With three Premier League game weeks completed and the transfer window slammed shut until January, now is a good time to assess what we have learned so far in the current Premier League season. The Premier League is arguably the most entertaining league in the world and the unpredictability it provides cannot be compared to. Here are some are some of the top things we have learnt so far in the 2014/15 season.
After the success of the vanishing spray in the World Cup, the Premier League decided to follow suit. It has been a welcome introduction and the fans have embraced it with open arms. As soon as the referee pulls out the can the fans are in full flow with their chants and cheering. It also provides free kick takers a greater opportunity to score from set piece situations, increasing the chances of goals which is what we all arguably want. Fans will always find something to cheer about and if a game is rather dull, the new spray may well send fans into raptures.
Could Liverpool be missing Suarez?
In the big game against Manchester City, Liverpool seemed to lack a cutting edge in the mould of a Suarez type of figure. There is no doubt that Liverpool have significantly improved their squad, but on so many times last year Suarez was the difference. With the signing of Balotelli, the Suarez void may yet be filled to a certain extent. Yes they miss him a little, but the performance against Tottenham shows that they have real strength in depth.
Arsenal are Back
It seems that the days of Arsenal selling their prize assets are over. In recent seasons Wenger has signed big names like Sanchez and Ozil, showing that Arsenal now have real intent about them, especially after winning the FA Cup last season to end their trophy hoodoo. With the deadline day signing of Danny Welbeck, Arsenal now have a squad which could challenge for the big prizes this season. Long gone are the days of Arsenal selling the likes of Nasri, Fabregas and Van Persie and so finally the good times could well be back for Arsenal fans.
Jovetic has an integral part to play
With Negredo joining Valencia on Deadline Day, City now look a little short in attacking options. With Aguero having a troublesome time with muscular injuries, City now need Stevan Jovetic more than ever. After an unsuccessful first year in the Premier League, Jovetic has come back stronger and hungrier. His early season form has shown what talent he has and if he stays fit he could well be Pellegrini’s secret weapon. An extended run in the side will provide the Montenegrin with the chance to show just how good he can be.
No Early Favourites for Relegation
It promises to not only be a fascinating race for the title, but also for the teams scraping to avoid the drop. All the promoted sides have given a good account for themselves, with every team having at least one point on the board, so this season’s battle for survival has the ability to go right to the wire. The majority of teams in the league will be targeting the magical 40 point mark, which more often than not results in survival. Christmas time will be a good indicator of which teams are struggling and therefore are in need of some January reinforcements.
Loyalty to Previous Fans and Teams is long gone
For many Chelsea fans seeing Frank Lampard leave their club was hard to take, but the news that he had joined Manchester City on loan is a bitter pill to swallow. Cesc Fabregas once stated that “If I ever wear a Chelsea shirt, you have permission to kill me”, however Fabregas is now a pivotal factor in the blue of Chelsea which must rival Van Persie joining Manchester United for difficulty to take for Arsenal fans. Furthermore, Danny Welbeck has swapped the red of Manchester United for the red of Arsenal on deadline day. Welbeck is a Manchester lad and the move may be more about playing time than loyalty, but either way long gone are the days when a legacy at a club meant something. Now, it’s just business and lucrative contracts.
Managers have to hit the ground running
Chairman and owners no longer have the patience of old when it comes to sticking with managers. It’s not just the hierarchy that have become increasingly patient with managers, fans now expect instant success and if they don’t approve, they do their best to make their thoughts known. The likes of Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce were under pressure before the season started and it is crucial for their job security that they get off to a good start and get fans on their side. It’s inevitable that there will be numerous sackings this season; unfortunately that’s just part on parcel of the modern day game.
Van Gaal needs time
Van Gaal has got off to the worst possible start at Manchester United. Going into the International break, Van Gaal’s side have yet to gain a win in any competition. The 4-0 loss to MK Dons was a humiliation and appeared to be the last chance for some of the players. After a successful pre-season many fans thought that United would make a flying start to the new season, however that hasn’t been the case. After spending over £150m and signing the likes of Di Maria and Falcao, many United fans feel that Van Gaal will get it right.
Chelsea have laid down an early marker
Many labelled Mourinho’s team last year as boring, but the same cannot be said this year as Chelsea have started with real intent. Although they have been sloppy defensively, with the additions of Fabregas and Diego Costa they look like they can score at will. The team that Mourinho has assembled could rival his very first Chelsea side in terms of entertainment and attacking threat. After a trophy less year last year, Mourinho will be hungry to respond in the best possible fashion.
The lure of playing in the Premier League looms large
The Premier League lost their star performer last year to La Liga; Suarez was in tremendous form last year with Liverpool and consequently moved on to Barcelona. Many thought that La Liga was dominating the world in terms of attracting world stars, however the Premier League has reacted and attracted a host of stars this summer which include Diego Costa, Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Di Maria and Falcao. The Premier League is still the best league in the world and with the talent that has joined the Premier League this season, the standard and quality is only going to get better.