The unanswered questions for Premier League clubs' 2018-19 season

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It is only 89 days until the 2018-19 Premier League season kicks off on August 11.

Here we look at some of the burning questions facing the 19 clubs that we know will be playing in the top flight next season.

Arsenal

Can the Gunners tempt Max Allegri?

A new dawn beckons at the Emirates after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign. Allegri had been the early favourite after winning his fourth league and cup double at Juventus, but he has suggested he is set to remain in Italy and leave Arsenal to look elsewhere.

coach Massimiliano Allegri

Bournemouth

Will Eddie Howe be targeted?

Howe – now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League after Wenger’s departure – continues to work miracles with the Cherries having secured a fourth season of top-flight football. A bigger club has to come knocking one day, surely.

Eddie Howe, Manager

Burnley

Can the Clarets shine in Europe?

How Burnley fans plan to enjoy their ‘European tour’. It is 51 years since the Clarets last played in European competition, but it will be a tough ask for Sean Dyche’s squad balancing the demands of the Premier League and the Europa League.

Burnley

Brighton

Can Seagulls take next step?

Chris Hughton did a marvellous job leading Brighton to safety in their first Premier League season. But signing the extra quality he requires to take the Seagulls into the top half of the table will prove a difficult challenge.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Cardiff

Can Neil Warnock cut it in the top tier?

The self-styled Championship expert has had it tough in the Premier League at Crystal Palace, QPR and Sheffield United. It won’t be any easier this time but Cardiff’s uncompromising physical approach will unsettle a few, that’s for sure.

Cardiff

Chelsea

What does Roman Abramovich do next?

After a season of uncertainty under Antonio Conte, we wait to see how Chelsea owner Abramovich reacts. Chelsea have the FA Cup final to look forward to, but the prospect of no Champions League football next season means another managerial change is more than likely.

Roman Abramovich

Crystal Palace

Does Wilfried Zaha stay?

Former England manager Roy Hodgson galvanised a club and repaired his reputation as the Eagles soared from the bottom to an 11th-placed finish. But his greatest trick may yet be keeping star man Zaha at Selhurst Park – an absolute must.

Zaha of Crystal Palace

Everton

Does Sam Allardyce play it again?

Everton are at a crossroads and must discover an identity quickly. The vast majority of fans do not want Allardyce as manager and owner Farhad Moshiri risks further unrest if he allows the former England boss to see out the final year of his contract.

Sam Allardyce arrives

Huddersfield

Where do the goals come from?

Huddersfield over-achieved by staying in the Premier League on the division’s lowest budget. But only 28 goals in 38 games (the joint-lowest total with relegated Swansea) suggests finding a striker or two is a top summer priority.

David Wagner

Leicester

Time for change again?

Claude Puel’s bounce effect spectacularly fizzled out with only one win in the final seven games leaving his job in jeopardy. Riyad Mahrez is likely to be on his way as the title-winning squad of two seasons ago continues to break up.

Vardy of Leicester City

Liverpool

How will Naby Keita improve them?

The Champions League final awaits – and now Liverpool are expected to challenge English champions Manchester City. The arrival of box-to-box RB Leipzig midfielder Keita will suit Jurgen Klopp’s high pressing style and add another dimension to Liverpool’s game.

Naby Keita of RB Leipzig in action

Manchester City

Can they be as good?

One hundred points, 106 goals and 32 league wins is one hard act to follow. But Pep Guardiola has a thirst for titles and it is difficult to see anyone stopping them – so much so that this really could be one of the best teams English football has ever seen.

man city trophy

Manchester United

Will Paul Pogba stay?

United invested a then world record £89million when they re-signed the France midfielder in 2016. But poor form and an apparently strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has raised doubts over his Old Trafford future.

pogba 211

Newcastle

Will Rafa Benitez get money to spend?

No sooner had Newcastle finished 10th than owner Mike Ashley was promising transfer funds would be made available. But boss Benitez has heard these promises before and the danger is the Spaniard could be off if the cash is not forthcoming.

benitez

Southampton

Is Mark Hughes more than a fire-fighter?

Southampton were bound for the Championship until Hughes dragged them to safety. The experienced Welshman wants to stay on, but he lost his way at Stoke and has to prove that he can flourish again in the long term if he stays at St Mary’s.

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Tottenham

Will the purse strings be relaxed?

A new stadium for Spurs, but will it be the same old story over financial constraints? Mauricio Pochettino has been making noises about “taking risks”, and the consequences of a growing divide between the manager and chairman Daniel Levy is unthinkable to Spurs fans.

Mauricio

Watford

Can change keep on working?

The Watford model is change your manager, survive, repeat formula. Javi Gracia – the Hornets’ fourth manager in three Premier League seasons – could be forgiven for thinking about his job security, while desperate end-of-season form would not have encouraged him either.

Watford 2

West Ham

Will peace break out at last?

Turmoil seems to constantly reign at the London Stadium with a massive disconnect between boardroom and supporters. Bridges must be built for the club to move forward and the future of manager David Moyes has to be addressed.

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Wolves

Is a top-seven finish possible?

If spending is anything to do with it, then the answer is yes. With ambitious Chinese owners able to count on Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, Wolves will strengthen and fancy finishing above anyone outside the so-called ‘top six’ clubs.

Jorge Mendes

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