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Premier League health check: How each team is shaping up ahead of the new season

Date Posted,August 8, 2017

The start of the Premier League season is now just days away with Leicester travelling south to face Arsenal in the opening fixture.

There is less than a month to go until the transfer window slams shut the top tier teams should be in shape for what will be a testing ten months ahead.

But are they?

Here, we go through all 20 clubs’ signings, departures and current injury lists while Neil Moxley has his say on each team’s chances for the coming season.

ARSENAL

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Manager: Arsene Wenger – who ended the longest debate in Premier League football last season by winning the FA Cup, signing a new deal and staying put. Now he has to deliver.

Major arrivals: Sead Kolasinac, (Schalke, free) Alexandre Lacazette. (Lyon, £52m)

Major departures: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus, £10m) Takuma Asano (Stuttgart, loan)

Current injuries: Per Mertesacker (eye, expected back August 11), Alexis Sanchez (abdominal, Aug 27), Coquelin (ankle, Aug 19), Aaron Ramsey (calf, Aug 11), Mesut Ozil (ankle, Aug 11), Gabriel (knee ligament, Sep 9), Jack Wilshere (leg, Aug 11), Santi Cazorla (plantaris, no return date)

Title odds: 11/1

Mox says: So much depends on Alexis Sanchez. If he stays put and Alexandre Lacazette finds his feet quickly, the Gunners will be a handful.

BOURNEMOUTH

Eddie Howe (Image: PA Wire)

Manager: Eddie Howe – never one to stand still, one of English football’s brightest managers has again improved the Cherries’ squad.

Major arrivals: Nathan Ake, (Chelsea, £20m ) Asmir Begovic, (Chelsea, £10m) Jermain Defoe. (Sunderland, free)

Major departures: Lewis Grabban. (Sunderland, loan)

Title odds: 750/1

Current injuries: Steve Cook (knock, expected back Aug 12), Jermain Defoe (knock, Aug 12), Junior Stanislas (groin, no return date), Callum Wilson (ACL, Oct 21)

Mox says: The arrivals of Begovic, Ake and Jermain Defoe have undoubtedly added to Howe’s hand. Should finish mid-table and will upset one or two along the way.

BRIGHTON

Chris Hughton
Chris Hughton (Image: Getty Images)

Manager: Chris Hughton, plenty of goodwill in the game for one of the Mr Nice Guys. Whether that will be sufficient on its own for the Seagulls is debatable.

Major arrivals: Pascal Gross, (Ingolstadt, undisc.) Izzy Brown, (Chelsea, loan) Mathew Ryan. (Valencia, £6m) Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt, £2m)

Major departures: Oliver Norwood, (Fulham, loan) David Stockdale. (Birmingham City, free)

Title odds: 1,500/1

Current injuries: Sam Baldock (knee injury, no return date), Solly March (knee, expected back Aug 12)

Mox says: Hughton, his players and the club are breaking new ground by arriving in the Premier League. It will be a surprise if they are not back in more familiar surroundings next May.

BURNLEY

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (Image: REUTERS)

Manager: Sean Dyche – rivals Eddie Howe as the next brightest home-grown talent off the block. Continues to over-achieve with the resources at Turf Moor.

Major arrivals: Charlie Taylor, (Leeds United, ) Jonathan Walters, (Stoke City, £3m) Jack Cork, (Swansea City,£10m) Phil Bardsley. (Stoke City, £750,000)

Major departures: Joey Barton, (released) Michael Keane, (Everton, £30m) Paul Robinson, (retired) Michael Kightly (released) Jon Flanagan. (End of loan)

Title odds: 1,000/1

Current injuries: Dean Marney (ACL, expected back Oct 7)

Mox says: Burnley picked up a meagre seven points on their travels. This places them under huge pressure to deliver at home. Dyche needs to find backbone in his team away from Turf Moor.

CHELSEA

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (Image: REUTERS)

Manager: Antonio Conte – swept all before him as the Blues romped to the title. Has added but some players have been taken away too. Sadly for Conte, that doesn’t include Diego Costa.

Major arrivals: Willy Caballero, (Manchester City, free) Antonio Rudiger, (Roma, £34m) Tiemoue Bakayoko, (Monaco, £40m) Alvaro Morata. (Real Madrid, £70m)

Major departures: John Terry, (Aston Villa, free) Juan Cuadrado, (Juventus, £17m) Christian Atsu, (Newcastle United, £6m) Dominic Solanke (Liverpool, £3m) Tammy Abraham. (Swansea City, loan)

Title odds: 7/2

Current injuries: Tiemoue Bakayoko (knee, expected back Aug 20), Eden Hazard (ankle, Sept 16)

Mox says: With Champions League fooball a welcome attraction back at the Bridge, Chelsea will need their full squad. Fighting on two fronts against this quality of opposition looks a tall order. Still work to do before the window closes.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Frank de Boer (Image: Getty)

Manager: Frank de Boer – former Barcelona and Dutch legend who has managed Inter Milan and Ajax. He is new to the Premier League.

Major arrivals: Ruben Loftus-Cheek, (Chelsea, loan) Jairo Riedewald. (Ajax, £8m)

Major departures: Steve Mandanda. (Marseille, £5m)

Title odds: 750/1

Current injuries: Yohan Cabaye (foot, no return date), Conor Wickham (ACL, no return date), Pape Souare (Sept 1)

Mox says: Palace struggled last term and if de Boer thinks he’s going to play his way up the Premier League then he’s a brave man with this squad. We think it’s going to be another slog.

EVERTON

Ronald Koeman (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Manager: Ronald Koeman – hardly put a foot wrong as he set about rectifying the mess left behind by Roberto Martinez. A very solid first season.

Major arrivals: Jordan Pickford, (Sunderland, £30m) Davy Klaassen, (Ajax, £27m) Michael Keane, (Burnley, £30m) Wayne Rooney, (Man Utd, free) Cuco Martina, (Southampton, free) Sandro Ramirez. (Malaga, £5.25m)

Major departures: Tom Cleverley, (Watford, 8m) Gerard Deloufeu, (Barcelona, £10.5m) Romelu Lukaku, (Manchester Utd, £75m)

Title odds: 80/1

Current injuries: Ross Barkley (groin, expected back Aug 21), James McCarthy (knee, no return date), Aaron Lennon (knock, no return date), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee, April 1), Seamus Coleman (leg, no return date), Yannick Bolasie (ACL, no return date)

Mox says: The Toffees’ close-season work, in which the return of Wayne Rooney was a highlight, has fired the imagination at Goodison Park. Exciting times. Now for the hard bit.

HUDDERSFIELD

David Wagner (Image: REUTERS)

Manager: David Wagner – stunning start to life in English football as he stepped out of Jurgen Klopp’s shadows to forge a reputation for himself by securing promotion at the first time of asking.

Major arrivals: Laurent Depoitre, (Porto, £3.5m) Aaron Mooy, (Manchester City, £8m) Jonas Lossi (Mainz, loan) Tom Ince, (Derby County, £11m) Danny Williams, (Reading, free) Steve Mounie, (Montpellier, £11m)

Major departures: Jack Payne, (Oxford Utd, loan) Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, (Portsmouth, loan) Rekeil Pyke, (Port Vale, loan)

Title odds: 2,000/1

Current injuries: Martin Cranie (hip, expected back Sept 16), Nahki Wells (ankle, no return date), Jonathan Hogg (ankle, Aug 26),Jon Gorenc Stanković (ACL, no return date)

Mox says: The Terriers have worked hard to re-shape their squad for the battle ahead. With the momentum still behind them, they might surprise one or two.

LEICESTER

Craig Shakespeare (Image: Getty Images)

Manager: Craig Shakespeare – has waited 15 years for a frontline break. Deserved a crack after steering the Foxes to safety but he has owners who are not famed for their patience.

Major arrivals: Kelechi Iheanacho, (Manchester City, £25m) Harry Maguire, (Hull City, £17m) Vicente Iborra, (Seville, £12m) Eldin Jakupovic. (Hull City, £2.5m)

Major departures: Ron-Robert Zieler, (Stuttgart, £3.5m) Bartosz Kapustka. (Freiburg, loan)

Title odds: 250/1

Current injuries: Kelechi Iheanacho (foot, expected back Aug 11), Danny Drinkwater (thigh, Aug 19), Islam Slimani (leg, Aug 11), Robert Huth (ankle, Sept 9)

Mox says: Shakespeare has strengthened right through the spine of the Foxes’ team and lost no-one of note. With no Champions League distractions, Leicester will be looking to get into the top eight.

LIVERPOOL

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Manager: Jurgen Klopp – decent return for the Liverpool chief. Champions League football was secured and this means he remains in credit with his employers and the fan-base.

Major arrivals: Mohamed Salah, (Roma, £40m) Dominic Solanke, (Chelsea, £3m) Andrew Robertson, (Hull City, £10m)

Major departures: Andre Wisdom, (Derby County, £4.5m) Lucas Leiva, (Lazio, £5m) Kevin Stewart. (Hull City, £8m)

Title odds: 11/1

Current injuries: Adam Lallana (thigh, no return date), Jordan Henderson (ill, expected back Aug 11), Daniel Sturridge (thigh, Aug 12), Philippe Coutinho (back, Aug 12), Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring, Aug 19), Adam Bogdan (ACL, no return date), Danny Ings (Knee, Aug 27)

Mox says: Klopp has improved his options up front but still failed to – as yet – address the Reds’ Achilles heel – their defence. Until this happens, it is difficult mounting an argument for a title challenge, particularly as Champions League football will place an added burden upon them.

MANCHESTER CITY

Pep Guardiola (Image: REUTERS)

Manager: Pep Guardiola – came with an immaculate pedigree. The mystique has not been totally lost but the lustre has been dulled.

Major arrivals: Bernardo Silva, (Monaco, £45m) Ederson (Benfica, £35m) Kyle Walker, (Tottenham Hotspur, £54m) Danilo, (Real Madrid, £27m) Benjamin Mendy. (Monaco, £52m)

Major departures: Pablo Zabaletta, (West Ham, free) Gael Clichy, (released) Jesus Navas, (Seville, free) Willy Caballero, (Chelsea, released) Aaron Mooy. (Huddersfield Town, £8m)

Title odds: 15/8

Current injuries: Benjamin Mendy (thigh, expected back Aug 12), Ilkay Gundogan (ACL, Spet 9)

Mox says: Given the money lavished on this squad, Manchester City need to do better than last season. Both the manager and his players. Should be the ones to catch.

MANCHESTER UTD

Jose Mourinho (Image: AFP)

Manager: Jose Mourinho – the man about whom everyone has an opinion. Manchester United supporters will be looking upon him more fondly now after two trophies in his first season.

Major arrivals: Victor Lindelof, (Benfica, £31m) Romelu Lukaku, (Everton, £75m) Nemanja Matic (Chelsea, £40m)

Major departures: Wayne Rooney, (Everton, free) Adnan Januzaj, (Real Sociedad, £9.8m) Sam Johnston. (Aston Villa, loan)

Title odds: 7/2

Current injuries: Ashley Young (hamstring, expected back Oct 21), Luke Shaw (lisfranc joint, Sept 17), Marcos Rojo (ACL, Jan 1), James WIlson (ACL, no return date)

Mox says: Mourinho is doing what Mourinho does. He wins trophies and buys powerful footballers. He has won the first round in the battle for supremacy in Manchester.

NEWCASTLE

Rafa Benitez (Image: Rex Features)

Manager: Rafa Benitez – still in situ, despite a fractious summer at St James’s Park. An uneasy peace has descended. It should remain calm, well, at least until the season gets underway.

Major arrivals: Christian Atsu, (Chelsea,£6m) Florian Lejeune, (Eibar, £7.8m) Jacob Murphy, (Norwich City, £12m) Javier Manquillo, (Atletico Madrid, undisc) Mikel Merino. (Borussia Dortmund, loan)

Major departures: Florian Thauvin, (Marseille, undisc.) Kevin Mbabu, (Young Boys, undisc.) Vernon Anita, (Leeds Utd, free) Adam Armstrong. (Bolton Wanderers, loan) Daryl Murphy. (Nottingham Forest, £2m)

Title odds: 750/1

Current injuries: DeAndre Yedlin (hamstring, expected back Aug 26), Dwight Gayke (hamstring, Aug 13), Jamie Sterry (groin, Aug 26)

Mox says: A glance at the above odds should tell the Toon Army how far behind the real hierarchy in English football they currently stand. However, Benitez has it within himself to reduce those odds by this time next season. And that would be progress.

SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino – not a newcomer to English football as worked alongside Rafael Benitez at Liverpool. But will be doing well to beat Claude Puel’s return.

Major arrivals: Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan, £5m)

Major departures: Cuco Martina, (Everton, free) Jay Rodriguez, (WBA, £12m) Harrison Reed, (Norwich City, loan)

Title odds: 250/1

Current injuries: Virgil van Dijk (foot, no return date)

Mox says: Speculation surrounding the future of Virgil Van Dijk has not helped the smooth-running of the Saints’ summer. Nor has the on-going Chinese takeover. However, are capable of maintaining mid-table berth without Europa League distractions this season.

STOKE

Mark Hughes (Image: PA Wire)

Manager: Mark Hughes – starting his fifth season with the Potters. Will be unhappy with his summers’ work so far. May need to add further to steer clear of trouble.

Major arrivals: Darren Fletcher, (WBA, free) Josh Tymon (Hull City, undisc) Kurt Zouma. (Chelsea, loan)

Major departures: Marko Arnautovic, (West Ham Utd, £24m) Jonathan Walters, (Burnley, £3m) Glenn Whelan, (Aston Villa, £1.25m) Phil Bardsley. (Burnley, £750,000)

Title odds: 750/1

Current injuries: Bojan (calf, no return date), Josh Tymon (foot, no return date), Ibrahim Affelay (knee, no return date), Stephen Ireland (leg, September 16)

Mox says: Arnautovic’s exit is a blow. He was a game-changer. Hughes needs to find a replacement as goals were in short supply at the bet365.com Stadium last term.

SWANSEA

Paul Clement (Image: Reuters)

Manager: Paul Clement – immediate impact after taking over from Bob Bradley. To save Swansea’s skin was no mean feat. Carlo Ancelotti’s former number two has a chance to carve out decent career for himself in south-west Wales.

Major arrivals: Tammy Abraham, (Chelsea, free) Roque Mesa, (Las Palmas, £11m) Erwin Mulder. (Heerenveen, free)

Major departures: Jack Cork, (Burnley, £10m) Bafetimbi Gomes, (Galatasaray, £5m) Jordi Amat, (Real Betis, loan)

Title odds: 750/1

Current injuries: Tammy Abraham (groin, expected back Aug 12), Fernando Llorente (arm, Aug 19), Kim Sung-yeung (knee, Sept 16), Nathan Dyer (Achilles, Sept 30)

Mox says: Swansea stayed up in no small part to Gylfi Sigurdsson. When he goes to Everton, it will hit them hard. The Swans look short of goal-power without him.

TOTTENHAM

Mauricio Pochettino (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino – has turned Spurs into the ‘nearly men’ of the Premier League. Unfortunately, ‘nearly’ is not enough.

Major arrivals: None

Major departures: Kyle Walker, (Manchester City, £54m) Federico Fazio, (Roma, loan)

Title odds: 8/1

Current injuries: Kieran Tripper (ankle, no return date), Victor Wanyama (knee, expected back Aug 13), Son Heung-min (arm, Sept 9), Danny Rose (MCL, Sept 9), Erik Lamela (hip, Oct, 14)

Mox says: Remarkably quiet summer for Spurs. But if you stand still in football, you tend to get left behind. Not adding to a squad that ultimately fell short last season is a brave call. On their day, can beat anyone – if they can conquer their Wembley hoodoo.

WATFORD

Marco Silva (Image: Getty)

Manager: Marco Silva – Walter Materazzi’s replacement was given a leg up back into the Premier League after losing a fight with Hull City to stay among the elite.

Major arrivals: Tom Cleverley, (Everton, £8m) Will Hughes, (Derby County, £8m) Nathaniel Chalobah. (Chelsea, £5.5m)

Major departures: Sven Kums, (Anderlecht, £5.5m) Steven Berghuis, (Feyenoord, £5.5m)

Title odds: 1,000/1

Current injuries: Troy Deeney (groin, expected back Aug 26), Craig Cathcart (knee, Aug 12), Mauro Zarate (ACL, no return date), Christian Kabasele (hamstring, Aug 12)

Mox says: The Hornets have added a domestic core to their array of stars from all over the globe. Silva enhanced his reputation, despite Hull’s relegation, and will need to make an impact quickly if he is not to be left fighting the drop.

WEST BROM

Tony Pulis and assistant Gary Megson (Image: Getty)

Manager: Tony Pulis – the Welshman is Mr 40 points. Never relegated and never come close to being relegated. His teams are hard to beat, well-organised and rarely easy on the eye. He won’t care.

Major arrivals: Jay Rodriguez, (Southampton, £12m) Ahmed Hegazi. (Al Ahly, £850,000)

Major departures: Craig Gardner, (Birmingham City, £1.5m) Sebastien Pocognoli, (Standard Liege, free) Darren Fletcher, (Stoke City, free)

Title odds: 1,000/1

Current injuries: Jonny Evans (hamstring, expected back Aug 12), Nacer Chadli (knock, Aug 12), Chris Brunt (calf, Aug 12), James Morrison (MCL, Aug 12), Gareth McAuley (thigh, Aug 12)

Mox says: Pulis will be unhappy at losing Darren Fletcher. Unhappier still at the lack of signings. At this point, the Baggies need to be careful. The squad looks thin.

WEST HAM

Slaven Bilic (Image: REUTERS)

Manager: Slaven Bilic – kicks-off his third season at the Hammers with a squad that is starting to have a look of quality about it.

Major arrivals: Pablo Zabaleta, (Manchester City, free) Joe Hart, (Manchester City, loan) Marko Arnautovic, (Stoke City, £24m) Javier Hernandez. (Bayer Leverkusen, £15m)

Major departures: Ashley Fletcher, (Middlesbrough, £6m) Havard Nordtveit (Hoffenheim, £5m) Enner Valencia, (Tigres, undisc.) Darren Randolph. (Middlesbrough, £5m)

Title odds: 350/1

Current injuries: Aaron Cresswell (muscle, expected back Aug 13), Manuel Lanzini (knee, Aug 13), Sofiane Feghouli (hamstring, no return date), Cheikhou Kouyaté (knee, Sept 11), Diafra Sakho (back, Aug 26), Andy Carroll (groin, Sept 11), Michail Antonio (hamstring, Aug 19)

Mox says: The Hammers’ definitely appear to be up-grading. Hernandez, in particular, offers a genuine goal threat. Zabaleta and Hart are proven winners while Arnautovic adds a game-changing option. Those additions should translate into additional points.

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