With less than a month separating us from the start of the 21/22 Premier League season, it’s time to take a good hard look at the participating teams.
Even though Premier League summer transfers aren’t wrapped up just yet, we already have a roughy idea regarding the shape of most competing teams. Jadon Sancho going to Manchester United and Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester City are the biggest Premier League transfers thus far in the 2021 summer transfer window. With more bound to come, take these Premier League power rankings with a pinch of salt.
That said, let’s get right into it!
Premier League Power Rankings 21/22 Season
We’re only going to be focusing on the top half of the table here. We’re talking the crème de la crème of English football here, the teams to bet on this season. Let’s roll!
1. Manchester United
Manchester United have signed Jadon Sancho in what was a massive deal with Borussia Dortmund. The talented English winger ought to do a lot of good to Ole’s squad, meaning the high price tag is justified. However, Sanco alone won’t be enough to push Manchester United to thir first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
This is what pre-season is all about.
Pushing ourselves to the limit.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 20, 2021
They’ll need more fortifications on the devensive end, that’s for sure! Raphael Varane is being linked with Old Trafford for quite a while now, but with no concrete deal in sight just yet, Ole’s scouts might have to look elsewhere for a rock-solid defender.
Manchester City and Chelsea ought to be fine contenders too, but given how United’s players performed last season and on the recently finished EURO, chances are Ole’s men will finally lift the long-awaited Premiership trophy.
2. Manchester City
Pep’s City will be in big trouble if they don’t find a proper replacement for Sergio Aguero following his departure to Barcelona this summer. Harry Kane is the most likely candidate to join the Etihad, but they are yet to reach an agreement.
Here comes the ☀️
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 20, 2021
Should City succeed in bringing in Kane or another world-class striker, City will be once again among the primary title contenders. Should they fail to sign a prolific goalscorer by mid August, Chelsea might step up to the challenge and steal the show.
With the likes of Foden, Stones, Walker, and Sterling (among many others), a top four finish is almost guaranteed. But, the top spot ought to be up for grabs in what seems to be a battle of two Manchester sides.
Chelsea’s 20/21 season was amazing. Sure, perhaps they didnt have that much success domestically, but their Champions League title has definitely proved a point. Tuchel’s men are absolutely killing it out there. They have a well-rounded team that can go head to head with the best of them. but, they are yet to prove themselves in the Premier League. If they sign Erling Haaland (which is a massive if at this point), they might contend for the title.
Putting in that work! 💪 pic.twitter.com/eYF0dXVJQN
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 20, 2021
If not, which is the likeliest option right now, they should have enough firepower to clinch another top four finish. Third place seems about right for them right now, right behind the glorious Manchester duo at the very top.
Klopp’s Liverpool had a rough season last year. They barely squeezed throgh in the end, clinching Champions League football in a brilliant season finish. This year, some of their key players are returning back from injuries. The main conversation topic is the return of VIrgil van Dijk which ought to bring forth much-needed stability on the defensive end.
Practice makes perfect 🎯 pic.twitter.com/YYvJ12KHHF
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 21, 2021
However, the heart of Klopp’s midfield is out of the equation. As you probably know, Georginio Wijnaldum is off to PSG following prologned contract talks with Barcelona. The Catalonians took too much time to settle the deal which prompted the Dutch international’s move to Paris.
While I doubt Liverpool has the depth to contend for the Premiership title this year, the should snatch a top four finish. On paper, Chelsea and the Manchester duo look slightly better, which is why I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt ahead of the Merseyside team.
I expect another good season from Leicester. They’re finally playing like they did in the good old days of Claudio Rainieri, and we could see them contend for the top four spot this season. But, looking at the teams above, they’re in for an uphill struggle. Sure, Vardy isn’t going anywhere, but the Foxes no longer have the midfield depth.
Pre-season in full force 💪😅
— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 21, 2021
They did sign Patson Daka, an interesting prospect from RB Salzburg. If he can quickly adapt to the Premiership ways, we could see the Foxes budge for a top four spot. If not, they’ll have to come to terms with a battle for the European League… Still not too bad considering the Foxes’ recent history.
Spurs’ results greatly depend on their ability to keep Harry Kane from moving to Manhcester City… or any other club, for that matter. The expeirenced English striker is in his prime. He’s able to decide matches singlehandedly, which is a virtue the North London team will need if they are to do something notable this season.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 21, 2021
A mitigating circumstance for the Spurs is the fact that Jose Mourinho is no longer their head coach. The Portuguese strategist is off to Rome where he will try his best to push his team to Champions League football next season.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 21, 2021
As for the Spurs, they will be in a tough spot, especially if they lose one of the league’s most clinical strikers in Harry Kane. If they do lose him, I don’t think they’ll get close to a top four finish. Looks like we’ll be seeing Spurs play in the Europa League next season, which will result in massive profit losses for the North London side.
The next London team, Arsenal, is in for another rough season. Their key players seem out of form, their bench doesn’t look too good either… and one of their star youngsters, Bukayo Saka, had a disastrous finish to EURO 2020. As you probably know, the 19-year-old missed the crucial penalty that prevented football from coming home.
🔍 A first look at Lokonga
The latest from Colney 📺
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 21, 2021
Still, a handful of experienced veterans could be able to take the reigns and build from the ground up. It’s not going to be an easy task, especially if they start off on the wrong foot. But, should they get things running right away, they could develop into a worthy top-four contender. But, it’s a big if – one I don’t see as a realistic option considering the strengths of above-listed teams.
Leeds United could be the biggest sensation this season! They had a solid campaign last year, finally back to the Premiership after a long while. Now they’re going to tackle the so-called “second season syndrome”, but looking back at how they performed and the quality of players they have, they shouldn’t have any issues.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 19, 2021
In fact, I expect Leeds to finish this season in the top half of the table. Perhaps even on the eighth spot; there, I’ve said it! Kalvin Phillips was one of England’s best players on EURO 2020, and the arrivals of Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison are huges teps in the right direction. Bielsa’s Leeds is going to do wonders this season, mark my words!
9. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers are staying true to their Portugal transfers system! Rui Patricio is off to Roma and he’l be replaced by ex-Olympiacos’ goalkeeper Jose Sa. The 28-year-old Portuguese will be under heavy pressure early on, no doubt about that. The biggest arrival for the Wolves is definitely the 20-year-old Rayan Ait Nouri.
First 🇪🇸 session ✅ pic.twitter.com/zPTJVzqHoq
— Wolves (@Wolves) July 21, 2021
The talented left-back showed great promised in SCO Angers, and a trip to the Premiership could be a big push in the right direction for his football career. Ex-Benfica coach Bruno Lage will be in for a difficult season, one in which he’ll barely fit within the top half…. Unless he signs a screamer in the next three weeks, that is.
10. West Ham United
West Ham is the team that wraps up our top half of Premier League power rankings! David Moeyes’ West Ham is coming off a terrific season. This season will be their first European campaign since 2007, which could turn out to be a double-edged sword for the Scottish coach.
You see, he’ll need a lot more depth if he is to successfully lead campaigns on both fronts. I’m not saying their depth is a weak point, but they struggled at times last season… and having to deal with European games on top of everything they have domestically could prove to be too much.
The prep continues 💪
Reading 🔜 pic.twitter.com/v2R95pWWAZ
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 20, 2021
So far, West Ham has been pretty quite transfers-wise. They signed Craig Dawson from Watford for 2.3 million € and sold Felipe Anderson to Lazio for 3 million €. This means they’re preparing for something big. Perhaps they’ll splash out just enough money and sign Jesse Lingard.
That’d be all for the top half of our Premier League power rankings 21/22 season! If you want a closer look at the bottom half of the table too, please let us known in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!