Euro 2020 was not even done and dusted and Premier League clubs like Man Utd were already popping off huge transfer fees to acquire the likes of Jadon Sancho.
While more late summer transfers are sure to follow in the weeks and months to come, we thought we would take a look at those squads that are best equipped to run Man City close next season. Will Liverpool rebound after their injury plagued 20/21 season? Can Man Utd overthrow their cross-city rivals? Are Chelsea well-rounded enough to become more than just winners of cup competitions? All these questions and more are dealt with below.
Man City look like they could become what Bayern Munich are to the Bundesliga, mopping up young talent wherever it may pop up around the country in a bid to maintain total dominance
Man City’s Giant Squad Absorbs the Pressures of a Long Season
With events in 2020 creating a concertina effect on the footballing schedule, the Premier League season will, more so than ever before, be an exercise in managing squad rotation, to protect players and prevent damaging long-term injuries.
This was already in evidence last season, as Pep Guardiola had the resources at his disposal to rotate players in almost every part of the pitch, to the extent that the star of Euro 2020, Raheem Sterling, became a bit-part player. As the evidence mounts up that fixture congestion is having a negative effect on Premier League players, the more world class stars that a team can harbour in their squad, the greater their chances of success become.
Another thing that will work in City’s favour is the number of young players that they have returning from loan spells around Europe. In June alone there were 13 players all back on City’s books, having gained experience abroad, so even without a faded Sergio Aguero, City should be odds-on to retain their title.
Chelsea might be Man City’s closest rivals in the league next season having proven their worth in the Champions League
Champions League Winners Could Bring Down Sky Blue Giant
The only other team with the sort of spending power that can match that of Man City is Chelsea, who despite stuttering through most of last season managed to cap it off in style by beating City to the Champions League crown.
This was particularly impressive considering that Thomas Tuchel had only been in charge for a matter of months when he went up to receive his winner’s medal.
Chelsea’s new season campaign will depend largely on which players Tuchel decides to keep faith with and which ones he deems as being surplus to requirements. Is Christian Pulisic an injury liability? Will Timo Werner ever find his shooting boots?
So far only Fikayo Tomori and Victor Moses have been offloaded and it will all depend on who Chelsea sign as to whether they can mount a credible Premier League title charge.
Man Utd Learning From Mistakes and Acting Early
Last summer Man Utd were widely ridiculed for not getting their transfer targets lined up early enough, and saw big names slip through their fingers as a result.
This season they have been keen to show that they have learnt from past mistakes and have already agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund for the services of Jadon Sancho.
If the Red Devils get their star men back from Euro 2020 in good shape, then they could well be a title threat this coming season, which could make for exciting times in Manchester.
Liverpool Hope for One Last Hurrah from Klopp?
It was a strange season last time out for the men from Anfield, as injuries lay waste to their hopes before they had barely begun. Teams also figured them out tactically, meaning that Klopp will have to find new ways to outfox the opposition on a weekly basis.
With the likes of Mo Salah making noises about wanting to leave and even Klopp himself occasionally mentioning early retirement, the Kop will be hoping for just one more vintage season of free flowing attacking football before there is a change of the guard. Their squad is probably strong enough as it is to go all the way again, but will fate be kinder to them this season?