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Everything you need to know about the 15/16 season including predictions and transfers

Here is the start of our new feature, Premier League Opinion. This week it is a comprehensive look at the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season with West Brom fan and BaggiesFacts blogger, Dan Watts. Feel free to give him a follow or comment below.

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Arsenal

Our Prediction: 2nd
Key Man: Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal are yet to make significant in-roads in terms of players signed but you feel the only reason for that is the calibre of player they wish to acquire and the difficulty in getting those deals over the line. With the addition of a world class striker such as a Lewandowski or Benzema and a potential deal for Pedro in the balance it is clear what Arsenal’s intentions are this season. A solid defensive midfielder is important. Despite his very productive finish last season there are still question marks over whether Coquelin can continue to impress at the level the Gunners will require to push for the title. Arsenal will go all out on all fronts for silverware but they just fall short in their challenge to win the Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s time will come though.

Transfers

In

Petr Cech – Chelsea, £10m

Out

Carl Jenkinson – West Ham, Loan
Wojciech Szczesny – Roma, Loan
Abou Diaby – Released
Lukas Podolski – Galatasaray, £1.8m (rising to £10m)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Ipswich, Loan
Brandon Ormond-Ottewill – Swindon, Free
Ryo Myaichi – St Pauli, Undisclosed
Semi Ajayi – Cardiff, Undisclosed
Yaya Sanogo – Ajax, Loan

 

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Aston Villa

Our Prediction: 17th
Key Man: Rudy Gestede

Only two Premier League clubs conceded more goals than Aston Villa’s 57 last season and with no proven defensive re-enforcement I do not feel this statistic will improve significantly. With eight new additions, they have got their business done early, but there are question marks as to whether players like Jordan Ayew, Gueye and Veretout signed from Ligue 1 will make the step up to compete with the best in England. Even if they are eventually able replacements for Benteke and the indecisive Fabian Delph, it may take them a while to get going. Villans manager Sherwood certainly has the backing of the fans but should they have a serious dip in form, I am not sure the former Spurs manager’s over zealous style will be as welcome from Villa’s support. A tough season is my prediction, with survival by the skin of their teeth, again!

Transfers

In

Scott Sinclair – Man City, £2.5m
Micah Richards – Man City, Free
Jordan Amavi – Nice, £7m
Idrissa Gueye – Lille, £9m
Mark Bunn – Norwich, Free
Jordan Ayew – Lorient, £10m
Jose Angel Crespo – Cordoba, Undisclosed
Rudy Gestede – Blackburn, £12m

Out

Christian Benteke – Liverpool, £32.5m
Fabian Delph – Man City, £8m
Shay Given – Stoke, Free
Darren Bent – Derby County, Free
Enda Stevens – Portsmouth, Free
Andreas Weimann – Derby County, Undisclosed
Matthew Lowton – Burnley, Undisclosed
Graham Burke – Notts County, Free
Yacouba Sylla – Rennes, Undisclosed
Antonio Luna – Eibar, Undisclosed

 

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AFC Bournemouth

Our Prediction: 15th
Key Man: Callum Wilson

Not just Premier League debutants, but top flight debutants Bournemouth impressed immensely by winning the Championship in the manner they did. Eddie Howe is just one of three managers under forty years of age in this years Premier League but he has more than 300 games under his belt and will not be fazed by the big league at all. Yes, it will be tough at times, but I can also see them having their day with them bound to be intent on attacking teams when there is ample opportunity. Sylvain Distin stands out for me as a brilliant acquisition. He has been there and done it for so many years in this league. The former Everton defender is the kind of player that will have an impact on those that have not been used to football at this level before. Survival is very much possible.

Transfers

In

Tyrone Mings – Ipswich Town, £8m
Sylvain Distin – Everton, Free
Artur Boruc – Southampton, Free
Adam Federici – Reading, Free
Joshua King – Blackburn Rovers, Tribunal
Christian Atsu – Chelsea, Loan
Filippo Costa – Chievo, Loan

Out

Ian Harte – Released
Josh McQuoid – Luton, Free
Darryl Flavahan – Released
Mohamed Coulibaly – Released
Joe Partington – Released
Miles Addison – Released
Ryan Fraser – Ipswich Town, Loan
Brett Pitman – Ipswich Town, Undisclosed
Jayden Stockley – Portsmouth, Loan

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Chelsea

Our Prediction: 1st
Key Man: Eden Hazard

There are no weaknesses in this side. The Blues reaped the rewards of bedding in last seasons signings very early, and kept any challengers for the title at bay with ease as the season drew to a close. Many are expecting Falcao to hit the levels he was unable to achieve at Manchester United last season, but of course there is always Costa and Remy should the Colombian struggle. I hear a lad named Hazard can be quite a handy player too! The question for me this season is not whether Jose Mourinho’s side will win the Premier League, it is whether they can deliver success on the European stage too. Premier League winners with a couple of game to spare.

Transfers

In

Radamel Falcao – AS Monaco, Loan
Asmir Begovic – Stoke, £8m
Nathan – Atletico Paranaense, £4.5m
Danilo Pantic – Partizan Belgrade, £1.25m

Out

Petr Cech – Arsenal, £10m
Patrick Bamford – Crystal Palace, Loan
Didier Drogba – Released
Marco van Ginkel – Stoke, Loan
Danilo Pantic – Vitesse Arnhem, Loan
Christian Atsu – Bournemouth, Loan
Josh McEachran – Brentford, Undisclosed
Tomas Kalas – Middlesbrough, Loan
Gael Kakuta – Sevilla, Undisclosed
Mario Pasalic – Monaco, Loan
Kenneth Omeruo – Kasimpasa, Loan
Andreas Christensen – Borussia Monchengladbach, Loan
Isaiah Brown – Vitesse Arnhem, Loan
Lewis Baker – Vitesse Arnhem, Loan
Jordan Houghton – Gillingham, Loan

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Crystal Palace

Our Prediction: 10th
Key Man: Yohan Cabaye

Everyone was talking about Palace ‘holding on’ to key players before the start of the season but instead now the talk is about which players could join the revolution. That is the impact of bagging a player the calibre of former Paris Saint Germain man Yohan Cabaye. Should current stars Zaha and Bolasie be able to consistently terrorise defences like we all know they can, there will be some high scoring games involving Palace this term. Dann and Delaney will continue to keep teams out as they aim to better last seasons clean sheet total of seven. One thing that stands out for me is that Palace only lost twice away from home all of last season to teams outside the top four. If the team in red and blue can add more solidity at home, which no doubt Pardew will bring, they will at least equal last seasons achievements, and could even better them.

Transfers

In

Patrick Bamford – Chelsea, Loan
Yohan Cabaye – PSG, £13m
Alex McCarthy – QPR, £3.5m
Connor Wickham – Sunderland, Undisclosed

Out

Jack Hunt – Sheffield Wednesday, Loan
Shola Ameobi – Released
Lewis Price – Sheffield Wednesday, Free
Owen Garvan – Released
Peter Ramage – Released
Stephen Dobbie – Released
Jerome Thomas – Released
Kyle De Silva – Notts County, Free
Hiram Boateng – Plymouth, Loan
Ryan Inniss, Port Vale, Loan
Jerome Binnom-Williams – Burton, Loan

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Everton

Our Prediction: 8th
Key Man: Romelu Lukaku

Can Everton push the big boys? In short, no. They have a very good squad of players, and they will certainly recover from last seasons tough campaign, which involved plenty of action in the Europa League, but I am not so sure they will have the impact their fans possibly crave. Being in the bracket of clubs behind the top four or five is tough, but if they can finish in the top eight, I believe that will be an achievement in itself. The league is becoming ever more competitive with clubs such as Stoke, Swansea and Southampton believing they can more than compete with the likes of Everton and even Spurs and Liverpool. A run at one of the domestic cups might be what Roberto Martinez will be looking for.

Transfers

In

Gerard Deulofeu – Barcelona, £4.25m
Tom Cleverley – Manchester United, Free
David Henen – Olympiakos, £0.2m

Out

Sylvain Distin – Bournemouth, Free
Luke Garbutt – Fulham, Loan
Francisco Junior – Wigan, Loan
Jonjoe Kenny – Wigan, Loan
Antolin Alcaraz – Released
George Green – Oldham, Free

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Leicester City

Our Prediction: 18th
Key Man: Robert Huth

A relegation battle is to be expected. Whatever personal differences the board had with former manager Nigel Pearson, they should have been put to one side if at all possible. The man has his ways, he is not conventional but the team were completely together under him last season. The whole team showed a tremendous amount of discipline to achieve that 14th place finish after looking destined for the drop. The team were together. Under Claudio Ranieri it will be a different story. He has had more clubs than I have had hot dinners. He is not an appointment for longevity. I can see him being replaced at some point and his successor struggling to keep the team afloat.

Transfers

In

Robert Huth – Stoke, £3m
Shinji Okazaki – Mainz, £7.5m
Christian Fuchs – Schalke, Free

Out

Ben Hamer – Nottingham Forest, Loan
Paul Gallagher – Preston, Free
Chris Wood – Leeds, Undisclosed
Tom Hopper – Scunthorpe, Free
Adam Smith – Northampton, Free
Kieran Kennedy – Motherwell, Free

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Liverpool

Our Prediction: 7th
Key Man: Philippe Coutinho

Brendan Rogers has some task on his hands to keep the Liverpool faithful behind him. Their start to the season, especially away from home is extremely difficult. His days, for me, are numbered. The team really is not much different in terms of quality from last season and the calibre of player that they have signed is not of the standard to take them up to the next level and Champions League football again. Typically Liverpool and their supporters believe they are a big enough club to be up there in the top four, but history means nothing. The Raheem Sterling transfer to Manchester City proves this. Looking past the childish antics, he knew that in order to win trophies, he needed to get out of Anfield. Oh and Benteke, trust me, Liverpool’s neighbours Everton have the better Belgian striker!

Transfers

In

Christian Benteke – Aston Villa, £32.5m
James Milner – Manchester City, Free
Danny Ings – Burnley, Tribunal
Roberto Firmino – Hoffenheim, £29m
Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton, £12.5m
Joe Gomez – Charlton, £3.5m
Adam Bogdan – Bolton, Free

Out

Raheem Sterling – Man City, £49m
Glen Johnson – Stoke, Free
Steven Gerrard – LA Galaxy, Free
Andre Wisdom – Norwich, Loan
Lloyd Jones – Blackpool, Loan
Jordan Williams – Swindon, Loan
Kevin Stewart – Swindon, Loan
Sebastian Coates – Sunderland, Undisclosed
Brad Jones – Released
Javi Manquillo – Atletico Madrid, Loan terminated
Danny Ward – Aberdeen, Loan

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Manchester City

Our Prediction: 3rd
Key Man: Sergio Aguero

I was surprised to see Manuel Pellegrini keep his job this summer. A similar pattern of a season without a trophy saw Roberto Mancini lose his job at the end of the 2012/13. It is good to see the Citizens stick with their man but I am completely undecided as to whether it is the right decision. City’s title challenge was lost in February and March during a run of losing four from six matches, all of which were away from home. A similar run of form in the coming season would surely be looked at differently. Pellegrini has to succeed or he knows someone such as Pep Guardiola, who would be a great fit for City, could be waiting in the wings.

Their signings have been solid although maybe not capturing the imagination as much as their rival Manchester club. Sterling will probably shine but he is not worth £49 million. There is so much more better talent across Europe available at a much cheaper price, that talent however does not fill a ‘home grown’ spot in the Champions League. City will perform, they will beat teams with ease, but I cannot see them being strong enough to compete with Chelsea towards the end of the season. A bigger overhaul of a now ageing squad may be required this time next year.

Transfers

In

Raheem Sterling – Liverpool, £49m
Patrick Roberts – Fulham, £12m
Fabian Delph – Aston Villa, £8m
Enes Unal – Bursaspor, £2m
David Faupala – Lens, Free

Out

James Milner – Liverpool, Free
Scott Sinclair – Aston Villa, Undisclosed
Micah Richards – Aston Villa, Free
John Guidetti – Celta Vigo, Free
Dedryck Boyata – Celtic, Undisclosed
Seko Fofana – Bastia, Loan
Angelino – New York City FC, Loan
Jordy Hiwula – Huddersfield Town, Undisclosed

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Manchester United

Our Prediction: 4th
Key Man: Bastian Schweinsteiger

I can see this being an overall successful season for the Red Devils, securing a Champions League spot again, ready for a title push in 2016/17. It must be understood though that United are very much still going through a re-building process. During last season United scored eleven goals less than Chelsea and twenty-one goals less than Manchester City. They were fairly clinical in front of goal, but they were not averaging as many shots at goal as their top four rivals. The signings of Schniederlin and Schweinsteiger should allow for a quicker turn around in possession, more balls to the wide players and more chances created. There is no doubt that Memphis Depay will have a positive impact. He netted no less than 28 times for PSV last season. To even stand still in this ever improving league is becoming tougher and tougher. Top four.

Transfers

In

Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton, £25m
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich, £14.4m
Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven, £31m
Matteo Darmian – Torino, £12.7m
Sergio Romero – Sampdoria, Free

Out

Robin van Persie – Fenerbahce, fee to be agreed
Nani – Fenerbahce, £4.5m
Tom Cleverley – Everton, Free
Reece James – Wigan, Undisclosed
Saidy Janko – Celtic, Compensation
Ben Amos – Bolton, Free
Tom Thorpe – Rotherham, Free
Will Keane – Preston, Loan
Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb, Undisclosed
Ben Pearson – Barnsley, Loan
Joe Rothwell – Barnsley, Loan

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Newcastle United

Our Prediction: 14th
Key Man: Chancel Mbemba

As noted, new signing Chancel Mbemba could be key to helping Newcastle shore up their defence this season. Only relegated Queens Park Rangers conceded more goals than the Magpies (63) last term and this needs rectifying. We all know when and why their season went so pear shaped last term. I will not lie, it was comical watching Newcastle’s demise after Pardew left following many fan protests for him to go. The grass is not always greener! Despite not going down, Newcastle were absolutely woeful in the second half of last season, winning just three games in 2015. McClaren will steady their ship I am sure, but for those Newcastle fans who think their club is much bigger than it really is, you will have to make to do with another bottom half finish!

Transfers

In

Chancel Mbemba – Anderlecht, £8.5m
Aleksandar Mitrovic – Anderlecht, £13m
Georginio Wijnaldum – PSV, 14.5m

Out

Sammy Ameobi – Cardiff City, Loan
Jonas Gutierrez – Released
Ryan Taylor – Released
Adam Campbell – Notts County, Free
Remie Streete – Port Vale, Free

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Norwich City

Our Prediction: 20th
Key Man: Youssef Mulumbu

Norwich City, otherwise known as West Bromwich Albion Reserves thanks to three of their new signings being unsuccessful at the Baggies last season, will probably go down. Dorrans and in particularly Mulumbu have been great servants to the club I support but both are no longer in their prime, and if these players are considered improvements to their squad, they may have some problems. Alex Neil is no doubt a gifted young manager, much like Eddie Howe, however I feel Bournemouth’s squad is superior to this one in that it has been built over a period of time and they have a much more solid foundation. Norwich City just look very average, and in this league that gets you nowhere.

Transfers

In

Graham Dorrans – West Brom, £3m
Youssouf Mulumbu – West Brom, Free
Andre Wisdom – Liverpool, Loan
Jake Kean – Blackburn, Free
Robbie Brady – Hull, £7m

Out

Mark Bunn – Aston Villa, Free
Carlton Morris – Hamilton, Loan
Cameron McGeehan – Luton Town, Undisclosed
Sam Kelly – Port Vale, Free
Remi Matthews – Burton, Loan

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Southampton

Our Prediction: 11th
Key Man: Jordy Clasie

Southampton have one of the best academies in the country in terms of bringing young players through to the first team. This will continue and I do not ever feel Southampton will be unsuccessful should they continue with this approach. It is clear that Ronald Koeman understands and respects the benefits of bringing youth through and by adding the right players from the continent they will no doubt have another solid season. I say solid, as there is always the possibility that being in the Europa League could hinder their Premier League form. Jordy Clasie is a superb signing and he will be important when it comes to filling the departing Schneiderlin’s boots. Getting Caulker in is also a very astute loan deal. Mid table obscurity and a successful run in Europe for the Saints.

Transfers

In

Jordy Clasie – Feyenoord, £8m
Juanmi – Malaga, £5m
Cuco Martina – FC Twente, £1m
Cedric Soares – Sporting CP, £4.7m
Maarten Stekelenburg – Fulham, Loan
Steven Caulker – QPR, Loan

Out

Morgan Schneiderlin – Manchester United, £25m
Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool, Undisclosed (fee understood to be £10m plus add-ons)
Artur Boruc – Bournemouth, Free
Jos Hooiveld – Released
Cody Cropper – MK Dons, Free
Omar Rowe – Released
Jake Sinclair – Released
Dani Osvaldo – Released

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Stoke City

Our Prediction: 6th
Key Man: Bojan

Stoke, or little Barcelona to me and you! What a transformation. Seriously, Stoke have always had a little bit more quality than people will ever admit, under Pulis they were very direct but also very successful. Winning games is the aim, and they did just that. One thing I will say though is you can only go so far playing that way. In order to really shine and finish in the higher placings of the table you must be able to control possession, peg teams back and create plenty of chances. Mark Hughes is building a team that will do just that, in fact he probably has FC Barcelona on speed dial! One player in particular stands out in Ibrahim Afellay. He has the ability to destroy teams if he can play the way he did to get his initial move to Barca. Add to that the returning Bojan Krkic and Chelsea loanee van Ginkel and you have a trio of players who on their day would not look out of place amongst the best in this division. Mark Hughes’ third season in the Potteries will be a very successful one.

Transfers

In

Glen Johnson – Liverpool, Free
Phillipp Wollscheid – Bayer Leverkusen, £2.75m
Joselu – Hannover 96, £5.75m
Shay Given – Aston Villa, Free
Marko van Ginkel – Chelsea, Loan
Jakob Haugaard – FC Midtyjlland, £0.6m
Moha El Ouriachi – Barcelona, Undisclosed
Ibrahim Afellay – Barcelona, Free

Out

Asmir Begovic – Chelsea, Undisclosed
Steven Nzonzi – Sevilla, £7m
Robert Huth – Leicester City, Undisclosed
Jamie Ness – Scunthorpe, Free
Thomas Sorensen – Released
Wilson Palacios – Released
Andy Wilkinson – Released

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Sunderland

Our Prediction: 16th
Key Man: Jermaine Defoe

Dick Advocaat could have gone out on a massive high after keeping Sunderland up in what was a perilous situation for the Black Cats after they sacked Gus Poyet at the back end of last season. He has decided to give it one more year. Sunderland’s Premier League form over the last few years dictates that whoever is in charge, they will struggle (17th, 14th, 16th). This is not meant as an unkind gesture, they have done fantastically well to retain their Premier League status in recent times. It is just a very tough league. This season will be no different. They will probably still beat Newcastle twice though to make it ‘seven in a row’. That is almost as certain as day turning to night! Jeremain Lens could be a top buy after joining from Dynamo Kyiv for over £8million. With more additions they may be worth a higher placed finish.

Transfers

In

Jeremain Lens – Dynamo Kiev, £8.5m
Younes Kaboul – Tottenham, £3m
Adam Matthews – Celtic, £2m
Sebastian Coates – Liverpool, £1.96m

Out

El-Hadji Ba – Charlton, Loan
Santiago Vergini – Getafe, Loan

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Swansea City

Our Prediction: 9th
Key Man: Gylfi Sigurdsson

21% of Swansea City is owned by the supporters. They are the prime example of a club run the right way. They have risen through the divisions at a steady pace and now find themselves on the brink of being one of the more feared clubs in the Premier League. Sound managerial appointment has followed sound managerial appointment. Current incumbent Garry Monk has been with the club since 2004 as a player and now as manager. It is a great fit. The Englishman led the Swans to an 8th placed finish last term, and by doing so did not lose a single home game to any of the teams that finished below them in the Premier League. Their signings so far have not exactly been ‘big names’, but you ask any Swans fan and they will tell you that Monk will get them up to speed in no time. A very comfortable season lies ahead.

Transfers

In

Andre Ayew – Marseille, Free
Franck Tabanou – St Etienne, £3.5m
Eder – Braga, £5.2m
Kristoffer Nordfelt – Heerenveen, £0.6m
Oliver McBurnie – Bradford City, £0.25m

Out

Jazz Richards – Fulham, Undisclosed
David Cornell – Oldham, Free
Alan Tate – Released
Gerhard Tremmel – Released
Kenji Gorre – ADO Den Haag, season-long loan

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Tottenham Hotspur

Our Prediction: 5th
Key Man: Christian Eriksen

The more realistic Spurs fans will know this season is another stepping stone but some will genuinely feel they should be in the top four, already. They have an advantage over Liverpool in terms of a challenge for the top four I feel, but they just will not have enough to make the break through. The pull of the Champions League means that unless Spurs can have a sustained spell in the competition it is unlikely they will build a squad good enough to compete for the top four season on season. There is only room for four, and the four currently up there are massive clubs who expect even more than Spurs do. It is just so competitive. A run in the cup competitions could provide the fans with the sense of achievement they need. Harry Kane will score a hatful again I am sure, those doubting his ability will be made to eat their words. Eriksen will be key as he looks to build on his ten league goals and two assists from last season and force his way on to the list of elite European midfielders.

Transfers

In

Toby Alderweireld – Atletico Madrid, £11.5m
Kevin Wimmer – Cologne, £4.3m
Kieran Trippier – Burnley, £3.5m

Out

Paulinho – Guangzhou Evergrande, £9.8m
Benjamin Stambouli – PSG, £6m
Etienne Capoue – Watford, Undisclosed (fee believed to be in the region of £6m)
Younes Kaboul – Sunderland, Undisclosed
Lewis Holtby – Hamburg
Jordan Archer – Millwall, Free
Cristian Ceballos – Released
Bongani Khumalo – Released
Grant Ward – Rotherham, Loan
Alexander McQueen – Carlisle, Free
Cristian Ceballos – Charlton, Loan

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Watford

Our Prediction: 19th
Key Man: Etienne Capoue

The season will go something like this for Watford. A few poor results, a managerial sacking, a good run followed by a few more poor results, another sacked manager, with relegation following soon after. If you have a bit of spare cash, stick some on Quique Flores to be the first to lose his job. The scatter gun approach to signing players is one that some clubs employ following promotion to the Premier League, it also goes to show there is not a lot of trust in the players that got them up in the first place. I cannot see the season ending positively for the Hornets.

Transfers

In

Etienne Capoue – Tottenham, £6m
Valon Behrami – Hamburg, £3m
Jose Holebas – Roma, £1.8m
Miguel Britos – Napoli, Undisclosed
Jose Jurado – Spartak Moscow, Undisclosed
Matej Vydra – Udinese, £6m
Allan Nyom – Udinese, Undisclosed
Sebastian Prodl – Werder Bremen, Free
Giedrius Arlauskis – Steaua Bucharest, Free
Steven Berghuis – AZ Alkmaar, £4.6m

Out

Jonathan Bond – Reading, Undisclosed
Lewis McGugan – Sheffield Wednesday, Undisclosed
Juanfran – Deportivo La Coruna, Loan
Uche Ikpeazu – Port Vale, Loan

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West Bromwich Albion

Our Prediction: 13th
Key Man: Darren Fletcher

My own club. I will stay objective of course. It has taken the Baggies a while to get their transfer targets over the line this summer which has got to have been frustrating for Pulis and his staff. The money being asked for players, especially homegrown talent is ridiculous, but we will have to get used to it with the extra TV money coming in. It would be nice if it was passed down to fans instead would it not? I believe Lambert could form a formidable partnership with Berahino and hopefully keep us away from trouble. Tony Pulis football as Palace fans will know is not simply just percentage and hoofball football, it takes a lot of work to be so defensively organised and be able to create chances and score at the other end. We will hopefully be helped this season with the emergence of the two Macca’s (McManaman and McClean) on the wings. One thing is for sure, we will be tough to break down. Only Chelsea bagged more clean sheets than the Albion last season (16).

Transfers

In

James McClean – Wigan, £1.5m
James Chester – Hull, £8m
Rickie Lambert – Liverpool, £3m

Out

Graham Dorrans – Norwich, Undisclosed
Youssuf Mulumbu – Norwich, Free
Chris Baird – Derby County, Free
Alex Jones – Birmingham City, Free
Kemar Roofe – Oxford United, Undisclosed
Jason Davidson – Huddersfield, Free
Bradley Garmston – Gillingham, Free
Donervon Daniels – Wigan, Free
Wesley Atkinson – Notts County, Free

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West Ham United

Our Prediction: 12th
Key Man: Dimitri Payet

This will be the last season at the Boleyn Ground for West Ham United before their big move their new stadium, you know, the one we all paid for! The Hammers are another team likely to find the Europa League having a negative impact on their Premier League ambitions. They will be too good to go down but will not break into the top ten. Ogbonna and Payet are, truth be told, are very good signings. But it will not be the exciting all out victorious season the Hammers faithful will be hoping for to finish off their time at Upton Park. The same as last season, twelfth.

Transfers

In

Angelo Ogbonna – Juventus, £7.9m
Dimitri Payet – Marseille, £10.7m
Carl Jenkinson – Arsenal, Loan
Pedro Obiang – Sampdoria, £4.3m
Manuel Lanzini – Al Jazira, Loan
Darren Randolph – Birmingham City, Free

Out

Stewart Downing – Middlesbrough, £5.5m
Dan Potts – Luton Town, Free
Paul McCallum – Leyton Orient, Free
Carlton Cole – Released
Guy Demel – Released
Jussi Jaaskelainen – Released
Nene – Released

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