So after a fascinating season it has finally come to an end. No football fan likes an odd year and unfortunately its 2011, so no European Championships or World cup to look forward to this summer, just the anticipation of pondering what the forth coming season will bring.
With transfer news ripe, the excitement begins as speculation about who is off where, the banter about who will win what, who can survive and who will plummet like a rock off a cliff. It’s our beautiful game that allows us to socialise with one another, agree disagree and the truth is no matter what your opinion is it will be put down, argued, laughed at or maybe applauded. We are all in that same boat; we all cherish that opinion because it’s ours…
And my opinion is to stay in this league you must weather the storm at the back and most certainly invest wisely. Last season Blackpool were praised for their attacking style of play, great for the neutral but deep down, not for the fans. I’m not disputing the fact that the tangerine army didn’t enjoy their year in the prem, but I’m sure they would have enjoyed it more if experienced players were added to their squad to add stability to a solid defence that would have prevented them from the drop.
Swansea’s recent adventure securing their position in the top flight for the first time since 1983 has been compared with that of Blackpool, but the difference is the Swans have not only proven to be an exciting side on the attack but also a tough nut to crack at the back, which has seen them keep 17 clean sheets during the final campaign. I feel if Brendon Rodgers is able to bring in players whom can offer experience on the pitch at this level, I believe they could possibly stand their ground and survive the all-important first season.
Paul Lamberts Canaries have had an impressive back to back promotion and are set to return to the big time. He has worked wonders at the club and the last side to achieve the double climb was Manchester City 11 years ago, and look at them now. You just never know.
Two sides I believe will bite the bullet next May and will drop out of the premiership are Wigan Athletic and Wolves. Talk about by the skin of your teeth. Mick Mccarthy’s men have done well against the top forces in the division but with the shaky back four conceding 66 goals, keeping only five clean sheets and finishing on 40 points you have to agree a major improvement to sustain themselves is in desperate need.
Wigan look set to lose players this summer, with Charles N’Zogbia on the move, Liverpool lining up a move for highly rated Irish star James Mcarthy and I’m sure there will be plenty of interest in front man Hugo Rodellaga. Similar to Wolves the latics snatched a dramatic life line on the last day of the season but with players certain to be on the move I believe the one goal per game ratio and their leaky defence will prove costly.
I feel the bookies are being rather generous as you can get 5/2 for Wolves and 2/1 for Wigan to finish in next seasons bottom three.
There’s one more place up for grabs though and if the next year is a close as it has been then who knows, there is a host of culprits, but if you fancy taking a longer shot, how about Steve Kean to continue unsettling Blackburn and see them fade away to the Championship at 7/2… Why not?
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