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The 10-game milestone: Craziest Premier League season yet?

Monday 30th October 2017
After a summer that saw transfer records shattered, much was expected from the Premier League early season. In some ways, it certainly hasn't disappointed.

While Neymar left Barcelona, Kylian Mbappe joined him in Paris, and Ousmane Dembele went to the Camp Nou, the Premier League didn't quite live up to its reputation as the richest league in the world. This summer saw some of the most farcical sagas ever seen among the top six clubs. Arsenal did not exactly cover themselves in glory. Chelsea could not seal one of their top transfer targets. Manchester City held a mass clearout before plucking the creme of the crop from European conquerors and domestic rivals. Mourinho had his new additions on a shortlist from the start. Since then, it's been nothing but madness.

The Premier League, where anything can happen

Who saw an opening day defeat at home to Burnley happening to the defending champion? Certainly not Antonio Conte and certainly not Blues fans. Yet, it happened.

Sean Dyche's men were clinical in a first half that saw them gain a 3-0 advantage after Gary Cahill was red-carded. Alvaro Morata's introduction provided a grandstand finish but the result stole the headlines before the weekend concluded.

Liverpool looked superb in dismantling a limp Arsenal side, then humbled themselves against a rampant Man City days later. Since then, they've won twice and were taken apart by another top six contender, Tottenham, at Wembley. The Reds' soft centre has been further exposed.

In the early days, two of the three newly promoted sides looked at home, showing no fear of going down. Huddersfield have since tailed off but Brighton has come on. Chris Hughton, David Wagner, and Rafa Benitez are working wonders with what little they have.

Pushing the panic button?



This is football gone mad. Crystal Palace were looking to replace Frank de Boer two weeks and two matches into the campaign. It was a worse no confidence vote than Theresa May's snap election. The Dutchman was unceremoniously sacked two games later, having failed to gain a point or score a goal in the Premier League. HIs 77-day tenure was even shorter than his time at Inter. Was this Steve Parish's idea of a practical joke? And who did the Eagles call on to stabilise the ship? Roy Hodgson.
Ever the pragmatist, Woy is arguably the most traveled English manager in the modern game. There's a reason for that. After his failings in the England job, he's lucky to have got another shot at a Premier League side. Few were surprised when they continued to struggle to find the net for another four games. Coming out of their tailspin by beating Chelsea? Nobody saw that coming.

Everton? What a mess. I suppose in an era when one player can command €200 million, it's not fair to complain when a team spends £140 million and is left with holes in its lineup. Still, Ronald Koeman's squad began the season with a Romelu Lukaku-shaped hole where a striker should be and a leaky defence. David Unsworth couldn't right the ship against Leicester at the King Power. The Toffees' top target, Thomas Tuchel, can't possibly find this project appealing, although his arrival would make the Merseyside derby quite interesting.

Leicester's board demonstrated its impatience and ruthlessness yet again, sacking Craig Shakespeare. The Foxes are on their thrid manager barely a year after hoisting the Premier League trophy. Shakespeare was just 4 months into a 3-year contract. Appropriately, it's both a comedy and a tragedy. His league defeats came against four of last season's top six. Was he expected to win those? Hopefully, Claude Puel knows what he's in for.
Only on four other occasions have we seen three managerial changes so early but this is the first where more firings seem imminent. Jurgen Klopp is under immense pressure. Conte appears ill-at-ease. Slaven Bilic should have Sean Penn agree to play him in the film of his life. He looks like a dead man walking.
Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.


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