Staff writer Chris McMullan pipes up with his 16/17 Premier League predictions and it’s difficult to disagree with any of them.
Especially his pick for the team most likely to do a Leicester, but that’s my biased opinion…
Manchester United. Manchester City will be there or there abouts, but they’ve bought young and are looking for progress.
United, on the other hand, haven’t simply bought young, they’ve bought big. It doesn’t get any bigger than Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a World Record signing. Add to that Jose Mourinho and you have a winner.
It sort of depends who shows up for the FA Cup. The League Cup is now the one to win – it’s a trophy early on and you can rest players.
If City or United take it seriously it could be them – but I think Chelsea or Liverpool will have enough freshness in their team with no Europe. It’s a toss-up. Liverpool.
— Everton (@Everton) August 10, 2016
Losing John Stones was a blow, but if you want a cultured ball-playing centre back, there’s always Ramiro Funes Mori. Add the strong, dominating player alongside him and you’ve got that balanced yin and yang – he’s also a real leader.
Koeman’s first job is to secure Everton’s leaky defence, and if Williams can marshal the defensive troops, that could free up the attackers to win Everton games.
Manchester City’s problem is injuries in defence, and that could open up the door for some of the young players in that team this season. We all know about Kelechi Iheanacho, but Tosin Adarabioyo and Angelino played big parts in pre-season.
Adarabioyo is a dominating centre back who could look wonderful alongside John Stones – though that pairing would be very raw indeed. Angelino is a young full back – a position where City are crying out for youth – and he certainly has the tattoos to be a top player. That’s important these days, right?
The money in the league this season probably precludes a ‘small’ team from winning the league this year again. If you look at squads and who could put a run together, the best placed looks to be West Ham United. Not sure you’ll get 5000/1, though.