Summer 2018 Signings for Top 3 Premier League Teams
The English Premier League 2018/19 football season is about to kick off this month, with all but one of last season’s Top 6 best teams having signed players to date (2 August 2018). Will Manchester City remain champions? Will Spurs qualify to the Champions League in their fourth straight attempt? So many questions well be answered by May 2019.
There are already some bookmakers bonuses up for grabs already we look at each teams’ football player signings and to try and predict which football club will finish top of the league and which other three clubs will make it to the lucrative Top 4 places to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, a feat that is required by the football clubs board and fans alike.
Last season we witnessed what many pundits and football fans called one of the best teams ever. Manchester City pretty much cruised to the title by Christmas and are very much expected to do so again. Such was the force that was displayed by Pep’s men, with an inspiring attacking form that was not shy of scoring goals and a formidable defence, any new signing is expected to either be a squad player or a player for the future.
The main player that was finally signed after a protracted saga back in the January 2018 transfer window is ex-Leicester city forward Riyad Mahrez. He is expected to challenge for a place in the starting eleven, possible in direct competition with Bernardo Silva. City also added two other young players to their development squad, Claudio Gomes from PSG and Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle.
It is no secret that this Summer has not gone unnoticed for the friction that exists between some of the United players and manager Jose Mourinho. This was probably due to the manager voicing his concerns about the lack of major signings this summer, as he aims to topple City’s dominance of the Premier League this coming season.
The main signing comes from the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, Brazilian midfielder Fred is expected to be starting in the first eleven with his creativity a possible answer to United fans’ constant woes regarding the lack of style adopted by the tactician Mourinho. Two other players that came in so far include the promising Diogo Dalot from Porto and veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant who was signed from relegated club Stoke.
It is nearing the transfer day deadline and perhaps unsurprisingly Spurs are yet to announce a signing so far. This could be due to a few factors; first Chairman Daniel Levy is renowned for trying to test other club’s resolve by offering cut-price deals for fringe players and players that have shown a real interest in joining Tottenham.
Another factor is that Spurs need to be careful with their spending as they are about the enter their brand-new football stadium. Lastly, most of the Spurs squad are tied to long term contracts which in turn means that they are less likely to have to sell players that are on their last year of contract. A couple of players that have been dubbed to join Spurs recently are Jack Cook from Bournemouth and Jack Grealishform Championship side Aston Villa.