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The expectations for the newly promoted Premier League teams

Wednesday 20th July 2016
Last season in the Premier League, two of the promoted sides avoided relegation and secured their place among the elite. The three newly promoted teams this season: Burnley, Hull City, and Middlesbrough, will start this campaign hoping to do the same. Which of these three sides stands the best chance of survival?

Surviving in the Premier League as a newly promoted side is a difficult task, as it's a huge step-up in quality from playing in the Championship. However; there is some hope, as in the previous two seasons, three of the six promoted teams have avoided relegation: Leicester City, Bournemouth, and Watford. It could take time for the three newly promoted teams to adjust to life in the Premier League, but each of these sides will feel confident of avoiding the drop.


Burnley topped the Championship table last season - finishing four points clear of their nearest rivals. It was an excellent year for Sean Dyche's side, they coped with the challenges of the Championship better than any other team, and fully deserved to lift the trophy at the end of the season.

Some of Burnley's key players from last season will be hugely important once again. Tom Heaton played every game in their Championship triumph; he was called up to the England squad for Euro 2016, and he's crucial to Burnley's hopes of survival. Michael Keane has recently been linked with a move away from the club, but Burnley will be looking to hold onto their star centre-back. In attack, Andre Gray and Sam Vokes are a combination capable of scoring goals - 38 between them in the championship last season. Gray has the potential to take the Premier League by storm
Burnley has one of the smallest budgets in the Premier League this season, and so far they have only signed one player of any note - Johann Gudmundsson from Charlton Athletic. The money available to spend on new players could play a role in determining which teams survive at the end of the season. However; Sean Dyche is one of the best when it comes to getting the most out of players who don't cost a fortune; the club will believe they can retain their Premier League status, but they will rely heavily on their manager's brilliance to survive this season.

Sean Dyche has done an unbelievable job during his time at the club; this is the second time he has guided Burnley into the Premier League, but it will be difficult for them to avoid the drop. Burnley will rely on the hard-working attitudes of their players, and if they can add more quality to their squad - survival is possible.

Hull City

Hull City are back in the Premier League after securing promotion from the Championship at the first time of asking. Steve Bruce's team finished fourth in the table, and they had to overcome Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs to claim a place in this season's Premier League.
Hull have an experienced squad, and that could help them quickly adjust to life in the top division. Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson form a solid partnership in the centre of defence, and both will have to perform at their best this season. Abel Hernandez scored 20 goals in the Championship, if he can reproduce that kind of form in the Premier League, Hull will have a good chance of staying up. Mohamed Diame is one of the most important players for Hull; the powerful midfielder often drives his side forward, and he also provides goals - last season ten in all competitions.

Hull are yet to make a signing in this transfer window, but manager Steve Bruce will be looking to improve his squad in all areas. Whilst Hull have players with previous Premier League experience, they will need to add more quality to the current squad if they are to survive. Defensive stability is important when it comes to avoiding relegation, but creating chances and scoring goals usually proves even more crucial for teams battling at the bottom of the table. Although Hull will know that they can avoid the drop, having done it before three seasons ago.

For Hull to survive; their best players will have to perform at their highest level throughout the campaign, but scoring goals could prove a problem. Manager Steve Bruce is capable of keeping Hull in the Premier League, but if he leaves the club to manage England; Hull's chances of survival will decrease dramatically.


Middlesbrough deservedly gained promotion by finishing as runners-up last season in the Championship. They fought at the top end of the table throughout the season, and eventually edged out Brighton & Hove Albion on goal difference to claim a spot in the automatic promotion places.

Aitor Karanka has a talented squad at his disposal; a squad that excelled in the Championship, and it has the potential to flourish in the Premier League. Middlesbrough had the best defensive record in the Championship last season; George Friend and Ben Gibson played a big part in making that happen. Captain Grant Leadbitter is influential to his side, and the club will rely on his leadership qualities in the Premier League. Jordan Rhodes only started 13 games last season in the Championship, but he has the potential to provide the goals to keep his side up.

Middlesbrough have already made six new signings, and more are expected to follow. Midfielder Marten de Roon cost the club £12 million, he will play a big role at the club this season. Ex-Barcelona number one Victor Valdes has also joined the side on a free transfer, and Alvaro Negredo has joined on loan. Aitor Karanka has proven that he is a good manager during his time at the Riverside. He has improved his squad early on in the transfer window, to ensure his side can compete in the Premier League. Middlesbrough have brought in players of a high calibre, and their supporters will expect their side to avoid the drop.
Middlesbrough have the best chance of staying clear of relegation out of the three promoted teams. They are a well-balanced side, with good players in defence and attack, and if their new recruits can integrate with the players that gained promotion; Middlesbrough could potentially finish well clear of the drop zone.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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