BY OLARIMONYE SEGUN
Transfer market has been very busy following the activities of several English teams who did visit the market to strengthen their team in a bid to be amongst the contenders for the 2015/2016 Premier League title. Many top teams have also travelled to different parts of the world for their ‘ritual’ Pre-season tours. Let’s have a look at the Top 5 teams and how they have ‘beefed’ up the squad with the players that were signed and their chances for winning the league.
Chelsea was last season champions and will be motivated to defend their title, and no one in football is more of a master tactician and motivator than the special one himself – Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea lost Peter Cech to Arsenal, but brought in Asmir Begovic from Stoke city as replacement, Radamel Falcao was also signed on loan from Monaco.
2) Manchester City
Manchester City was last season runner up after battling with Chelsea till February, but lost the steam. Man-city has been quite active in the transfer market after the stellar acquisition of Raheem Sterling for £49million from Liverpool, and Fabian Delph from Aston Villa.
Arsenal are easily the most predictable team in the Premier League, they went a step higher from their traditional 4th spot finishing 3rd last season. Arsene Wenger is eager to go 2 steps higher and try to get the title after a 10-year drought. Arsenal has signed Petr Cech from Chelsea to bolster the goalkeeping position that has always been part of the Achilles heel of the team. Although lots of fans still want a world class striker and a powerful defensive midfielder. We wait to see if Monsieur Wenger can surprise the fans before the window closes.
4) Manchester United
Manchester United have not been very active in the market with Manager Louis Van Gaal eager to win the title after promising his wife to retire in 2017. ‘Manyoo’ have bolstered the squad with 2 midfielders, Bastian Scweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, and winger Memphis Depay from PSV.
What can we say about Liverpool? They are in desperate times; they have spent the most cash and bought the most players. Players signed so far include Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino and James Milner. This has made the squad thicker amidst the departure of their legendary captain Steven Gerrard to the MLS.
Based on the current transfer, I think Manchester City are slight favorites to win the League as Chelsea do not look motivated to win based on their transfer dealings and things are quieter than usual. Arsenal, Manchester United will challenge but do not have the striker to go the mile and Liverpool doesn’t have a solid defense.