Never Mind The Premiership Quality, Feel The Excitement!!
As we reach the turn of the year and the halfway point of the Premiership football season we can see pretty much how the league is shaping up for the rest of the season and if anyone says they expected to see Leicester City leading the way at this stage then I would like to see video evidence of their prediction!! It has pretty much been non stop excitement, if you exclude Manchester United`s games, all the way but if you are looking for quality it has been in rather short supply at times, particularly when it comes to defensive qualities.
It is fascinating to see the likes of Watford, Crystal Palace and Stoke City, along with Leicester, giving the big guns a bloody nose and a real run for their money in the race for European placings. All these teams have match winners in their teams and can break at pace, and counter-attacking has been all the rage this season.
There is no doubt that all the big teams have serious issues that are holding them back from dominating this seasons Premiership. Chelsea`s problems are of course well documented and has led to the sacking of one of the Premiership`s greatest ever managers, Jose Mourinho. Whatever led to his sacking – player power, unrest after the sacking of the physio, Diego Costa or Mourinho`s personal problems or verbal excesses – it is a sad loss to Chelsea but I am sure he will back in football very soon.
Manchester City seem unable to defend without Vincent Kompany and also miss Sergio Aguero terribly when he is injured, which happens on a pretty regular basis. Arsenal seem the same old Arsenal with the usual defensive frailties and weakness in the air, although they are much improved with Petr Cech in goal. The 4-0 defeat at Southampton was pretty unacceptable.
Manchester United can`t buy a win, Rooney is either played out of position or he is out of form, and they seem to have wasted about £250 million on average players who are not good enough for a club such as United. Whilst every other team seems to be playing with pace and panache United are stodgy and predictable and nobody is scared of them any more, home or away.
Liverpool are maddeningly inconsistent and although bringing in the charismatic Jurgen Klopp as manager has given the club optimism he has a lot work on his hands to make them contenders.
I don`t think there has ever been a Premiership season when there has been so many clubs who could still win the league or get into the top 4 at this stage of the season. What will be the top 4 at the end of the season? I have no idea but it will be fun to find out!