Premiership new boys chances
Today we weigh up the Premiership new boys chances as the new season approaches with history showing there appears to be little correlation between emphatic Championship success and comfortable Premier League survival.
In the last 6 seasons the order that the promoted trio finished has not been replicated in the Premier League with statistics show that the Championship winners have the hardest time hanging on in there for more than a season.
The last three champions all faired worst of the newcomers, with Cardiff and Reading suffering relegation and QPR clinging on in 17th.
Bad news for Leicester then?……why this happens is difficult to quantify.
Premier League nous has definitely been decisive with last seasons runners-up Hull having Steve Bruce and play-off victors Crystal Palace ending the season with the established Tony Pulis?
It was curtains for Cardiff who changed from Malky Mackay to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the rookie manager was relegated.
Same happened in 2012/13, when Sam Allardyce topped Brian McDermott and Nigel Adkins for experience that lead to more points on the board.
So it would look as though it’s looking favourable for the sharks at big spending QPR and ‘brown envelope pushing cockney wide boy Arry’ compared to the honesty boys of Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Leicester’s Nigel Pearson?
The wheeler-dealer has recruited the ‘old camel face’ Rio and Steven Caulker to bolster up the defence to aid ‘old slow coach’ Richard Dunne.
With Premier League veterans already in the squad that boasts; Robert Green, Joey Barton, Bobby Zamora, will age and experience be enough to keep them up this time, on the strength of it they are the bookies 2nd favourite to beat the drop and be the top-performing newbies at 2.84.
Nigel Pearson has four fresh faces at the King Power Stadium this summer, including big-money striker Leonardo Ulloa.
Watford frontman Troy Deeney is reported to be another top target but also face competition for his signature from the Clarets, though efforts to secure Cardiff City’s Fraizer Campbell look doomed as Crystal Palace close in.
Pearson admits that he is scouring the market for more quality additions, but has also declared himself ‘delighted’ with the squad he has been able to assemble so far.
Sean Dyche will obviously be keen to remain in the top flight. They had just one year in the Premier League in the 2009/10 season and will be hoping for a longer stay this time around.
To date they have signed Lukas Jutkiewicz – £2.5m from Middlesbrough, who after playing in the Championship since leaving Everton in 2010, gets his chance to play in the top flight again.
Michael Kightly scored some important goals on the run in and the 28-year-old made his loan signing permanent this summer after a successful spell at Turf Moor last year and scored five league goals last season.
Marvin Sordell comes in from neighbours Bolton, who has 14 caps for England’s Under 21s and played for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic games. Matt Gilks from Blackpool comes in as very experienced cover for keeper Tom Heaton.
Matt Taylor from West Ham, who has played consistently in the Premier since 2002 and Steven Reid – ex Bastard Rover’s, on a free from West Brom.
Dyche is still looking to bring in Craig Dawson from West Brom and is determined to land former England Under 21 international and are believed to be readying a third offer for the talented defender.
So if we’re going to look for some value instead of the usual doom and gloom of taking odds on the ‘Premiership New Boys to be relegated’, why not look at the mini-league that these guys will be involved in with themselves in a bid to maintain premiership status?
We think ‘Arry’ may be in for a shock – Sean Dyche and Nigel Pearson will certainly be gearing themselves to play that mini-league of eight teams who are habitual contenders for the drop. Both are savvy enough to win games against those teams and keep the new guys up!!!
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