Part 1 of Kyle’s 4 part English Premier League Preview. Next EPL Post: Teams 17-11.
It is perhaps the most dreaded thing in professional sports, relegation. It happens each year in the Premier League and most soccer leagues around the world.
This season, I think these 3 teams will be relegated.
20. Burnley– There is almost always 1 promoted team that has a cup of coffee in the EPL then heads back down to the Championship. This year, I think that club is Burnley. The other two promoted teams, Leicester City and QPR, have past Premier League experience, which is something Burnley doesn’t have.
To be sure, the club had a strong attacking duo last season with Danny Ings (21) and Sam Vokes (20), but Vokes is out due to an ACL tear. After those two, the next highest scorer had 8. With Ings, 21 Championship goals probably translates to roughly 9 or 10 EPL goals.
The transfers don’t work either for 2014. Lukas Jutkiewicz from Middlesborough is decent, but Steven Reid and Matthew Taylor weren’t exactly Premier League stars.
Burnley gets a rough welcome back as well, with Chelsea and Manchester United in its first two games.
19. West Bromich Albion– Yikes. I wasn’t sure about the hiring of Alan Irvine (last Everton’s youth coach) and I’m still not sure about it. Look at this squad. There is not a lot of talent here. At all.
The summer signings, Joleon Lescott, Andre Wisdom (loan), Chris Baird and Brown Ideye are the only decent names listed besides goalkeeper Ben Foster, who featured as England’s #2 at the World Cup.
Irvine may turn out to be a great coach, who knows. After all, Everton does have a great youth system. This is a system where you need to survive, however. There is not much room to thrive.
18. Southampton– The real darlings of last season experienced a nightmare summer, in which it gained over 100 million pounds…at the expense of its best players.
First Liverpool took its brilliant stars Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren to the tune of a combined 49 million pounds. Then, Arsenal signed up and comer Calum Chambers for a reported 20+ million deal and Manchester United snatched up Left back Luke Shaw. That’s three defenders, a goal scoring midfielder and a striker. All starters.
Tottenham Hotspur made matters worse when it signed Southampton’s manager from last season, Mauricio Pochettino. New manager Ronald Koeman is experienced, but not with the rigors of an EPL season. Now that he doesn’t have much to work with, talent wise, it will be even harder. Striker Jay Rodriguez is out for most of the season with an ACL issue.
The new additions, besides Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, won’t provide any real upgrades.
After a brilliant season last year, it’s a shame that Southampton will probably not return to that level in years.
Who do you think will be relegated? Put your response in the comments or tweet @kickingit10