Leicester’s Premier League win shows the Big Four’s dominance is waning

  • Arjun Sangha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 21:14 IST
Leicester City fans celebrate the team’s Premier League win. (REUTERS)

Leicester City’s first top-flight title proves that the Premier League is the best, most unpredictable league in the world, that there’s a fair amount of beauty left in the beautiful game. Additionally, it is reported that Leicester’s title win could earn up to 150 million pounds, money that will no doubt help the club carry on from their exploits this season.

The Foxes have shown that any team can pose a threat, and that it’s no longer just the “Big Four” of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea that are forces to be reckoned with. There are opportunities for smaller teams to shine and vie for European competition. Like West Ham United, who are currently in fifth place and look likely to qualify for Europe next season.

West Ham have picked up points against some of the big teams this season, beating Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool away from home. Watford have shown some of their strengths this season and proved that with a bit of smart spending, all teams can mount a serious title challenge.

Since Watford spent 55 million pounds on transfers, they faired a lot better than some of the recently promoted sides, as the expenditure brought them more depth in their squad.

The Big 4, especially defending champions Chelsea, were way off the pace, showing just how little margin for error there is in the Premier League.

Through the manner in which they have set up goal-scoring opportunities, Leicester has proven that football is starting to become more about pace.

Of the traditional “Big Four”, it appears as if only one of them will finish in the Champions League spots, that being Arsenal, who have missed their best chance to end their 12-year title drought.

Overall, this season proves that the Premier League is transforming, evolving for the better, that there is no such thing as an easy game for any side.

With Leicester defying the 5000/1 odds that were placed on them winning the title at the start of the season, it’s hard to predict what will happen next season.

But what is almost certain is that smaller clubs such as Watford and West Ham will have more of a chance to build on what they’ve done thus far, and owners will have more of an incentive to invest in the clubs’ transfer windows. Exciting times lie ahead for the Premier League.

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