The new season of English Premier League begins this weekend with some big signings arriving in Chelsea, and soon probably Manchester United plus some other big four teams as the summer transfer window is still open till the end of this month. The exclusive chain among the elites or even the expected chain of success from the reigning Champion, Manchester City, could create the dull hegemony in the future. This is when the chainbreaker is needed.
The 2021/22 season seems to leave the opportunity for it as the almost the entire teams are revamping their squad, not only the elites but also the ones in the mid tables as well as the newly promoted sides. Yet, will there be a chainbreaker, however unlikely, in the Premier League this season, like Leicester City in 2016 or at least among the big teams to end Manchester City's domination which could turn the English top flight into Bundesliga if it goes on and on for years? Perhaps hoping for another 'silly season' like 2015/16 is rather far-fetched but expecting The Citizens' rivals to stumble them for silverware seems more plausible.
Here are some of the clubs which could be the potential chainbreakers for Pep Guardiola's men which have just signed Jack Grealish and possibly Harry Kane too, from the other rich elites to the dark horses.
- Liverpool: The Reds have been the constant contenders for Manchester City in the past few season, except for the previous one. Yet, Jurgen Klopp's side has just made one signing, the defender Ibrahima Konate for strengthening their backline. Their forwards need to find consistency they had in 2019/20 season when the trident Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino had stellar form. Diogo Jota's arrival last season did help a bit. Yet, his injury can be an issue like in the last season. Thus, unless The Reds signs big name on the last minute, they might only finish in the third or fourth again.
- Chelsea: The Blues seem to be the ideal contender for Manchester City this season considering their success in beating them at two crucial encounter last season. Thomas Tuchel's side also secured a new prolific striker to replace Olivier Giroud, Romelu Lukaku. Although it means there will be a lot of competition upfront but Tuchel's tendency to rotate the squad would maintain their attacking side's high quality. It remains to be seen how Chelsea would stay consistent throughout the season considering their tight schedule. If Jorginho and Co manage to ease past it, then they have the potential to topple The Citizens from the top.
- Manchester United: The Red Devils are supposed to be the one who should be annoyed with the current circumstance in EPL and Manchester. Back then, they were the only icon and pride of the city without sharing it to their noisy neigbour. Ole Solksjaer should be confident with the squad, especially after the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Their consistency remains an issue in United side, especially in decisive games at the end of the season.
- Leicester City: The last chainbreaker seem to face the similar issue when the season comes to the end. Under Brendan Rodgers, The Foxes usually come strong at the beginning till the earlier second half of the season but their from deteriorates toward the end, which cost their chance to play in the Champions League, again. The former Liverpool boss also had the same issue when he was at the helm of Steven Gerrard and Co in 2013/14. So, this is something Rodgers has to resolve if he wants to keep his post as the club has invested € 67.60 million for buying Patson Daka, Jannik Vestergaard and B Soumare. So such should be paid off with UCL spot.
- Tottenham: The new boss Nuno Santo seem to be the only option left for Daniel Levy's team to find Mourinho's permanent successor after their failure to capture Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattusso. Despite their distinguished arrivals such as Atalanta talented center back Christian Romero and Spanish youngster Bryan Gil, Nuno Santo's decision to release Erik Lamela for free, his inexperience to guide his team in a title race plus Harry Kane's potential restless due to his Manchester City move stance could disrupt their campaign and eventually Spurs will still be stuck in the Europa League zone.
- Everton: Despite the fans' early disagreement over the appointment of Rafael Benitez as the commander, The Toffees have the potentials to do better than last season. Everton managed to lure Demarai Gray to leave Leverkusen and sign Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace would be a great addition to the fairly solid squad.
Aside from those seven teams, other clubs such as West Ham, Aston Villa or Leeds United which have potentials to be the next chainbreaker. Yet, nothing is certain till April next year when the season is going through important phase. Until then, the Champion will never be far from those favorites.