Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes provide Watford an injection of exciting English youth

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MANAGER

Marco Silva

STAR MAN

Troy Deeney

LAST SEASON

17th

TOP SCORER

Deeney (10)

KEY INS

Andre Gray (Burnley, £18.5m) Richarlison (Fluminense, £11.5m) Tom Cleverley (Everton, £8m), Will Hughes (Derby County, £8m), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford, £6m), Kiko Femenia (Alaves, free)

Will Hughes

Will Hughes

KEY OUTS

Mario Suarez (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng, £5.5m), Juanfran (Deportivo La Coruna, free)

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

Silva impressed greatly at Hull last season, and the club are happy to be rid of Walter Mazzarri. Chalobah and Hughes provide an injection of exciting English youth.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

A falling out between midfielder Etienne Capoue – one of their best players last season – and Silva spells trouble for an eternally-changing and potentially unstable squad.

ONE TO WATCH

Chalobah has a burning ambition after escaping Chelsea’s bench. Good performances may see him swap the England Under-21s for the seniors.

Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah

EXPECTATION

Silva will continue his fine work from Hull, but this time stave off relegation. Hughes and Chalobah will spark, pushing team into mid-table.

REALITY

Shaky defence will hamper any bid to bolt away from the drop zone. Deeney will again need to carry the responsibility – in goals and influence – of preventing relegation but the club-record signing of Gray should ease the pressure.

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Gylfi's Sigurdsson exit to Everton would rip the heart out of Swansea but can Tammy Abraham make the step up?

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MANAGER

Paul Clement

STAR MAN

Alfie Mawson

LAST SEASON

15th

TOP SCORER

Fernando Llorente (15)

KEY INS

Roque Mesa (Las Palmas, £11m), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea, loan)

Roque Mesa

Roque Mesa

KEY OUTS

Jack Cork (Burnley, £10m), Jordi Amat (Real Betis, loan), Modou Barrow (Reading, £1.5m), Borja Baston (Malaga, loan)

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

Clement revitalised the club in the second half of last season, helping re-establish some lost identity, and has now had a full summer get his ideas across.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s departure for Everton appears inevitable and with nine goals and 13 assists last term, it is tantamount to ripping the heart out of Swansea’s team.

ONE TO WATCH

Tammy Abraham. The Chelsea loanee was lethal in the Championship with Bristol City last season. Can he make the step up?

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

EXPECTATION

Though Clement steadied the ship when all looked lost last season, avoiding relegation again is the No1 target in south Wales.

REALITY

The Swans need to reinvest the incoming Sigurdsson money wisely and very quickly, or another Great Escape will be required.

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Tottenham not signing any players is odd considering their rivals have spent significantly

Matt Jones 9/08/2017
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MANAGER

Mauricio Pochettino

STAR MAN 

Harry Kane

LAST SEASON

2nd

TOP SCORER

Harry Kane (29)

KEY INS

None

KEY OUTS

Kyle Walker (Manchester City, £51m), Federico Fazio (Roma, £2.6m), Clinton N’Jie (Marseille, £6m)

Clinton Njie celebrates scoring for Marseille

Clinton Njie celebrates scoring for Marseille

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

Pochettino has turned Spurs into a formidable top-four contender and with little disruption to his squad, has a talented group of young and committed players.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

Not signing any players, let alone any of note, is odd, considering their rivals have spent significantly. The move to Wembley from their White Hart Lane stronghold is a major unknown.

ONE TO WATCH

Teenage American centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers is among several Spurs youngsters allowing Pochettino to keep his transfer powder dry.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Cameron Carter-Vickers

EXPECTATION

Pochettino and fans will feel the squad is good enough for another title tilt. They have been close the last two seasons while a capable young squad is one year older and closer.

REALITY

Probably lack the mental toughness required to make the final step, while top-four rivals shouldn’t be as poor or inconsistent as in recent seasons.

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