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Premier League Preview 2021/22 Season

We break down each team for the Premier League Preview of the 2021/22 season. Who are the favourites for the title and who is going down - all are covered in our bitesize preview.

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta needs to make moves quick this summer to gain the fans trust. Defensive positions were a hot topic last year and hopefully, summer signing Ben White can strengthen the back-line. Big-name players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Lacezette need to step up and youngsters Bukayo and Emile Smith Rowe need to continue to shine.  

In

Nuno Tavares (Benfica)

Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht)

Mika Biereth (Fulham)

Ben White (Brighton)

Out

David Luiz (released)

Levi Laing (released)

Joseph Olowu (released)

Luke Plange (released)

Jason Sraha (released)

Trae Coyle (Lausanne–Sport)

Zech Medley (KV Oostende)

Mark McGuinness (Cardiff)

Dinos Mavropanos (Stuttgart) Loan

Daniel Ballard (Millwall) Loan

Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford)

Ben Sheaf (Coventry)

Matt Smith (Doncaster) Loan 

Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille) Loan

William Saliba (Marseille) Loan

Nikolaj Moller (Viktoria Koln) Loan 

Deyan Iliev (SKF Sered) Loan

Tyreece John-Jules (Blackpool) Loan 

Harry Clarke (Ross County) Loan 

Tolaji Bola (Rotherham)

Jordi Osei-Tutu (Nottingham Forest) Loan

Aston Villa 

Having lost their leading man in Jack Grealish for a British record transfer fee, can Villa adapt to a new way of playing without him? Dean Smith has been shopping though. Danny ings, Ashley Young, Leon bailey, Emi Buendia and Man United’s Axel Tuanzebe all have arrived to help Villa this season. 

In 

Emiliano Buendia (Norwich)

Ashley Young (Inter Milan)

Josh Feeney (Fleetwood Town)

Finn Azaz (West Brom)

Tim Iroegbunam (West Brom)

Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen)

Danny Ings (Southampton)

Axel Tuanzebe (Man Utd) Loan

Out

Ahmed El Mohamady (released)

Neil Taylor (released)

Tom Heaton (Man Utd)

Lewis Brunt (released)

Brad Burton (released)

Jack Clarke (released)

Charlie Farr (released)

Ben Guy (released)

Callum Rowe (released)

Harrison Sohna (released)

Michael Tait (released)

Jake Walker (released)

Bjorn Engels (Royal Antwerp)

Indiana Vassilev (Inter Miami) Loan

Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split) Loan

Seb Revan (Grimsby Town) Loan

Kaine Kesler Hayden (Swindon Town) Loan

Jack Grealish (Man City)

Louie Barry (Ipswich) Loan

Brentford

After a few near misses, Brentford are finally in the top flight. With a new stadium and all, the Bees are the 50th club to play in the Premier League. Everyone will be watching leading man Ivan Toney. His 33 goal season last season will surely help the west London side stay out of the relegation fight that everyone thinks they will be in. 

In 

Nathan Young-Coombes (Rangers)

Dom Jefferies (Salisbury)

Daniel Oyegoke (Arsenal)

Jude Russell (Crystal Palace)

Frank Onyeka (Midtjylland)

Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic)

Matthew Cox (AFC Wimbledon)

Myles Peart-Harris (Chelsea)

Yoan Wissa (Lorient)

Out 

Jared Thompson (released)

Kane O’Connor (released)

Aubrel Koutsimouka (released)

Julien Carre (released)

Henrik Dalsgaard (Midtjylland)

Luke Daniels (released)

Emiliano Marcondes (released)

Ellery Balcombe (Burton Albion) Loan

Aaron Pressley (AFC Wimbledon) Loan

Brighton

With a talented team, The seagulls need to get more of a consistent run going through the season to really get them in a comfortable position to finish in the top half.

In 

Jeremy Sarmiento (Benfica)

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock)

Enock Mwepu (RB Salzburg)

Kjell Scherpen (Ajax)

Kaoru Mitoma (Kawasaki Frontale)

Out 

Jose Izquierdo (released)

Teddy Jenks (Aberdeen) Loan

Davy Propper (PSV)

Alex Cochrane (Hearts) Loan

Jan Mlakar (Hajduk Split)

Bernardo (RB Salzburg)

Ryan Longman (Hull) Loan

Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry)

Romaric Yapi (Vitesse)

Mat Ryan (Real Sociedad)

Jensen Weir (Cambridge) Loan

Matt Clarke (West Brom) Loan

Carl Rushworth (Walsall) Loan

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord)

Ben White (Arsenal)

Kaoru Mitoma (Royal Union Saint-Gilloise) Loan

Leo Ostigard (Stoke) Loan

Burnley 

New owners ALK have not made money moves like City, but they have kept Sean Dyche at the Club, which is one achievement this summer. 

In

Nathan Collins (Stoke)

Mark Helm (Man Utd) 

Jacob Bedeau (Scunthorpe)

Harry Williams (Free)

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace)

Ethen Vaughan

Joe Westley (Fulham)

Out 

Robbie Brady (released)

Connor Barrett (released)

Jordan Cropper (released)

Ismail Diallo (released)

Marcel Elva-Fountaine (released)

Arman Taranis (released)

Matty Rain (released)

Mace Goodridge (released)

Ryan Cooney (Morecambe)

Joel Mumbongo (Accrington) Loan

Ben Gibson (Norwich)

Jimmy Dunne (QPR)

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Sheff Wed) Loan

Adam Phillips (Morecambe) Loan

Josh Benson (Barnsley)

Chelsea

Maybe the main favourites to contend with Man City for the title, The blues have added to their strike force with Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku. Hopefully, he can add to Chelsea’s poor goal scoring last season. 

In

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) Free

Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)

Out

Willy Caballero (released)

Jamal Blackman (released)

Pierre Ekwah Elimby (West Ham)

Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan)

Izzy Brown (Preston)

Levi Colwill (Huddersfield) Loan

Nathan Baxter (Hull) Loan

Charlie Wiggett (Newcastle)

Billy Gilmour (Norwich) Loan

Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow)

Juan Castillo (Birmingham) Loan 

Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) 

Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace) 

Lewis Bate (Leeds) 

Myles Peart-Harris (Brentford)

Dynel Simeu (Southampton) 

Ian Maatsen (Coventry) Loan 

Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) Loan

Tino Livramento (Southampton) 

Armando Broja (Southampton) Loan

Crystal Palace

A new man at the helm and making his debut as a manager in the Premier League, but not unfamiliar to it, Patrick Viera. A lot of players were out of contract at the end of the year, but Viera kept hold of Benteke, Zaha and made a good transfer on a free with Nathaniel Clyne. The surprise player to not get a new contract was full back Patrick Van Aanholt. 

In

Jacob Montes (Georgetown Uni.)

Michael Olise (Reading)

Remi Matthews (Free)

Marc Guehi (Chelsea)

Joachim Andersen (Lyon)

Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) Loan

Nathaniel Clyne (Free)

Out

Sion Spence (Bristol Rovers) Loan

Stephen Henderson (released)

Wayne Hennessey (Burnley)

Andros Townsend (Everton)

Mamadou Sakho (Montpellier) Free

Patrick van Aanholt (released)

Jacob Montes (Waasland-Beveren) Loan

Gary Cahill (released)

James McCarthy (Celtic)

Scott Dann (released)

Everton

A controversial appointment in ex-Red Rafa Benitez will leave some Everton fans not happy. But in a manager who has won everything, can he make Everton real contenders for Europe? 

In

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth)

Demarai Gray (Leverkusen)

Out 

Theo Walcott (Southampton)

Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury) Free

Joshua King (Watford)

Yannick Bolasie (released)

Muhamed Besic (released)

Josh Bowler (released) 

Dennis Adeniran (released) 

Con Ouzounidis (released) 

Callum Connolly (released)

Bobby Carroll (released)

Daniel Lowey (released) 

Jack McIntyre (released)

Dylan Thompson (released) 

Bernard (Sharjah)

Beni Baningime (Hearts)

Leeds United

The neutrals favourite last season and whilst finishing above seasoned PL teams, Marcelo Bielsa has to now beat his own records. With an attacking lineup that never stops running at you, Leeds have added in attack with Barcelona forward Junior Firpo.  

Amari Miller (Birmingham

Jack Harrison (Man City) 

Junior Firpo (Barcelona)

Sean McGurk (Wigan)

Lewis Bate (Chelsea)

Kristoffer Klaesson (Valerenga)

Out

Gaetano Berardi (released)

Ouasim Bouy (released)

Barry Douglas (released)

Cole Gibbon (released)

Niklas Haugland (released)

Eunan O’Kane (released)

Matthew Turner (released) 

Ryan Edmondson (Fleetwood) Loan

Oliver Casey (Blackpool)

Kun Temenuzhkov (Real Union) Loan 

Rafa Mujica (Las Palmas)

Alfie McCalmont (Morecambe) Loan

Ezgjan Alioski (released)

Mateusz Bogusz (Ibiza) Loan 

Pablo Hernandez (Castellon)

Elia Caprile (Aurora Pro Patria 1919) Loan

Leicester City 

Even though missing out on the Champions League, the Foxes still had an incredible season with winning the FA Cup, Charity Shield and in the Europa League this season.  

Wesley Fofana’s broken leg this pre-season might give them a problem at the back. New signings Patson Daka and Boubakary will look to impress. 

In

Patson Daka (RB Salzburg)

Boubakary Soumare (Lille)

Ryan Bertrand (unattached)

Out

Christian Fuchs (Charlotte)

Matty James (released)

Wes Morgan (retired)

Josh Knight (Peterborough)

Admiral Muskwe (Luton)

Tyrese Shade (Walsall) Loan

George Hirst (Portsmouth) Loan

Daniel Iversen (Preston) Loan

Callum Wright (Cheltenham Town) Loan

Liverpool

Not many have been talking about Jurgen Klopp’s chances for the PL title. After a disastrous injury list last season, VVD and Joe Gomez will feel like new signings. Unlike, Ibrahima Konate, who is a new signing. Losing Gini Wijnaldum on a free to PSG seems like it will come back to haunt them. 

In

Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig)

Out

Liam Coyle (released)

Joe Hardy (released)

Abdi Sharif (released)

Jack Walls (released)

Adam Lewis (Livingston) Loan

Georginio Wijnaldum (PSG) Free

Sepp van den Berg (Preston) Loan

Remi Savage (Newcastle)

Paul Glatzel (Tranmere) Loan

Kamil Grabara (Copenhagen)

Liam Millar (Basel) 

Marko Grujic (Porto)

Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin)

Harry Wilson (Fulham)

Jakub Ojrzynski (Caernarfon Town) Loan

Manchester City 

Can anyone challenge them? Or shall we give them the title now? 

In

Scott Carson (Derby) Free

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Out

Sergio Aguero (Barcelona) Free 

Eric Garcia (Barcelona) Free

Louie Moulden (Wolves) Free

Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Anderlecht) Loan

James Strafford (Accrington) Loan

Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth) Loan

Lewis Fiorini (Lincoln) Loan

Jack Harrison (Leeds)

Callum Doyle (Sunderland) Loan

Lukas Nmecha (Wolfsburg)

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed a new deal until 2024 really shows the confidence the board have in him. With Rashford out for two months, new signing Jordan Sancho can get straight to work and other the new boy Raphael Varane can pair up with Harry Maguire to seal up the defence. With Pogba and Fernandes also firing, they also look like a strong team on paper to contend for the title. 

In

Jadon Sancho (Dortmund)

Tom Heaton (Aston Villa) 

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)*

*subject to medical and personal terms

Out 

Sergio Romero (released)

Joel Pereira (released) 

Jacob Carney (released) 

Iestyn Hughes (released)

Arnau Puigmal (released)

Max Taylor (released) 

Aliou Traore (released)

Nathan Bishop (Mansfield) Loan

Johan Guadagno (Copenhagen) 

Mark Helm (Burnley)

Reece Devine (St Johnstone) Loan 

Tahith Chong (Birmingham) Loan 

Will Fish (Stockport) Loan 

Charlie McCann (Rangers B) 

Di’Shon Bernard (Hull City) Loan 

Facundo Pellistri (Deportivo Alaves) Loan

Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) Loan 

Newcastle United 

With Steve Bruce answering a few critics at the end of last season, they need to keep Callum Wilson fit and complete the transfer of Arsenal’s Joe Willock who bagged them many winning goals last season. 

In

Charlie Wiggett (Chelsea)

Remi Savage (Liverpool) 

Cameron Ferguson (Tranmere)

Out 

Owen Bailey (released)

Oliver Walters (released)

Jude Swailes (released) 

Yannick Toure (released)

Oliver Marshall (released)

Ludwig Francillette (Crawley)

Florent Indalecio (released) 

Kyle Scott (released) 

George Rounsfell (released) 

Lucas Gamblin (released)

Lewis Brannen (released)

Tom Midgley (released) 

Josh Gilchrist (released)

Josh Harrison (released)

Tai Ebanks (released) 

Lewis Cass (Port Vale) Loan

Florian Lejeune (Alaves) 

Elias Sorensen (Esbjerg fB)

Yoshinori Muto (released)

Jake Turner (Colchester) Loan

Norwich City 

The new yo-yo club, Norwich can’t make their mind up what league is best for them. Losing their main playmaker in Buendia to Villa, but have acquired Chelsea’s young talent Billy Gilmore. We expect another relegation battle for the Canaries. 

In

Kenny Coker (Southend)

Milot Rashica (Werder Bremen)

Angus Gunn (Southampton)

Flynn Clarke (Peterborough)

Ben Gibson (Burnley)

Dimitris Giannoulis (PAOK)

Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) Loan

Pierre Lees-Melou (Nice)

Liam Gibbs (Ipswich)

Louis Thompson (released)

Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)

Christos Tzolis (PAOK)

Out 

Alex Tettey (released) 

Mario Vrancic (released)

Jordan Thomas (released) 

Zach Dronfield (released)

William Hondermarck (released) 

Louis Lomas (released)

Ethen Vaughan (released) 

Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa) 

Philip Heise (Karlsruher) 

Reece McAlear (Inverness CT) Loan 

Orjan Nyland (released)

Moritz Leitner (released) 

Marco Stiepermann (released) 

Josh Martin (MK Dons) Loan 

Daniel Barden (Livingston) Loan

Sebastian Soto (Porto) Loan 

Josip Drmic (Rijeka) Loan

Akin Famewo (Charlton) Loan 

Sam McCallum (QPR) Loan 

Gassan Ahadme (Portsmouth) Loan 

Danel Sinani (Huddersfield) Loan

Southampton

The loss of Danny Ings, Ryan Bertrand and Jannick Vestergaard could leave the Saints in a relegation battle if they don’t find replacements and fast! 

In

Theo Walcott (Everton) 

Romain Perraud (Brest) 

Dynel Simeu (Chelsea)

Tino Livramento (Chelsea)

Armando Broja (Chelsea) 

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn)

Out 

Jannick Vestergaard (Leicester)

Ryan Bertrand (Leicester)

Jake Hesketh (released)

Josh Sims (released)

David Agbontohoma (released)

Lucas Defise (released)

Pascal Kpohomouh (released)

Kingsley Latham (released)

Kameron Ledwidge (released) 

James Morris (Watford)

Thomas O’Connor (released)

Tommy Scott (released)

Wesley Hoedt (Anderlecht)

Kayne Ramsey (Crewe) 

Angus Gunn (Norwich) 

Jake Vokins (Ross County) Loan

Alex Jankewitz (Young Boys)

Dan Nlundulu (Lincoln) Loan 

Callum Slattery (Motherwell) 

Mario Lemina (Nice) 

Will Ferry (Crawley) Loan

Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Tottenham Hotspur

7th place finishers last season, Spurs start the season in doubt with the threat of Star Man Harry Kane potentially leaving. Their defence being their weakest, they have made strengths in that department with £47 million Atalanta defender Cristian Romero. Do they have a big enough squad to compete in the Premier League and Europa Conference League? 

In

Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta) Loan

Bryan Gil (Sevilla)

Cristian Romero (Atalanta)

Out 

Danny Rose (Watford) Free

Paulo Gazzaniga (released)

Enock Asante (released)

Chay Cooper (released)

Keenan Ferguson (released)

George Marsh (AFC Wimbledon)

Rodel Richards (released)

Jack Roles (released)

Aaron Skinner (released)

Kazaiah Sterling (released)

Shilow Tracey (released)

Juan Foyth (Villarreal)

Erik Lamela (Sevilla)

Toby Alderweireld (Al-Duhail)

Troy Parrott (MK Dons)

Kion Etete (Northampton) Loan

Joe Hart (Celtic)

Jubril Okedina (Cambridge United)

Dennis Cirkin (Sunderland)

Alfie Whiteman (Degerfors IF) Loan

Watford

The Hornets are back and most are fully expecting a relegation battle. Can new signings Emmanual Dennis and Danny Rose make a difference? Ismaila Sarr, Joshua King and Troy Deeney give the side some Premier League experience.

In

Kwadwo Baah (Rochdale)

Mattie Pollock (Grimsby)

Imran Louza (Nantes)

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) Free

Danny Rose (Spurs) Free

Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge)

Dapo Mebude (Rangers)

Peter Etebo (Stoke City) Loan

Joshua King (Free)

Vincent Angelini (Free)

Josh O’Brien

James Morris (Southampton)

Juraj Kucka (Parma Calcio)

Out

Achraf Lazaar (released)

Carlos Sanchez (released)

Jerome Sinclair (released)

Mamadou M’Baye (released)

Ben Wilmot (Stoke)

Ignacio Pussetto (Udinese) Loan

Adalberto Penaranda (Las Palmas) Loan

Tiago Cukur (Doncaster) Loan

Myles Roberts (Concord Rangers) Loan

Adam Parkes (Dover) Loan 

Daniel Phillips (Gillingham) Loan

Alfie Marriott (Kings Langley) Loan

Dapo Mebude (Wimbledon) Loan

Dante Baptiste (Farnborough) Loan

Pontus Dahlberg (Doncaster) Loan

Philip Zinckernagel (Nottingham Forest) Loan

West Ham United 

The biggest surprise of last year. The Hammers had a great season finishing 6th and will play Europa League this season. How will they cope with the new Thursday-Sunday routine? With not many notable transfers made and the loss of loany Jess Lingard, will they be able to compete like last season?

In

Thierry Nevers (Reading)

Pierre Ekwah Elimby (Chelsea)

Armstrong Oko-Flex (Celtic) Free

Alphonse Areola (PSG) Loan

Out 

Oladapo Afolayan (Bolton)

Fabian Balbuena (released)

Sean Adarkwa (released)

Olatunji Akinola (released)

Samuel Caiger (released)

Alfie Lewis (released)

Joshua Okotcha (released)

Joseph Anang (Stevenage) Loan

Felipe Anderson (Lazio)

Nathan Trott (Nancy) Loan

Wolves 

A new Wolves era is here with Bruno Lage stepping in to replace Nuno. A poor season last year, Lage needs a quick start or it could be a relegation battle. The good news for fans favourite Raul Jimenez, who is back fit and safe to play after a fractured skull. Pedro Neto and Adama Traore’s form will be crucial. 

In

Yerson Mosquera (Atletico Nacional)

Louie Moulden (Man City) Free

Francisco Trincao (Barcelona) Loan

Rayan Ait-Nouri (Angers)

Jose Sa (Olympiacos)

Bendeguz Bolla (Fehervar)

Out 

Sadou Diallo (released)

Cyriaque Mayounga (released)

Hong Wan (released)

Toti Gomes (Grasshoppers) Loan

Ruben Vinagre (Sporting Lisbon)

Rui Patricio (Roma)

Leonardo Campana (Grasshoppers) Loan

Bendeguz Bolla (Grasshoppers) Loan

Dion Sanderson (Birmingham) Loan

Renat Dadashov (Desportivo de Tondela) Loan

Theo Corbeanu (Sheff Wed) Loan

Taylor Perry (Cheltenham Town) Loan

Joe Young (Runcorn) Loan

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