It’s time for our man over in Australia – Francis Johnston – to weigh in with his 16/17 Premier League predictions.
Played it safe for the most part, though his pick for Flop of the Season has potential to back fire. We’ll be keeping close tabs on that one…
United may well have sacrificed their historic values to some degree in search of success – but I think it will work.
Jose Mourinho certainly is not a man I thought I’d ever see at Old Trafford and at times it won’t be pretty. But, he is a winner. As is Ibrahimovic, while Pogba is the missing link. I think they will be much much improved.
It would be easy to pick Ibrahimovic or any of the other big-name players, but I think West Ham will have a good season. Feghouli is a massively gifted player that could either be a big success or a notable flop, depending on his mindset.
I think Slaven Bilic is an eccentric enough manager to get the best from the playmaker and alongside Payet and Lanzini, this trio will take some stopping. I also think Sadio Mane will be very good at Liverpool.
This is a big call because when fit and firing, the central midfielder is top class. However, fit is the key word. The German has missed both the World Cup and Euro 2016 through injury and over the course of his career, the most league games he has started in a campaign has been 26.
Gundogan obviously has the attributes to be a real success, but I have a suspicion he could be the next Jack Wilshere – mercurially talented but perennially injured. I’ll probably eat my words on this.
There are a lot of exciting young players that have both been signed and that will break into respective first teams this season, but I reckon Bournemouth have picked up an excellent player in Lewis Cook.
Along with Jordon Ibe, who also should be a success, I think the former Leeds man will come into his own.
A good manager, some exciting new faces and an expansive style of play.
Sergio Aguero – he’s too good. I think Lukaku might run him close though.