to provide competition for the unpredictable Diego Costa for a starting place and in the pre-season Batshuayi formed an impressive partnership with his countryman Hazard. The latter had an awful previous campaign but he looks to be rediscovering his previous form this summer and Chelsea are expecting big things from him. If Lukaku also re-joins the team, the negotiations are at an advanced stage at the start of August, this will make three very talented Belgians up front and Costa might be squeezed out of the starting XI. So far no major name departed the club, excluding several players that were out on loan last season, but everyone feels threatened as Conte is known for shaking hard every tree he touches. The Italian manager won’t care about names and reputation and for him it is all about how much effort one puts in on the training ground. For that reason Kante’s arrival is expected to make him manager-favourite as the hard-working Frenchman was leader in the successful tackles and interception stats last year. Chelsea have an extremely large squad and lots of talent at their disposal, but the big advantage they will have over all other title-contenders is the fact that the Blues are not playing in Europe this year and their only focus will be on the domestic stage. Winning the title will be great, but even if they don’t achieve that at least one trophy, the two domestic Cup competitions will be taken seriously, is expected to be secured.

Target


Chelsea are likely to be back in the top four this season, with their title bid supported strongly by the fact that they are not involved in Europe.

Crystal Palace

In


Andros Townsend (mid) Newcastle; James Tomkins (def) West Ham; Steve Mandanda (gk) Marseille;

Out


Dwight Gayle (sp) (att) Newcastle; Chris Kettings (gk) Oldham Athletic; Alex McCarthy (gk) Southampton; Marouane Chamakh (sp) (att) released; Patrick McCarthy (def) released; Emmanuel Adebayor (att) released; Adria Mariappa (sp) (def) released; Brede Hangeland (sp) (def) released;

Crystal Palace had a slightly frustrating last season that saw Pardew’s men starting well but losing form past February. The main problems were surprisingly on home turf where Palace’s boys found it hard to score goals. This was reflected in the summer dealings of the club as three of the strikers were released. The manager has completed three signings so far, with all of Mandanda, Tomkins and Townsend potential regulars. Mandanda and Hennessey will be competing for the right to guard the goal, while Tomkins is tipped to replace Delaney as the preferred Dann partner in the heart of the defence. Palace are looking for more centre-backs as at the minute they have only three players in that position, but the regular starting places are definitely going to be distributed between those three mentioned above. Pardew will continue using 4-2-3-1 as formation and with the likes of Cabaye, McArthur, Jedinak and Ledley in the squad the options for the double-six role are plenty. It’s the same with the trio behind the lone striker where all of Townsend, Zaha, Bolasie, Sako and Puncheon are hoping to earn starting rights. Up front Wickham seems to be the player likely to start the season as a number nine, but the few times Sako was used in this position he showed promise too. Crystal Palace have the potential to secure a top half finish if their home form is much better, but they also will have to take care of their away form as last term only two of the eight clean sheets came on the road. Pardew is known for spending long hours working on set pieces and after his players scored nine goals from such situations last season this will be one of their main weapons this year too. Palace’s defenders proved to be a good source of goals and all of Ward, Dann and Delaney are very dangerous in the air, while Souare’s tireless runs down the left usually end up with inch-perfect crosses. The squad looks ready for the start of the season and with a solid few weeks of preparation in July all the players seem to be in good spirits and trusting each other on the pitch.

Target


Crystal Palace have some interesting players in their ranks and with Pardew in charge the team’s goal is to achieve a top half finish. Enjoying a calm mid-table existence seems guaranteed.

Everton

In


Idrissa Gueye(mid) (Aston Villa), Maarten Stekelenburg(gk) (Fulham), Shani Tarashaj(att) (Grasshoppers - End of Loan)

Out


Tim Howard(sp)(gk) (Released), Steven Pienaar(sp)(mid) (Released), Leon Osman(sp)(mid) (Released), Tony Hibbert(sp)(def) (Released), Felipe Mattioni(sp)(def) (Released)

An underwhelming campaign last season coupled with new ownership has seen a sea of change at Everton both on the pitch and their status as a Premier League club. Everton struggled for consistency last season and despite Roberto Martinez arriving from Wigan Athletic with much promise, the Spanish coach ultimately proved to be a misfit at Goodison Park. Though Everton ended the season sitting close to the top half of the table, a European challenge was expected out of Martinez who looked to have had lost the dressing room as the season drew to a close. Farhad Moshiri had taken over the majority share in the club and the British-Iranian billionaire acted quickly by dismissing Martinez and bringing in Ronald Koeman who has ensured that Southampton punched above their weight over the last couple of years. Koeman arrives at the club as Everton look to recalibrate their squad, shedding off some of the older players with Steven Pienaar, Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman all leaving at the end of last season. There have been no major arrivals so far though, with Maarten Stekelenburg signed from Fulham and is expected to act as back-up to Joel Robles, especially at the start of the season. Idrissa Gueye is the only other arrival and one who had been identified by Koeman for his defensive abilities, with the new Everton coach admitting that the midfielder was brought for his high rate of interceptions and pressing that he displayed for Aston Villa last season. While Everton have held on to two of their most talented players in the squad, speculation continue to persist over the futures of John Stones and Roman Lukaku. Stones has been identified as a key signing by Josep Guardiola and though Everton have so far held out for a British record transfer fee, some sort of understanding is likely to be achieved with Manchester City before the transfer window shuts down. Lukaku is also a target for Chelsea who have been linked to their former striker with another huge bid. While Everton are expected to make big money should the duo leave the club, Koeman will be more concerned with the availability of quality replacements with the new season just over a week away. Everton though do have a pretty talented core of players available and while this will be a season of transition at Goodison Park, Koeman will be looking for more from Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and Leighton Baines as he aims for a top half finish this season

Target


Everton are rebuilding for the long term but a top half finish will be seen as the minimum expected out of Koeman, especially if they managed to hold on to both Lukaku and Stones

Hull City

In


Out


Mohamed Diame (k) (mid) Newcastle; Sone Aluko (sp) (att) Fulham; Ryan Taylor (def) released;

Hull City achieved promotion after showing outstanding home form last season that saw them keeping thirteen clean sheets in front of their fans and scoring a staggering 49 goals at the KC Stadium. However, a summer of turbulence makes the Tigers’ future very uncertain. Steve Bruce enjoyed a good spell in charge of the club for several years and with every player trusting his decisions it came as a massive shock that after not being picked for the England job because of Hull’s Board refusing to let him go he resigned. This happened just a month before the start of the season and at the minute his assistant Mike Phelan is managing the training process on an interim basis. The search for a new gaffer continues, while the aftermath of this decision saw the team’s best player for the past two years Mohamed Diame leaving too. Without his presence in the heart of the midfield and very good scoring record Hull’s attacks will be much weaker and the Tigers are yet to make a new signing in the summer. They officially have the smallest squad in the top flight at the minute, only 21 players, and it seems that many already tipped them to go back down straight away. With so much uncertainty the last thing Hull wanted was injury-problems but as troubles never come alone the new campaign will see three players, all of which likely regulars, sidelined for months to come. Hull’s only hope of survival will be through solid home form and this is where the main striker Abel Hernandez is expected to be scoring most of his goals. Diomande is the only other typical centre forward in the squad but he is not known as a prolific goalscorer and Hernandez’s contributions will be vital. Despite the lack of cover and the few injury problems Hull’s defence should be solid with Dawson and Davies in the heart of it, but the quick left-back Robinson will be missed until November. In goal Jakupovic will have to start in the early rounds as McGregor is also injured. The key for Hull’s survival will be how influential Huddlestone and Livermore will be in the middle of the park and also if the regularly plagued by injury Snodgrass will manage to stay fit once he recovers from his latest knee problem. Who will be the new permanent manager will also be vital and at the minute it seems that all transfer activity is suspended until this decision is made.

Target


Hull City looked impressive in the Championship last year but after Bruce’s resignation the Tigers were thrown into turmoil and at the minute they look a very likely candidate to go back down. Avoiding the drop will be seen as a heroic effort by the fans and the players will rely heavily on the support at home.

Leicester City

In


Ahmed Musa (att) CSKA Moscow; Nampalys Mendy (mid) Nancy; Ron-Robert Zieler (gk) Hannover 96; Luis Hernandez (def) Sporting Gijon; Yohan Benalouane (def) Fiorentina – end of loan;

Out


N’Golo Kante (r) (mid) Chelsea; Andrej Kramaric (sp) (att) Hoffenheim; Jacob Blyth (att) Motherwell; Dean Hammond (sp) (mid) Sheffield United; Paul Konchesky (sp) (def) Gillingham; Ryan Watson (mid) Barnet; Jonny Maddison (gk) Yeovil Town; Marc Schwarzer (sp) (gk) released;

After a dream season that brought the most unexpected title of all time Leicester are now entering uncharted waters and the challenges ahead of Ranieri and his team are many. The Foxes will be eager to impress in their first ever season in the Champions League, but they also have to be very careful on the domestic stage because a repeat of last season’s fairy tale is unlikely and at the same time there will be pressure to achieve at least a top ten finish. The fact that the Italian manager decided to stay is a good enough reason for everyone to feel confident and also he is still relying on his big stars Vardy and Mahrez. The latter might still leave if another lucrative offer from Europe comes, but even if he leaves Ranieri already reacted as he brought in from CSKA Moscow Ahmed Musa. He is an agile striker that has vast European experience and is expected to lead the attack in the Champions League. Okazaki was also underestimated by many last season but the ability of the Japanese to play very well in at least four different positions makes him a perfect choice to fill gaps. N’Golo Kante is without a doubt the biggest name that left the club, but Ranieri was quick to replace him with a similar type of defensive midfielder coming again from France. Mendy will most likely be starting next to Drinkwater in the heart of the midfield, while Morgan and Huth will remain the preferred pair in defence. Fuchs and Simpson will be the main choice full-backs, while Schlupp is likely to be used in a more advanced role down the left flank and he is already putting pressure on Albrighton for a starting berth. Ron-Robert Zieler was bought to be playing in Europe, while Schmeichel will remain the preferred custodian on the domestic stage. The Foxes will continue to play compact football with explosive fast breaks and their hopes are that the effectiveness of their strikers, Leicester had the best chance created/goal ratio in the league last year, will continue into the new season.

Target


The champions have no illusions that they can repeat this achievement, but a top six finish is a goal. However, many think that balancing between Europe and the domestic stage will prove hard and the common opinion is that Leicester will even struggle to finish in the top ten.

Liverpool

In


Sadio Mane (att) Southampton; Georginio Wijnaldum (mid) Newcastle; Loris Karius (gk) Mainz 05; Ragnar Klavan (def) Augsburg; Alexander Manninger (gk) Augsburg; Joel Matip (def) Schalke 04; Luis Alberto (mid) Deportivo La Coruna – end of loan; Lazar Markovic (mid) Fenerbahce – end of loan; Marko Grujic (mid) Red Star Belgrade – end of loan; Mario Balotelli (att) Milan – end of loan;

Out


Jordon Ibe (sp) (att) Bournemouth; Joe Allan (sp) (mid) Stoke City; Martin Skrtel (r) (def) Fenerbahce; Brad Smith (def) Bournemouth; Joao Teixeira (mid) Porto; Kolo Toure (sp) (def) Celtic; Samed Yesil (att) released; Adam Bogdan (gk) Wigan – on loan; Danny Ward (gk) Huddersfield – on loan;

Jurgen Klopp’s reshaping of Liverpool is at full power this summer and using his connections in the Bundesliga the famous manager already secured the services of two goalkeepers and two solid centre-backs from Germany. Klopp also signed Mane and Wijnaldum to provide his team with explosive wingers and Liverpool are seen by many as a much better side than they were just 12 months ago. Klopp is famous for extracting the best out of his players with his very intense and high-pressing style of football, which should see the Reds doing much better this year. Without a doubt the big problems for the Reds last year were seen in defence and the arrivals of Klavan and Matip, for very little money it must be said, will likely improve the defensive record. Karius is also a goalkeeper expected to get a lot of starts, with Mignolet forced to show better things if he wants to maintain his number one position. Liverpool are expected to be all about quick passing and clever runs in pockets of space this season and with the likes of Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Mane, Wijnaldum and Sturridge up front goals and pleasant football seem to be guaranteed. Klopp can change the style of play during the course of the games very easily as for his attack he also still has Ings, Balotelli and Benteke, which suggests that if the result is negative Liverpool can play with lots of high crosses. Can, Leiva, Henderson and Milner are the options for defensive midfielders and the gaffer is definitely spoiled for choice even if injuries occur. Liverpool are not playing in Europe this season and this is also expected to help the squad to do well on the domestic stage. In summary the common opinion is that Liverpool will be conceding less goals and at the same time scoring more, which naturally means that their table position should be better than last year.

Target


Liverpool are overlooked by many as title-contenders, but any team managed by Klopp is a dark horse and with the lack of European distractions in midweek the Reds are aiming at a top three finish this season. It seems that there are more pundits abroad than in England believing that Liverpool can be champions, but in Europe they know better what miracles Klopp is capable of.

Manchester City

In


Leroy Sane(mid) (Schalke), Gabriel Jesus(att) (Palmeiras), Ilkay Gundogan(mid) (Borussia Dortmund), Nolito(mid) (Celta Vigo), Oleksandr Zinchenko(mid) (Ufa), Aaron Mooy(mid) (Melbourne City), Marlos Moreno(mid) (Atletico Nacional), Bruno Zuculini(mid) (AEK Athens - End of Loan), Jason Denayer(def) (Galatasaray - End of Loan)

Out


Edin Dzeko(att) (AS Roma), Florian Lejeune(def) (Eibar), Enes Unal(att) (FC Twente - Loan), Luke Brattan(mid) (Melbourne City - Loan), Ruben Sobrino(att) (Alaves - Loan), Aaron Mooy(mid) (Huddersfield - Loan), Gabriel Jesus(att) (Palmeiras - Loan), Marlos Moreno(mid) (Deportivo La Coruna - Loan), Martin Demichelis(sp)(def) (Released), Richard Wright(gk) (Released)

Manchester City's four-year wait finally bore fruit early this year after they confirmed that Josep Guardiola will be signing on as the replacement for Manuel Pellegrini. City started preparing ground for one of the biggest managerial appointments when it became clear that Roberto Mancini's day at the club were numbered. Guardiola though opted to sign on for Bayern Munchen and City had to settle for Pellegrini, though the Chilean coach was always seen as a stop gap measure before they got their man. Pellegrini had a successful first two years at the club and looked set to lead City to a third Premier League title in five years. However City's confirmation that Pellegrini would be leaving the club at the end the winter transfer window backfired badly for the club as they lost their way and only just managed to secure a qualification to the Champions League by finishing fourth last season. Fans will be hoping that it was worth the wait and Guardiola himself will be looking to test himself in what is considered the toughest league in Europe. Doubts persist as to whether Guardiola is indeed the managerial genius as it is perceived and the Catalan coach will be taking on a side that is not considered to be clear favorites to lift the title. Guardiola has recognized the need to rebuild a stale squad and has spent a busy summer as City have once again splurged in the transfer market. Leroy Sane has been their biggest outlay so far, with the winger arriving from Schalke and is expected to be the first choice for Guardiola on the right side of Kevin De Bruyne. Gabriel Jesus has been the target of another big move but though City have completed the transfer, the striker has been loaned back to Palmeiras and will not be available until December. Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito have also been added to improve the midfield while the teenage duo of Marlos Moreno and Oleksandr Zinchenko are more of long term projects for the club. Despite the huge outlay, City have failed to fix their Achilles heel that is the defense. City clearly struggled whenever captain Vincent Kompany was out injured and with the Belgian's fitness still a question mark, Guardiola is searching for a more reliable central defender. City have attempted two high profile moves so far and while the first one was shot down even before it began, with Juventus naming a high price for Leonardo Bonucci, John Stones looks to be a more realistic prospect though the Everton is also holding out for a British record fee. Regardless of who will be arriving, Guardiola will have to improve his options in the defense if City are to have any hopes of mounting a successful bid in what could be another close title fight this season.

Target


Guardiola has been brought in with the express bid of challenging not only on the domestic front but also in Europe and anything less will be seen as a failure by both the fans and the board.

Manchester United

In


Henrik Mkhitaryan(mid) (Borussia Dortmund), Eric Bertrand(def) (Villarreal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic(att) (Free)

Out


Guillermo Varela(def) (Eintracht Frankfurt - Loan), Victor Valdes(gk) (Free), Nick Powell(mid) (Free)

Manchester United pressed the reset button once again as they head into another season with a new coach, though this time they may have got the right man in charge. Another underwhelming campaign saw United missing out on a top four spot for the second time in last three years and though the season ended with the club lifting its first major trophy since Alex Ferguson's departure, with United winning the FA Cup, it was not enough to save Louis Van Gaal as the Dutchman was relieved of his position hours after the triumph and the club acted quickly by confirming that Jose Mourinho will be taking over for the next season. Unlike previous seasons, United have shown purpose in their transfer dealings in the summer and Mourinho has arrived with a specific blueprint in his mind. Mourinho had asked the club for four key signings and the club has obliged by completing three of them as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been signed. United are still in the market for a central midfielder and are currently in negotiations with Juventus to bring back Paul Pogba in a world record deal and are likely to confirm the signing as well before the season kicks off. Ibrahimovic’s arrival has lent more bite to the United attack, with the striker expected to be the first choice for Mourinho and will be supported by the attacking trio of Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial. Marcus Rashford was the first choice striker last season as the campaign drew to a close but will have to settle for a rotation role this time around. There have been no major departures to far, with Guillermo Varela the only player who managed to find some playing minutes to have left the club, moving on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt. Mourinho has confirmed that there will be more departures before the transfer window shuts with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo two of the big names expected to leave. An immediate return to the Champions League is the minimum expected by both the fans and the board but Mourinho has raised the expectations by claiming that he wants to challenge for the title on the first time asking. His first test will come in the Community Shield when United play surprise champions Leicester City a week before the league campaign kicks off.

Target


Champions League qualification will be the minimum expected by the fans though a title challenge may be possible depending on how quickly the players buy into Mourinho's tactics.

Middlesbrough

In


Marten de Roon(mid) (Atalanta), Viktor Fischer(mid) (Ajax), Antonio Barragan(def) (Valencia), Gaston Ramirez(mid) (Free), Bernardo Espinosa(def) (Free), Victor Valdes(gk) (Free), Brad Guzan(gk) (Free), Alvaro Negredo(att) (Valencia - Loan), Jordan McGhee(def) (Hearts - Loan)

Out


Jonathan Woodgate(sp)(def) (Released), Rhys Williams(def) (Released), Connor Ripley(gk) (Oldham Athletico - Loan), Michael Agazzi(gk) (AC Milan - End of Loan), Kike Sola(att) (Athletic Bilbao - End of Loan)

Seven years after they were relegated to the Championship, Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League and seem to be the best equipped of the three promoted sides to put up a successful fight for survival. Middlesbrough finished second in the Championship last season but it has been the work of Aitor Karanka that has put them in a good position to avoid relegation, with the Middlesbrough coach preparing his side for promotion over the last couple of campaigns by steadily building up the quality available when they finally secured their place in the Premier League. Though Middlesbrough did not thrill their fans in terms of attack, they were solid enough at the back and a tight defense will continue to be the basis on which Karanka will hope to launch a successful survival bid this season. Karanka though has been busy building up the quality of his side in the summer and has spent the most of the three promoted sides. Middlesbrough registered the highest number of cleansheets last season in the Championship with Dimitrios Konstantopoulos in particularly excellent form but the keeper is likely to be third choice for Middlesbrough this season after Karanka signed two new keepers in Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan. Gastón Ramírez had his loan move from Southampton turned permanent after chipping in with seven goals while Antonio Barragán and Bernardo Espinosa have also been brought in to strengthen the defense. The hugely talented Viktor Fischer has also been snapped up from Ajax and pre-season outings suggest that he could play a more central role for Middlesbrough this season despite making his name on the wings at Ajax. Boro made their biggest acquisition in Marten de Roon with the player signed from Atalanta to provide some steel in the midfielder but it is in the attack that they have snagged a coup with Karanka managing to convince Alvaro Negredo to move to the Riverside Stadium and the striker is expected to provide a sharper edge to what had been Middlesbrough's weakest area last season as they scored the least number of goals among the teams who finished in the top six of the Championship last season. An encouraging set of results in the pre-season has further bolstered hopes of the fans of a successful season and with Boro boasting of a stronger squad compared to other teams tipped to finish in the lower end of the table, Karanka will be optimistic of securing safety this season

Target


With the board backing him heavily in the transfer market, Karanka will be aware that survival from relegation is the least that is expected out of him this season

Southampton

In


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg(mid) (Bayern Munchen), Nathan Redmond(mid) (Norwich City), Jeremy Pied(mid) (Free), Alex McCarthy(gk) (Crystal Palace)

Out


Sadio Mane(r)(att) (Liverpool), Graziano Pelle(r)(att) (SD Luneng), Victor Wanyama(r)(mid) (Tottenham Hotspur), Juanmi(sp)(att) (Real Sociedad), Gaston Ramirez(sp)(att) (Free), Paulo Gazzaniga(gk) (Rayo Vallecano - Loan), Kelvin Davis(gk) (Retired)

Southampton enjoyed another successful campaign last season as they booked their place in the Europa League for a second season running. Though Southampton were not able to negotiate the playoffs in the Europa League last season, it proved to be a blessing in disguise for the club as they finished in their highest position and putting up their best points tally in the Premier League. However it has been another summer of upheaval at the club with player turnover continuing as Southampton bid their goodbyes to three more key players with Victor Wanyama, Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane sold off. They will also be heading into the campaign with a new coach for a third time since returning to the Premier League after Ronald Koeman switched over to Everton and Claude Puel has been brought in as his replacement. Puel takes over a team that has been punching above its weight in the Premier League over the last few seasons and the Frenchman has big shoes to fill at Stadium of Light. Puel though already has the experience of confounding expectations, with his OGC Nice team twice finishing within touching distance of a Champions League spot in last four seasons in the Ligue 1. However he will find it difficult to repeat that performance in the Premier League, especially with Southampton qualifying directly to the group stages of the Europa League which means that Puel will have to be creative with his squad rotation, and while fans will be hoping for another shot at top four this season, Southampton will do well to finish in the top seven this season. While all of the teams who finished above them last season have spent big, Southampton have had a subdued summer so far with just three first team arrivals in Nathan Redmond, Jeremy Pied and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, while Alex McCarthy has also signed on from Crystal Palace, and more signings are needed if they are to stand any chance of mounting a challenge for the top six this season.

Target


Will do well to finish in European qualification spots once again

Stoke

In


Joe Allen(mid) (Liverpool), Ramadan Sobhi(mid) (Al Ahly), Ryan Sweeney(def) (Wimbledon)

Out


Steve Sidwell(mid) (Released), Peter Odemwingie(sp)(mid) (Released)

Stoke City enjoyed another solid campaign under Mark Hughes last season as they finished in the top half of the league table for a third successive year. Hughes has managed to achieve one of his aims of changing the perception about his side, turning them from a side known for its physicality and set plays into a side that now employs a more expansive game. This has been done without any slowdown in their progress and after having finished in the lower end of the table in each of Tony Pulis' five seasons in charge of the club, Hughes has now established Stoke as a top half side in the Premier League. After some heavy strengthening in the transfer windows, Stoke almost went one better last season as they headed into the final third of their campaign still in with a good shout of securing European qualification but it was not to be and they had to once again settle for a ninth placed finish. Hughes will be keen kick on this season and emerge as serious challengers for a European qualification spot and Stoke have been slowly and steadily adding to the quality of the squad over the last two transfer windows. Stoke splashed out on a record fee as they brought in Giannelli Imbula and the midfielder is expected to improve further this season after having settled down both at the club and to the pace of the Premier League. Xherdan Shaqiri had an underwhelming campaign last time around but the winger showed enough to warrant increased expectations from the fans as well as Hughes who is looking at his two big money signings to make a more sustained impact this season. Stoke have also brought in Joe Allen in another big money move from Liverpool and the midfielder fits well with how Hughes wants his side to play. Ramadan Sobhi is the only other major acquisition for Stoke this summer, signing from Egyptian side Al Ahly and the winger will challenging Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic for a place in the starting lineup. Stoke are also in the market for a striker, with the club publicly pursuing West Brom's Saido Berahino and hope to reach an agreement with their Premier League rivals before the transfer window shuts down. Stoke have concentrated on improving their midfield and attack but their weak link could be in between the sticks at the other end should Jack Butland suffer an injury. Shay Given and Jakob Haugaard did not live up to the mark when Butland was injured in the final weeks of the campaign and Stoke suffered some of their biggest defeats in the absence of their first choice keeper.

Target


Have enough quality to once again finish in the top half of the table but Hughes will be hoping for more this time around

Sunderland

In


Charalampos Mavrias (mid) Fortuna Dusseldorf – end of loan;

Out


Emanuele Giaccherini (sp) (mid) Napoli; Santiago Vergini (sp) (def) Boca Juniors; Valentin Roberge (def) Apollon Limassol; Danny Graham (sp) (att) Blackburn; Steven Fletcher (sp) (att) Sheffield Wednesday; Adam Matthews (sp) (def) Bristol City – on loan; Wes Brown (def) released; Steve Harper (gk) released; Dame N’Doye (sp) (att) Trabzonspor – end of loan; Ola Toivonen (sp) (att) Rennes – end of loan; Yann M’Vila (r) (mid) Rubin Kazan – end of loan;

For the umpteenth time in recent history Sunderland flirted with danger right until the final weeks of the season and the Black Cats can’t hope that they will keep narrowly escaping the drop. Only after Allardyce’s arrival in January things improved for the team and the spring was positive. Unfortunately for Sunderland’s fans their manager was chosen to be the new boss of England and just three weeks before the start of the season David Moyes was appointed to replace him. The Scotsman failed in his last two jobs and he knows that this is his last chance to establish his name as a good manager. Moyes needs to act very quickly though as Sunderland are yet to sign a single new player this summer and their squad hardly look ready for the season-opener. It was probably not a bad thing that half a dozen players that disappointed year after year in the past were allowed to leave, but the Black Cats also lost three loanees that had positive impact on their displays and replacements must be found quickly. In the days before the tough opening vs. Manchester City Moyes is likely to complete several transfers. He is using his old connections and at the minute half a dozen Man United players are linked with moves to the club, amongst them Januzai and Fellaini. Moyes is also in an advanced stage of negotiating the permanent move of M’Vila, the centre midfielder that was very solid for the club all of last season will be an important signing. Sunderland are likely to continue using the 4-3-3 formation at the top of which operates Defoe. Borini, Watmore, Buckley and Lens are currently the wing options but an arrival of Januzai will likely make him a regular starter. Jan Kirchhoff’s January arrival for just half a million pounds proved a big hit, the German was officially the best holding midfielder in the Premier League in the spring. His tackling and air abilities make him a rock in front of the back four and this is likely to continue. Khazri was the other big winter signing and he will be the main playmaker of the team. Sunderland definitely need reinforcements in order to enjoy much calmer days ahead and Moyes publicly promised to deliver signings before the end of August. The gaffer was harshly treated during his time at United and now he will be eager to prove his critics wrong, which should see him using every bit of motivational skill he has in the dressing room. If he unites the group Sunderland can turn into one of the pleasant surprises this season, but if he fails the long coming relegation can be on its way.

Target


Sunderland will want to finish higher than 15th this year and stay out of trouble for most of the campaign, but this could be possible only if new names are signed in the next few weeks.

Swansea City

In


Leroy Fer (mid) QPR; Mike van der Hoorn (def) Ajax; Mark Birighitti (gk) Newcastle Jets; Gerhard Tremmel (gk) Werder Bremen – end of loan; Franck Tabanou (def) Saint-Etienne – end of loan;

Out


Alberto Paloschi (sp) (att) Atalanta; Eder (sp) (att) Lille; Lee Lucas (mid) released; Daniel Alfei (def) released; Liam Shephard (def) Yeovil Town – on loan; Ryan Hedges (mid) Yeovil Town – on loan; Oliver Davies (gk) Kilmarnock – on loan; Matt Grimes (sp) (mid) Leeds – on loan; Kenji Gorre (mid) Northampton Town – on loan; Kyle Bartley (def) Leeds – on loan; Bafetimbi Gomis (r) (att) Marseille – on loan;

Swansea had a difficult last season that saw them struggling for consistency all throughout, but after surviving in the league with relative ease now the Swans are looking to reboot and start the new campaign full of confidence. The new coach of the Welsh is the experienced Francisco Guidolin, who seems to have done the most important dealings just ten days before the start of the new season after securing contract extensions for his big stars Ashley Williams, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andrew Ayew. The three of them most definitely will be the backbone of the entire team this season, but Guidolin is still actively looking for strikers as those he found when arriving in June didn’t fit in his plans to play much quicker and intense football. Gomis was loaned to Marseille, while Eder and Paloschi were sold and this leaves him with a single typical centre forward in the face of Marvin Emnes. Most definitely new arrivals in attack can be expected but in the first rounds, just like during most of the preseason Ayew will be used as a false nine. So far Swansea signed three new players, with Birighitti not coming into the team with any expectations to be the first choice goalkeeper. The other two newcomers though are likely to be involved a lot and Van der Hoorn’s defensive skills have been praised by many for the past two seasons and now the young centre-back will have to reveal his potential. Fer’s arrival stabilises even more the solid midfield, where he and Ki are expected to operate behind Sigurdsson and two of the three speed merchants Montero, Routledge and Dyer. At the minute the Swans have a small squad and for several positons there is no cover, or even obvious first choice options, which in the long term can prove problematic if injuries settle in. There are four or five players in the squad that look absolutely indispensable and if they all remain fit and in good form Swansea will have enough in themselves to avoid relegation, but without new recruits this is unlikely to happen. Monitoring the team’s transfer activity in the last few weeks of August will be important.

Target


Swansea can hope to achieve a mid-table finish only if they buy at least two more high-profile players, a striker definitely, but Guidolin’s men will still require Sigurdsson and Ayew to remain fit all season, or they very easily can be engulfed in a gruelling battle for survival.

Tottenham Hotspur

In


Vincent Janssen(att) (AZ Alkmaar), Victor Wanyama(mid) (Southampton)

Out


Alex Pritchard(sp)(mid) (Norwich City), Federico Fazio(sp)(def) (AS Roma - Loan)

Tottenham Hotspur almost went all the way in the Premier League last season but the end result proved to be no different from previous campaigns as they only just held on to a third place finish to secure a place in the Champions League group stages. Tottenham played some brilliant football over the course of the season and at one time looked unlikely favorites to tip Leicester City to the league title but a dip in form in the final weeks not only brought a premature end to their title challenge, but they also failed to hold their nerve and finish above Arsenal for the first time in more than two decades. Coach Mauricio Pochettino apologized to the fans for the poor end to the season, especially their heavy 1-5 thrashing to a relegated Newcastle United side, and will clearly feel that it was a missed opportunity for his side to create history. Pochettino will be looking to go one better this season and Spurs have done well to keep the player turnover to a minimum following a busy summer last time around. Alex Pritchard spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom and the midfielder has moved on with Spurs selling him off to Norwich City while Federico Fazio is off on another loan spell, this time to Italy's AS Roma. It is the two new arrivals though that are raising the buzz at White Hart Lane with Victor Wanyama linking back up with Pochettino three years after the Argentine had brought him to Southampton from Celtic. AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen has also been signed to relieve the goal-scoring load on Harry Kane who enjoyed another brilliant campaign last season. Pochettino clearly has faith in his existing players to mount another challenge for the top spot and with players such as Heung-Min Son yet to play to their true potential, Spurs will be in the mix for at least another top four finish this season

Target


Another title challenge could prove to be too much on face of heavy strengthening of their rivals but should be favorites to secure at least a top four finish

Watford

In


Isaac Success (mid) Granada FC; Christian Kabasele (def) KRC Genk; Brice Dja Djedje (def) Marseille; Jerome Sinclair (att) Liverpool U23; Camilo Zuniga (mid) Napoli – on loan; Giedrius Arlauskis (gk) Espanyol - end of loan; Abdoulaye Doucoure (mid) Granada FC – end of loan; Mathias Ranegie (att) Djurgarden – end of loan;

Out


Miguel Layun (sp) (def) Porto; Almen Abdi (sp) (mid) Sheffield Wednesday; Jose Jurado (r) (mid) Espanyol; Luke Simpson (gk) York City; Juanfran (sp) (def) Deportivo La Coruna; Adalberto Penaranda (att) Udinese – on loan; Steven Berghuis (sp) (mid) Feyenoord – on loan; Gabriele Angella (sp) (def) Udinese; Daniel Pudil (sp) (def) Sheffield Wednesday; Obbi Oulare (sp) (att) Zulte Waregem – on loan; Victor Ibardo (sp) (att) Roma – end of loan; Joel Ekstrand (sp) (def) released; Uche Ikepazu (att) released;

Watford were one of the pleasant surprises of last season, the Hornets not only enjoyed a cloudless existence in the top flight but also demonstrated some open and attractive football. This wasn’t so surprising with the likes of Ighalo and Deeney leading the attack and the duo remains loyal to the club for the new season, which is a promise for goals. It became a tradition for Watford to change their managers more often than handkerchiefs and the new campaign will start with a new boss at the helm. Walter Mazzarri is a proven name in the business and he is already trying to put his stamp on the displays in the preseason. The arrival of the Italian specialist is expected to improve the defensive record, not that it was too bad last season, and Mazzari already signed a new key figure for his defence in the face of Christian Kabasele. The centre-back is not only very solid defender but for his previous club Genk he averaged four and a half goals per season over two years and carries serious threat in the air. The other defender that is new is the right-back Dje Djedje, but he most likely will be behind Nyom in the pecking order. The two other major new arrivals are of wingers and with Success a typical right winger and Zuniga an experienced player on the other flank Watford’s attack will have variations. Watford seem to have a solid squad with very good cover options and the Hornets are expected to change formations based on their opponents. The preseason suggests that Mazzarri’s favourite formation is 3-5-2 and at least on home turf this is expected to be the first choice. Against tougher opponents in the preseason Mazzarri seems to favour 4-2-3-1 and away from home Watford are likely to utilise this formation more. Capoue will continue to have key role in the heart of the midfield, but with Suarez, Behrami and Watson in the squad he can be trusted with a more advanced role too. In general the Hornets have rotation options in every position and with the experienced gaffer in charge they should be able to maintain solid mid-table position once again.

Target


Watford are one of the teams looking destined to finish in the middle of the table and with all the players used to quickly adapt to new manager’s philosophy the Hornets should have another solid season.

West Bromwich Albion

In


Matt Phillips (mid) QPR;

Out


Stephane Sessegnon (sp) (att) released; Victor Anichebe (sp) (att) released; Anders Lindegaard (gk) Preston NE;

The Baggies enjoyed another solid season under Pulis last term and their goal once again will be establishing themselves in a position with a healthy lead over the bottom three as soon as possible. It must be said that West Brom have been existing in the bottom half of the table for a very long time now and things can go wrong very quickly if a series of negative results are recorded. That said just a week before the start of the season a conglomerate of Chinese billionaires bought the Baggies and now everyone wants to hear if there will be any financial injections straight away or the new owners will wait until the winter. Last season West Brom had problems keeping clean sheets on home turf but the extremely talented goalkeeper Ben Foster missed many games because of injury and with him fully fit now the defensive record should be better. That said Pulis is working with a very experienced, but ageing back line and in the long term the 36-year-old McAuley might find it tough to endure another season of starting every weekend. Still Pulis’ reputation and West Brom’s known grit and hard work should see the team being a tough nut to crack. This will be important as their main problems are in attack. The Baggies finished last season with the fewest shots on target, even Villa showed better aim, and only Salomon Rondon scored more than four goals. The Venezuelan striker is the main hope again and after being involved in 7 of his team’s last 12 goals last term he is without a doubt looking indispensable at the minute. This is even more true this season as Berahino is not expected to stay a Baggie after August, plus Sessesgnon and Anichebe were released, leaving only veteran Ricki Lambert as a feasible option in attack. West Brom’s activity on the transfer market so far has been next to nothing, the only new arrival is that of winger Matt Phillips, who will hopefully provide better crosses for the robust Rondon and Lambert. Despite the relatively small squad West Brom are likely to use their established style of play well and with Pulis a manager of vast experience no long negative runs are expected. The schedule of fixtures up until Christmas is also decent and West Brom will try and secure comfort as soon as possible. Securing more than the five home clean sheets from last season and scoring more goals are the two primary aims and if the first one looks very likely to be achieved the second one will require strengthening of the ranks with new signings that are yet to transpire.

Target


WBA are aiming for another mid-table finish and most pundits see them securing with relative ease placement between 11th and 16th. The new owners might change this prediction once they declare their transfer budget.

West Ham United

In


Manuel Lanzini(mid) (Al Jazira), Gokhan Tore(mid) (Besiktas - Loan), Sofiane Feghouli(mid) (Free), Ashley Fletcher(att) (Free), Havard Nordtveit(mid) (Free), Sam Westley(def) (VVV-Venlo - End of Loan)

Out


James Tomkins(r)(def) (Crystal Palace), Elliot Lee(att) (Released), Joey O'Brien(def) (Released), Stephen Hendrie(def) (Blackburn Rovers - Loan), Emmanuel Emenike(att) (Fenerbahce - End of Loan), Alex Song(mid) (Barcelona - End of Loan)

West Ham United's final season at Upton Park proved to be a historic one as the club broke a number of records in the Premier League era in Slaven Bilic's first season in charge as they collected their highest number of points and scored the most number of goals. West Ham were also in with a shout to break into the top four for large parts of the season but a dip in form in the final weeks of the campaign meant that they had to settle for a seventh placed finish, their best in nearly 15 years. With increased TV revenue allowing the club to be more ambitious in the transfer market as well as the move to Olympic Stadium, West Ham fans will be looking forward to the new season with heightened expectations. Bilic will be looking for build on from hugely successful season but much will depend on whether West Ham do qualify to the group stages of the Europa League. A seventh placed finish coupled with Manchester United's triumph in the FA Cup meant that West Ham qualified for Europe for a second successive season. Romanian side Astra Giurgiu once again lie in wait for West Ham in the Playoff round and while West Ham will be itching to avenge their defeat from last season, it remains to be seen whether the squad is equipped to handle rigors of Europa League proper. Shrewd signings played a key role in turning West Ham from a midtable side to European challengers last season and the club has looked to repeat that performance this summer as well, adding a number of quality signings to an already formidable squad. West Ham once again focused on improving their attack with Manuel Lanzini being their biggest outlay in the summer so far, with the midfielder converting his loan move from UAE side Al-Jazira into a permanent transfer, while Gokhan Tore has also been snapped up in a loan deal from Besiktas. Sofiane Feghouli has been signed on a free transfer and the midfielder will provide greater penetration and a goal scoring threat from the wings and Bilic will be hoping that the Algerian will be an impact similar to that of Dimitri Payet whose stock has risen considerably following an excellent campaign both for the club and country. West Ham are also looking to boost their striking options and have reportedly agreed a fee with Swansea City for Ghana striker Andre Ayew while Havard Nordtveit has also arrived on a free transfer after his contract expired at Borussia Monchengladbach. For all their attacking prowess though, defense could prove to be a weak link for West Ham once again. The Hammers conceded 51 goals last season, with only Stoke City and Chelsea shipping in more goals among the teams who finished in the top half last season, and their options have been further reduced with James Tomkins moving on to Crystal Palace while Aaron Cresswell is out for some time with an injury, though Bilic seems to be satisfied with the players that are currently available

Target


Will be looking to take another shot at securing Champions League qualification but a top seven finish looks a more realistic prospect this season