Will the new Premier League teams stay up?7th Aug 2018 |
Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham all fought their way through promotion last year to enjoy the rewards of the top flight.
Can they make the party last or will they become another one-season wonder? Neil Warnock, we’re looking at you!
So, as the new Premier League kicks off, let us take a quick look at the new kids on the block…
Cardiff were wallowing at the foot of the Championship table, in a lowly 23rd, when Neil Warnock was appointed manager back in October 2016.
He quickly turned the ship around, with the team recording their best start to a season in their history last year. Backed up with an outstanding run in February and March 2018.
Their first season back in the Premier League sees games against Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs at the business end of things.
So, it’s safe to say that they need to come out of the blocks with all guns blazing to avoid the
drop zone towards next summer.
Junior Hoilett is a player who played a pivotal role in getting Cardiff back into the top flight. After being revived by Warnock, Hoilett brought flair to a team that can be caught somewhat lacking in that department.
Cardiff controversial veteran manager Warnock set a new English record with his eighth promotion last season. The 70-year-old has proven on many occasions that he’s a specialist at getting teams up but he’s yet to keep one in the top flight.
This might just be his last shot at proving that it’s something he can achieve. Many pundits are already predicting Cardiff’s swift return to the Championship.
Only time will tell whether Warnock and co can break the curse and stay up for a second season in the Premiership.
Wolves secured their return to the top flight by accumulating an impressive Championship topping 99 points.
The arrivals of two of Portugal’s Euro 2016 winners, goalkeeper Rui Patricio and midfielder Joao Moutinho, has since boosted the feeling that the club is destined for big things this coming season.
Add Mexican international Raul Jimenez into the mix and we’re looking at a possible top half finish for the Wanderers in 2019.
Ruben Neves, who’s signed a deal until 2023 with Wolves, is another exciting prospect and it will be great to see him play alongside the big boys of the Premier League.
With former Valencia and Porto manager Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm, the key question is can he manage a top-10 finish in the top flight for the first time since 1980?
Wolves biggest challenge might just be to live with less of the ball. It will be a big ask to out-pass opponents in the top flight the way they have in the Championship.
It’s crazy to think that Fulham only won four of their first 17 league games last season. Having got their act together, they fought their way into the playoffs and scored a hard-earned promotion.
Their nifty passing game style finally won out and now they are back in the big time this coming season.
With a lineup including Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jean-Michel Seri and the World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, they could have enough about them for a decent finish in 2019.
The signing Alfie Mawson is also intended to shore up their questionable defence which is certain to be thoroughly tested in the Premiership.
Jean-Michel Seri, former Nice midfielder, is another star who’s signing signalled the big ambitions at Craven Cottage.
Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has been linked with the Chelsea job, a pretty glowing endorsement of his credentials, and Fulham should proser further under his guidance.
Can take the Premier League by storm? If Fulham had not gone up, the chances are that the precocious 18-year-old would be in the top flight by now.
Let’s not forget that they also possess the Championship’s player of the year 2018 in 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon. After scoring 15 goals last season in a campaign he began at left-back, he profited greatly following his move forward to play as a left winger following Matt Targett’s January arrival.
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