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Premier League Preview Part Five: Can Spurs Keep Up With The Big Guns?

With the new Premier League season mere days away, we have had a look at all 20 teams before the big kick-off.

West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and West Brom are the subjects of part five of our Premier League preview.

After a remarkable second-place finish last year, can Spurs push on? Are they doomed to falling back into the chasing pack?

Made sure to check out part onepart two, part three and part four of our Premier League preview series if you haven’t already.

Tottenham Hotspur

The London club continued to impress people finishing second last season, behind runaway champions Chelsea. A team full of English talent they are becoming a very good club.

Positives

The core of talented, young, English stars such as Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane. They are a breeding ground for English stars of the future.

Negatives

Tottenham will be playing home games at Wembley. This could mean a serious struggle for Spurs having had an impressive record at former home White Hart Lane. There is also zero activity on transfers they will struggle.

Star Man

Dele Alli is probably the closest thing England have to a world class midfielder, his vision is exceptional and with this plus his accurate game, his attacking game thrives.

Star Signing

Spurs have signed nobody worth mentioning.

Prediction

Tottenham will not be nearly as strong as they were last season, largely due to not having a permanent home. Add to that the lack of activity in the transfer market compared to that of their rivals and it could be a difficult season for Tottenham.

Last Season: 2nd

Prediction: 7th

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Watford

The Hornets only just avoided the relegation zone last season, they are still looking like they could climb with the quality in their squad.

Positives

They have made some serious ventures into the transfer market on a relatively small budget, Watford have also brought in a very experienced manager in Marco Silva.

Negatives

The circus of Watford manager goes in as they bring in their third manager in as many seasons, time will tell if he can last longer than a season. They still don’t look comfortable at the tail end of the season where they tend to maybe burn out or maybe the manager’s impending exit leads to a run of poor form.

Star Man

Skipper, Troy Deeney has become some sort of cult hero for his club. The striker leads by example with his impressive strike rate and his leadership is key for Watford.

Star Signing

Twenty-two year old Will Hughes arrives from Derby with a big reputation and potential to fulfil, Hughes will be a key part of what is looking like an increasingly dangerous set of midfielders as Tom Cleverley and Nathaniel Chalobah also join to bolster the ranks.

Prediction

Their array of signings and new manager will make Watford an altogether different proposition and it’s hard to see them not climbing this season.

Last Season: 17th

Prediction: 13th

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West Bromwich Albion

West Brom have never been a club to be among the big names but last season they looked to be a much more assured outfit and pre-Christmas, they played some good football with what is a modest squad.

Positives

They are a far more solid outfit than they have previously been and the squad is becoming a rather settled unit.

Negatives

West Bromwich Albion will struggle to compete with the big boys again, they have not bought all that wisely and that could backfire should their new names fail to perform.

Star Man

Midfielder Jake Livermore got his rewards this season following a strong showing for his club, he played for England. Livermore is a skilful player with vision and ability to match which makes him a very important player to his club.

Star Signing

The capture of Jay Rodriguez is somewhat of a coup, Rodriguez has been a key part of a growing Southampton team and his attitude and attacking flair may be just what West Brom need to propel their game to a new level.

Prediction

West Brom will aim to finish in the top half again which is easy to imagine happening, there will no relegation struggle or race for Europe though.

Last Season: 10th

Prediction: 10th

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West Ham United

A disappointing season for West Ham with their first season at the London Stadium far from being gold medal standard.

Positives

A very, very productive transfer window has seen West Ham bring in players of the highest calibre, Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Pablo Zabaleta will provide not only their services as players but vital Premier League experience.

Negatives

They still do not look 100% confident at their new home in Stratford and the flops of last season for example Sofiane Feghouli are still in the West Ham squad.

Star Man

Left back Aaron Creswell has been a constant for West Ham, his bursts upfield and ability to control the pace of a game is hugely important for West Ham, his form is also very good at the moment expect to see him play a key role in the upcoming campaign.

Star Signing

So many players to choose from but the loan signing of Joe Hart is huge, there were significant deficiencies at the back last year some of those at least should be sured up by the England goalkeeper.

Prediction

The mid-table is going to be very close this year expect a little slide for the Londoners but nothing too drastic.

Last Season: 11th

Prediction: 14th

Fred Blagden, Pundit Arena

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