The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign.
While the Premier League has only just begun, a few happenings in the league have highlighted a few elements that could define the season. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and others have done fairly well.
However, there are also teams whose troubles have only just begun.
Newcastle in trouble
After losing to Arsenal on the opening day of the season, many expected Newcastle United to do well in their first away game of the Premier League. However, Steve Bruce’s side lost out to newly-promoted Norwich City.
The Canaries put three past the Magpies who had only one goal to show for their efforts. While they have made a few signings this summer, the Toon is definitely in for another tough season in the Premier League and might even be relegated if they don’t get their act right.
Lamps in trouble
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was at least given a honeymoon period when he signed for Manchester United, the same cannot be said of the new Chelsea manager. Lampard has found life really hard as a Premier League manager.
Many expected the club legend to have a similar impact to that of the Norwegian at Old Trafford but it is clear that the former Derby manager has quite a task on his hands.
The Blues are yet to register a win this season and were lucky to have come away with a point against Leicester. Playing at home, Chelsea dominated the first half but were put to the sword by the one-time Premier League winners.
Had James Maddison been a little more composed in front of goal, Lampard would still have been waiting for his first point of the season. The Chelsea players faded away in the second period and if this trend continues, the club’s ownership wouldn’t hesitate to give its legendary former player the boot.
It would definitely be a shame if that happens but Lampard still has time on his side to turn things around when his team travels to Norwich.
Tottenham to be there and about
Now that they have fairly good options on the bench, Mauricio Pochettino can actually start thinking about a three-horse race for the Premier League title. Given that Manchester City and Liverpool are going to be there and about, the same can be said of the Spurs.
While a lot was said about players not sharing Harry Kane’s goal-scoring burden last season, things might be different this time around. Lucas Moura showed against City that he is coming into his own. Tanguy Ndombele cost a lot but has goals in him while Giovani Lo Celso is another player who might make them forget about Christian Eriksen whose form has been bad.
Everton and West Ham need to switch gears
Both teams spent considerable money on new recruits this summer and haven’t really found their rhythm. While the Toffees will eventually get there, West Ham haven’t made a great start by any means and Manuel Pellegrini needs to find a solution before his team is pulled into a relegation scrap which wasn’t on the cards when we saw their summer transfer market activity.