With the 2021-22 EPL season four days away. The summer transfer window drawing to a close, fans in the UK and abroad are eagerly awaiting the start of a new season. Clubs are doing business and teams are taking shape. I personally couldn’t be more excited to see fans FINALLY back in the stadium. Today, I’ll be giving you my 21/22 predictions. This season should be an electric season of high pace and enthralling English football.
TOP Six & The EPL Champion
This is my club. There’s no other club like it, whether you agree or don’t. We tend to do some absolutely TERRIBLE business in the summer and winter windows. This window has been no exception. We brought in the likes of Ben White (English CB formerly of Leeds and most recently Brighton & Hove Albion) for 50 Million pounds. The reason was to address our ball-playing central defense problem. We also brought in youngsters Sambi Lokonga (CDM formerly the captain of Belgian side R.S.C. Anderlecht) and Nuno Tavares (LB formerly of Portuguese giants Benfica) for next to pennies.
While we have put a lot of trust in our youngsters for our “rebuild”. I’d say we haven’t really strengthened in positions that needed to be sorted out (backup GK and a creative CAM). If we bring in Leicester City’s James Maddison and maybe Lyon’s Frenchman Houssem Aouar or Former Ajax keeper Andre Onana, this team can MAYBE slip into that 6th spot. While I don’t back Mikel Arteta as the man to bring us forward, my hate for the American ownership father-son duo of Stan and Josh Kroenke is more so the reason why I’m not so confident even finishing 6th this season. I honestly might throw in Aston Villa or Leicester City at the 6th spot. I can’t be that deluded Arsenal fan and put my team at 6th place, right? We shall see.
Spurs are a tricky one. With the appointment of former Wolves manager, Nuno Espirito Santo and his defensive style of play, the new Italian Director of Football Fabio Paratici decided to bring in the duo of Cristian Romero (Argentinian CB) and Pierluigi Gollini (Italian GK) from the Serie A side Atalanta. Both of which bring in some Champions League experience. This Spurs side desperately needs if they want to challenge for a UCL spot again this season. You have Son extending his contract through 2025 and granted if Harry Kane stays, as well as the Lautaro Martinez and Bernardo Silva links as well as the likes of Steven Bergwijn firing on all cylinders, this team could MAYBE sneak into the top four (probably not). The Spurs will most definitely beat out Arsenal for that 5th position.
MY TOP FOUR EPL PREDICTIONS
The Reds were a side riddled with injury last season. Sure, you just lost Gini Wijnaldum to PSG. You’re looking at Jarrod Bowen from West Ham, but even Gini started at Newcastle and you kind of have to start somewhere right? Does young Center Mid academy graduate Curtis Jones who broke into the team last season slot right into that spot. Do you go into the market for a big-money signing? Virgil Van Dijk returns to the side as well as his Center Back partner Joe Gomez, both of whom suffered nasty injuries early on last season. If they can rediscover their form from the 18/19 and 19/20 seasons, this team easily finishes 4th. They possibly squeak into that 3rd position in the EPL.
Now 2nd and 3rd is a toss-up.
#3 Manchester United
United just strengthened their squad with some big-money signings. Dortmund and English international forward Jadon Sancho and a proven brick wall in defense, French World Champion Raphael Varane formerly of Real Madrid. With those two marquee signings, this team could do what they did last season (finish 2nd) AND THAN some.
As a football club, they are just a different fucking beast. Big dick Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is entering his 18th year as the club’s owner. He has been looking to throw another lump sum of cash at a new number nine and a versatile CB/RB. The gossip doing the rounds on Twitter suggested a few weeks ago that serial goal-scorer Erling Haaland, the Norwegian and Dortmund wonder kid, was the one striker that manager Thomas Tuchel wanted. Now it seems the focus has shifted to Inter Milan and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku. It looks increasingly likely that Haaland stays another year. His release clause is effective for other clubs to trigger. Lukaku is coming off of two back-to-back seasons registering 20+ goals in all competitions. Immediately you can see why Chelsea wants his services.
They are lacking in a prolific goalscoring striker. Werner didn’t make the impact Blues fans were hoping for. Like I’ve said if their investments from last season can get going this season and with the addition of Lukaku, this team CAN and SHOULD be challenging City for the EPL trophy this season.
#1 Manchester City
City is winning the league. That’s undebatable. Even if you cant bring in Harry Kane (which is still on the table). You’ve already dropped 100 Million pounds on arguably one of the most creative and technically gifted attacking midfielders in Jack Grealish (formerly of Aston Villa). Have you seen my man’s calf muscles? Jesus fucking christ, they’re worth 50 Million pounds EACH. In all seriousness though, it’s hard for me to picture anything but a sky blue ribbon tied to the EPL trophy this season.
EPL RELEGATION ZONE
I won’t go into the same detail as above but my gut tells me 18th, 19th, and 20th by May 2022 will be none other than Watford, Norwich City, and Burnley in no particular order.
Watford hasn’t strengthened in any position. They would hope that their young Senegalese forward Ismaila Sarr can continue his fine form from the Championship last season, and even towards the end of the 19/20 EPL campaign.
Burnley can’t keep relying on their creative left midfielder English U21 international Dwight McNeil and their New Zealand talisman Chris Wood. Wood will bag goals and McNeil will create them. However, they haven’t made any progress in the market to show fans that staying up this season is locked in.
Norwich has lost their most creative midfielder in Argentinian international Emiliano Buendia to the Aston Villa rebuild. They also have picked up Scottish international midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea as well as the likes of Werder Bremen duo Milot Rashica and USA international Josh Sargent both on permanent deals. The funds from their first-place finish in the Championship last season helped big time. Mix them up with Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell, both of which seem to bag goals whether in the Championship and EPL. This team looks very promising, although I’m afraid it won’t be enough. For what it’s worth, ill put Southampton in the mix as well.
MY DARKHORSE THIS EPL SEASON
My dark horse this season in the EPL has to be Aston Villa. Due to their fantastic owners and their proactive business in the market this summer. You lost Grealish, sure ok. But your tears aren’t justifiable as you were also handed 100 million fucking pounds. Danny Ings, Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey, Ashley Young, and most recently Man United academy star Alex Tuanzebe come in. Now all of a sudden you can be seriously challenging for a European spot. I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat out The Arsenal, Leicester, and Spurs for either 7-5th positions.