Premier League 23/24 season preview
Updated: Aug 4
Ollie Jones - 3/8/23
We're only days away from another exhilarating season of Premier League football, which will undoubtedly be full of heart-racing action. As teams go to battle for the title, European qualification and survival whilst battling against the adversity of relegation. Teams once again have the chance to etch themselves into the history books and we as fans will be there for the ride, through the triumphs and tribulations, all in the hope of seeing our team reign victorious. So strap in for our teaser of the next 9 months of pulsating football.
The new season kicks-off under the lights of Turf Moor at 8pm on Friday 11th August. A game pitting the Champions of the Premier League and the Championship against each other, Manchester City and Burnley, as well as the mentor and his prodigy, in the form of Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany. The season will be decided on the final day showdown on the 19th May 2024. In between, here is our prediction of some of the best players and teams to watch this season. Our full prediction of the Premier League table will be released soon!
Ones to watch:
Here is our pick of players you should look out for the season.
Simon Adingra -
These past few seasons have highlighted Brighton's incredible ability to unearth gems of players previously unheard of, then setting the Prem alight, before often being sold on for a huge fee, a very successful model from Brighton that earned them Europa League qualification this season for the first time in their history. Another player who could become vital to Brighton this season is Simon Adingra, who has already impressed in their pre-season over in the USA for the Premier League summer series, scoring twice. He returns after an eye-catching loan at Union SG, where he made 30 goal involvements in 51 appearances across all competitions from the wing, scoring 15 and assisting 15. He now returns looking to cement himself in the Brighton first XI. Although competition is high against the likes of Mitoma, March, Buonanotte and Enciso, the need for rotation this season with a packed schedule of European and domestic football could open the door to Adingra's burst onto the scene. I believe he will be one to watch this season.
Ian Maatsen -
Another player returning from a successful loan is Chelsea's Ian Maatsen. Whether he will be staying at Chelsea or making a permenant return to Burnley this season is yet to be seen, however, either way he should be a player to watch. The left-back was integral to Kompany's style of play last season, with his excellent offensive quality, scoring 4 and setting up 6, subsequently being key to Burnley's success. Maatsen has earned his stripes out on loan for the past few years and has rightly earned the chance to play consistently at a top side. Ben Chilwell's inconsistency in staying fit and Cucurella's poor form could provide Maatsen the platform to thrive under Pochettino which explains the reluctancy to see him leave. If he was to return to Burnley he will be a key player and therefore makes our list of ones to watch.
Moussa Diaby -
Aston Villa have mave made their statement of intent very clear, making bold moves in the transfer market, most notably Pau Torres, one of our suggestions for signings Aston Villa should make this summer and Moussa Diaby. At only 24 years of age, he has established himself as one of the most exciting wingers in the game, after flourishing at Bayer Leverkusen, where he scored 49 and assisted 48 in 125 Bundesliga games. He's already been called up to the French national team, making 9 caps. He showcased his versatility on both wings that'll be crucial to Villa. Aston Villa look an exciting outfit with Emery at the helm and players like Diaby being added to the already talented roster should make the Villans optimistic. Look out for Diaby this season.
Eberechi Eze -
Eze's fantastic ability has been there for all to see at Crystal Palace where he has become a key player. His growth was stunted in 2021 after an achilles injury that left him out for most of the season, only making 13 appearances in the 21/22 season. However he made a phenomenal return, with last season being his best in terms of output, setting up 4 goals and converting 10 of his own. This earned him his first England call-up against Malta in a 4-0 win on the 16th June 2023. Therefore I predict him to kick on again and go from strength to strength this season and better last year's return. He will be crucial in determining Palace's season with the loss of Zaha. If he can stay fit, he will be one of the most exciting players to watch, as his ability on the ball is unmatched by most fellow Premier League players.
Player of the Season Candidates Prediction:
Erling Haaland -
After an outstanding first season in England, scoring 52 goals in 53 appearances for City, 36 of which in the Premier League, smashing almost every record and leading Manchester City to the treble, it would be naive to not expect him to be pivotal again this year. He has proved to be a generational talent that will likely dominate the Premier League record books for many years to come, it will take some stopping him this year.
Marcus Rashford -
Haaland grabbed the goalscoring headlines last year, meaning it went somewhat under the radar that Rashford enjoyed his most prolific season ever, scoring 30 goals in all competitions. Only Haaland scored more goals than him post World Cup and he will be looking to continue this form into the new season. With Erik ten Hag in charge, he will flourish and although he may struggle to challenge Haaland for the golden boot, he looks set for another impressive season.
Harry Kane -
With 213 Premier League goals to his name, Harry Kane always has to be considered for this category, and although currently linked with a move to Bayern Munich in the pursuit of trophies, which despite his goalscoring output, has been hard to come by in his career. His desire to beat the record of most goals scored in the Premier League set by Alan Shearer at 260, means he may find it hard to leave England and Tottenham. If he does stay, he will likely be towards the heights of the goalscoring chart, and if he does, will be a candidate for the Player of the Season.
Young Player of the Season Prediction:
Bukayo Saka -
At the age of only 21, he has already become a household name, competing in the World's most prestigious competitions at the Euros and World Cup and will be making his debut in the Champions League this season. He was also integral to Arsenal's title challenge last year, scoring 14 and setting up 11 last season. With another year of development and the maturity of a title fight will make him a frightening prospect to opposition defences and it would be unsurprising to see him hit the milestone of 20 goals this season. Although Haaland lifted this accolade last season, he will be too old come May, as it's for players under the age of 23, making it a real possibility that Saka will be crowned the Young Player of the Season for 23/24 if he can continue his meteoric rise.
Manager of the Season Prediction:
Mikel Arteta -
Another award for Arsenal's personnel , based upon my prediction that Arsenal will only get better next year, as Arteta has proved himself to be a talented manager that has succeeded with a very young squad. The maturity and experience gained by competing in a title fight will only improve these players, and with key additions like Rice and Timber, will make them even stronger this season. While challenging Man City for the title may be another season too soon, it may be a lot closer, but potentially may make a return to North London if the Man City machine runs out of steam. Pep may sweep up the award for another year as he is one of the greatest to ever do it, and will likely lead City to another title, however if Arsenal can improve on last season, it could come the way of Arteta.
First manager to be sacked:
Paul Heckingbottom -
It is no secret that the Premier League is a cut throat environment, with managers most often taking the fall for poor results. It has also not be a rarity to see newly promoted teams making a quick change to try and secure survival if a team starts poorly, like Scott Parker at Bournemouth, Slaven Bilic at West Brom and countless Watford managers like Xisco Munoz. I believe Heckingbottom will be added to that list as Sheffield United look likely to struggle this season. We've seen many teams enjoy great first seasons after promotion from the Championship in recent seasons, like Fulham last year and the Blades themselves in the 2019/20 season. However the lack of investment in the squad and the loss of Ndiaye makes their survival chances look bleak and unfortunately, I believe Paul Heckingbottom will take the fall for this and be the first manager to loose his job.
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