As the new 2013/2014 Premier League has started, I want to look at the three teams that have just been promoted, and suggest what they can likely expect from the new season.
Every year, the Premier League gets three new teams through promotion. Some of these teams find it easier than others to adapt to life in the Premier League, while others struggle and are quickly shipped off back to the Championship.
Last season Reading were unfortunate enough to become part of the latter category, finding life in England’s top tear difficult, and ended the season with relegation.
But what of the Premier League new boys this season, how will they adapt, perform, and most importantly where will they finish in the league.
Obviously none of these questions can be answered with any assurance, however I want to take a look at how they have prepared during the transfer window, and how they are likely to do this coming season.
After a few seasons trying, Cardiff City have finally finished champions of the Championship, and have gotten themselves in the top tier, becoming the second Welsh side to grace the Premier League.
During the Championship, Cardiff were very impressive all throughout the team, however the Premier League is a completely new challenge, so how have they prepared.
Most importantly Cardiff, have stuck with promotion manager, Malky Mackay, believing he can help them throughout the Premier League season, this is important, as the club, will have the knowledge and stability of playing under the same manager, even though it is his debut managerial season in the Premier League.
In terms of transfers, Cardiff have made two notable transfers, the impressive young defender Steven Caulker, signed from Tottenham Hotspur, and Danish striker Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen.
The two signings, mixed in with Cardiff’s already strong squad, could see them having a solid first season in England’s top flight, and I predict they will finish, around 14th or 15th in the league.
After finishing 2nd in the championship last season, Hull City, have been a difficult team to predict for the new season.
However with manager Steve Bruce at the helm, Hull fans can have some reassurance,
as their manager already has Premier League experience, with the likes of Sunderland.
As for preparation, Hull have been very busy in the transfer market, making many impressive signings that are sure to help their chances in the Premier League.
Hull have acquired the services of Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore on loan, and have bought Tom Huddleston on a permanent deal also from Tottenham for £5m.
The list continues as Hull have also signed Yannick Sagbo from Evian TGFC, Sunderland striker Danny Graham on loan, goalkeeper Steve Harper from Newcastle United on a free transfer.
Hull have made two loan moves permanent, in Ahmed Elmohamady and George Boyd, after impressing last season.
Finally they have signed centre-backs, Curtis Davies from Birmingham
City and Maynor Figueroa from Wigan Athletic, and goalkeeper Allan McGregor from
All these transfers will make Hull a real handful this season, and I expect them to surprise a few people with their performances, and I expect them to finish mid table, around 10th or 11th place.
After winning the Championship playoffs last season, a lot can be expected of Crystal Palace and with Ian Holloway in charge, they to have a manager with brief Premier League experience with Blackpool.
Palace have been reasonably busy in the transfer market, and have made five signings. These signings are, goalkeeper Neil Alexander from Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, striker Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal, they have made Kevin Phillips’ move permanent after important performances last season, they have signed winger Jerome Thomas from West Bromwich Albion and Dwight Gayle from Peterborough.
Palace have also been rumoured talking about signing Darren Bent from Aston Villa. Although Palace have made plenty of signings around an already strong squad, I don’t see Holloway’s side having much joy in the Premier League, as I don’t see the signings being that effective, as Chamakh is badly out of form and Phillips is nearly at the end of his career.
Unfortunately I see Crystal Palace back in the Championship next season finishing in at a measly 18th or 19th place.
Of course I cannot know, however this is what I believe the coming season will be like for the new kids on the block.
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