Premier League soccer is again and right here at talkSPORT we couldn’t be extra excited.
It could have been solely been 33 days because the finish of Euro 2020 however now the principle present is again on the town – and it’s going to larger than ever.
Because of a summer time of giant transfers, drama, and controversy, we’ve bought an entire host of recent storylines, and the previous classics, able to gas a sensational season of motion.
Superstars like Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho becoming a member of Manchester United will see their bid to win a 21st title step up one other gear.
Britain’s first £100million man, Jack Grealish, can be making an attempt to show he was well worth the dough, though with such sturdy calves you’d count on him to have the ability to carry the burden on his shoulders.
And Harry Kane, wherever he’s enjoying on September 1, may have all eyes on him after his summer time escapades. However what else are we enthusiastic about?
Followers are again!
The roar of the group, the hilarious songs, the slicing put-downs, and the second of silence between ball hitting the again of the web and the cheers for the aim.
Hugging strangers, declarations of affection, and a half-time pie and pint – you can’t beat it.
We’ve missed all of it a lot and this weekend you’re all again the place you belong – so make the largest racket you possibly can, it’ll sound nice stay on talkSPORT.
And it’s not simply supporters who’re loving being allowed to return to stadiums, the footballers on the pitch can’t wait too.
Southampton star Theo Walcott instructed talkSPORT: “I really feel prefer it’s going to be a really thrilling season, extra so as a result of the followers are again and I simply really feel that’s what soccer wanted and that’s what I’ve wanted as properly.
“Soccer isn’t the identical with out them. Actually, you ask any participant, it’s so unusual enjoying with no followers. I’m so happy we’ve bought them again now.”
Wonderful new signings
Overlook that Lionel Messi fella, we’ve bought some HUGE superstars within the Premier League and now extra of the world’s greatest are becoming a member of them.
Grealish’s British-record deal is the largest of the summer time however let’s not overlook another good strikes.
Sancho and Varane are two prime skills and can be nice to look at at Previous Trafford, whereas Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham have landed prime younger centre-backs in Ben White, Ibrahima Konate and Cristian Romero, respectively.
Aston Villa, although, are those to look at after touchdown Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia, Danny Ings, and Axel Tuanzebe on mortgage.
Look, it’s a essential evil but it surely’s getting hundreds higher this season. Belief us.
Most significantly we are able to count on much less objectives to be chalked off.
“On marginal offside, we’ve now successfully re-introduced the advantage of the doubt to the attacking participant,” PGMOL chief Mike Riley stated. “The place now we have a extremely shut offside choice, we stock on following the identical course of that we did final season with the one pixel traces; we’ll then placed on the thicker broadcast traces, and the place they overlap these conditions will now be deemed as onside.
“What we give again to the sport is 20 objectives that we might have disallowed final season through the use of fairly forensic scrutiny. So it’s the toe nails, the noses of the gamers who’re offside; they may have been offside final season however subsequent season they gained’t be.”
Raul Jimenez returns
The Mexican centre-forward has been an unimaginable addition to the Premier League since his arrival in 2018 and he’s bought admirers throughout the nation.
The season-ending fractured cranium he suffrered final season in opposition to Arsenal in November 2020 noticed an outpouring of excellent needs.
Now, although, he’s again – with a headscarf which has a metallic plate defending the fracture website – and will probably be nice to see him out on the pitch once more.
New boss Bruno Lage already is aware of his high quality.
“He can do all the pieces,” he stated. “It was an enormous shock. It’s been an extended course of for him; I’ve simply come in the direction of the tip of it. I really feel he’s prepared. He’s assured.”
There gained’t be a extra widespread goalscorer this season if he nets on his return in opposition to Leicester.
Virgil van Dijk is again
Speaking of returns, Liverpool’s defence lynchpin is prepared and raring to go for Jurgen Klopp.
A merciless harm final season noticed him make simply eight appearances in all competitions.
He even missed Euro 2020 as he targeted on get match for the brand new marketing campaign with the Reds, which begins on Saturday night in opposition to Norwich City, stay on talkSPORT.
Van Dijk was named the Premier League’s greatest participant in 2019/20 and Liverpool, and the division, is healthier for having him again.
Expectations will should be managed however there isn’t any doubt he’ll enhance the Reds’ defence, whereas his capability on the ball, and the safety he gives will strengthen their assault too.
Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott has been making waves in pre-season and we’re excited to see what he can provide the Reds this marketing campaign.
The proper winger was on mortgage with Blackburn within the Championship final season and had a formidable time of it.
Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp had an identical time of it with second tier title winners Norwich and he may be an everyday fixture of their midfield this time period.
In the meantime, after Billy Gilmour’s excellent present for Scotland in opposition to England at Euro 2020, it seems like they’ve swapped one mortgage starlet for an additional this time period.
And there are lots extra across the division able to thrill us, too.
The title race
This could possibly be essentially the most thrilling battle in years as the principle contenders spend massive within the switch market.
Manchester City comfortably gained the trophy final time round and strengthened an already formidable squad by bringing in Grealish.
Chelsea might arguably be the group to greatest problem City, they beat Pep Guardiola within the Champions League ultimate final season and are about to announce the return of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
Underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Man United’s rebuild is sort of full after bringing in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Actual Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
Liverpool in the meantime have arguably been the quietest within the window up to now having solely introduced in Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. That being stated, Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip’s return in defence will undoubtedly bolster their probabilities to reclaim the crown.
It’s going to be a wild trip, we’re certain of that.
The highest referee has entered the banter stage of his profession and we’re right here for it.
Having brandished greater than a century of purple playing cards, the enduring ref has by no means seemed again since dismissing Nobby Solano in 2001 and he’s again for yet one more top-flight marketing campaign.
By no means afraid to take centre-stage, we are able to’t wait for an additional season of Dean thrusting himself into the highlight for completely no purpose.
From massively exaggerated choice gestures to taking no nonsense from anybody, a combination of guffaws and fury are assured with the 53-year-old in cost.
By no means change, Mike.
You’ll be able to hear Manchester United v Leeds, Everton v Southampton, and Norwich v Liverpool, stay and solely on the talkSPORT Community this Saturday.
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It is again and simply in time for the brand new Premier League season, which begins on 13 August with Brentford internet hosting Arsenal on Friday night time