The 3 newly promoted teams of Premier League 2018-19 season is all set to lock horns with the big boys, as the most competitive, glamorous and popular league in the world is just a few hours to kick off again.
It is said that the second straight season in the top flight of English football is tougher than the first. But that doesn’t always hold true and despite spending big, after promotion, newly promoted teams pretty often go down directly (Middlesbrough in 2016-17). While this might demoralize the 3 newly promoted teams – Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham FC, the fact that all the 3 promoted teams from the season before managed to survive, will give them extra confidence.
We look at the 3 newly promoted teams and predict their chances of survival this season.
The Welsh side are the second ever team from the South-west to play in the Premier League after recently relegated Swansea City. In their second season back in the top flight, the Welsh team will look to avoid their fate of last time around. Their only top flight season in 2013-14 ended in a disaster after getting relegated in the very first season.
A lot has changed since then; the Malaysian owners have gone back to the traditional Blue Jersey from the Red and Black as well as changing back to the original “Blue-Bird” logo on the crest. The Bluebirds have signed 4 new players this season after spending about £28 million in the market. Former Man City youth defender Greg Cunningham came on a £4 million fee from Preston North End and will definitely strengthen the back-line as he can play both left and centre. The club splashed about £11 million for the service of Newcastle midfielder Jacob Murphy’s twin brother Josh, and the former Norwich winger is expected to make huge impact at Cardiff. They also signed Bobby Reid and Alex Smithies for £10 and £3 million respectively.
But more importantly they avoided the loss of any of their top players and managed to sign their important players to new contracts. The list includes defenders Joe Bennet, Sean Morrison, Callum Patterson, Lee Peltier, and midfielders Joe Ralls, Nathaniel Mendez Laing and Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson.
Possible Fate this season:
On paper, Cardiff City look one of the weakest teams in the league, but if the likes of Ralls, Patterson, Morrion and forward duo of Kenneth Zohore and Junior Hoilett remain in form, they might just pull off the miracle like one the 3 newly promoted teams from last season.
Once upon a time Fulham FC used to be a regular in the Premier League, competing for European places. But a disastrous 2013-14 season saw the Londoners go down to the championship after 13 seasons at a stretch in the top flight. After a dramatic play-off win against Aston Villa, Fulham confirmed their place as the last of the 3 promoted teams.
The Cottagers’ team management have made it clear that they mean business this time around. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side has made 3 big money signings, alongside 2 awesome loan deals. The acquisitions of Jean Michael Seri, Alfie Mawson and Aleksandar Mitrovic show their desire to leave a mark this season. They have also signed 2014 FIFA World Cup winner and former Chelsea FC winger Andre Schurrle and former Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on loan deals.
Despite losing a handful of their top stars, who went back after their loan spells, Fulham still have the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Aboubakar Kamara and skipper Tom Cairney in their ranks, in addition to the big summer signings.
Possible Fate this season:
On paper, Fulham looks threatening and the odds will be staked against the 2010 Europa League Runners to not be in the top flight next season.
Of the 3 newly promoted teams, Wolverhampton Wanderers were the first to book their tickets after they won the 2017-18 Championship with a 9 point gap. They returned to the top division of English football for the first time after a 6-year gap. The West Midlands club have changed a lot since they last played in the top flight of English football having grown strength to strength.
The Wolves have gone through a mini Portuguese revolution under their new Portuguese head coach from last season and that have gone a notch higher in the transfer market this summer. A few of the top summer signings they have executed include the likes of Willy Boly, Diogo Jota, Leo Bonatini, Adama Traore and 2016 UEFA Euro winners with Portugal Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho! They have also made a loan deal for Mexican forward Raul Jimenez!
Alongside the big new signings this summer. the reigning Championship winners also have retained much of their top squad from last season. The list includes Ivan Cavaleiro, Ruben Neves, Barry Douglas, Roman Saiss, John Ruddy, Conor and Matt Doherty. All of these players are capable of turning a match single handedly on their days.
Possible Fate this season:
Wolves have been the most highly rated amongst the 3 newly promoted teams. It is very unlikely that under the leadership of their coach Nuno Espirito Santo and with the team they have on paper, they will not stay up this season! What more, they have been rated in betting odds as the top outsider team to win the league this season outside the top 6, ahead of West Ham, Everton, Burnley, Watford and 2016 winners Leicester City.
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