The club season is gradually picking up pace. For instance, four rounds have been played in the EPL before the break for international team matches. It’s high time to draw some initial conclusions about the strength of the teams. We have prepared a rating of EPL teams and now present places from fifth to eighth. For clarity, remember that Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham took the first four spots.
5. Brighton & Hove Albion
Those who thought Brighton would struggle after the departures of Mac Allister and Caicedo should rethink their forecasts because the “Seagulls” appear as competent as last season. If 18-year-old Evan Ferguson maintains his excellent start – he has netted four goals, including a hat-trick against Newcastle – the “Seagulls” might have enough firepower to knock on the doors of the top four.
Ansu Fati is a notable loan acquisition from Barcelona, while the arrival of 19-year-old midfielder Carlos Baleba from Lille shows the club’s focus on the future. German international Mahmoud Dahoud joined on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund. With the midfield reshaped, Brighton holds the sixth spot, winning three out of four matches, leading the division in goals scored – ahead of Man City and the “Spurs”. The home defeat to a rejuvenated West Ham was unexpected, but early signs suggest Roberto De Zerbi’s team will once again compete for European spots – although the inaugural UEFA Europa League campaign brings uncharted challenges.
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6. Manchester United
The primary question after United’s summer transfers is whether 20-year-old Rasmus Hojlund can be the player to provide the missing goals from Erik ten Hag’s team last season.
Optimism post-ten Hag’s first season faded with a lackluster start, and there’s already a sense of apprehension among fans that the team may struggle to build on last year’s progress. United began last season slowly but then picked up, so it’s too early for panic. However, they need to accelerate swiftly to solidify their position. Given that Jadon Sancho is at odds with the coaching staff and Anthony is unavailable, Ten Hag’s attacking options have dwindled.
7. Newcastle United
Newcastle’s transfer window closed relatively quietly, with Lewis Hall making his way to St James’ Park after the season commenced. The left-back from Chelsea was recruited to strengthen the defense, but there were no other significant additions. Financial Fair Play constraints hampered Newcastle’s ability to sign several players during the transfer window, so only Sandro Tonali, Valentino Livramento, and Harvey Barnes were brought into the main squad before Hall’s arrival. Newcastle perhaps overachieved with a thin squad last season, and post the summer transfers, they still look lacking in quality and depth, causing concerns ahead of their Champions League campaign.
Newcastle had a dreadful start to the season, losing three out of their four league matches, and they’ve also drawn a challenging Champions League group alongside PSG, Milan, and Borussia Dortmund.
8. West Ham United
How things change in a month. Just days before the season’s start, West Ham lost Declan Rice and hadn’t signed any player. Fans began questioning boss David Moyes, even though he clinched the Conference League. There were fears that the previous year’s Premier League struggles would intensify.
Then, West Ham secured Edson Alvarez from Ajax and James Ward-Prowse from relegated Southampton. Following them were center-back Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart and exciting Ghanaian forward Mohammed Kudus, also from Ajax.
The “Hammers” have won three out of their initial four games, including victories against Chelsea and Brighton, now holding the fourth spot in the league. Moyes is yet to fully integrate all his newcomers, but the gloom present at the outset has already dissipated.