In just over four weeks’ time, the race to become English Premier League champions will begin once again.
Last year’s champions Manchester City will be looking to regain their title but will face tough competition from a host of other sides.
Chelsea should be favourites
Whilst Manchester United look certain to be a much improved team than the one we saw last season, Arsenal have invested heavily in Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy and Liverpool’s £75 million sale of Luis Suarez has allowed them to compete for the world’s biggest names, currently it is Chelsea who should be seen as the favourites for the title.
Many believe that last year, the lack of a top-class striker is what cost Chelsea Premier League glory. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and even Demba Ba all worked hard and had solid seasons, but none seemed good enough to really lead the line for Jose Mourinho well enough.
Next year, however, we can expect a different story due to the £32m capture of Spanish superstar Diego Costa.
Despite the 25-year-old’s extremely disappointing World Cup performance, Costa was simply superb for Atletico Madrid last season, leading his club to their first La Liga title in nearly 20 years, breaking the familiar Real Madrid/Barcelona dominance that we all became so accustomed to.
In this team he managed 27 goals in 35 games, finishing third in the race for the Pichichi - La Liga’s Golden Boot award - behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Though it often takes time for even the best of players to find their feet after moving to England, Costa has the potential to be as deadly as any other striker in the league and the exact player that Chelsea need to regain the Premier League title.
As well as Costa, Chelsea have also added former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregras and Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis to their squad.
We can expect a busy remainder of the current transfer window, but as of yet Chelsea fan’s can be extremely happy about the business Mourinho has done.