The Premier League is back. Yes.
It’s great having proper football back on TV isn’t it? There were a few shocks here and there. Here’s what I learned so far.
- Man City have become the new Man United. By that I mean they’ll keep going to the final whistle; just as their neighbours have been doing for years. Sure, it was Southampton, but The Etihad Stadium looks like it’s going to be a fortress once again. Southampton will be just fine this season.
- Man Utd still lack that cutting edge. Everton played well and deserved the win. I think the signing of Van Persie will help Man Utd massively. With a lack of creative players, Rooney can drop to a deeper role just behind the striker. At times last season, it felt like he had to play in the hole and be the main striker. I’m not keen on Danny Welbeck either, so having a natural finisher like RVP with Rooney feeding him is a partnership that will blossom throughout this season (how weird does RVP look btw wearing a Man Utd shirt?!)
- Chelsea aren’t contender for the title. It’s still a two horse race between the Manchester clubs, but the Blues will close the deficit at least. Some good signings and Torres playing with confidence again make Chelsea strong contenders for third place. I say they aren’t challengers because Wigan played some good football and if Kone started rather than the pretend footballer Di Santo, they may have scored at least a goal. Even though Chelsea were playing against Wigan, they still played counter attacking football. With the players they have at their disposal now, they shouldn’t have to do this.
- Aston Villa are in trouble again, despite having a decent manager in Paul Lambert at the helm. Basically, they don’t have any decent players except Bent, Given and N’Zogbia when he can be bothered showing up. Ireland hasn’t been playing at a Premier League standard for years now and the rest of the team is made up of kids. Lambert seriously needs some money before the transfer window slams close or it could be a depressing first half to the season.
- QPR forgot to invest in their defence. Sure, they spent money in the striker and midfield department, but this means nothing if you concede easy goals. Fabio (and Rafael) aren’t good enough defenders. Ferdinand, Onuoha and Hill aren’t good enough for the Premier League. What do I say about Rob Green? There’s always a chance of a fumble when he’s between the sticks. Did you see his tweet. For once I actually agree with him…
F*cling hell where’s Greens hands… Not like Mackie to miss them he’s usual brilliant in that position
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 18, 2012
Do you agree or disagree with me? What did you learn about any of the teams from the first week?