Premier League New Boys 21/22
The Premier League is renowned for being the most difficult and competitive league in the world. The gap from the Premier League to the Championship is quite big and newly promoted teams can struggle to cope in the Premier League.
The Premier League has seen newly promoted teams fail in the Premier League completely and go straight back down to the Championship straight away. This year, Watford and Norwich returned to the Premier League after recent relegation. They both came straight back up the following season that they were relegated.
The Premier League also saw Brentford for the first time. It’s Brentford’s first time in the top flight of English football for over seventy years.When teams get promoted from the championship, they are financially awarded. When getting promoted, the squads may not be up to scratch with the Premier League quality, especially if it has been a long time since the Championship.
The teams that do come up need to recruit and they need to recruit well. Some of the recent clubs that have been promoted have fallen into the trap of making big money signings for players across Europe. Clubs have been more successful when they sign players who have Premier League experience.
The newly-promoted clubs this season have done quite well out of the blocks, apart from Norwich. Norwich looks completely off of it. It’s not usual that when a club gets promoted, one of their most important players leaves the club. In this case, Emi Buendia, who was vital in Norwich’s last three seasons, left for Aston Villa for a fee of around £35 million.
Norwich have not made any marquee signings and haven’t brought in any big names. Norwich have instead gone about improving the squad as a whole, making improvements to the positions they need to and not spending over £10 million on an individual player.
Norwich have signed some Premier League experience in former Southampton goalkeeper, Angus Gunn, and centre-back Ben Gibson from Burnley. Norwich also made a loan signing of highly rated Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.
Norwich have strengthened, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens next. They are renowned for being a yo-yo team, getting promoted then relegated straight away in a cycle. Norwich didn’t get off to the best start with their opening fixture being against Liverpool and they lost by three goals. Norwich didn’t look to be in the best form and didn’t look up to it. It’ll be interesting to see if they can get up to scratch.
Watford have again not spent much at all in their Premier League transfer window. They have brought in two players with Premier League experience, with heavily experienced Danny Rose and Joshua King, both on free transfers. Watford, like Norwich, have not bought in any big names or big money signings, but instead they look to keep their players like Ismailia Sarr, who has generated a lot of interest from Premier League clubs.
Watford started the season well by beating the highly rated Aston Villa team. Watford’s new striker, Dennis, scored on his debut as he set Watford off on a good start to their new season where their target is to stay in the league. Watford have had previous good years in the Premier League and they can compete at the top level.
The third promoted team is the hardest to read. It’s Brentford’s first-ever time in the Premier League and it’s their first time in the top flight in over seventy years. Brentford have been pushing for promotion for the last two years, with last year falling at the final hurdle in the playoff final against Fulham. They again looked to the playoffs to reach the Premier League and this time they succeeded by beating Swansea.
Again, Brentford have not signed any big names or huge money signings and they have looked to the rest of Europe to sign their players to hopefully strengthen their squad for the Premier League. Brentford look to be right up to the challenge of the Premier League. They started with their first game of the season being at home against Arsenal.
The fans are buzzing about being in the Premier League and they are right behind the players on their journey this season. Brentford started against Arsenal and shocked everyone with a two-nil win. Brentford looked like Premier League quality and they dominated large parts of the game.
It is so hard for newly promoted teams to challenge the established teams in the league and continue their stay in the Premier League. It is a matter of time to see how the promoted teams do and if their form can run over a whole season to ultimately keep them in the best league in the world.