Barclays Premier League is a fast paced league and there is no enough time to prepare, especially on revamp and roster overhaul. There are players who about to suit up for European Championships or Copa America while others are hoping to snatch a day to have a vacation. Meanwhile, there will be a hot activity at Old Trafford, Anfield, White Hart Lane, the Emirates and other clubs across the league. And there are number of issues to address for several teams.
Premier League: Clubs enter summer with full of issues to settle
- Leicester City- The biggest problem for Leicester’s team manager Claudio Ranieri is to keep the squad’s focus to repeat at the Premier League title. He is also targeting the contract extensions of his key players, namely Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’ Golo Kante. Numerous distractions came to them after winning the championship last season that can shatter Ranieri’s ambition of a back-to-back. He will attempt to refresh the squad without altering the team spirit which is the recipe for Leicester’s success. It will be tough for the champions to move into the top five.
- Arsenal- Competition will likely be tougher for team manager Arsene Wenger in the forthcoming campaign, and he might have missed the perfect opportunity to clinch their fourth Premier League title. The last season’s runners-up only signed head coach Peter Coch and a up and coming striker, the 17-year old Jeff Reine-Adelaide. The French manager dipped to the market earlier to sign Granit Xhaka to add bite in the middle. Now, Arsenal looks two players to complete their realistic hopes of a challenge to the title.
- Tottenham Hotspur- Everyone at White Hart Lane learned from the Spurs late-season collapse. They need another goal scorer to take some weight off of Harry Kane’s load, but also they need a locker room leader that will tell them to stay focus when the things didn’t go their way. Team manager Mauricio Pochettino’s young squad cracked when the pressure turned on, showing their inexperience as well as being the underdogs. His team will be a year older but they still look some leaders if Kane, Eric Dier or Dele Alli is not on the pitch. This is a squad that are looking for someone who will guide them in pressure situations and a steady influence when the things gone wrong.
- Manchester City- Pep Guardiola’s rivalry with Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho will renew but many have questioned the former’s ability to build a dominant ball club from projecting a low base. A significant reconstruction of playing staff is necessary if they want to go all the way although they are not starting back to zero. Also, there is a hole in the center of the midfield when the defense is cracking. City will spend lots of money but the new manager will have little time to create a formidable squad.
- Manchester United- With the new team manager Jose Mourinho’s entrance to the scene, there are default reactions on his appointment. The Portugese manager is more astute. There are also speculations that it will bring chaos to the Old Trafford. The 53-year old will look to organize the team very quickly. Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera will be used more effectively than the previous manager Louis Van Gaal. He also likes to use Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial more often because of their speed and incisiveness. He will give United a right path and sense of direction that they have not shown since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.