by Onome Onodarho
The wait is finally over. After three months the most exciting league in the world is back. August 18th is the beginning of a nine month rollercoaster ride with May offering the winner the coveted title of Primer League champions. The EPL has over the past few seasons shifted from its traditional ”big 4 ” to a “big 6”
As the 20th episode sets in the major casts have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that come May,they will be crowned champions.
Champions Manchester City has surprisely not splashed the cash this summer, so far signing only Jack Rodwell from Everton. However as they showed in the Community Shield they are one of the top contenders. Manchester United have made three signings but most significant is the acquisition of Robin Van Persie. This is a real statement of intent from United. Fergie is not going to let the ‘noisy neighbours’ have things their way and has assembled and strike force that will make defenders quiver. Arsenal have yet again lost another talisman in Van Persie, further fuelling the criticism that they can no longer compete with the top teams.
However the addition of Santi Cazorla and strikers Podolski and Giroud has made Wenger defiant that his team stands a chance. Both Spurs and Liverpool rang managerial changes over the summer, opting for young coaches in Brendan Rodgers and Andres Villas Boas. The task before Rodgers is to win back the confidence of the ‘ Kop faithful’ and hope he can replicate the style of football that made Swansea attractive to watch. Villas Boas became the ‘ poster boy’ for young managers after his success at FC Porto. However his time in Chelsea ripped apart that reputation. He will want to use his time at Spurs to prove his doubters wrong. The task has not been made any easier with imminent departure of play maker Luka Modric. Chelsea wasted no time in showing their hand over the summer, bringing in Marin, Hazard and Oscar. Roberto Di Matteo has the huge task of beginning the revolution at the club by gradually fazing out the old guard. For Chelsea, the question is can the club cope with the departure of Dider Drogba?
The performance of clubs like Newcastle and Everton will also add spice to what promises to be a thrilling league campaign.
As Kun Aguero’s extra time goal proved last season the EPL is a ‘blink and you miss it’ show.
This season promises more drama and I can’t wait.
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