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EPL : Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season

EPL : Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is looking for new players but, as Chelsea and Leicester showed in the past two campaigns, there are benefits to having a consistent line-up.

The Seagulls needed quite some time to return to elite division after enjoying the most successful period between 1979 and 1983, showing a great deal of character to recover from some narrow misses and finally secure promotion to the Premier League. As you know the Premier League is the main target'.

Chelsea have struggled more than many of their rivals to navigate what Conte this week described as a "crazy transfer market".

Manchester United need to make two signings with real pace to help Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, Kevin Kilbane says.

Compounding the recruitment problem has been the deluge of departures.

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Even so, Conte has done his best to get billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich to throw his financial muscle behind Chelsea's title defence.

Although there was speculation that issue might have ended his career, agent Mino Raiola was quick to quash speculation and revealed that his client was open to a stay in England after scoring 17 times in his first Premier League season. The context, however, was very different.

A quarterfinal run in the UEFA Champions League also appears to be on the cards; though they will struggle if they draw one of Europe's super-elite before that; United are still very much a work-in-progress and it might take the final third of the season for them to fully hit top gear.

Factoring in every year since Abramovich's arrival in 2003, the figure averages out at 20.9, marking out this season's squad as a significant anomaly.

Crerand believes so and if United start well against West Ham United on Sunday and continue to prosper in a fixture list that doesn't throw up the best teams early on, confidence will soar.

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The most reliable predictor of future Premier League performance is past Premier League performance.

Paul Pogba admits that Manchester United need to be "winning everything" if they are to be considered "big" again.

"My idea was to give Bakayoko the right time to adapt in this league behind Matic", he told the Evening Standard. The Portugese also covets an attacking player/winger, but has conceded defeat in the pursuit of Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, in particular, have spent lavishly but with three weeks until the transfer window closes, it's a safe bet they aren't finished yet.

The defence can appear surprisingly frail at times (looking at you, Chris "Mike" Smalling) and left-back is still a position that can be improved upon - none of the current crop provide the kind of attacking goal (and extreme pace) that Antonio Valencia brings to the party.

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