Premier League and enjoying a new lease of life under manager Steve Clarke.

We’ve also seen Everton enjoy an impressive start to the season, as well as newly promoted West Ham sitting comfortably in the top eight.

So are we finally beginning to witness a shift in power in the Premier League? I truly believe the surprise emergence of the above teams might be an early sign that the Premier League’s top four are coming under threat.

We’ve seen Tottenham breaking the top four mould over the past few years, while on the flip-side we have witnessed Liverpool fading into a team that has only really been capable of competing for a top-six finish.

But what about the other clubs who have had to settle for mid table obscurity or the odd relegation battle every other season? Well, a small handful or them are attempting to get themsleves their own little share of the pie and, so far, they appear to be succeeding.

After 13 games in the top-flight, we have already seen some shock results that have upset the balance of the Premier League’s elite. West Brom have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea, drawn at Tottenham and only lost to two late Edin Dzeko goals at home to Manchester City.

Everton have beaten Manchester United and have managed good draws against Newcastle and Liverpool, while even 13th placed Norwich have got themselves in on the act with home wins over Manchester United and Arsenal to go with their vital draws away at Tottenham and Everton.

And even West Ham, in their first season back in the Premier League, have beaten Newcastle away and battled out a goalless draw at home to champions Manchester City.

Of course, there are people who will dismiss these as just freak results and will call West Brom’s current third place standing as just a run of good form that will surely come to an end. This may be right but, at this stage in the Premier League last season, there are some surprising differences in where each team people believe they should be, how they were doing at this stage last season and where they are now.

Starting with last season’s final top four, only Manchester United have the exact same points (30) now as they did after 13 games last season. The difference is that last season they were four points adrift of rivals Manchester City at the top of the division compared to now where they are a point clear of City, with Roberto Mancini’s side five points worse off this season with 29.

Arsenal are three points worse off this season but still occupy the same sixth place they did exactly a year ago, while Tottenham were a whopping eight points better off last year than they are today.

On the flip side, let’s look at how this season’s surprise packages in West Brom and Everton and fared against last season’s surprising performers Newcastle.

On the 26th November 2011, West Brom were 13th with 14 points and Everton were eighth with 16 points. Today, the Baggies are third with 26 points and David Moyes’ Toffees are fifth with 21 points. That is a huge improvement in just a single year, and one that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Meanwhile, Alan Pardew’s Newcastle are 12 points and 10 places worse off in the Premier League than this time last year.

Other clubs that are worse off this year are Swansea (-4 points), Liverpool (-6) Aston Villa (-5), QPR (-11) and Norwich (-1), while the improved teams are Wigan (+5), Fulham (+4), Stoke and Sunderland (both +1).

With the teams expected to be running away with it ultimately doing worse at this stage than last season and the teams not expected to do much or to struggle exceeding expectations, it looks as if we’re seeing the early signs of a shift in Premier League power.

I am not suggesting the likes of United, City, Arsenal and Chelsea have their title and top four chances under immediate threat, but I do believe the Premier League is becoming a league where teams are more capable of beating anyone than ever before. Despite the amounts of money the elite are spending on players every transfer window, we are still seeing lesser clubs compete against them every week and occasionally getting results. In short, the Premier League seems to be more of a level playing field this season.

This could, of course, be a blip and normal service may well be resumed sooner than we think, but as things stand we can’t turn a blind eye at what we’ve seen so far this season.

So, do you think we are beginning to witness what could be a shift in power in the Premier League? Or are West Brom, Everton and West Ham merely over performing? Leave your thoughts below.

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  • steve
    2 years ago

    The weakest Premier league for many many years, with long ball dross like man hoof at the top of the league, west brom 3rd and everton 5th, it says it all.

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    • Reddiebaggie
      2 years ago

      You obviously have never seen West Brom play or Everton for that matter. The only long balls are cross field passes. Hopefully the days of football clubs as rich men’s playthings are soon to end. Given a level playing field teams like West Brom would be up there every season, a club run on a sound financial footing with no assistance by Oligarchs, sheiks or rich Americans. Roll on that day, give football back to the true supporter.

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      • chris from Cambridge
        2 years ago

        Good point

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      • Deluded fans
        2 years ago

        Football was never ever the preserve of the true supporter. Do you propose handing WBA’s riches to Walsall or Kidderminster or some junior club. Of course you don’t. You just see it as a question of any club who has more money and resource than WBA having less. In other words a typical jaundiced one eyed fan. The game has NEVER been a level playing field and the Sky deals are part of the wedge that drives the poorer clubs further and further away from the elite (which includes WBA).

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    • PK in exile
      2 years ago

      Steve, you must be a Liverpool fan. Congratulate yourself on ‘winning the passing’ week in week out. Albion and Everton are like a breath of fresh air.

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    • Stu
      2 years ago

      Let us see who will be the top of the league teams if the league was run so that teams had to have a balance sheet clear of debt.What a joke when millions can be spent by some rich bozo taking over a club.If all clubs were forced to be run properly I know what teams would be top.

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      • Deluded fans
        2 years ago

        Well United would win nothing then or Real or Barca.You are confusing an ability to pay with massive debt. Uniteds debts 450 million with interest payments of 80 million a year. Thats what did Rangers and Portsmouth in.

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  • docbrody
    2 years ago

    Interesting, but the schedule of fixtures is different each year and personally I think its too early to draw any conclusions – even after 12 or 13 games.

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    • Fred
      2 years ago

      Wow you are so right!!!!
      After 13 games last season West Brom had played 7 Teams who had finished in the Top Ten the previous season and also 2 of the newly promoted teams.
      Whereas this season they have played 7 Teams who had finished in the Top Ten the previous season and 2 of the newly promoted teams.

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      • Marty Webb
        2 years ago

        Haha good sarcasm, but its right West Broms position is even more impressive given they have played most of the teams from the top ten last season already.

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  • SouthernBlue
    2 years ago

    If West Brom are still in the top four after Christmas then I might have to admit there’s something in it. Until then I see no difference to any other season.

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  • paul
    2 years ago

    The traditional top 4 were : Man u , Chelsea , Arsenal and Liverpool for about 15 years.
    The major change is the emergence of Spurs and Man city. Man city because of new rich owners and Spurs because the good financial management in the last 5 years

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  • Andy
    2 years ago

    Er… the emergence of Spurs? They’re one point in front of West Ham, ten behind the leaders …
    Whilst admitting that historically, Spurs have always been a ‘big’ club, they’ve some way to go before they’ve cracked the top of the Premier League, and there are others who are ‘emerging’ equally as well, even if they’re not as fashionable.

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  • RoytheRed
    2 years ago

    WestBrom are playing just as good as the two manchester clubs and deserve to be where they are. Liverpool won’t challenge again for years as FSG won’t buy the big players needed, only youngsters with promise, in the hope of selling them on for profit.

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  • Marc
    2 years ago

    Hey Steve

    What’s wrong with West Brom being 3rd??
    We’re there on merit you twat

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  • Dave H
    2 years ago

    I suspect that the atmosphere has got so rarefied that even a 50 million pound player isn’t that much better than a 5 million pound player. It’s swinging back to tactics and teamwork again, rather than individual brilliance, and it’s the former where West Brom and Everton excel.

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  • Mark
    2 years ago

    Well i think West Brom have done fantastic good luck to them, and as for weakest Premier league for many many years, I can’t agree come to Swansea and see some great football!

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  • Canadian Baggie
    2 years ago

    West Brom have been building the back breaking way with many promotions and relegations, novice coaches like Mowbray, Di Matteo and Clarke, sound financial management, great scouting ( Mulumbu, Yacob, McCauley, Olsen, Brunt, Dorrans, Billy Jones, Morrison ,Gera) intelligent buys ( Long, Foster, Odemwingie, etc) some mistakes learned from ( Cox, Bednar etc) and some great selling.
    This is not luck or a blip. This is not achieved by foreign ownership and ludicrous investment.
    The team plays football to suit the talent in the squad and the game in hand – they have been criticized for being too pretty, too soft, too organized, too hard to break down, too easy to break down and now for being a long ball team.
    Who really cares – we are third and have worked hard and long to be there – Famous British traits much valued by all except the fools who think money buys happiness !!
    Long live the Albions, Swanseas, Norwich and Stoke Cities of our league.
    Leave the big rich clubs to their replica shirt wearing boasting and whining. Torres $50m – Odemwingie $1.5m – happiness priceless!!

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