If Roma land Riyad Mahrez can Leicester fill the creative void to challenge for Europe?

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MANAGER

Craig Shakespeare

STAR MAN

Jamie Vardy

LAST SEASON

12th

TOP SCORER

Vardy (13)

KEY INS

Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, £25m), Harry Maguire (Hull City, £17m), Vicente Iborra (Sevilla, £15m), Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City, £2.3m)

Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho

KEY OUTS

Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart, £3.5m)

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

The miracle makers have real momentum behind them again after Shakespeare’s rescue act, while the addition of Iheanacho adds genuine excitement.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

If Roma finally land Riyad Mahrez, can this creative deficit be filled? Their ageing title-winning defence also creeked badly last term.

ONE TO WATCH

Wilfred Ndidi lifted the entire club when he was brought in during January, adding both quality and bite in centre midfield. Has potential to transform into one of the division’s midfield masters.

Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi

EXPECTATION

A spine strengthened by the additions of Maguire, Iborra and Iheanacho lifts the club back into contention for Europe.

REALITY

The feel-good factor returns to King Power Stadium as Shakespeare’s men exorcise last term’s relegation demons and challenge Everton outside the top six.

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David Wagner's aura could ensure Huddersfield survive relegation

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MANAGER

David Wagner

STAR MAN

Aaron Mooy

LAST SEASON

5th (Championship: play-offs)

TOP SCORER

Elias Kachunga (12)

KEY INS

Steve Mounie (Montpellier, £11.5m), Tom Ince (Derby, £10m), Aaron Mooy (Man City, £8m), Matias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen, £2.5m), Elias Kachunga (Ingolstadt, £1.1m)

Elias Kachunga

KEY OUTS

None

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

Wagner has an aura that implies Huddersfield will do more than just grind out victories. Activity in the market shows ambition beyond just trying to keep their heads above water.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

On paper, the weakest squad in the division and the Terriers were the 14th-highest scorers in the Championship last season, with 22 of their 25 games coming via a solitary goal margin.

ONE TO WATCH

Kasey Palmer. On-loan Chelsea midfielder was a real asset last season and can continue to develop.

Kasey Palmer

Kasey Palmer

EXPECTATION

Huddersfield fans will be along for the ride, hoping to pick up the odd major scalp along the way. Wagner will be demanding survival and his team to forge a real identity.

REALITY

New forward players need to click fast for them to have any chance although there are a lot of average-to-poor teams in the league which gives them a chance.

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Rooney nowhere near the player he was to step up after Lukaku's exit from Everton

Matt Jones 9/08/2017
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MANAGER

Ronald Koeman

STAR MAN

Wayne Rooney

LAST SEASON

7th

TOP SCORER

Romelu Lukaku (25)

KEY INS

Jordan Pickford (Sunderland, £30m), Michael Keane (Burnley, £25m), Davy Klaassen (Ajax, £23.6m), Sandro Ramirez (Malaga, £5m), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, free)

Sandro Ramirez

Sandro Ramirez

KEY OUTS

Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United, £75m), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £10.5m), Tom Cleverley (Watford, £8m)

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

Have done some good business and did it early, allowing their arrivals to integrate. Koeman has bolstered his spine, with Pickford, Keane and Klaassen all solid additions.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

Replacing Lukaku’s 25 goals will be tough. For all the romance of Rooney’s return, he is nowhere near the player he was.

ONE TO WATCH

Jordan Pickford. Can theoretically become England’s No1 for the World Cup.

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

EXPECTATION

Capable of a push for a top six finish, and they are the team best equipped to pounce should one of the big boys stumble.

REALITY

With Lukaku gone, they are lacking an X-factor star, with too many 7/10 players only fleetingly capable of the fantastic. Europa League beckons.

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